Mizuki Noguchi, 2004 Olympic marathon champion returns to Nagoya where she was sixth last year with 2:25:33. Nagoya is where Noguchi made her marathon debut in 2002. She was originally scheduled to run in January’s Osaka Women’s Marathon, but had to pull out due to injury.
Two of the three 2012 Olympic marathon runners from Japan will run in Nagoya. They are Risa Shigetomo, with the best of 2:23:23 and Ryoko Kizaki with 2:26:32.
Georgina Rono is the second fastest in the field with 2:21:39. She also has half marathon best of 1:07:58.
Genet Getaneh’s marathon best may be only 2:25:38 from 2012 Amsterdam marathon, but her half marathon best is 1:08:18 and she was 4th at 2008 World Half marathon championships.
Werknesh Kidane has run three marathons in 2011 and her best is 2:26:15 at the Boston marathon. However, her 10000m best is 30:07.15 and her 5000m best is 14:33.04, by far the fastest in the field.
Nikki Chapple with half marathon best of 1:08:37, and Mestawat Tufa with half marathon best of 1:08:48, are making marathon debut. Tufa was 2nd in 2001 World Youth 3000m, and 2nd in 2008 World Cross Country Championships, and thus she is one of highly anticipated marathon debutante.
Georgina Rono (KEN) 2:21:39 2012 Frankfurt
Jelena Prokopcuka (LAT) 2:22:56 2005 Osaka
Margaret Agai (KEN) 2:24:17 2012 Shanghai
Genet Getaneh (ETH) 2:25:38 2012 Amsterdam
Yuliya Ruban (UKR) 2:27:10 2011 Torino
Werknesh Kidane (ETH) 2:27:15 2011 Dubai
Berhane Dibaba (ETH) 2:29:22 2012 Valencia
Nikki Chapple (AUS) 1:08:37 half marathon
Mestawet Tufa (ETH) 1:08:48 half marathon
Mizuki Noguchi 2:19:12 2005 Berlin
Risa Shigetomo 2:23:23 2012 Osaka
Eri Okubo 2:26:08 2012 Tokyo
Yoko Miyauchi 2:26:23 2012 Nagoya
Ryoko Kizaki 2:26:32 2011 Yokohama
Kaoru Nagao 2:26:58 2011 Yokohama
Eri Hayakawa 2:28:11 2004 Honolulu
Sumiko Suzuki 2:29:25 2012 Tokyo
Misato Horie 2:31:39 2012 Nagoya
Shino Saito 1:10:51 half marathon
Kumi Ogura 1:10:51 half marthon