Skip to main content

Kanbouchia Breaks Osaka Marathon Course Record

Moroccan Soud Kanbouchia took the top spot in Japan's second-biggest marathon Sunday, breaking the Osaka Marathon women's course record to win in 2:31:19.

In the early going Kanbouchia had company from minor team corporate leaguers Hiroko Yoshitomi (Memolead) and Kasumi Yoshida (Nitori) on mid-2:27 pace, but with a surge at halfway she was on her own and stayed that way until the finish. Yoshitomi, this year's Boston Marathon 10th-place finisher who set a PB and CR of 2:30:09 two weeks ago at the Fukuoka Marathon and, incredibly, won the Ohtwara Marathon on Friday in 2:37:22, dropped off after 10 km to settle into mid-2:30s pace. Yoshida lasted longer but slowed dramatically after 25 km and was quickly retaken by Yoshitomi.

But from the main pack of amateur women behind them club runner Haruka Yamaguchi (AC Kita) emerged to run both down, running almost even splits to take 2nd in 2:34:12, a PB by over 4 minutes. Yoshitomi hung on 3rd in 2:34:39, almost 3 minutes faster than her time 48 hours earlier. Yoshida settled for 4th in 2:35:31, well ahead of 2018 Geneva Marathon runner Hisae Yoshimatsu (Shunan City Hall) who took 5th in 2:37:01. Defending champ Yumiko Kinoshita (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) was 7th in 2:41:58, beaten by 2016 Osaka winner Yoshiko Sakamoto (F.O.R.).

The men's race saw a five-man lead group made up of Kenyans Charles Munyeki and Julius Mahome, Moroccan Abdenasir Fathi, and Japanese amateurs Shingo Igarashi (Josai Univ. Staff) and Hideyuki Ikegami (Aminosaurus) go out on an aggressive sub-2:10 pace that left the rest of the field far behind.  Ikegami dropped off after 15 km before a surprise DNF. After hitting halfway in 1:05:22 Fathi surged to gap the rest of the lead group, from which Mahome became detached after 25 km.

Munyeki and Igarashi worked together the rest of the way, and when Fathi began to fade after 30 km they started to reel him  in. By 37 km they overtook him, and it went down to the very last kilometer before Munyeki dropped Igarashi to take the win in 2:14:11. Igarashi was 2nd in 2:14:19, the second-fastest time of his career, telling JRN post-race that he hadn't had time to get in enough long runs due to his assistant coach duties at Hakone Ekiden-bound Josai University but that he was very happy with the result. Fathi hung on to 3rd in 2:17:37, finishing just 20 seconds ahead of Akihiro Kaneko (Comody Iida) who took 31 seconds off his best for 4th in 2:17:57.

8th Osaka Marathon

Osaka, 11/25/18

1. Soud Kanbouchia (Morocco) - 2:31:19 - CR
2. Haruka Yamaguchi (AC Kita) - 2:34:12 - PB
3. Hiroko Yoshitomi (Memolead) - 2:34:39
4. Kasumi Yoshida (Nitori) - 2:35:31
5. Hisae Yoshimatsu (Shunan City Hall) - 2:37:01
6. Yoshiko Sakamoto (F.O.R.) - 2:40:10
7. Yumiko Kinoshita (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) - 2:41:58
8. Minami Nakashima (Kansai Gaikokugo Univ.) - 2:43:26
9. Tomoko Morioka (Bee Sports) - 2:48:06
10. Ai Ogo (Himeji T&F Assoc.) - 2:48:23

1. Charles Munyeki (Kenya) - 2:14:11
2. Shingo Igarashi (Josai Univ. Staff) - 2:14:19
3. Abdenasir Fathi (Morocco) - 2:17:37
4. Akihiro Kaneko (Comody Iida) - 2:17:57 - PB
5. Takeru Ikka (KPJT) - 2:20:34
DNF - Hideyuki Ikegami (Aminosaurus)

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Buy Me A Coffee


Yokohama said…
I get more inspiration from Yoshitomi san than from the elite marathon runners. I went back and read the May article about her. Two marathons in 3 days. I don't think Kawauchi san has tried that yet?
Anonymous said…

Does anyone have a link to the full results for the Osaka marathon?

Most-Read This Week

5th-Ranked Koku Gakuin Pulls Off Last Km Upset to Win First-Ever Izumo Ekiden Title

In the modern era of systematic mass-production of quality by dominant teams like Tokai University and Aoyama Gakuin University it has been years since an underdog came through with a surprise win on Japan's university men's ekiden circuit, but that's just what happened at today's Izumo Ekiden to kick off the 2019-20 Big Three University Ekiden season.

The race was expected to be between defending champ Tokai and Buddhist powerhouse Komazawa University, with threats from AGU and fan favorites Toyo University. Like last year Tokai struggled a bit to get on its feet, lagging as a core leading quartet coalesced over the first half of the race's six stages. Running better than expected, #5-ranked Koku Gakuin University was right up in it along with AGU, Komazawa and Toyo, its second and third men Taiga Nakanishi and Yuhei Urano taking 3rd on their stages and Urano one of six men on the Third Stage to break its course record.

The leading quartet broke up into two pairs…

Local Unemployed Man Arrested For Stealing 330,000 Yen of Team's Money at Izumo Ekiden Alternates' Race

On October 14 Shimane prefectural police arrested local unemployed man Yudai Kawai, 32, on suspicion of stealing 329,000 yen [~$3000 USD] from university students' bags at the Izumo Ekiden alternates' race track 5000 m.

The alleged incident took place at approximately 5:10 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Hamayama Park Field in Izumo. Kawai was accused of entering a room off-limits to the general public, opening the bags  of two student managers for a private Tokyo-area university's ekiden team, and taking the money from their wallets.

According to police, Kawai entered the room during the track race when the room was unlocked and unwatched. While putting the empty wallets back in the bags Kawai was caught in the act by one team's head coach who happened to return to the room at that time. Students who were entered in the Izumo Ekiden as alternates but did not run had the option of taking part in the track 5000 m.

source article:…