Naoko Takahashi

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Naoko Takahashi
Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Marathon
In this Japanese name, the family name is Takahashi.

Naoko Takahashi (高橋 尚子, Takahashi Naoko, born May 6, 1972) is a Japanese athlete. She is best known as a long-distance runner competing mainly in the marathon.

In 2008, she retired from racing.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Takahashi was not a successful runner in high school. She improved after she graduated from college.[2]

International competitions[change | change source]

Timeline[change | change source]

  • 1997: 5000m World Championships, 13th[2]
  • 1997: Osaka International Women's Marathon, 7th place
  • 1998: Nagoya International Women's Marathon, 1st place, Japanese record at the time[3]
  • 1998: Bangkok Asian Games, gold medal, Japanese record at the time[3]
  • 2000: Nagoya International Women's Marathon, 1st place
  • 2000: Sydney Olympics, gold medal, current Olympic record[3]
  • 2001: OHME Marathon (30 km), Japanese record at the time
  • 2001: Berlin Marathon, 1st place, World Record at the time[1]
  • 2002: Berlin Marathon, 1st[2]
  • 2003: Tokyo International Women's Marathon, 2nd[2]
  • 2005: Tokyo International Women's Marathon, 1st[2]
  • 2006: Tokyo International Women's Marathon, 3rd[2]
  • 2008: Nagoya Marathon, 27th[2]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sydney marathon champion Takahashi to retire," Agence France-Presse (AFP). 28 October 2008; retrieved 2012-7-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), "Takahashi, Marathon barrier-breaker, announces retirement," 29 October 2008; retrieved 2012-7-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sports Reference.com (SR/Olympics), "Naoko Takahashi"; retrieved 2012-7-20.

Other websites[change | change source]

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