Shigetomo wins Osaka women’s marathon

Japan’s Risa Shigetomo boosted her chances of going to the

London Olympics by winning the Osaka International Women’s Marathon

on Sunday.

Shigetomo pulled away at about the 16-mike mark and crossed the

finish line in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 23 seconds for her first

marathon victory.

Ukrainian Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko was second, 1:23 behind, while

Japan’s Azusa Nojiri was third in 2:24:57.

The Osaka race is the second of three domestic qualifiers for

three spots on Japan’s team for London. The final Olympic qualifier

will be in Nagoya on March 11.