Ukraine's Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko won the Osaka women's marathon for the second straight year on Sunday. - AFP
OSAKA (AFP): Ukraine's Tetiana Gamera-Shmyrko, running her first full marathon for a year, won the Osaka women's marathon for the second straight year on Sunday.
After trailing in third spot, the 30-year-old began battling for the lead with Japan's Yukiko Akaba and Karolina Jarzynska of Poland at 32 kilometres. She broke away after 37 kilometres to win the race in 2hr 24min 37sec.
Akaba, the 2011 Osaka marathon winner who is due to retire from competition after this event, followed home in 2’26:00 with Jarzynska third in 2’26:31.
"I am really happy with my second victory here," Gamera-Shmyrko, who was fifth in the 2012 London Olympic marathon, said before a cheering crowd at Osaka's Nagai Stadium.
"As usual, I tried to step up my speed in the second half and it went very well this time. It was great to have run with strong runners."