This is the release of Global Sports Communications on the announcement of Sifan Hassan running the 2024 Tokyo Marathon, to be held on 3 March 2024.

London and Chicago marathon winner Sifan Hassan set to make Tokyo Marathon debut.

Double Olympic champion Sifan Hassan will continue her 42.2km adventure at the 17th edition of the Tokyo Marathon on Sunday 3rd, March 2024, aiming to continue a record-breaking start to life over the distance.

Sifan Hassan training for 2024 Tokyo Marathon, photo by Global Sports Communication

The Dutch athlete had a spectacular introduction to the marathon, beating what is widely regarded as the best female field ever assembled on debut in London in April before setting the second-fastest time in history to take the Chicago title in 2:13:44 in October. That performance will leave the two-time World Champion on the track well placed for an assault on the 2:16:02 course record in Tokyo, held by Brigid Kosgei from 2022.

Hassan is eager to return to the city where she won 5,000m and 10,000m Olympic gold in 2021, saying:

“I am so excited to announce my participation in my next marathon. I feel Tokyo is the perfect preparation for the Paris Olympic Games because I have great Olympic memories in the city of Tokyo, and I feel I can fuel my Olympic fire there. In the streets of Tokyo, I will be looking to continue my marathon journey. I want to learn from every marathon since every marathon is different, and I can’t wait to come to Tokyo.”

Sifan Hassan (NED) crosses the finish line on The Mall to win the Elite Women’s race at The TCS London Marathon on Sunday 23rd April 2023.
Photo: Bob Martin for London Marathon Events, photo ©TCS London Marathon

The World Marathon major course sees athletes start by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in the west of the Japanese capital, taking in the city’s rich sights, before finishing by the iconic Imperial Palace in the center of the metropolis.

Sifan Hassan, winner of London 2023 and Chicago 2023 focuses on 2024 Tokyo, photo by Global Sports Communications

Hassan has displayed incredible range this year, winning the World 1500m bronze in Budapest alongside 5000m silver, all whilst teaching her body to train over the longer distance. The European marathon record holder will have an enviable choice to make over what events to choose in Paris, with the Olympic women’s marathon to take place on 11th August after a testing track schedule.

The happy warrior, Sifan Hassan, Emily Sisson, Chicago Marathon 2023,
photo by Kevin Morris