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Osaka International Ladies Marathon

Osaka International Ladies Marathon
The city course loops past Osaka Castle twice
Date 4th or 5th Sunday of January
Location Osaka, Japan
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Primary sponsor Nitto Denko
Established 1982
Course records 2:21:18 Mizuki Noguchi (2003)
Official site

The Osaka International Ladies Marathon (大阪国際女子マラソン Ōsaka Kokusai Joshi Marason) is an annual marathon road race for women over the classic distance of 42.195 kilometres which is held on the 4th or 5th Sunday of January in the city of Osaka, Japan, and hosted by Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Kansai Telecasting Corporation, the Sankei Shimbun, Sankei Sports, Radio Osaka and Osaka City.

The first edition took place on January 24, 1982, and was won by Italy's Rita Marchisio. The 1995 marathon was cancelled due to the Great Hanshin Earthquake. The race takes place in the city itself and passes prominent landmarks such as Osaka Castle. The course was altered in 2011 to allow for faster times by cutting out a number of hilly sections which were previously present on the section of the course near the Osaka Castle.[1] The finish line of the race is at Nagai Stadium, which was the host venue for the 2007 World Championships in Athletics.[2]

The Japanese rock group The Alfee has written a large number of the theme songs for the marathon.


Yumiko Hara won the race in 2007.
Nagai Stadium, where the marathon race finishes.

Key:       Course record

Edition Date Winner Country Time (h:m:s)
1st January 24, 1982 Rita Marchisio Italy 2:32:55
2nd January 30, 1983 Carey May Ireland 2:29:23
3rd January 29, 1984 Katrin Dörre East Germany 2:31:41
4th January 27, 1985 Carey May Ireland 2:28:07
5th January 26, 1986 Lorraine Moller New Zealand 2:30:24
6th January 25, 1987 Lorraine Moller New Zealand 2:30:40
7th January 31, 1988 Lisa Ondieki Australia 2:23:51
8th January 29, 1989 Lorraine Moller New Zealand 2:30:21
9th January 28, 1990 Rosa Mota Portugal 2:27:47
10th January 27, 1991 Katrin Dörre Germany 2:27:43
11th January 26, 1992 Yumi Kokamo Japan 2:26:26
12th January 31, 1993 Junko Asari Japan 2:26:26
13th January 30, 1994 Tomoe Abe Japan 2:26:09
14th January 29, 1995 Cancelled
(Great Hanshin Earthquake)
15th January 26, 1996 Katrin Dörre-Heinig Germany 2:26:04
16th January 26, 1997 Katrin Dörre-Heinig Germany 2:25:57
17th January 25, 1998 Lidia Simon Romania 2:28:31
18th January 31, 1999 Lidia Simon Romania 2:23:24
19th January 30, 2000 Lidia Simon Romania 2:22:54
20th January 28, 2001 Yoko Shibui Japan 2:23:11
21st January 27, 2002 Lornah Kiplagat Netherlands 2:23:55
22nd January 26, 2003 Mizuki Noguchi Japan 2:21:18
23rd January 25, 2004 Naoko Sakamoto Japan 2:25:29
24th January 30, 2005 Jeļena Prokopčuka Latvia 2:22:56
25th January 29, 2006 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 2:25:05
26th January 28, 2007 Yumiko Hara Japan 2:23:48
27th January 27, 2008 Mara Yamauchi United Kingdom 2:25:10
28th January 25, 2009 Yoko Shibui Japan 2:23:42
29th January 31, 2010 Amane Gobena  Ethiopia 2:25:14
30th January 30, 2011 Yukiko Akaba  Japan 2:26:29
31st January 29, 2012 Risa Shigetomo  Japan 2:23:23
32nd January 27, 2013 Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko  Ukraine 2:23:58
33rd January 26, 2014 Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko  Ukraine 2:24:37


  1. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-01-28). Osaka Women’s Marathon - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-30.
  2. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-01-30). Akaba out-duels Ito in windy Osaka. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-30.
List of winners
  • Ota, Shigenobu & Larner, Brett (2009-12-27). Osaka International Women's Marathon. ARRS. Retrieved on 2010-01-31.

External links

  • Official website (Japanese)
  • Marathon info
  • Statistical overview by Ken Nakamura (2011)
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