2015 Tokyo Marathon

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9th Tokyo Marathon
2015 Tokyo Marathon - leading men.jpg
The leading men with pacemakers during the race
VenueTokyo, Japan
Dates22 February
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The 2015 Tokyo Marathon (Japanese: 東京マラソン 2015) was the ninth edition of the annual marathon race in Tokyo, Japan and was held on Sunday, 22 February. An IAAF Gold Label Road Race, it was the first World Marathon Majors event to be held that year and represented the third occasion that the Tokyo race was part of the elite-level marathon series.

A fun runner during the race, wearing a Donald Duck costume

The elite race winners were both from Ethiopia – the first such time that athletes from the same nation won the men's and women's division. Endeshaw Negesse was just over twenty seconds off the course record with 2:06:00 hours while Berhane Dibaba took the women's title in 2:23:15. It was the first major marathon win for both athletes, although Berhane Dibaba had been runner-up in Tokyo the previous year. The reigning Olympic and world champion Stephen Kiprotich was runner-up in the men's race and Dickson Chumba was third, failing to defend his title. The women's podium was rounded out by Helah Kiprop (2014 winner of the Seoul International Marathon) and reigning Olympic champion Tiki Gelana. The 2014 women's champion, Tirfi Tsegaye did not return to defend her title. The fastest home athletes both finished in seventh position overall: Masato Imai in the men's and Madoka Ogi in the women's division.[1]

As in the previous year, the wheelchair race was principally a national affair. Wakako Tsuchida defended her title while Kota Hokinoue—winner at the 2014 Berlin Marathon—won the men's wheelchair race for the first time.


The leading pack of elite men during the race (Tsegaye Kebede is centre wearing number 2)

Elite men[edit]

Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Endeshaw Negesse  Ethiopia 2:06:00
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Stephen Kiprotich  Uganda 2:06:33
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Dickson Chumba  Kenya 2:06:34
4 Shumi Dechasa  Bahrain 2:07:20
5 Peter Some  Kenya 2:07:22
6 Markos Geneti  Ethiopia 2:07:25
7 Masato Imai  Japan 2:07:39
8 Tsegaye Kebede  Ethiopia 2:07:58
9 Hiroaki Sano  Japan 2:09:12
10 Benjamin Ngandu  Kenya 2:09:19
11 Koji Gokaya  Japan 2:09:21
12 Yared Asmerom  Eritrea 2:09:41
Other notable performers

Elite women[edit]

The leading women in the marathon race (Tiki Gelana is left of centre, wearing number 31)
Elite Japanese women during the race
Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Birhane Dibaba  Ethiopia 2:23:15
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Helah Kiprop  Kenya 2:24:03
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Tiki Gelana  Ethiopia 2:24:26
4 Sally Chepyego Kaptich  Kenya 2:26:43
5 Flomena Cheyech Daniel  Kenya 2:26:54
6 Yeshi Esayias  Ethiopia 2:30:15
7 Madoka Ogi  Japan 2:30:25
8 Albina Mayorova  Russia 2:34:21
9 Yukari Abe  Japan 2:34:43
10 Yumiko Kinoshita  Japan 2:35:49
11 Lauren Kleppin  United States 2:37:13
12 Ayano Kondo  Japan 2:38:06

Men's wheelchair[edit]

The leading men in the wheelchair race
Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Kota Hokinoue  Japan 1:30:23
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Tomoki Suzuki  Japan 1:30:36
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Yoshida Ryuta  Japan 1:30:36

Women's wheelchair[edit]

Defending champion Wakako Tsuchida was the sole elite women's wheelchair entrant
Position Athlete Nationality Time
1st place, gold medalist(s) Wakako Tsuchida  Japan 1:46:30


  1. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2015-02-22). Ethiopian duo Negesse and Dibaba win at the 2015 Tokyo Marathon . IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-02-23.
Race results

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