Mizuki Matsuda Sets New Record At Osaka Women’s Marathon

Mizuki Matsuda Sets New Record At Osaka Women’s Marathon

Mizuki Matsuda Sets New Record At Osaka Women's Marathon
Mizuki Matsuda Sets New Record At Osaka Women’s Marathon.

Mizuki Matsuda broke the race record at the Osaka Women’s Marathon on Sunday (30), improving her PB to 2:20:52 to win the World Athletics Elite Label event.

Her time smashes Mao Ichiyama’s event record of 2:21:11 from previous year, putting her in sixth place on the Japanese all-time list. It’s also the second-fastest time in Japan by a Japanese athlete, trailing only Ichiyama’s 2:20:29 in Nagoya in 2020.

Mao Uesugi, Natsumi Matsushita, and Mizuki Tanimoto followed Matsuda to the finish line, as the top four all ran under 2:24.

Matsuda stated before the event that her goal was to win the race and do well enough to earn a berth on the team for the World Athletics Championships in Oregon later this year. Matsuda missed out on a spot at the Tokyo Olympics after Ichiyama raced faster in Nagoya after winning in Osaka in 2020 with a time of 2:21:47.

“I could not attain my goal today,” she said after the race, with beating Ichiyama’s 2:20:29 a likely aim. “I am happy that my hard training paid off well.

“I think the result was good because I ran aggressively from the start. I just hope that I will be selected for the World Championships team. During the race, I was imagining myself running in Eugene, thinking: ‘How would the world-class runner run at this stage of the race?’”

Despite the pandemic, the event in Osaka was able to go ahead as planned, under good conditions with little of the expected wind.

Matsuda and Uesugi had run together behind the three male pacemakers until just after 25km, passing 10km in 33:02 and half way in 1:09:57 – a half marathon PB for Uesugi.

At 25km the clock read 1:22:47, but Uesugi started to drift back a short while later and by 30km – passed in 1:39:15 – Matsuda had built a 31-second lead.

She went through 35km in 1:56:04 and 40km in 2:13:23, with the pacemakers leaving the race as they entered Nagai Stadium park at around 41km.

Matsuda went on to cross the finish line in 2:20:52 to achieve her third Osaka Women’s Marathon win after her victories in 2018 and 2020, maintaining her unbeaten record in the event.

Although Uesugi’s pace began to slow as she was dropped, she held on to run a big PB of 2:22:29, while Matsushita was third in 2:23:05 and Tanimoto fourth in 2:23:11. Yukari Abe was fifth in 2:24:02 as the top five all set PBs, with Sayaka Sato sixth in 2:24:47. The top six all qualified for the Marathon Grand Championship, the 2024 Olympic trial race.

Leading results (all athletes JPN)

Conditions: temperature 8.2C, 47% humidity at the start with very little wind

1 Mizuki Matsuda 2:20:52
2 Mao Uesugi 2:22:29
3 Natsumi Matsushita 2:23:05
4 Mizuki Tanimoto 2:23:11
5 Yukari Abe 2:24:02
6 Sayaka Sato 2:24:47

Intermediate times:
5km – 16:28
10km – 33:02 (16:34)
15km – 49:42 (16:40)
20km – 1:06:20 (16:38)
Half – 1:09:57
25km – 1:22:47  (16:27)
30km – 1:39:15 (16:28)
35km – 1:56:04  (16:49)
40km – 2:13:23 (17:19)
Finish – 2:20:52

Source: worldathletics.org

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