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Shiroyama's 8.40 m Jump Leads Four National Records at Athlete Night Games in Fukui

Held in the stadium where Japan saw its first-ever sub-10 clocking for 100 m, Saturday's new Athlete Night Games in Fukui meet produced four national records highlighted by an incredible men's long jump competition. Yuki Hashioka (Nihon Univ.) opened with a jump of 8.32 m +1.6 m/s that shattered the national record dating way back in 1992 by 7 cm. Hibika Tsuha (Toyo Univ.) followed him with a jump of 8.21 m + 2.0 m/s that put him into the all-time Japanese top three, then bettered that with an 8.23 m +0.6 m/s.



Out of nowhere, Shotaro Shiroyama (Zenrin) knocked them both back in the record books on his third jump with a new national record of 8.40 m +1.5 m/s, the #2 mark in the world so far this year and only his second time clearing 8 m with a legal wind. Japanese fans were quick to compare the trio's results to this season's Diamond League meets.

DL Shanghai
🥇8m24🥈8m16🥉8m14
DL Lausanne
🥇8m32🥈8m19🥉8m13
DL London
🥇8m37🥈8m32🥉8m11
DL Fukui
🥇8m40🥈8m32🥉8m23 htt…
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MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Takuya Fujikawa

Takuya Fujikawaage: 26
sponsor: Chugoku Denryoku
graduated from: Sera H.S., Aoyama Gakuin University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:35, 7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:10:35, 7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:51.40 (2013) 10000 m: 27:58.87 (2018) half marathon: 1:01:46 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:10:35
12th, 2018 Gold Coast Marathon, 2:15:59
6th, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:11:59

other major results:
5th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Third Stage (13.6 km), 38:29
8th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:01:46 – PB
4th, 2018 Hachioji Long Distance Meet 10000 m, 27:58.87 – PB
1st, 2015 Hakone Ekiden Ninth Stage (23.2), 1:08:04

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Keiko Nogamiage: 33
sponsor: Juhachi Ginko
graduated from: Suma Gakuen H.S.

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2:26:33, 5th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

PB: 2:26:33, 5th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
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marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
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2nd, 2018 Jakarta Asian Games Marathon, 2:36:27
5th, 2018 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:26:33 – PB
2nd, 2017 Dongguan Asian Championships Marathon, 2:29:05
2nd, 2017 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:30:11

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1st, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:09:27 – PB
10th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:13:28
3rd, 2018 National Sports Festival 5000 m, 15:37.28
3rd, 2016 Osaka Half Marathon, 1:11:52
2nd, 2015 Gold Coast Marathon, 2:29:36
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sponsor: Toenec
graduated from: Seki Shogyo H.S., Reitaku University

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sponsor: Chugoku Denryoku
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21st, 2017 Tokyo Marathon, 2:13:53

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Kentaro Nakamotoage: 36
sponsor: Yasukawa Denki
graduated from: Nishiichi H.S., Takushoku University

best time inside MGC window: 
2:11:34, 2nd, 2019 Krakow Marathon

PB: 2:08:35, 2nd, 2013 Beppu-Oita Marathon

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10th, 2017 London World Championships Marathon, 2:12:41

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MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Yuka Ando

Yuka Andoage: 25
sponsor: Wacoal
graduated from: Toyokawa H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:26:47, 13th, 2019 London Marathon

PB: 2:21:36, 2nd, 2017 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
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marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
13th, 2019 London Marathon, 2:26:47
3rd, 2018 Osaka International Women’s Marathon, 2:27:37
17th, 2017 London World Championships Marathon, 2:31:31

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3rd, 2017 Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, 1:12:12
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