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12 November 2020, 3pm

Qualifying standard tightened – Spectators asked to stay at home

Strict conditions for Osaka Women’s Marathon

Osaka Women’s Marathon
Sun 31 January 2021

The organisers of the Osaka International Women's Marathon have announced that the race's 40th anniversary running will take place on 31 January 2021.

Along with strict anti-coronavirus health check requirements for all participants, the field size will be limited by tightening Osaka’s usual sub-3:10 qualifying standard to sub-2:50. Fans, supporters and locals will also be asked to watch the race on TV instead of turning out to cheer along the course.

A spokesperson for the organising committee commented, “We expect the sub-2:50 qualifying time to reduce the field size from about 500 to around 100. We had originally planned to have more runners for the race, but we hope that people can understand the necessity of these restrictions. We hope that the race will show greater than ever unity in women’s marathoning and its willingness to take on the challenges leading to the Olympics.”

The domestic invited elite athlete field is scheduled to be announced in late December. The race will begin at 12:10 on 31 January 2021 starting and finishing at Osaka’s Yanmar Stadium Nagai. The half marathon usually staged alongside the marathon has been cancelled for 2021.

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