Osaka International Ladies Marathon

For the race launched in 2011, see Osaka 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 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 near 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.


Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko has been winning the race since 2013.
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 Italy 2:32:55
2nd January 30, 1983 Carey May Republic of Ireland Ireland 2:29:23
3rd January 29, 1984 Katrin Dörre East Germany East Germany 2:31:41
4th January 27, 1985 Carey May Republic of Ireland Ireland 2:28:07
5th January 26, 1986 Lorraine Moller New Zealand New Zealand 2:30:24
6th January 25, 1987 Lorraine Moller New Zealand New Zealand 2:30:40
7th January 31, 1988 Lisa Ondieki Australia Australia 2:23:51
8th January 29, 1989 Lorraine Moller New Zealand New Zealand 2:30:21
9th January 28, 1990 Rosa Mota Portugal Portugal 2:27:47
10th January 27, 1991 Katrin Dörre Germany Germany 2:27:43
11th January 26, 1992 Yumi Kokamo Japan Japan 2:26:26
12th January 31, 1993 Junko Asari Japan Japan 2:26:26
13th January 30, 1994 Tomoe Abe Japan Japan 2:26:09
14th January 29, 1995 Cancelled due to Great Hanshin earthquake
15th January 26, 1996 Katrin Dörre-Heinig Germany Germany 2:26:04
16th January 26, 1997 Katrin Dörre-Heinig Germany Germany 2:25:57
17th January 25, 1998 Lidia Șimon Romania Romania 2:28:31
18th January 31, 1999 Lidia Șimon Romania Romania 2:23:24
19th January 30, 2000 Lidia Șimon Romania Romania 2:22:54
20th January 28, 2001 Yoko Shibui Japan Japan 2:23:11
21st January 27, 2002 Lornah Kiplagat Netherlands Netherlands 2:23:55
22nd January 26, 2003 Mizuki Noguchi Japan Japan 2:21:18
23rd January 25, 2004 Naoko Sakamoto Japan Japan 2:25:29
24th January 30, 2005 Jeļena Prokopčuka Latvia Latvia 2:22:56
25th January 29, 2006 Catherine Ndereba Kenya Kenya 2:25:05
26th January 28, 2007 Yumiko Hara Japan Japan 2:23:48
27th January 27, 2008 Mara Yamauchi United Kingdom United Kingdom 2:25:10
28th January 25, 2009 Yoko Shibui Japan 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 Kayoko Fukushi*  Japan 2:24:21
33rd January 26, 2014 Yukiko Akaba*  Japan 2:26:00
34th January 25, 2015 Jeļena Prokopčuka*  Latvia 2:24:07
35th January 31, 2016 Kayoko Fukushi  Japan 2:22:17

* Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko was suspended by the Ukrainian Athletic Federation for four years from 30 September 2015 until 29 September 2019 due to doping rules violation. All her results from 26 August 2011 to 30 September 2015, including victories in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of the Osaka International Ladies Marathon, were annulled.[3]


List of winners
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