Sapporo Half Marathon
|Sapporo Half Marathon|
The streets of the city of Sapporo
The Sapporo International Half Marathon (札幌国際ハーフマラソン大会 Sapporo Kokusai hāfumarason taikai?) was an annual road running competition over the half marathon distance 21.0975 kilometres (13.1094 mi) which took place each July in Sapporo, Japan.
First held in 1958, the race began as a full marathon competition for men under the moniker of the Hokkai Times Marathon. This lasted until 1973, as it was replaced with a shorter race of 30 km in 1974 and became known as the Times 30K. A women's programme was introduced in 1981, at which point the men's 30 km race was complemented with a women's 20 km. The women's race was slightly extend to the half marathon distance in 1986 and the men's race followed suit the following year. The road racing competition was known as the Sapporo Half Marathon from 1990 onwards.
The race had a strictly looped course in the city of Sapporo which doubled back on itself, having Maruyama Stadium as the start and end point. The competition was broadcast live on national television each year via Nihon TV. The course was certified by AIMS and the Japanese Association of Athletics Federations. The competition doubled up to act as the national selection race for the 2010 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.
The Japanese Olympic marathon champion Mizuki Noguchi set a women's course record of 1:08:14 in 2006. Kenya's Mekubo Mogusu is the only runner to finish the course in under an hour, with his men's course record set in 2007 standing at 59 minutes and 54 seconds. Four athletes won the race on three separate occasions: Mogusu, Stephen Mayaka and Juma Ikangaa on the men's side, and Catherine Ndereba on the women's side.
Following the withdrawal of support from its traditional broadcaster, the race ceased to be held after the 2012 edition.
Key: Course record
Distances: Marathon 30 km 20 km
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)||Women's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|55th||2012||Martin Mathathi (KEN)||1:01:35||Mai Ito (JPN)||1:10:52|
|54th||2011||Cyrus Gichobi Njui (KEN)||1:01:47||Florence Kiplagat (KEN)||1:10:29|
|53rd||2010||Cyrus Gichobi Njui (KEN)||1:01:20||Yuri Kanō (JPN)||1:11:46|
|52nd||2009||Gedion Lekumok Ngatuny (KEN)||1:00:39||Yurika Nakamura (JPN)||1:09:20|
|51st||2008||Mekubo Mogusu (KEN)||1:00:52||Yuri Kanō (JPN)||1:08:57|
|50th||2007||Mekubo Mogusu (KEN)||59:54||Mizuki Noguchi (JPN)||1:08:22|
|49th||2006||Cyrus Gichobi Njui (KEN)||1:01:16||Mizuki Noguchi (JPN)||1:08:14|
|48th||2005||Mekubo Mogusu (KEN)||1:01:28||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:09:24|
|47th||2004||James Mwangi Macharia (KEN)||1:01:28||Hiromi Ōminami (JPN)||1:08:45|
|46th||2003||John Kanyi (KEN)||1:02:08||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:08:23|
|45th||2002||Samuel Kabiru (KEN)||1:01:11||Catherine Ndereba (KEN)||1:08:57|
|44th||2001||James Wainaina (KEN)||1:01:52||Lidia Șimon (ROM)||1:09:46|
|43rd||2000||Laban Kagika (KEN)||1:02:16||Naoko Takahashi (JPN)||1:09:10|
|42nd||1999||John Kanyi (KEN)||1:01:32||Lidia Șimon (ROM)||1:08:51|
|41st||1998||Erick Wainaina (KEN)||1:02:56||Ari Ichihashi (JPN)||1:11:45|
|40th||1997||Stephen Mayaka (KEN)||1:03:57||Ari Ichihashi (JPN)||1:11:03|
|39th||1996||Stephen Mayaka (KEN)||1:02:02||Kazumi Kanbayashi (JPN)||1:09:40|
|38th||1995||Stephen Mayaka (KEN)||1:01:43||Naomi Sakashita (JPN)||1:10:32|
|37th||1994||Tadesse Gebre (ETH)||1:04:29||Mari Tanigawa (JPN)||1:13:53|
|36th||1993||Luketz Swartbooi (NAM)||1:02:02||Olga Appell (MEX)||1:10:38|
|35th||1992||Kenjirō Jitsui (JPN)||1:02:59||Eriko Asai (JPN)||1:12:20|
|34th||1991||Hitoshi Saotome (JPN)||1:04:39||Lisa Weidenbach (USA)||1:13:50|
|33rd||1990||Juma Ikangaa (TAN)||1:03:56||Lisa Weidenbach (USA)||1:12:54|
|32nd||1989||Juma Ikangaa (TAN)||1:02:56||Lisa Martin (AUS)||1:12:25|
|31st||1988||Juma Ikangaa (TAN)||1:03:22||Kumi Araki (JPN)||1:13:30|
|30th||1987||Toshihiro Shibutani (JPN)||1:05:40||Eriko Asai (JPN)||1:14:50|
|29th||1986||Kazuya Nishimoto (JPN)||1:33:08||Kumi Araki (JPN)||1:15:31|
|28th||1985||Isamu Sennai (JPN)||1:31:32||Mami Fukao (JPN)||1:10:30|
|27th||1984||Isamu Sennai (JPN)||1:35:28||Yōko Higuchi (JPN)||1:15:22|
|26th||1983||Kazuya Nishimoto (JPN)||1:32:57||Naomi Kurahashi (JPN)||1:11:50|
|25th||1982||Yūji Mori (JPN)||1:37:10||Rumiko Kaneko (JPN)||1:14:48|
|24th||1981||Tetsuji Iwase (JPN)||1:33:35||Akemi Masuda (JPN)||1:11:40|
|23rd||1980||Yutaka Taketomi (JPN)||1:34:15||Not held|
|22nd||1979||Yutaka Taketomi (JPN)||1:34:22|
|21st||1978||Yasunori Hamada (JPN)||1:32:48|
|20th||1977||Yoshinobu Kitayama (JPN)||1:35:23|
|19th||1976||Noriyasu Mizukami (JPN)||1:34:54|
|18th||1975||Mineteru Sakamoto (JPN)||1:36:52|
|17th||1974||Kimio Ōtsuka (JPN)||1:40:55,6|
|16th||1973||Noriyasu Mizukami (JPN)||2:23:16,8|
|15th||1972||Ryōsuke Matsuoka (JPN)||2:23:42,0|
|14th||1971||Kimio Ōtsuka (JPN)||2:20:46,4|
|13th||1970||Yoshirō Mifune (JPN)||2:22:49,2|
|12th||1969||Ryōichi Masuda (JPN)||2:23:04,0|
|11th||1968||Morio Shigematsu (JPN)||2:24:27,0|
|10th||1967||Kenji Kimihara (JPN)||2:20:16,4|
|9th||1966||Morio Shigematsu (JPN)||2:30:06,2|
|8th||1965||Yoshikazu Funasako (JPN)||2:48:52,2|
|7th||1964||Kenji Kimihara (JPN)||2:17:12|
|6th||1963||Osamu Kawabata (JPN)||2:33:41|
|5th||1962||Yoshitaka Uchikawa (JPN)||2:31:38|
|4th||1961||Yoshiaki Kawashima (JPN)||2:47:56|
|3rd||1960||Yasuo Koshikawa (JPN)||2:34:40|
|2nd||1959||Yoshikazu Igarashi (JPN)||2:38:49|
|1st||1958||Masao Suzuki (JPN)||2:47:31|
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- Course Map (Japanese). Sapporo Television Broadcasting. Retrieved on 2010-07-23.
- Highlights (Japanese). Sapporo Television Broadcasting. Retrieved on 2010-07-23.
- Race Summary (Japanese). Sapporo Television Broadcasting. Retrieved on 2010-07-23.
- Nakamura, Ken (2010-07-04). Njui and Kano take Sapporo Half Marathon titles. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-23.
- Nakamura, Ken (2006-07-09). Noguchi wins in Sapporo as Ndereba's challenge never materializes. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-23.
- Nakamura, Ken (2007-07-08). Noguchi (1:08:22) and Mogusu (59:54) victors in Sapporo. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-23.
- Notification of the Termination of the Sapporo International Half Marathon. Japan Running News (2012-12-20). Retrieved on 2015-01-05.
- List of winners
- Winner list (Japanese). Sapporo Television Broadcasting. Retrieved on 2010-07-23.
- Race website at Sapporo Television Broadcasting