Tokyo International Women's Marathon

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The Tokyo International Women's Marathon was a marathon for female elite runners held in Tokyo from 1979 until 2008 in November.

It was first held in November 1979, and this race was the first women's marathon officially sanctioned by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF).[1] After Adriaan Paulen, the IAAF president, watched this event, he announced his support for the women's Marathon to be included in the Olympic Games.[1]

After the 30th edition the organisers (Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF), Asahi Shimbun and TV Asahi) discontinued the race, because the new Tokyo Marathon held since 2007 is open for general runners of both sexes and Metropolitan Police Department deemed it difficult to care for two different city marathons within one year.

The place of the Tokyo Women's Marathon in the Japanese race calendar was taken by the Yokohama Women's Marathon whose first edition was held on November 15, 2009.

Winners[edit]

Key:   Course record

Edition Date Athlete Country Time
1st November 18, 1979 Joyce Smith  United Kingdom 2:37:48
2nd November 16, 1980 Joyce Smith  United Kingdom 2:30:27
3rd November 15, 1981 Linda Staudt  Canada 2:34:28
4th November 14, 1982 Zoya Ivanova  Soviet Union 2:34:26
5th November 20, 1983 Nanae Sasaki  Japan 2:37:09
6th November 18, 1984 Katrin Dörre  East Germany 2:33:23
7th November 17, 1985 Katrin Dörre  East Germany 2:34:21
8th November 16, 1986 Rosa Mota  Portugal 2:27:15
9th November 15, 1987 Katrin Dörre  East Germany 2:25:24
10th November 20, 1988 Aurora Cunha  Portugal 2:31:26
11th November 19, 1989 Lyubov Klochko  Soviet Union 2:31:33
12th December 9, 1990 Xie Lihua  China 2:33:04
13th November 17, 1991 Mari Tanigawa  Japan 2:31:27
14th November 15, 1992 Liz McColgan  United Kingdom 2:27:38
15th November 21, 1993 Valentina Yegorova  Russia 2:26:40
16th November 20, 1994 Valentina Egorova  Russia 2:30:09
17th November 19, 1995 Junko Asari  Japan 2:28:46
18th November 17, 1996 Nobuko Fujimura  Japan 2:28:58
19th November 30, 1997 Makiko Ito  Japan 2:27:45
20th November 15, 1998 Junko Asari  Japan 2:28:29
21st November 21, 1999 Eri Yamaguchi  Japan 2:22:12
22nd November 19, 2000 Joyce Chepchumba  Kenya 2:24:02
23rd November 18, 2001 Derartu Tulu  Ethiopia 2:25:08
24th November 17, 2002 Banuelia Mrashani  Tanzania 2:24:59
25th November 16, 2003 Elfenesh Alemu  Ethiopia 2:24:47
26th November 21, 2004 Bruna Genovese  Italy 2:26:34
27th November 20, 2005 Naoko Takahashi  Japan 2:24:39
28th November 19, 2006 Reiko Tosa  Japan 2:26:15
29th November 18, 2007 Mizuki Noguchi  Japan 2:21:37
30th November 16, 2008 Yoshimi Ozaki  Japan 2:23:30

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lovett, Charlie (1997). "The Fight to Establish the Women's Race". Excerpted from Olympic Marathon: A Centennial History of the Games' Most Storied Race. Web Marketing Associates (WMA). Retrieved 2008-11-17.