Posted by: Joe English | January 25, 2009

Races: Shibui Wins Osaka International Women’s Marathon

OSAKA, JAPAN — After a four-year winless drought, Japan’s Yoko Shibui won the 2009 Osaka International Women’s Marathon in 2:23:42. Her victory secures her a spot on Japan’s team to the world championships later this year in Berlin.

Shibui broke away from the pack at 28.5KM. The race was run without pace-setters this year.

“I was not consciously picking up the pace, but I just run faster and faster,” Shibui told the IAAF after the race. “I was never able to pick up the pace at the end of the race. I think I have figured out how to win the marathon,” she said referring to her lack of a win in the past 4 years.

“I will continue to run the marathon until I win one” she had said after her fourth place finish in the 2008 Tokyo Women’s marathon. This was the third marathon victory of her marathon career, having won her debut at 2001 Osaka Ladies Marathon with the world marathon debut record (at the time) and then the 2004 Berlin Marathon with the national record (2:19:41).

There is a detailed write-up of the event by the IAAF, which can be accessed by clicking here.

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