Osaka Worldwide Girls’s Marathon and Osaka Half Marathon Preview

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Regardless of Osaka being named to a preliminary state of emergency as Japan goes deeper into its omicron wave, this weekend’s Osaka Worldwide Girls’s Marathon and Osaka Half Marathon are going forward on their conventional public street programs. Osaka Girls’s is Japan’s final remaining purely elite marathon, and with the mass-participation Osaka Marathon shifting to the final weekend of February this 12 months and concentrating on WA platinum label standing the writing needs to be on the wall for its future. It simply does not appear sustainable to have this race 4 weeks earlier than the beginning of a three-week run of platinum label races, one in the identical metropolis, one in Tokyo and one in Nagoya.

However for this 12 months, at the least, Osaka Girls’s clearly has the assist up high within the native authorities to maintain shifting, and that counts for one thing. Just like the 2021 race, regardless of its title it is a Japanese-only subject with male pacers, type of inevitably on the primary level given Japan’s ongoing border fortification however a bit regrettably on the second. Take out the “Worldwide” and “Girls’s” and what have you ever acquired left?

The win seems to be nearly undoubtedly to be between Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) and Sayaka Sato (Sekisui Kagaku). Matsuda has among the best data within the sport, with three wins and a Fifth-place in Berlin out of 5 marathon begins, all between 2:21:47 and a couple of:22:44. The one misfire she’s had was a 2:29:51 for 4th in Japan’s Olympic marathon trials that left her as alternate. How she would have accomplished if she’d changed one of many less-than-100% girls who ran the Olympics is one in all final 12 months’s largest what-ifs. Sato was the 4th-fastest Japanese girl in 2020 and 2021 and set the 25 km NR en route in her marathon debut, a mark that Matsuda broke whereas profitable Nagoya final 12 months. Sato will want an enormous step up and/or one other miss from Matsuda to compete, however it ought to be race.

The supporting forged consists of 2019’s quickest Japanese girl Reia Iwade (Adidas), and 2021’s Third and 4th-placers Yukari Abe (Shimamura) and Mao Uesugi (Begins). Osaka Girls’s components into the complicated algorithms for making the Oregon World Championships staff and Paris Olympics marathon trials, and with six different girls within the subject having run below the two:27:00 B-standard for qualification for the Olympic trials the race to complete within the 4th-Sixth place B-standard bracket ought to be simply nearly as good because the one to make the 1st-Third place A-standard bracket.

Alongside the marathon, the Osaka Half Marathon will even characteristic two-time Osaka Worldwide winner Kayoko Fukushi (Wacoal) in her remaining race. Fukushi’s marathon debut in Osaka in 2008 was probably the wildest elite-level marathon debut in historical past, and whereas she may not have one other marathon in her it is nice to see her convey her profession to a detailed again the place she had one in all its most unforgettable highlights. Sub-61 half marathoner Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) leads the lads’s subject within the half in a tune-up for one of many huge marathons a month away whose future continues to be up within the air.

Fuji TV is dealing with TV broadcasting duties beginning at midday Sunday Japan time. Official streaming seems to be to be by means of the TVer subscription service, so get your VPNs now. You might need luck with too, however use a popup blocker. JRN will even be masking the race on @JRNLive.

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Osaka, 30 Jan. 2022

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Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) – 2:21:47 (1st, Osaka Int’l 2020)

Sayaka Sato (Seiksui Kagaku) – 2:23:27 (Fifth, Nagoya Girls’s 2020)

Reia Iwade (Adidas) – 2:23:52 (Fifth, Nagoya Girls’s 2019)

Yukari Abe (Shimamura) – 2:24:41 (Third, Osaka Int’l 2021)

Mao Uesugi (Begins) – 2:24:52 (4th, Osaka Int’l 2021)

Mizuki Tanimoto (Tenmaya) – 2:25:28 (eleventh, Nagoya Girls’s 2019)

Ayano Ikemitsu (Kagoshima Ginko) – 2:26:07 (twelfth, Nagoya  Girls’s 2019)

Ayumi Hagiwara (Toyota Jidoshokki) – 2:26:15 (Fifth, Osaka Int’l 2021)

Natsumi Matsushita (Tenmaya) – 2:26:26 (Third, Nagoya Girls’s 2021)

Haruka Yamaguchi (AC Kita) – 2:26:35 (seventh, Osaka Int’l 2020)

Hanae Tanaka (Daiichi Seimei) – 2:26:49 (Fifth, Nagoya Girls’s 2021)

Misaki Kato (Kyudenko) – 2:27:20 (eighth, Nagoya Girls’s 2021)

Madoka Nakano (Iwatani Sangyo) – 2:27:39 (4th, Osaka Int’l 2019)

Shiho Kaneshige (GRlab Kanto) – 2:28:51 (sixteenth, Osaka Int’l 2020)

Anna Matsuda (Denso) – 2:29:52 (eighth, Osaka Int’l 2021)

Rie Kawauchi (Otsuka Seiyaku) – 2:31:34 (seventeenth, Nagoya Girls’s 2021)

Ayano Ikeuchi (Denso) – 2:33:29 (nineteenth, Nagoya Girls’s 2021)

Mai Fujisawa (Hokkaido Excel AC) – 2:35:52 (1st, Kanazawa 2021)

Asuka Yamamoto (Edion) – 2:36:14 (21th, Osaka Int’l 2020)

Tomomi Sawahata (Sawahatas) – 2:37:02 (1st, Gunma 2021)

Mai Ito (Otsuka Seiyaku) – 2:38:07 (twenty fifth, Nagoya Girls’s 2021)

Michi Numata (Toyota Jidoshokki) – 2:38:30 (thirty ninth, Nagoya Girls’s 2019)

Saki Tokoro (Kyocera) – 2:38:49 (fortieth, Nagoya Girls’s 2019)

Mitsuko Ino (Linkstyle) – 2:39:04 (tenth, Osaka 2019)

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