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The Tokyo International Women's Marathon was a marathon for female elite runners held in Tokyo from 1979 until 2008 in November.
It was first held in November 1979, and this race was the first women's marathon officially sanctioned by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF).After Adriaan Paulen, the IAAF president, watched this event, he announced his support for the women's Marathon to be included in the Olympic Games.
After the 30th edition the organisers (Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF), Asahi Shimbun and TV Asahi) discontinued the race, because the new Tokyo Marathon held since 2007 is open for general runners of both sexes and Metropolitan Police Department deemed it difficult to care for two different city marathons within one year.
The place of the Tokyo Women's Marathon in the Japanese race calendar was taken by the Yokohama Women's Marathon whose first edition was held on November 15, 2009.
Key: Course record
|1st||November 18, 1979||Joyce Smith||United Kingdom||2:37:48|
|2nd||November 16, 1980||Joyce Smith||United Kingdom||2:30:27|
|3rd||November 15, 1981||Linda Staudt||Canada||2:34:28|
|4th||November 14, 1982||Zoya Ivanova||Soviet Union||2:34:26|
|5th||November 20, 1983||Nanae Sasaki||Japan||2:37:09|
|6th||November 18, 1984||Katrin Dörre||East Germany||2:33:23|
|7th||November 17, 1985||Katrin Dörre||East Germany||2:34:21|
|8th||November 16, 1986||Rosa Mota||Portugal||2:27:15|
|9th||November 15, 1987||Katrin Dörre||East Germany||2:25:24|
|10th||November 20, 1988||Aurora Cunha||Portugal||2:31:26|
|11th||November 19, 1989||Lyubov Klochko||Soviet Union||2:31:33|
|12th||December 9, 1990||Xie Lihua||China||2:33:04|
|13th||November 17, 1991||Mari Tanigawa||Japan||2:31:27|
|14th||November 15, 1992||Liz McColgan||United Kingdom||2:27:38|
|15th||November 21, 1993||Valentina Yegorova||Russia||2:26:40|
|16th||November 20, 1994||Valentina Egorova||Russia||2:30:09|
|17th||November 19, 1995||Junko Asari||Japan||2:28:46|
|18th||November 17, 1996||Nobuko Fujimura||Japan||2:28:58|
|19th||November 30, 1997||Makiko Ito||Japan||2:27:45|
|20th||November 15, 1998||Junko Asari||Japan||2:28:29|
|21st||November 21, 1999||Eri Yamaguchi||Japan||2:22:12|
|22nd||November 19, 2000||Joyce Chepchumba||Kenya||2:24:02|
|23rd||November 18, 2001||Derartu Tulu||Ethiopia||2:25:08|
|24th||November 17, 2002||Banuelia Mrashani||Tanzania||2:24:59|
|25th||November 16, 2003||Elfenesh Alemu||Ethiopia||2:24:47|
|26th||November 21, 2004||Bruna Genovese||Italy||2:26:34|
|27th||November 20, 2005||Naoko Takahashi||Japan||2:24:39|
|28th||November 19, 2006||Reiko Tosa||Japan||2:26:15|
|29th||November 18, 2007||Mizuki Noguchi||Japan||2:21:37|
|30th||November 16, 2008||Yoshimi Ozaki||Japan||2:23:30|
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