Shigetomo wins Osaka women's marathon

Jan. 31, 2012, 12:22 p.m. (ET)

OSAKA, Japan (AP) 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.