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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Sunday August 9th, 2020
Tokyo, Japan
Distance: Marathon

Fifty-six years after having organized the Olympic Games, the Japanese capital will be hosting a Summer edition for the second time, from July 24 to August 9, 2020. The Games in 1964 radically transformed the country. According to the organizers of the event in 2020, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era will be “the most innovative ever organized, and will rest on three fundamental principles to transform the world: striving for your personal best (achieving your personal best); accepting one another (unity in diversity); and passing on a legacy for the future (connecting to tomorrow)”.

Aligning with the reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020, the Tokyo Games will use as many existing competition venues as possible, namely those built for the Games in 1964, such as the prestigious Nippon Budokkan for judo, the Baji Koen Park for equestrian events, and the Yoyogi National Gymnasium for handball. The Tokyo National Stadium, where the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and athletics competitions will be staged, will be completely revamped and replaced by a new arena.

Japan has been an Olympic land since the Summer Games of 1964, which were the first to be staged in Asia. In 2020, the country will host its fourth Games, if we include the Winter Games of 1972 in Sapporo and of 1998 in Nagano.

The marathon results and photo are from the Olympics in Rio 2016.

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Race Date: 08/05/2016 Distance: Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 2:08:44 ELIUD KIPCHOGE ROTICH 33 Kenya
2nd Male 2:09:54 Feyisa Lilesa 28 Ethiopia
3rd Male 2:10:05 Galen Ruup 31 USA
4th Male 2:11:04 Ghirmay Ghebreslassie 22 Eritrea
Female 2:24:04 JEMIMA JELAGAT SUMGONG 33 Kenya
2nd Female 2:24:13 Eunice Jepkirui 33 Bahrain
3rd Female 2:24:30 Mare Dibaba 28 Ethiopia
4th Female 2:24:47 Tirfi Tsegaye 33 Ethiopia
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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

On September 7, 2013, the International Olympic Committee awarded the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in 2020 to Tokyo, which was chosen over fellow Candidate Cities Istanbul and Madrid after two rounds of voting during the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires.

Tokyo received 60 votes to Istanbul’s 36 in the final round, with Madrid having been eliminated in the first round after losing a tie-breaker with Istanbul. Tokyo, which also bid for the 2016 Olympic Games, previously hosted the Games in 1964.

“Congratulations to the city of Tokyo on its election as host of the 2020 Olympic Games,” said IOC President Jacques Rogge.. “Tokyo presented a very strong technical bid from the outset – and it needed to in competition with two such high-caliber bids from Istanbul and Madrid. All three cities were capable of staging excellent Games in 2020, but in the end it was Tokyo’s bid that resonated the most with the IOC membership, inviting us to “discover tomorrow” by delivering a well-organized and safe Games that will reinforce the Olympic values while demonstrating the benefits of sport to a new generation.”


The Tokyo 2020 organizing committee (Tokyo 2020) and the Tokyo Marathon Foundation signed a major partnership agreement on Friday (28), under which both organizationswill exchange know-how and experience to support preparations for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

The partnership will give Tokyo 2020 the opportunity to deepen its understanding of how to prepare for and operate one of the most iconic events of the Olympic Games.

The Tokyo Marathon Foundation's long-standing experience inorganizing and operating its annual event is likely to be a valuable factor in the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The Tokyo Marathonorganizers will in particular share their insights regarding the management of the flows of runners and supporters whileminimizing disruption to the city’s traffic, ensuring seamless security and managing volunteers, as well as setting up and implementing activities to promote the event. In return, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation will apply learnings that will be gained through the overall operation of the Tokyo 2020 Games as a legacy to enhance future Tokyo Marathon events.

“We hope to leverage the Marathon Foundation’s know-how derived from operating the Tokyo Marathon, one of the world's biggest citizens' marathons, in our preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games,” said 2000 Olympic marathon champion Naoko Takahashi, Chair of Tokyo 2020’s Athletes’ Commission. “That know-how and the experience we will gain running the Tokyo 2020 Games will hopefully be passed down as a legacy for future Tokyo Marathons. I believe that this partnership will create a valuable asset for the sporting community in Japan.”

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) on Thursday announced the routes for its marathon event and for the 20 km and 50 km race walk events. These will pass through the heart of Tokyo and take in some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks, providing an unforgettable experience for the athletes, as well as for spectators along the route and TV viewers around the world.

The marathon course will take in both modern and traditional districts of the city, starting and finishing at the Olympic Stadium and passing symbolic Tokyo landmarks along the way. These will include the Kaminarimon ("Thunder Gate") in Asakusa, guarded by the deities of wind and thunder; the Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the emperor of Japan; Ginza’s upmarket Chuo Street; the Zojoji temple, with the landmark Tokyo Tower as a backdrop; and Nihombashi bridge, the historic centre of the Japanese capital. The climax of the Tokyo 2020 marathon race will see the athletes running the final stretch leading to the Olympic Stadium uphill.

Marathon running in Japan has a long history and proud tradition. The Tokyo Marathon in February, one of the world's top six city marathons, now regularly attracts huge crowds of supporters. This year’s event drew 300,000 applicants, with nearly 36,000 runners participating and more than one million people cheering on the streets.

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