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Nagashima Wins 3000 m Gold, Yonezawa and Matsumoto Go 1-2 in 5000 m on Opening Day of Asian Juniors

The U20 Asian Championships started June 4 in Yecheon, South Korea with competition in eight events. In the men's 3000 m, Sonata Nagashima ran 8:19.49 to win the gold medal. With only five athletes in the race, Nagashima took the lead in the first 200 m with a 2:40 first 1000 m. Nobody else could follow that kind of pace, and with a 5:24 split at 2000 m his lead only grew as he coasted in to his first international title. Nagashima joined the Asahi Kasei corporate team in April after graduating from Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S. Active in track and field since junior high school, he was a podium placer at the National High School Ekiden and won the opening stages at both last December's National High School Ekiden and January's National Men's Ekiden. In the women's 5000 m, Nanaka Yonezawa of national champion Meijo University took the gold medal in 16:37.37, with Akari Matsumoto of the Sekisui Kagaku corporate team winning silver in 16:42.22. Nozomi Sakurai (Semi H.
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Izumiya Breaks 110 m Hurdles NR - National Track and Field Championships Day 4 Highlights

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National Track and Field Championships Day 4 Streaming

  The 107th National Track and Field Championships and 39th U20 National Championships wrap up Sunday at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai. Streaming runs on two feeds from 10:30 a.m. to 16:30 local time, with the last block from 16:30 to 18:45 on NHK TV nationwide and ad-free. Live results will be here .   Finals 10:30 - U20 Women's Shot Put 12:20 - U20 Men's High Jump 12:25 - U20 Women's Long Jump 12:30 - U20 Men's Shot Put 13:35 - U20 Women's 400 mH 13:50 - U20 Women's 800 m 14:00 - U20 Men's 800 m 14:20 - U20 Men's 110 mH 14:30 - U20 Women's 200 m 14:40 - U20 Men's 400 m 14:40 - Women's Shot Put 15:20 - U20 Men's 100 m 15:25 - Men's High Jump 15:30 - U20 Women's 3000 m 15:55 - U20 Men's 3000 m 16:00 - Women's Long Jump 16:32 - Women's 400 mH 16:45 - Women's 800 m 16:55 - Men's Shot Put 17:00 - Men's 800 m 17:15 - Women's 200 m 17:30 - Men's 400 m 17:45 - Men's 110 mH 18:05 - Women's 5000

Morimoto Breaks Triple Jump NR - National Track And Field Championships Day 3 Highlights

Mariko Morimoto (Uchida Kensetsu) brought the performance of the day in the women's triple jump on the third day of the 107th National Track and Field Championships and 39th U20 National Championships Saturday at Osaka's Yanmar Nagai Stadium. On her fifth attempt Morimoto jumped 14.16 m +0.7 m/s, a massive PB that broke the 1999-era national record by 12 cm. It was enough to move her up to 10th in the world this year, a welcome surprise to fans and federation officials in the lead-up to August's Budapest World Championships. The women's 100 mH final was the race of the day, a four-way photo finish between NR holder Mako Fukube (NKK), WC quota occupants Masumi Aoki (77 Ginko) and Yumi Tanaka (Fujitsu), and previous NR holder Asuka Terada (Japan Create Group), non-ranked as she makes another comeback this season. Terada and Aoki both clocked 12.95, Tanaka 12.96 and Fukube 12.99, and after a long review Terada was named the winner. In a way it was the most complicate

National Track and Field Championships Day 3 Preview and Streaming

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Kawamura Breaks 1500 m MR - National Track and Field Championships Day 2 Highlights

Heavy rain in Osaka on the leading edge of a passing typhoon meant most of the field events on the day 2 program at the 107th National Track and Field Championships and 39th U20 National Championships got bumped to the morning of day 3, but on the track men's 1500 m NR holder Kazuki Kawamura (Toenec) dropped a meet record to win the best race of the day. One of five men on the start list with bests under 3:40, Kawamura held off a surprise challenge from Yusuke Takahashi (Hokkaido Univ. Grad School) and #2-ranked Keisuke Morita (Subaru) to take the national title in 3:38.45, breaking the ancient 1991-era National Championships meet record by 0.39. It was a close enough finish that both Takahashi and Morita made it under the MR too, Takahashi in a PB 3:38.69 and Morita in 3:38.75. 4th-placer Masato Saiki (Fujisannomeisui) went under 3:40 for the first time in 3:39.58. Just about the only ones to underperform were the two World Championships quota-ranked athletes in the field, Ry