Saitama International Marathon
DateDecember
LocationSaitama, Japan
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorResona
Established2015
Course records2:23:18 (2016)
Kenya Flomena Cheyech
Official siteSaitama Marathon
Participants163 (2019)

The Saitama International Marathon is a women's marathon held in Saitama, Japan, and hosted by Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Saitama Prefecture, Saitama City, Nippon Television Network and the Yomiuri Shimbun.[1] The event is an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.[2]

The competition took the place of the Yokohama Women's Marathon which was held in Yokohama from 2009 until 2014 and itself a successor event to 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 and then on to Saitama in 2015.[3]

The first Saitama International Marathon held on 15 November 2015 also served as the selection race for Japan women’s marathon representatives for 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.[1]

Winners

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Winner Country Time (m:s) Runner-up Country Time (m:s) Third place Country Time (m:s)
1st 2015 Atsede Baysa  Ethiopia 2:25:44 Kaori Yoshida  Japan 2:28:43 Rebecca Chesire  Kenya 2:29:11
2nd 2016 Flomena Cheyech  Kenya 2:23:18 Amane Gobena  Ethiopia 2:25:58 Monica Jepkoech  Kenya 2:28:56
3rd 2017 Flomena Cheyech  Kenya 2:28:39 Shitaye Eshete  Bahrain 2:28:42 Bekelech Daba  Ethiopia 2:30:06
4th 2018 Dalila Gosa  Bahrain 2:25:35 Shitaye Eshete  Bahrain 2:25:39 Sylvia Kibet  Kenya 2:28:38
5th 2019 Peres Jepchirchir  Kenya 2:23:50 Fatuma Sado  Ethiopia 2:26:45 Belaynesh Oljira  Ethiopia 2:27:11

See also

References

  1. ^ a b http://saitama-international-marathon.jp/en/ Retrieved on 2016-02-28.
  2. ^ Baysa wins the inaugural Saitama International Marathon
  3. ^ Abitova takes inaugural Yokohama Women’s Marathon, IAAF, Nakamura, Ken & Onishi, Akihiro (2009-11-15). Retrieved on 2009-11-15.