The National Olympic Sports Centre is the race finishing point
Tadese Tola 2:07:16
Sun Yingjie 2:19:39
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The Beijing Marathon (Chinese: 北京马拉松) is an annual marathon race of 42.195 km held in October in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The race was first held in 1981 and has been held every year since. Beijing Marathon is the first international sport event ever to be held in China. The race is also the first marathon race to use lottery system to allocate entries and the first full marathon race only in China.
The race begins at Tiananmen Square and finishes at the National Olympic Sports Centre stadium. Beijing Marathon is now a full marathon only marathon race. At the 2009 edition of the race, 4897 runners finished the marathon course, which included 556 women.
The race holds an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, one of three marathons in the People's Republic of China to receive the distinction (along with the Xiamen International Marathon and Shanghai Marathon). It is AIMS-certified course, making it eligible for world record performances. It hosted the Asian Marathon Championship races in 2006.
The Beijing International Marathon has been organized by the Chinese Athletics Association annually since 1981. The creation of the race, which was international in nature from its inception, was part of a wider movement to open up China and its culture to foreign innovations – a change which was led by Deng Xiaoping, who sought to move China away from its Maoist past.
In 1986 Taisuke Kodama of Japan set a men's course record in a time of 2:07:35. Ethiopian runner Abebe Mekonnen equaled this time in 1988 and some commentators (including the Association of Road Racing Statisticians) regard this as the true course record, in respect of reports that the 1986 course was around 400 m short of the marathon distance. In 2003, Sun Yingjie of China set the current women's record of 2:19:38 – this run was an Asian record and the fourth fastest ever at the time, and it remains the Chinese record for the event. The 2005 race served as the marathon for the 2005 National Games of China – Sun Yingjie took the Games gold medal for women while seventh placed Zhang Qingle (18 years old at the time) was the highest placing Chinese man and won the men's Games gold.
Also in 2005, the men's race winner Benson Kipchumba Cherono missed some 800 metres out of the course due to being misdirected. The race organisers accepted the blame for the mishap and, although James Moiben was the first to finish the complete course (2:12:15), Cherono was declared the official winner as he held a large leading margin before the incident. After 27 years unbeaten, Taisuke Kodama's course record was improved by Tadese Tola in 2013 as the Ethiopian beat the previous mark by nineteen seconds with 2:07:16 hours.
2012 Japanese entrants
When the online registration of runners for the 2012 event started on November 8, 2012, it did so without the option for Japanese to do so. The events organizers said that Japanese couldn't enter this year because of "safety concerns" due to tension between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands dispute. The Japanese embassy protested the decision.
This move attracted a large amount of criticism and on the night of November 10 the option for Japanese runners re-appeared, although there was no Japanese-language version available, which had been available the previous year.
The Chinese Athletic Association subsequently claimed that Japanese runners had never been rejected. CAA Deputy Director Shen Chunde said that in the past Japanese athletes had mainly applied through Japanese organizations so no individual registration was available.
Course record National championship raceAsian Marathon Championship race
|2018||Dejene Debela (ETH)||2:12:08||Valary Aiyabei (KEN)||2:21:38|
|2017||Salah-Eddine Bounasr (MAR)||2:11:18||Meselech Beyene (ETH)||2:27:44|
|2016||Mekuant Ayenew (ETH)||2:11:09||Meseret Mengistu (ETH)||2:25:56|
|2015||Mariko Kipchumba (KEN)||2:11:00||Betelhem Moges (ETH)||2:27:31|
|2014||Girmay Birhanu (ETH)||2:10:42||Fatuma Sado (ETH)||2:30:03|
|2013||Tadese Tola (ETH)||2:07:16||Zhang Yingying (CHN)||2:31:19|
|2012||Tariku Jufar (ETH)||2:09:39||Jia Chaofeng (CHN)||2:27:40|
|2011||Francis Kiprop (KEN)||2:09:00||Wei Xiaojie (CHN)||2:28:05|
|2010||Siraj Gena (ETH)||2:15:45||Wang Jiali (CHN)||2:29:31|
|2009||Samuel Muturi (KEN)||2:08:20||Bai Xue (CHN) -2-||2:34:44|
|2008||Benjamin Kiptoo (KEN)||2:10:14||Bai Xue (CHN)||2:26:27|
|2007||Nephat Kinyanjui (KEN)||2:08:09||Chen Rong (CHN)||2:27:05|
|2006||James Kwambai (KEN)||2:10:36||Sun Weiwei (CHN)||2:34:41|
|2005||Benson Cherono (KEN)||2:06:55||Sun Yingjie (CHN) -4-||2:21:01|
|2004||James Moiben (KEN)||2:10:42||Sun Yingjie (CHN) -3-||2:24:11|
|2003||Ian Syster (RSA)||2:07:49||Sun Yingjie (CHN) -2-||2:19:39|
|2002||Li Zhuhong (CHN)||2:13:09||Sun Yingjie (CHN)||2:21:21|
|2001||Gong Ke (CHN)||2:10:11||Liu Min (CHN)||2:23:37|
|2000||Nelson Ndereva (KEN) -2-||2:13:52||Wei Yanan (CHN)||2:26:34|
|1999||Kenichi Suzuki (JPN)||2:11:33||Ai Dongmei (CHN)||2:29:20|
|1998||Kim Jung-won (PRK)||2:13:49||Wang Yanrong (CHN)||2:28:50|
|1997||Hu Gangjun (CHN) -3-||2:09:18||Pan Jinhong (CHN)||2:26:39|
|1996||Nelson Ndereva (KEN)||2:10:37||Ren Xiujuan (CHN) -2-||2:27:13|
|1995||Meng Xianhui (CHN)||2:16:20||Ren Xiujuan (CHN)||2:30:00|
|1994||Hu Gangjun (CHN) -2-||2:10:56||Wang Junxia (CHN)||2:31:11|
|1993||Hu Gangjun (CHN)||2:10:57||Li Yemei (CHN) -2-||2:30:36|
|1992||Takahiro Izumi (JPN)||2:11:29||Xie Lihua (CHN)||2:28:53|
|1991||Negash Dube (ETH)||2:12:55||Deborah Noy (GBR)||2:35:18|
|1990||Peter Dall (DEN) -2-||2:14:55||Li Yemei (CHN)||2:32:14|
|1989||Peter Dall (DEN)||2:12:47||Mun Gyong-ae (PRK)||2:27:16|
|1988||Abebe Mekonnen (ETH)||2:07:35|
|1987||Juma Ikangaa (TAN)||2:12:19|
|1986||Taisuke Kodama (JPN)||2:07:35|
|1985||Shigeru Sō (JPN)||2:10:23|
|1984||Hideki Kita (JPN)||2:12:16||-|
|1983||Ron Tabb (USA)||2:18:51|
|1982||Li Jong-hyong (PRK)||2:14:44|
|1981||Kjell-Erik Ståhl (SWE)||2:15:20|
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- Time invalid – finished the race 800 metres short due to misdirection.
- Wei Yanan, the original winner in 2:20:23, was later disqualified for drug abuse.
- The course is believed to have been around 400 metres short of the official 42.195 km distance.