Yokohama Women's Marathon
The Yokohama Women's Marathon was a marathon held in Yokohama, Japan, and hosted by Japan Association of Athletics Federations, TV Asahi, the Asahi Shimbun. It is one of the major Japanese women's marathon races which is used to decide selection for the Olympics, along with the Nagoya Marathon and Osaka International Ladies Marathon.
The competition replaced the Tokyo International Women's Marathon which was held in Tokyo from 1979 until 2008. Following the creation of the annual Tokyo Marathon in 2007, which featured its own annual women's marathon, the sponsors decided to move the women's marathon to Yokohama in 2009.
First held on November 15, 2009, it is scheduled for November every year. The second edition was postponed to February 2011 due to APEC Japan 2010 being held that November and the third edition returned to the usual November timing. In 2012 Lydia Cheromei ran a course record time of 2:23:07 hours.
Key: Course record
|1st||November 15, 2009 ||Kiyoko Shimahara||Japan||2:28:51|
|2nd||February 20, 2011 ||Yoshimi Ozaki||Japan||2:23:56|
|3rd||November 20, 2011||Ryoko Kizaki||Japan||2:26:32|
|4th||November 18, 2012||Lydia Cheromei||Kenya||2:23:07|
|5th||November 17, 2013||Albina Mayorova||Russia||2:25:55|
|6th||November 16, 2014||Tomomi Tanaka||Japan||2:26:57|
Yamashita Park->Industrial Trade Center->Yokohama Customs->Kanagawa Prefectural office->Chinatown->Yamashita Park->Industrial Trade Center->Minato Mirai 21->Yokohama Station->Sakuragichō Station->Yokohama Stadium->Yamanote Park->Yamashita Park->Industrial Trade Center->Minato Mirai 21->Yokohama Station->Sakuragichō Station->Yokohama Stadium->Yamanote Park->Industrial Trade Center->Yamashita Park (Finish)
- Nakamura, Ken (2011-11-20). Kizaki out duels Ozaki in Yokohama. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-20.
- Nakamura, Ken & Onishi, Akihiro (2009-11-15). Abitova takes inaugural Yokohama Women’s Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-15.
- Nakamura, Ken (2012-11-18). Cheromei breaks course record in Yokohama. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-14.
- Inga Abitova was the first finisher in 2:27:18 h but was later disqualified for a biological passport infringement
- Nakamura, Ken (2011-02-20). Ozaki takes Yokohama victory in 2:23:56. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-11-20.
- Marantz, Ken (2013-11-17). Fourth Japanese Marathon victory for Mayorova in Yokohama. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-11-29.
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