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Niiya and Aizawa Crush 10000 m National Records In Incredible National Championships Distance Finale

What an amazing night that was. When the spring's National Track and Field Championships were postponed the JAAF split them up into chunks over the fall, with the long distance events, women's and men's 3000 m steeplechase, 5000 m and 10000 m, to go off Dec. 4 in Osaka, right after the reopening of Olympic qualification and right at the peak of ekiden season tune-up. And it was awesome. Like one of the millions of big time trial meets this fall, as super deep as you'd expect, but faster, way faster, with stellar conditions and an Olympic spot on the line for anyone who won and got the standard. Six of the night's seven races were won by people who set PBs, two of them in national records, and one with a junior national record down in 3rd. The women's 3000 m steeplechase was expected to be a duel between defending champ and all-time JPN #4  Reimi Yoshimura  (Daito Bunka) and all-time JPN #6  Yuno Yamanaka  (Ehime Ginko), but  all-time JPN #7 Yukari Ishizawa  (E
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Nationals, Fukuoka and More - Weekend Preview (updated)

December kicks off with another big weekend on the track and roads across Japan. First up it's Friday's rescheduled long distance segment of this year's National Track and Field Championships in Osaka, strategically positioned just inside the reworked qualifying window for next year's Tokyo Olympics. Across men's and women's 3000 m steeplechase, 5000 m and 10000 m, anyone who wins their event with the Olympic standard will be guaranteed a place on the Tokyo team. It doesn't look like there's any official streaming, but the meet will be broadcast on NHK-BS1 starting at 16:00 local time. The 9:30.00 standard in the women's 3000 mSC is faster than the Japanese national record, and with defending national champ Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) the closest at 9:49.30 there's not much chance that spot will get taken barring a big step up from her. Her main competition is Yuno Yamanaka (Ehime Ginko), close behind on PB at 9:50.05, with two other

Miura Out of National Championships Steeplechase After Training Accident

Next generation 3000 m steeplechase star Ryuji Miura (Juntendo Univ.), 18,  has withdrawn from the Dec. 4 National Track and Field Championships to be held at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai. According to a statement from the university, Miura struck his left leg while practicing his hurdling. In July Miura ran 8:19.37, missing the Japanese national record by a fraction of a second. A win under the Olympic qualifying standard of 8:22.00 at Friday's Nationals would have secured his place on the Tokyo Olympic team.   source article: translated and edited by Brett Larner

Iwanaga Breaks 60+ Masters 10000 m World Record

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23-Year-Old Amateur Runner Kaito Iwasa Hoping for Breakthrough at Fukuoka International Marathon

A Chuo University team video from Iwasa's senior season last year. He turns up in the Ageo City Half Marathon clip starting at 1:42. Local Hiratsuka resident Kaito Iwasa , 23, will run the 74th Fukuoka International Marathon on Dec 6. With the number of entrants limited to a select few due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Iwasa earned the right to stand on the starting line by meeting the strict qualifying standards. "Fast times will come later," he said. "Before anything else I just want to enjoy this one." Iwasa graduated from Kasugano J.H.S. and Oiso H.S. He attended Chuo University. where he was part of the ekiden team. After graduating from Chuo this year he started working at a local company in April, training all the while for next spring's Tokyo Marathon. When Tokyo was postponed until next October due to the coronavirus crisis, he started looking for another race he could run and heard that Fukuoka would be happening.  In March this year Iwasa ra

National Championships Long Distance Entry Lists (updated)

The JAAF has announced the entry lists for the long distance events for this year's rescheduled National Track and Field Championships , to be held Dec. 4 at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai. The program features men's and women's 5000 m, 10000 m and 3000 m steeplechase, with two heats of men's 10000 m due to the large number of entries. The defending national champs in five events, Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu, 5000 m), Kazuki Tamura (Sumitomo Denko, 10000 m), Ryohei Sakaguchi (SGH Group, 3000 mSC), Rina Nabeshima (Japan Post, 10000 m), and Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ., 3000mSC), are all entered. After initially announcing her entry, women's 5000 m national champion  Tomoka Kimura  (Shiseido) is an early scratch following disastrous runs at both major fall ekidens. Due to the one-day schedule doubling would be very unlikely, but that hasn't stopped men's 5000 m and marathon national record holder  Suguru Osako  (Nike) from entering both the 5000 m an