Friday, July 31, 2015

'Tokyo Olympic Games Logo Embroiled in Plagiarism Row'

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/jul/30/tokyo-olympics-logo-plagiarism-row

'Kenyans Plot to Stop Mo'

http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/kenyans-plot-stop-mo

2015 World XC silver medalist Bedan Karoki runs for Tokyo-based DeNA, while 2013 World Championships 10000 m bronze medalist and 2011 World XC silver medalist Paul Tanui runs for Fukuoka's Kyudenko team.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oshima Over Sani Brown, Kitaguchi Wins Again and Fast 1500 m Finals on Day Two of Japanese National High School Track and Field Championships

by Brett Larner
videos by naoki620



Defending champ Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.) brought the highlight of the second day of the Japanese National High School Track and Field Championships, delivering a big upset in the boys' 100 m final with a win over the fastest boy in the field, 2015 World Youth Championships double gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.).  With Sani Brown holding a PB 0.11 seconds faster and leading his times in both the heats and semifinals, Oshima had a great start in the final, opening an early lead as Sani Brown was slow out of the blocks.  Sani Brown closed throughout the race, but Oshima had enough for the win in 10.29, his second-straight national H.S. 100 m title and a PB by 0.09 seconds despite a -0.8 m/s headwind.  Sani Brown was almost even with him in 10.30, just off his best, with 3rd-placer Kenta Katsuse (Saku Yakonohana H.S.) running a PB 10.48.  Both Oshima and Sani Brown returned later to anchor their teams in  4x100 m relay semifinal 1, both schools qualifying for tomorrow's final.



Oshima's teammate Iyoba Edoba (Tokyo H.S.) likewise picked up a second-straight national H.S. title in the girls' 100 m. In spite of a -1.2 m/s headwind Edoba destroyed the competition, clocking an 11.72 PB well ahead of Sayaka Shibayama (Shigakukan H.S.), runner-up in 11.89.  Kaho Nishio (Osaka H.S.) rounded out the podium in 11.91.



Despite high humidity and temperatures hovering around 35 degrees, the boys' 1500 m final was one of the fastest and deepest in the National H.S. Championships' history.  Favorite Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) got the win in 3:48.48 less than a second off the PB he set earlier this month in far better conditions in Hokkaido, kicking from near the back of the pack with 250 m to go to beat last year's runner-up Masahide Saito (Waseda Jitsugyo H.S.) who ran a PB 3:49.07 and #2-ranked Kazuki Kawamura (Ogaki Nihon Prep H.S.), 3rd in 3:49.24.  Behind them, six more boys, all Japanese, broke 3:50, five for the first time despite the conditions.  The current wave of improvement in Japanese long distance and sprinting may finally be touching the middle distances.



The girls' 1500 m final was also solid.  Facing the same extreme conditions as the boys #4-ranked Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) ran 4:16.76, her first time under 4:20, to take the win over last year's champion Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) and favorite Monica Margaret (Aomori Yamada H.S.).  Kuraoka also ran a PB of 4:18.05, with Margaret just off her best in 4:19.61.  Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.), a two-time National Women's Ekiden stage winner in junior high school and daughter of sub-2:30 amateur marathon woman Chihiro Tanaka, made a good high school debut in 5th in 4:23.10.  The top nine all broke 4:25, five in PBs, almost equalling the number at this year's NCAA D1 Championships where ten university women broke 4:25.

2015 World Youth Championships gold medalist Haruka Kitaguchi (Asahikawa Higashi H.S.) was another athlete to pick up a second-straight national H.S. title, winning the girls' javelin with a throw of 56.63 m after a challenge from last year's 4th-placer Mikako Yamashita (Kyoei Gakuen H.S.), who threw a large PB of 55.40 for 2nd.  The girls' 5000 m race walk also saw high-level performances, with the top three all going under 24 minutes in PB times.  Yukiho Mizoguchi (Nagano Higashi H.S.) scored an unexpected win in 23:13.98 over #2-ranked Saori Nishimura (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.).  The #2-ranked boy in the pole vault, Takuma Arai (Kashiwa Nittai Prep H.S.) had better luck, clearing 5.20 m for the win as favorite Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) finished 11th of 14 after clearing only 4.80 m.  The girls' high jump went more according to script as #1-ranked Yuzuki Ishioka (Sendai Tohoku H.S.) outdid #2 and #3-ranked teammates Misaki Nakanishi and Sakura Asai (Okazaki Joshi H.S.) for the win in 1.75 m.  Likewise in the boys' decathlon, where favorite Hayao Tagami (Rakunan H.S.) set a championships record 6002 for the win.  The National High School Track and Field Championships continue through Sunday, August 2nd.

68th National High School Track and Field Championships 
Day Two Highlights
Wakayama, July 30
click here for complete results

Boys' 1500 m Final
1. Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 3:48.48
2. Masahide Saito (Waseda Jitsugyo H.S.) - 3:49.07 - PB
3. Kazuki Kawamura (Ogaki Nihon Prep H.S.) - 3:49.24
4. Kakeru Nakamura (Saikyo H.S.) - 3:49.28 - PB
5. Rikuto Iijima (Midorioka H.S.) - 3:49.68 - PB
6. Tomoya Nakamura (Toin H.S.) - 3:49.72
7. Atsuya Ubukata (Sano Nihon Prep H.S.) - 3:49.86 - PB
8. Tsubasa Komuro (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 3:49.89 - PB
9. Taku Tomihara (Jinsei Gakuen H.S.) - 3:49.94 - PB
10. Taisei Ogino (Kato Gakuen H.S.) - 3:50.54 - PB

Girls' 1500 m Final
1. Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 4:16.76 - PB
2. Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) - 4:18.05 - PB
3. Monica Margaret (Aomori Yamada H.S.) - 4:19.61
4. Miho Shimada (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 4:20.70
5. Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 4:23.10
6. Keiko Okada (Yawatahama H.S.) - 4:23.16 - PB
7. Kana Tsuchida (Niigata Meikun H.S.) - 4:23.19 - PB
8. Kanami Hiraga (Junten H.S.) - 4:24.57
9. Yuna Wada (Nagano Higashi H.S.) - 4:24.84 - PB
10. Ryo Koido (Suijo H.S.) - 4:25.07 - PB

Boys' 100 m Final -0.8 m/s
1. Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.) - 10.29 - PB
2. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 10.30
3. Kenta Katsuse (Saku Yakonohana H.S.) - 10.48 - PB
4. Jun Yamashita (Fukushima H.S.) - 10.63
5. Yoshihiro Someya (Tsukuba Shuei H.S.) - 10.68
6. Daisuke Miyamoto (Rakunan H.S.) - 10.70
7. Kengo Masuda (Sano H.S.) - 10.73
8. Naoya Tamura (Niigata Shogyo H.S.) - 10.76

Girls' 100 m Final -1.2 m/s
1. Iyoba Edoba (Tokyo H.S.) - 11.72 - PB
2. Sayaka Shibayama (Shigakukan H.S.) - 11.89
3. Kaho Nishio (Osaka H.S.) - 11.91
4. Shino Araki (Nagara H.S.) - 11.96
5. Marina Miyake (Kurashiki H.S.) - 11.96
6. Mako Nakano (Anjo Gakuen H.S.) - 11.98
7. Tomomi Kawamura (Morioka Daiichi H.S.) - 12.04
8. Shiori Yoshino (Kyotobashi H.S.) - 12.11

Girls' 5000 m RW Final
1. Yukiho Mizoguchi (Nagano Higashi H.S.) - 23:13.98 - PB
2. Saori Nishimura (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 23:24.02 - PB
3. Yukako Hayashi (Yawatahama H.S.) - 23:59.35 - PB

Girls' High Jump Final
1. Yuzuki Ishioka (Sendai Tohoku H.S.) - 1.75 m
2. Sakura Asai (Okazaki Joshi H.S.) - 1.75 m - PB
3. Misaki Nakanishi (Okazaki Joshi H.S.) - 1.75 m

Boys' Pole Vault Final
1. Takuma Arai (Kashiwa Nittai Prep H.S.) - 5.20 m
2. Koki Takekawa (Fujinomiya Kita H.S.) - 5.10 m - PB
3. Kairi Uematsu (Hamamatsu Kita H.S.) - 5.05 m - PB

Girls' Javelin Throw Final
1. Haruka Kitaguchi (Asahikawa Higashi H.S.) - 56.63 m
2. Mikako Yamashita (Kyoei Gakuen H.S.) - 55.40 m - PB
3. Mizuho Imamura (Kumamoto Nishi H.S.) - 49.95 m - PB

Boys' Octathlon Final Scores
1. Hayao Tagami (Rakunan H.S.) - 6002 - MR
2. Toshiki Kuge (Toba H.S.) - 5691
3. Shota Hirono (Rakunan H.S.) - 5639 - PB

(c) 2015 Brett Larner
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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ishizuka 400 m MR, Sani Brown Anchors Josai 4x100m Semis on Day One of Japanese National High School Track and Field Championships

by Brett Larner
videos by naoki620 and aoshin0507



#1-ranked Haruko Ishizuka (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) turned in the performance of the day on the opening day of the National High School Track and Field Championships, setting a meet record 53.30 to win the girls' 400 m.  After dominating the semifinals in 53.92, the only girl in the field to break 54, Ishizuka had no trouble at all running away from closest competitor Yuna Iwata (Niijima Gakuen H.S.) in the final, winning by more than a second over Iwata's 54.37 PB.  2015 World Youth Championships team member Rin Aoki (Soyo H.S.) also ran a PB of 54.74 for 3rd.  The boys' 400 m final saw Daisuke Funato (Higashi Fukuoka H.S.) unexpectedly win with a 47.06 PB, taking down favorites Manato Sasaki (Morioka Minami H.S.) and Sho Someya (Seibudai Chiba H.S.) who took only 4th and 5th.



Another highlight came in the first heat of the boys' 1500 m, where a strong surge from Kakeru Nakamura (Saigyo H.S.) at 700 m meant a fast race for #1-ranked Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.).  Nakamura opened up a good-sized lead over the third lap, but in the home straight Tamogami easily caught him, jogging across the line under control in 3:49.69 with Nakamura just behind in 3:49.80.  Tamogami's recent 3:47.63 best looks like it may be in danger.  #2-ranked Kazuki Kawamura (Ogaki Nihon Prep H.S.) with a best of 3:47.69 coasted it in in the second heat in 3:54.44 while four other boys, two of them in the first heat with Tamogami and Nakamura, broke 3:51, promising some depth to tomorrow's final.



The boys' hammer throw final saw all three podium placers throw PBs over 60 m, Ryota Muraki (Hisai H.S.) getting the win with a throw of 63.62 m. In the boys' 4x100 m relay heats, World Youth Championships double sprint gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) turned in a big anchor run to move Josai up from 5th to 2nd in 40.93, just missing 1st but moving his team on to Thursday's semifinals.  Ishizuka also returned in the girls' 4x100 m to anchor the Keiai girls, coming up from 4th and running down first place to put them into the semis in 46.93.

68th National High School Track and Field Championships 
Day One Highlights
Wakayama, July 29
click here for complete results

Boys' 400 m Final
1. Daisuke Funato (Higashi Fukuoka H.S.) - 47.06 - PB
2. Hiroki Daira (Sanda Shosei H.S.) - 47.28 (47.24 PB in semifinal)
3. Takuto Eto (Kyushu Gakuin H.S.) - 47.46
4. Manato Sasaki (Morioka Minami H.S.) - 47.55
5. Sho Someya (Seibudai Chiba H.S.) - 48.29
6. Haruhiko Nakatsukue (Soyo H.S.) - 49.03
7. Ayumu Miura (Junshin H.S.) - 49.10
8. Shuichiro Matsubara (Kyushu Gakuin H.S.) - 50.98

Girls' 400 m Final
1. Haruko Ishizuka (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 53.30 - MR, PB
2. Yuna Iwata (Niijima Gakuen H.S.) - 54.37 - PB
3. Rin Aoki (Soyo H.S.) - 54.74 - PB
4. Airi Ikezaki (Funairi H.S.) - 55.08 (55.02 PB in semifinal)
5. Fumi Matsumoto (Okazaki Joshi H.S.) - 55.68
6. Yuna Uesugi (Hirakata H.S.) - 55.74
7. Ryo Koda (Tochiku H.S.) - 55.82
8. Sayumi Yoshida (Aichi H.S.) - 55.97

Boys' 1500 m Qualifiers
3:49.69 - Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 1st, H.1
3:49.80 - Kakeru Nakamura (Saigyo H.S.) - 2nd, H.1
3:50.46 - Kazuya Nishiyama (Daisan Tokyo Nogyo Prep H.S.) - 1st, H.3
3:50.51 - Taku Tomihara (Jinsei Gakuen H.S.) - 3rd, H.1
3:50.88 - Atsuya Ubukata (Sano Nihon Prep H.S.) - 2nd, H.3
3:50.95 - Tsubasa Komuro (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 4th, H.1
3:51.03 - Tomohiro Soeda (Tosu Kogyo H.S.) - 3rd, H.3
3:51.65 - Taisei Ogino (Kato Gakuen H.S.) - 5th, H.1
3:51.66 - Masahide Saito (Waseda Jitsugyo H.S.) - 1st, H.4
3:51.80 - Satoshi Tsuboi (Ogaki Nihon Prep H.S.) - 4th, H.3
3:51.82 - Haruki Nishimura (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 2nd, H.4
3:51.84 - Hiroaki Saito (Kugayama Koku Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 6th, H.1
3:51.99 - Yuya Nakamura (Osaka Toin H.S.) - 3rd, H.4
3:54.18 - Rikuto Iijima (Midorioka H.S.) - 1st, H.2
3:54.44 - Kazuki Kawamura (Ogaki Nihon Prep H.S.) - 2nd, H.2
3:54.58 - Shoma Funatsu (Ohori Fukuoka Prep H.S.) - 3rd, H.2

Girls' 1500 m Qualifiers
4:21.80 - Monica Margaret (Aomori Yamada H.S.) - 1st, H.4
4:22.74 - Miho Shimada (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 1st, H.2
4:22.97 - Kimi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 2nd, H.2
4:23.24 - Kanami Hiraga (Junten H.S.) - 3rd, H.2
4:23.61 - Chika Tarumoto (Suma Gakuen H.S.) - 2nd, H.4
4:24.32 - Yuki Kometani (Tokiwa H.S.) - 3rd, H.4
4:24.84 - Yuna Wada (Nagano Higashi H.S.) - 4th, H.4
4:25.05 - Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 1st, H.1
4:25.14 - Ryo Koido (Suijo H.S.) - 5th, H.4
4:25.76 - Kana Tsuchida (Niigata Meikun H.S.) - 4th, H.2
4:26.97 - Keiko Okada (Yawatahama H.S.) - 2nd, H.1
4:27.02 - Yuka Matsumura (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) - 5th, H.2
4:27.06 - Shino Wakisaka (Hakuho Joshi H.S.) - 3rd, H.1
4:27.59 - Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) - 1st, H.3
4:28.39 - Honoka Kudo (Oita Nishi H.S.) - 2nd, H.3
4:29.17 - Arisu Fuwa (Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Prep H.S.) - 3rd, H.3

Boys' Hammer Throw Final
1. Ryota Muraki (Hisai H.S.) - 63.62 m - PB
2. Masao Ikeda (Sayama H.S.) - 61.72 m - PB
3. Kenji Miyazaki (Wakayama Kogyo H.S.) - 60.45 m - PB

(c) 2015 Brett Larner
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'New National Stadium, Tokyo, Japan Statement by Zaha Hadid Architects'

http://www.zaha-hadid.com/2015/07/28/new-national-stadium-tokyo-japan-statement-by-zaha-hadid-architects/

World Youth Champions Kitaguchi and Sani Brown Lead 68th National High School Championships - Preview and Live Streaming

by Brett Larner
live streaming courtesy of Inter-High School Television


The 68th National High School Track and Field Championships kick off today in Wakayama.  All four Japanese medalists from this month's World Youth Championships, girls' javelin gold medalist Haruka Kitaguchi (Hokkaido Asahikawa Higashi H.S.), boys' 100 m and 200 m championships record-setting double gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) and boys' 400 m hurdles silver and bronze medalists Ryusei Fujii (Kokura Kogyo H.S.) and Masaki Toyoda (Rakunan H.S.), are on the entry lists along with 2014 Youth Olympics girls' 3000 m gold medalist Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.), boys' 10000 m race walk gold medalist Minoru Onogawa (Tokyo Jitsugyo H.S.) and boys' 100 m silver medalist Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.).

Most eyes will be on Sani Brown, who is set to run at the Beijing World Championships next month aged just 16, but with just 0.10 separating their bests last year's 100 m national H.S. champion Oshima should give him a run for it.  The girls' 3000 m looks like another of this year's highlights, with Takamatsu, the star of 2014 National High School Girls Ekiden champion Kunei Joshi Gakuin leading three athletes with bests under 9:10.  Her younger sister Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu will also make her high school debut in the 3000 m seeded 6th at 9:13.35.  Likewise for the boys' 5000 m, featuring 2014 National High School Boys Ekiden champion Sera's superstar Paul Kamais dominating the field after running 13:2152 this spring but 16-year-old Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) giving some hope of a Japanese athlete making the podium thanks to his 13:50.51 PB earlier this month.  Fresh back from World Youth's, Endo's teammate Kazuyoshi Tamogami leads four Japanese runners with sub-3:50 bests in an unusually deep boys' 1500 m, his 3:47.63 PB from the beginning of the month putting him just 0.06 seconds ahead of Kazuki Kawamura (Ogaki Nihon Prep H.S.).

68th National High School Track and Field Championships
Entry List Highlights
Wakayama, July 29-Aug. 2
click here for complete English entry lists
click here for complete Japanese start lists
click here for live results

Sprints
Boys' 100 m - heats/semifinals/final: July 30
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 10.28
Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.) - 10.38
Wataru Inuzuka (Hamana Municipal H.S.) - 10.44
Jun Yamashita (Fukushima H.S.) - 10.49
Kendai Katsuse (Saku Yakonohana H.S.) - 10.49

Girls' 100 m - heats/semifinals/final: July 30
Iyoba Edoba (Tokyo H.S.) - 11.80
Kaho Nishio (Osaka H.S.) - 11.88
Sayaka Shibayama (Shigakukan H.S.) - 11.88
Miku Yamada (Morioka Seio H.S.) - 11.90
Marina Miyake (Kurashiki H.S.) - 11.91

Boys' 200 m - heats/semifinals/final: Aug. 1
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 20.34
Wataru Inuzuka (Hamana Municipal H.S.) - 20.87
Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.) - 20.99
Jun Yamashita (Fukushima H.S.) - 20.99
Noriki Tamura (Shimonoseki Shogyo H.S.) - 21.12

Girls' 200 m - heats/semifinals/final: Aug. 1
Marina Miyake (Kusashiki H.S.) - 24.01
Ami Saito (Tottori Chuo H.S.) - 24.17
Sayaka Shibayama (Shigakugan H.S.) - 24.30
Amika Miyazaki (Hitsuyukan H.S.) - 24.49
Tomomi Yanagiya (Seiryo H.S.) - 24.56

Boys' 400 m - heats/semifinals/final: July 29
Manato Sasaki (Morioka Minami H.S.) - 46.85
Sho Someya (Seibudai Chiba H.S.) - 47.07
Daisuke Funato (Higashi Fukuoka H.S.) - 47.18
Hiroki Daira (Sanda Shosei H.S.) - 47.28
Kazuki Matsukiyo (Yoshikan H.S.) - 47.29

Girls' 400 m - heats/semifinals/final: July 29
Haruko Ishizuka (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 53.97
Rin Aoki (Soyo H.S.) - 54.80
Yuna Uesugi (Hirakata H.S.) - 55.23
Fumi Matsumoto (Okazaki Joshi H.S.) - 55.25
Yuna Iwata (Niijima Gakuen H.S.) - 55.26

Middle Distance
Boys' 800 m - heats/semifinals: July 31 / final: Aug. 1
Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 1:50.31
Soichiro Sawada (Kansai Prep Hokuyo H.S.) - 1:50.62
Takuto Hanamura (Higashi H.S.) - 1:51.15
Koki Kobe (Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Prep H.S.) - 1:51.53
Tatsuya Nishikubo (Seibo Gakuen H.S.) - 1:51.63

Girls' 800 m - heats/semifinals: July 31 / final: Aug. 1
Haruko Ishizuka (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 2:08.01
Atsumi Toya (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 2:08.55
Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 2:08.63
Shoko Fukuda (Matsue Kita H.S.) - 2:08.74
Airi Ikezaki (Funairi H.S.) - 2:08.77

Boys' 1500 m - heats: July 29 / final: July 30
Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 3:47.63
Kazuki Kawamura (Ogaki Nihon Prep H.S.) - 3:47.69
Takumi Yokokawa (Nakanojo H.S.) - 3:48.74
Tomoya Nakamura (Toin H.S.) - 3:49.01
Atsuya Ubukata (Sano Nihon Prep H.S.) - 3:50.00

Girls' 1500 m - heats: July 29 / final: July 30
Monica Margaret (Aomori Yamada H.S.) - 4:19.02
Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) - 4:19.84
Miho Shimada (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 4:20.10
Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 4:20.59
Wakana Kabasawa (Tokiwa H.S.) - 4:20.61

Long Distance
Boys' 5000 m - heats: July 31 / final: Aug. 1
Paul Kamais (Sera H.S.) - 13:21.52
Silas Kingori (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 13:43.28
Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 13:50.51
John Kariuki (Aomori Yamada H.S.) - 13:54.44
Shota Onizuka (Omuta H.S.) - 13:58.43
Hiroki Abe (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 14:00.48

Girls' 3000 m - heats: Aug. 1 / final: Aug. 2
Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 9:01.58
Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) - 9:04.81
Helen Ekarare (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 9:06.91
Miho Shimada (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 9:10.51
Wakana Kabasawa (Tokiwa H.S.) - 9:13.22
Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 9:13.35
Emi Sagayama (Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 9:13.60
Fukiko Ando (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 9:14.04

Hurdles
Boys' 110 mH - heats/semifinals/final: Aug. 2
Hayao Tagami (Rakunan H.S.) - 14.10
Nao Kanai (Kawasaki Tachibana H.S.) - 14.20
Papdenpa Hiramatsu (Roka H.S.) - 14.24
Masaki Toyoda (Rakunan H.S.) - 14.29
Rei Igarashi (Aizu Gakuho H.S.) - 14.37

Girls' 100 mH - heats/semifinals/final: Aug. 2
Yumi Tanaka (Daiichi Kansai Prep H.S.) - 13.64
Rino Ito (Saikyo H.S.) - 13.89
Risa Hayashi (Ritsumeikan Keisho H.S.) - 13.91
Kaori Yamamoto (Kannabe Asahi H.S.) - 13.94
Sakiko Kamata (Koryo H.S.) - 13.95

Boys' 400 mH - heats: July 30 / semifinals/final: July 31
Ryusei Fujii (Kokura Kogyo H.S.) - 50.33
Masaki Toyoda (Rakunan H.S.) - 50.53
Rui Takahashi (Shibata H.S.) - 51.41
Tatsuhiro Yamamoto (Narita H.S.) - 51.55
Takafumi Iwasaki (Koriyama Higashi H.S.) - 51.68

Girls' 400 mH - heats: July 30 / semifinals/final: July 31
Haruko Ishizuka (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 58.16
Mizuki Murakami (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 59.84
Sawako Nakagama (Chukyo Prep H.S.) - 1:00.09
Chisa Kitazawa (Nishi Joyo H.S.) - 1:00.21
Tomoka Harada (Gyosei Tokai Prep H.S.) - 1:00.23

Boys' 3000 mSC - heats: Aug. 1 / final: Aug. 2
Joel Mwaura (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 8:55.97
Kazuki Noda (Saikyo H.S.) - 8:59.18
Taisei Ogino (Kato Gakuen H.S.) - 8:59.67
Soshi Nishida (Kyushu Gakuin H.S) - 9:02.84
Reitoshi Nakajima (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 9:03.36

Race Walks
Boys' 5000 m RW - final: July 31
Kaito Kaji (Okayama Shoga Prep H.S.) - 20:41.75
Taiga Takizawa (Kasukabe Higashi H.S.) - 20:52.11
Kohei Toyama (Suisho H.S.) - 20:52.32
Masatora Kawano (Gotemba Minami H.S.) - 20:53.21
Minoru Onogawa (Tokyo Jitsugyo H.S.) - 20:58.48

Girls' 5000 m RW - heats: July 29 / final: July 30
Chisa Todokoro (Niijima Gakuen H.S.) - 23:38.91
Saori Nishimura (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 23:42.90
Maika Yagi (Nishinomiya H.S.) - 23:46.47
Masayo Asano (Horikawa H.S.) - 23:48.24
Yumi Oe (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 23:48.84

Relays
Boys' 4x100 m Relay - heats: July 29 / semifinals: July 30 / final: July 31
Tokyo H.S. - 40.33
Nagoya H.S. - 40.60
Yokkaichi Kogyo H.S. - 40.71
Josai Prep H.S. - 40.78
Osaka H.S. - 40.79

Girls' 4x100 m Relay - heats: July 29 / semifinals: July 30 / final: July 31
Tokyo H.S. - 45.67
Kurashiki Chuo H.S. - 46.13
Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S. - 46.25
Shigakukan H.S. - 46.35
Aichi H.S. - 46.49

Boys' 4x400 m Relay - heats: Aug. 1 / semifinals/final: Aug. 2
Narita H.S. - 3:11.61
Soyo H.S. - 3:12.16
Hokuyo Kansai Prep H.S. - 3:12.26
Tokyo H.S. - 3:12.51
Daini Hosei Prep H.S. - 3:12.61

Girls' 4x400 m Relay - heats: Aug. 1 / semifinals/final: Aug. 2
Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S. - 3:38.69
Shigakukan H.S. - 3:42.40
Soyo H.S. - 3:43.89
Tokyo H.S. - 3:43.94
Narita H.S. - 3:44.41

Jumps
Boys' High Jump - qualifying/final: Aug. 1
Taro Fujita (Hokuyo Kansai Prep H.S.) - 2.14 m
Aoi Ota (Hamamatsu Ichiritsu H.S.) - 2.10 m
Riku Hashimoto (Kawasaki Tachibana H.S.) - 2.10 m
Sho Koyanagi (Yusei H.S.) - 2.09 m
Toshinori Kimura (Taira Kogyo H.S.) - 2.08 m

Girls' High Jump - qualifying/final: July 30
Yuzuki Ishioka (Sendai Tohoku H.S.) - 1.78 m
Misaki Nakanishi (Okazaki Joshi H.S.) - 1:76 m
Sakura Asai (Okazaki Joshi H.S.) - 1.73 m
Shiho Araki (Akashi Shogyo H.S.) - 1.73 m
Rena Kokorozashi (Taisha H.S.) - 1.72 m

Boys' Pole Vault - qualifying: July 29 / final: July 30
Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) - 5.32 m
Takuma Arai (Kashiwa Nittai Prep H.S.) - 5.21 m
Takaaki Yoshida (Kanonji Chuo H.S.) - 5.11 m
Hibiki Uehara (Maebashi Municipal H.S.) - 5.00 m
Koki Takekawa (Fujinomiya Kita H.S.) - 5.00 m

Boys' Long Jump - qualifying/final: July 31
Kazuma Adachi (Toin H.S.) - 7.61 m
Hibiki Tsuha (Naha Nishi H.S.) - 7.55 m
Shota Inagawa (Niigata H.S.) - 7.53 m
Takahito Komori (Ryukoku Prep H.S.) - 7.51 m
Masashi Miyauchi (Sakata Nishi H.S.) - 7.50 m

Girls' Long Jump - qualifying/final: Aug. 1
Maya Takeuchi (Setsu H.S.) - 6.08 m
Yuka Yamashita (Taisei Gakuin H.S.) - 6.05 m
Miki Mihara (Hideaki H.S.) - 6.02 m
Kaori Takahashi (Kunori Gakuen H.S.) - 5.98 m
Misaki Imahama (Tamano Konan H.S.) - 5.94 m

Boys' Triple Jump - qualifying/final: Aug. 2
Chihiro Nozaki (Rakunan H.S.) - 15.77 m
Shinya Kobayashi (Suge H.S.) - 15.32 m
Tsuru Fukushima (Seibo Gakuen H.S.) - 15.16 m
Shota Inagawa (Niigata H.S.) - 15.09 m
Go Murakami (Kikugawa Nanryo H.S.) - 15.00 m

Throws
Boys' Shot Put - qualifying/final: July 31
Shinichi Yukinaga (Seiko Gakuen H.S.) - 18.00 m
Kotaro Kazahari (Mizusawa Daiichi H.S.) - 15.99 m
Kei Shimosaka (Omura H.S.) - 15.85 m
Takumi Amemiya (Koma H.S.) - 15.83 m
Norito Iyo (Ise Kogyo H.S.) - 15.75 m

Girls' Shot Put - qualifying/final: Aug. 2
Nanaka Kori (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 15.44 m
Yuka Ebihara (Tsuchiura Kohoku H.S.) - 14.05 m
Miku Tamura (Hanazono H.S.) - 14.00 m
Yuri Saito (Kochi Otemae H.S.) - 13.80 m
Kurumi Ishimaru (Jiyugaoku H.S.) - 13.71 m

Boys' Discus Throw - qualifying/final: Aug. 2
Shinichi Yukinaga (Seiko Gakuen H.S.) - 56.42 m
Hiroshi Nakamoto (Wakayama Kogyo H.S.) - 47.26 m
Taisei Fukutome (Tokyo H.S.) - 46.82 m
Kota Akiba (Seibudai H.S.) - 46.66 m
Ayumu Hirota (Himeji Shogyo H.S.) - 45.88 m

Girls' Discus Throw - qualifying/final: July 31
Nanaka Kori (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 49.14 m
Mizuki Handa (Ota Joshi H.S.) - 43.42 m
Sana Atagi (St. Catalina Joshi H.S.) - 42.29 m
Misaki Sugita (Seibudai H.S.) - 41.66 m
Chiho Kanda (Hanazono H.S.) - 41.47 m

Boys' Hammer Throw - qualifying/final: July 29
Ryota Muraki (Hisai H.S.) - 62.49 m
Tsubasa Ono (Kisarazu Sogo H.S.) - 61.69 m
Taisei Yamanaka (Uji Yamada H.S.) - 60.23 m
Keiji Miyazaki (Wakayama Kogyo H.S.) - 59.95 m
Yuya Sato (Shibata Minami H.S.) - 59.81 m

Boys' Javelin Throw - qualifying/final: Aug. 1
Gen Naganuma (Takada H.S.) - 67.97 m
Atsushi Tsukamoto (Tsuchiura Kohoku H.S.) - 65.95 m
Matake Kasai (Goshogawara Norin H.S.) - 65.71 m
Masataka Miura (Riseisha H.S.) - 65.28 m
Ikoi Tani (Yao H.S.) - 64.49 m

Girls' Javelin Throw - qualifying/final: July 30
Haruka Kitaguchi (Hokkaido Asahikawa Higashi H.S.) - 60.35 m
Asuka Goto (Tsuchiura Kohoku H.S.) - 51.96 m
Mikako Yamashita (Kyoei Gakuen H.S.) - 50.75 m
Tsugumi Okabayashi (Osaka H.S.) - 50.74 m
Haruna Nagao (Sapporo Keihoku Shogyo H.S.) - 49.34 m

Combined Events
Boys' Octathlon - July 29 - 30
Hayao Tagami (Rakunan H.S.) - 6093
Toshiki Kuge (Toba H.S.) - 5784
Shoji Shinohara (Iga Hakuho H.S.) - 5759
Ryuji Fukushima (Takaoka Shogyo H.S.) - 5639
Shota Hirono (Rakunan H.S.) -  5545

Girls' Heptathlon - July 31 - Aug. 1
Maya Shreshta (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 5327
Maya Kawaguchi (Otsuka H.S.) - 5024
Miki Toyama (Chukyo Prep H.S.) - 4946
Yui Ono (Shiraume H.S.) - 4889
Natsuki Yasuda (Aki H.S.) - 4858

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kebaso and Matsumoto Win Shibetsu Half Marathon

by Brett Larner

With the demise of the Sapporo International Half Marathon, Hokkaido's Shibetsu Half Marathon has taken on a bigger role as a major domestic summer half marathon, especially for members of Japanese national teams for international championships.  Despite generally hot conditions and the apparent cutting of the elite women's 10 km this year, both the women's and men's races featured solid fields.

Kenyan Winfredah Kebaso, the main support of the fledgling Nitori corporate women's team, easily took the win in 1:12:36 over Mai Ito (Team Otsuka Seiyaku), one of the three Japanese women in the marathon at next month's Beijing World Championships.  Ito was a distant 2nd behind Kebaso in 1:14:47 but had little trouble holding off teammate Yui Okada, 3rd in 1:15:13.  Runners from the Noritz corporate team featured prominently, taking 4 of the top 10 places, while Nitori's Remi Nakazato continued her comeback from a cancer diagnosis last November, taking 7th in 1:16:53.  Mei Matsuyama (Meijo Univ.) was the top collegiate at 9th in 1:18:13.

The Toyota men's corporate team dominated the men's race with 3 of the top 4 places and 4 inside the top 10.  Toyota's Kenta Matsumoto took the win in 1:03:56, a rare sub-1:04 in Shibetsu, with teammate Tsubasa Hayakawa outrunning Masaki Ito (Team Konica Minolta) by 5 seconds for 2nd in 1:04:20.  2014 Asian Games marathon silver medalist Kohei Matsumura (Team Mitsubishi HPS) took 5th in 1:04:41, with Rei Omori (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) taking top collegiate honors with a 1:05:23 for 9th.

29th Shibetsu Half Marathon
Shibetsu, Hokkaido, 7/26/15
click here for complete results

Women
1. Winfredah Kebaso (Kenya/Nitori) - 1:12:36
2. Mai Ito (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 1:14:47
3. Yui Okada (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 1:15:13
4. Ai Inoue (Noritz) - 1:15:34
5. Kikuyo Tsuzaki (Noritz) - 1:16:14
6. Mari Ozaki (Noritz) - 1:16:39
7. Remi Nakazato (Nitori) - 1:16:53
8. Yuko Mizuguchi (Denso) - 1:17:38
9. Mei Matsuyama (Meijo Univ.) - 1:18:13
10. Madoka Nakano (Noritz) - 1:18:32

Men
1. Kenta Matsumoto (Toyota) - 1:03:56
2. Tsubasa Hayakawa (Toyota) - 1:04:20
3. Masaki Ito (Konica Minolta) - 1:04:25
4. Ryo Matsumoto (Toyota) - 1:04:39
5. Kohei Matsumura (Mitsubishi HPS) - 1:04:41
6. Yoshihiro Wakamatsu (Nissin Shokuhin) - 1:05:12
7. Natsuki Terada (JR Higashi Nihon) - 1:05:12
8. Minato Oishi (Toyota) - 1:05:17
9. Rei Omori (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 1:05:23
10. Tomoyuki Morita (Kanebo) - 1:05:38

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Get Paced By Your 5000 m National Champion, Only At Time Trials for Grown-Ups

by Brett Larner
photos by Ekiden News, Reiko.K and STITCHrunner
click here for more photos by Ekiden News

For the third year in a row, the staff of the Ekiden News website brought the experience of the elite time trial meet to the average runner, putting on the Otona no Time Trial meet, Time Trials for Grown-Ups, at Kinuta Park Field in Tokyo's western-central suburb of Setagaya on July 26.  Despite extreme heat over 500 amateur runners from back-of-the-packers to sub-15 seekers, kids to adults, took part in 1000 m, 1500 m and finely-graded 5000 m races, mirroring the experience of elite time trial meets like the Nittai University Time Trials and Golden Games in Nobeoka. 

London Paralympics 5000 m bronze medalist Shinya Wada

Each heat featured pacing from top-tier Japanese elite athletes, including sub-62 half marathoners Takuya Fukatsu, Tomoya Onishi and Yuki Yagi from the Asahi Kasei corporate team, London Paralympics men's 5000 m bronze medalist Shinya Wada and Yuki Kawauchi's middle brother Yoshiki Kawauchi, giving amateurs not only the experience of running in an elite-style race but the chance to actually run with and talk to some of their favorite athletes, as well giving many of the pros, isolated inside the system since high school, their first real interactions with ordinary runners.

Yuki Yagi and Ekiden News founder Takeshi Nishimoto

After a great popular response to last year's Time Trials where Sydney Olympics women's marathon gold medalist and former world record holder Naoko Takahashi featured on pacing duty, other elites simply turned up to check out the fresh atmosphere at the meet, another step forward in Ekiden News' mission to bridge the gap between elite and amateur and help popularize and share their love of another side of Japan's incredible elite racing world with the booming domestic amateur market, and vice versa.

Prominent among the people to just turn up was this year's 5000 m national champion Kota Murayama, a 13:19 runner and member of the Beijing World Championships team.  Murayama was so into the meet's format that he asked if he could pace a heat, jumping in unplanned to pace the I-Heat to break 20 minutes with one of the OTT's customized bib numbers.  I-Heat runner Yu Mito got the treat of a lifetime as Murayama took him out front alone ahead of the rest of the field, and Murayama got the entire track including Mito laughing with a self-parody of his much-criticized showboating win over then-future 5000 m national record holder Suguru Osako last month at the National Championships, sprinting away from Mito in the last 50 m, pumping his fists and shouting, "Oh yeah!"


Murayama stayed at the finish line to cheer on incoming runners, even helping out one struggling with the effects of the heat the way he would one of his own teammates.  You know Mito, the other runners, and all the fans crowding into lane 5 were loving every minute of it.  Murayama and the other pros were loving it just as much, all of them there without appearance fees and just because they liked the vibe of a group of outsiders doing it themselves, doing what they think needs to be done to both share and benefit what they love and doing it with total professionalism.  You have all the right ideals and an idea about what needs to happen to make things better, you find a way to put it into action, and people respond.  If only there were more grown-ups like that.

text (c) 2015 Brett Larner, all rights reserved
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