Ukraine’s Tetyana Gamera-Shmyrko won the Osaka Women’s Marathon on Sunday, pulling ahead of Japan’s Kayako Fukushi with just over one kilometre remaining.
Gamera-Shmyrko, who was second in last year’s Osaka race, clocked a personal-best time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 58 seconds to finish 23 seconds ahead of Fukushi. Japan’s Yuko Watanabe was third with a time of 2-25-56.
“I didn’t think I could catch up,” Gamera-Shmyrko said. “But I was able to find strength and increase the pace over the last two kilometers.”
The 29-year-old Gamera-Shmyrko, who was fifth at the London Olympics, pulled ahead of Fukushi near the 41-kilometer mark and finished close to a minute faster than her second-place time of 2-24-56 in last year’s race.
Mizuki Noguchi, the 2004 Olympic champion and Asian record holder at 2-19-12, was scheduled to run in Osaka but pulled out due to stomach problem.
Mari Ozaki of Japan was fourth while Australia’s Lisa Weightman finished fifth ahead of Poland’s Karolina Jarzynska.
Keywords: Osaka Women’s Marathon