Sunday, July 31, 2016

Yamamoto Leads Top Six Under 5000 m Race Walk Meet Record - National High School Championships Day Three Results

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69th National High School Track and Field Championships 
Day Three Highlights
City Lights Stadium, Okayama, 7/31/16
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Women's 400 m Hurdles Final
1. Moeka Sekimoto (Odate Homei H.S.) - 59.14
2. Kana Koyama (Kawasaki Municipal Tachibana H.S.) - 59.18
3. Natsumi Murakami (Narita H.S.) - 59.19

Men's 400 m Hurdles Final
1. Yusuke Shirao (Tonodai Prep Daini H.S.) - 51.40
2. Tomoki Arisaka (Niigata Gakuen H.S.) - 51.81
3. Takuya Michishita (Takigawa Daini H.S.) - 52.60

Men's 5000 m Race Walk Final
1. Shinjiro Yamamoto (Toyama Shogyo H.S.) - 20:14.63 - MR
2. Taiki Naruoka (Iga Hakuho H.S.) - 20:17.36 (MR)
3. Masatora Kawano (Gotemba Minami H.S.) - 20:18.92 (MR)

Women's 4 x 100 m Relay Final
1. Kurashiki Chuo H.S. - 45.49
2. Chukyo Prep Chukyo H.S. - 45.78
3. Tokyo H.S. - 45.80

Men's 4 x 100 m Relay Final
1. Rakunan H.S. - 40.10
2. Miyazaki Kogyo H.S. - 40.30
3. Sendai Ikuei H.S. - 40.43

Men's Long Jump Final
1. Yuki Hashioka (Hachioji H.S.) - 7.75 m -1.6 m/s
2. Yuta Takenouchi (Kagoshima Minami H.S.) - 7.42 m +0.6 m/s
3. Taiga Oda (Toin Gakuen H.S.) - 7.40 m -0.6 m/s

Men's Shot Put Final
1. Ryuji Iwasa (Hokuriku H.S.) - 17.27 m
2. Kiyoharu Shirafuji (Anjo Gakuen H.S.) - 16.58 m
3. Hiroshi Ikegawa (Takigawa Daini H.S.) - 16.43 m

Women's Discus Throw Final
1. Azusa Okawara (Tsuchiura Kohoku H.S.) - 46.50 m
2. Maki Saito (Tsuruoka Kogyo H.S.) - 46.14 m
3. Chiho Takaki (Naruto Uzushio H.S.) - 43.84 m

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Ejima Breaks Pole Vault High School National Record - National High School Championships Day Two Results

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by Brett Larner
videos by Ekiden News


Back in action after his 6th-place finish at last week's World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) cleared 5.43 m to win the 2016 National High School Track and Field Championships men's pole vault July 30 at Okayama's City Lights Stadium.  Ejima's mark broke the meet record by 2 cm and his own high school national record set earlier this year by 1 cm.



8th in the Bydgoszcz women's 3000 m and 2nd in June's National Championships 1500 m, Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) was likewise back in the 1500 m.  In a tight race with teammates Hina Takahashi and Yume Goto, Tanaka tried to frontrun her way to a national title but lost to Takahashi by a slim margin in the home straight, 4:15.82 to 4:15.95, with Goto just behind in 4:16.69.  Tanaka's performance at the National Championships already had her in the all-time Japanese high school top ten, but with Takahashi and Goto joining her in the top ten this race may have been the greatest women's 1500 m in Japanese high school history.  And with all three running for Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S. the fall's ekiden season should be interesting.

Another record came in the men's heptathlon.  Yuma Maruyama (Shinoda H.S.) and Wilson Takashi Koha (Shibata H.S.) battled each other over to a new meet record over the course of two days.  Both cleared last year's record-setting mark of 6002, Maruyama getting the win in 6085 just off the year-old high school national record of 6093.

69th National High School Track and Field Championships 
Day Two Highlights
City Lights Stadium, Okayama, 7/30/16
click here for complete results

Women's 100 m Final -1.6 m/s
1. Ami Saito (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 11.78
2. Yuna Ito (Gifu Shogyo H.S.) - 11.98
3. Azusa Sasaki (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 12.03

Men's 100 m Final -3.0 m/s
1. Daisuke Miyamoto (Rakunan H.S.) - 10.61
2. Ryuga Matsuo (Kannabe Asahi H.S.) - 10.72
3. Kazuki Tamura (Shimonoseki Shogyo H.S.) - 10.78

Women's 1500 m Final
1. Hina Takahashi (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 4:15.82
2. Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 4:15.95
3. Yume Goto (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 4:16.69

Men's 1500 m Final
1. Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 3:47.75
2. Ryohei Iio (Yawatahama H.S.) - 3:48.52
3. Yuzuki Maekawa (Hamamatsu Shogyo H.S.) - 3:49.19

Women's 5000 m Race Walk Final
1. Nanako Fujii (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) - 23:17.23
2. Aiko Moriguchi (Nishinomiya H.S.) - 23:23.46
3. Maika Yagi (Nishinomiya H.S.) - 23:30.14

Women's High Jump Final
1. Sakura Asai (Okazaki Josai Prep H.S.) - 1.81 m
2. Riko Kamisaka (Funabashi Municipal H.S.) - 1.74 m
3. Moe Takeuchi (Honjo Daiichi H.S.) - 1.74 m

Men's Pole Vault Final
1. Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) - 5.43 m - HS NR
2. Takaaki Yoshida (Kanonji Chuo H.S.) - 5.15 m
3. Tomoya Uchiyama (Nagano Yoshida H.S.) - 5.05 m

Women's Javelin Throw Final
1. Mahiro Osa (Wakayama Kita H.S.) - 56.48 m
2. Sae Takemoto (Amagasaki Municipal H.S.) - 52.74 m
3. Tomoka Kuwazoe (Furukawa Reiai H.S.) - 49.70 m

Men's Heptathlon Overall
1. Yuma Maruyama (Shinoda H.S.) - 6085 - MR
2. Wilson Takashi Koha (Shibata H.S.) - 6024 (MR)
3. Ryoya Moriguchi (Tokai Prep Gyosei H.S.) - 5692

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

National High School Championships Day One Results

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69th National High School Track and Field Championships 
Day One Highlights
City Lights Stadium, Okayama, 7/29/16
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Women's 400 m Final
1. Rin Aoki (Soyo H.S.) - 54.14
2. Minami Hatano (Tokai Prep Boyo H.S.) - 54.21
3. Airi Ikezaki (Funairi H.S.) - 54.64

Men's 400 m Final
1. Tomohiro Kokubo (Sakuragaoka H.S.) - 46.67
2. Daichi Inoue (Tokyo H.S.) - 46.91
3. Yushi Uike (Saikyo H.S.) - 47.03

Men's Hammer Throw Final
1. Masanobu Hattori (Amagasaki Municipal H.S.) - 64.57 m
2. Tatsuto Nakagawa (Himeji Kogyo H.S.) - 63.77 m
3. Reo Yamamoto (Kisarazu Sogo H.S.) - 63.24 m

Thursday, July 28, 2016

69th National High School Track and Field Championships Start Friday

by Brett Larner



After building up through the prefectural and regional qualifying rounds, the high school track and field season hits its peak this weekend with the 69th National High School Track and Field Championships at Okayama's City Light Stadium.  Fresh back from Poland, the entry lists feature much of the Bydgoszcz World U20 Championships team including top-8 placers Naoki Kitadani (Kobe Shiritsu Kagaku Gijutsu H.S.) in the men's 400 m, Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) and Rika Kaseda (Narita H.S.) in the women's 3000 m and Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) in the men's pole vault.  A notable absence is sprint sensation Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.), sidelined with injury earlier this season.

Watch live streaming of the National High School Track and Field Championships above.  Click here for alternate cameras.  Complete entry lists, the championships schedule and results are available in Japanese here.  Soka University Associate Professor Bruce Carrick has done an outstanding job of making the entry lists and qualifying marks available in English on Athletic.net.  JRN will be posting results from key events throughout the five days of competition.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Japan's Olympic Marathon Men Enthusiastic for Rio: "We're Ready to Take on the World"

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2016/07/27/kiji/K20160727013046870.html
http://www.jiji.com/jc/article?k=2016072700768&g=spo

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Training in Kushiro, Hokkaido in preparation for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, Japan's three marathon men Satoru Sasaki (Team Asahi Kasei), Hisanori Kitajima (Team Yasukawa Denki) and Suehiro Ishikawa (Team Honda) appeared at a press conference July 27 at a Kushiro hotel.  Ishikawa was enthusiastic as he said, "We're not going there just to take part.  We're ready to take on the world."

All three men wore the flashy bright "Sunrise Red" national colors that represent the power of the rising sun.  The oldest-ever Japanese man to run the Olympic marathon, Ishikawa said that his goal is to do better than the 6th-place finish by Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) at the London Olympics.  With two wins in his three marathons to date, Nakamoto's training partner Kitajima commented, "I'm really happy to get to wear a uniform that I've only seen on TV.  I don't want to break my flow, just relax and run big."  His 2:08:56 best making him the fastest on the team, Sasaki said, "I haven't really had any injuries, so basically no problem.  I want to sharpen things up and go to Rio ready to break my PB."

According to JAAF director of men's marathoning Takeshi Soh, this is the first time that the entire Japanese men's marathon squad has done its final training together.  The cool temperatures in Hokkaido have helped them develop and maintain their condition during their training.  Ishikawa commented, "It's a great environment where we've been able to put in great training."  Kitajima, whose daughter was born in February, laughed as he said, "I didn't expect it to be this cool.  I didn't bring the right clothes at all!  I can't wait to get home and see my girl."

'Estimated Costs for Temporary Venues at 2020 Olympics Grow by 4 Times'

http://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20160726/p2a/00m/0na/012000c

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Tokyo Marathon Course Change - Masuzoe's Only Achievement as Governor? An Editorial

http://www.zakzak.co.jp/society/domestic/news/20160726/dms1607261200010-n1.htm

an editorial by Minoru Nasu, Sankei Newspaper photo editor
translated by Brett Larner

"Tokyo Station will form the stunningly picturesque backdrop for the new finish line."  With these words Tokyo governor Yoichi Masuzoe confidently announced the change of the Tokyo Marathon course at a press conference on March 29.

The Sankei Newspaper is one of the Tokyo Marathon's sponsors.  Being in charge of photography, I set up an on-site meeting with representatives of the Tokyo Marathon Foundation to discuss issues like the shooting locations in the new finish area so that our reporters and photographers would be able to do their jobs smoothly.  "That's so easy for you to say, Mr. Masuzoe..."  That was my immediate reaction when I heard the news about the course change.  There are a lot of constraints on marathons held on public roads, and things do not proceed as planned.

Runners crossing the finish line framed by Tokyo Station.  There's no doubt those would be spectacular pictures if you could find the perfect angle.  Having now resigned his position as governor in the political fallout from a scandal involving misuse of public funds, is this the only thing Masuzoe actually accomplished?  It may become his lone achievement.  But the issue is whether it survives the July 31 election for his replacement.  We could start to hear calls to "Repeal the course change too!"

Monday, July 25, 2016

Obituary: Concerning the Passing of Fujitsu Athlete Johana Maina

http://sports.jp.fujitsu.com/cs/news/detail/160723010226/1.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner
click here for more information on Maina's passing

Fujitsu men's long distance team member Johana Maina complained of not feeling well while on vacation back in his home country Kenya.  He was taken to a hospital but passed away suddenly on July 21, 2016.  We are deeply grateful for the kindness he showed in life and wish here to humbly pay our respects to his accomplishments.

Johana Maina, athlete
Dec. 24 1990 - July 21, 2016

Personal Bests
5000 m: 13:25.24 (2015)     10000 m: 27:26.92 (2015)     half marathon: 1:01:19 (2016)

Major Accomplishments
2012: 1st, Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:01:34
2014: 1st, Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:01:43
          2nd, Kumanchi 30 km Road Race, 1:29:55
2015: 1st, Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:02:33
          2nd, Hachioji Long Distance 10000 m, 27:26.92 - 19th in world in 2015
2016: 2nd, National Corporate Half Marathon, 1:01:19

Comments from Fujitsu head coach Tadashi Fukushima
On July 19 Johana Maina returned to Kenya in good health, but on July 21 he abruptly passed away.  As an athlete he was just at the point where he was coming into his own, and it is a tremendous loss.

Maina joined us in 2012, and from the start his bright and friendly personality meant he fit in well on our team and was well-liked by everyone.  He had the desire and work ethic to try to get better, and lately he had reached the point where he was just about ready to race in international competitions, the point where you could expect more and more success.  In the ekidens he ran with the team he was always encouraging the other team members, saying, "Let's become the best!"

This news is a sad reality but it is one that we must face and accept.  I hope that as a team we can take up Johana's spirit of striving to be the best in pursuing our goals.  My sincere gratitude for all the words of support we have received.  Thank you.

Rest in peace.