Skip to main content

Ono`s Olympic Hopes End in Kushiro (updated)

by Brett Larner

Ryuji Ono`s dream of running in his second Olympic 10000 m came to an end on July 16 with his 2nd place 27:54.28 finish in the Hokuren Distance Challenge Kushiro Meet in Kushiro, Hokkaido. Ono, who runs for Team Asahi Kasei, made the 2004 Athens Olympics 10000 m as an 18 year old high school student. Since mid-May he had come frustratingly close to clearing the Beijing Olympics A-standard three times, running 27:56.86 on May 17, 27:53.19 on June 1st, and 27:55.16 at the National Track and Field Championships on June 26. Team Konica-Minolta`s Takayuki Matsumiya won Nationals and held an A-standard time, meaning that Kushiro represented Ono`s last chance of qualifying in advance of the July 23rd deadline to make the Japanese team. Once again he came up short, finishing just behind winner Nicholas Kamau of Team JAL Ground Service.

Other notable results included women`s 1500 m national record holder and Beijing Olympics women`s 5000 m team member Yuriko Kobayashi`s victory in the 3000 m, former Hakone Ekiden star Satoru Kitamura`s win the men`s 3000 m ahead of his teammate Kazuyoshi Tokumoto, and 2008 Sapporo International Half Marathon winner Yuri Kano`s 1st-place finish in the women`s 10000 m. Kano`s time fell short of the Olympic A-standard but was only 1 second off her PB and well faster than her time in last month`s National Track and Field Championships 10000 m, where she was 9th in 32:10.93.

Top Finishers

Women`s 3000 m A-group
1. Yuriko Kobayashi (Team Toyota Jidoshokki): 8:54.42
2. Obare Dorika (Team Hitachi): 8:59.79
3. Yuko Shimizu (Team Sekisui): 9:04.93

Women`s 3000 m B-group
1. Kaori Oyama (Team Noritz): 9:26.78
2. Kaori Urata (Team Tenmaya): 9:27.13
3. Yoshie Kitomi (Team Hokuren): 9:32.89

Men`s 3000 m
1. Satoru Kitamura (Team Nissin Shokuhin): 8:07.90
2. Kazuyoshi Tokumoto (Team Nissin Shokuhin): 8:12.28
3. Kazuya Namera (Hokkai Gakuen Univ.): 8:15.19

Women`s 10000 m
1. Yuri Kano (Second Wind AC): 31:54.24
2. Maki Suzawa (Team Kyocera): 32:04.24
3. Takami Ominami (Team Toyota Shatai): 32:29.29

Men`s 10000 m A-group
1. Nicholas Kamau (Team JAL Ground Service): 27:52.32
2. Ryuji Ono (Team Asahi Kasei): 27:54.28
3. James Mwangi (Team NTN): 27:58.43
4. Atsushi Fujita (Team Fujitsu): 28:25.67
5. Satoshi Irifune (Team Kanebo): 28:28.86

Men`s 10000 m B-group
1. Akinori Tachibana (Team Nissan): 28:44.72
2. Makoto Harada (Team JR Higashi): 28:49.89
3. Ryo Yamamoto (Team Sagawa Express): 28:52.36

Men`s 10000 m C-group
1. Naoki Yamashita (Team NTN): 29:04.06
2. Yukinobu Nakazaki (Team Toyota Kyushu): 29:05.57
3. Shun Sato (Team Yakult): 29:07.28

Men`s 10000 m D-group
1. Hayato Ideue (Team Toyota Kyushu): 29:41.97
2. Kazuharu Mori (Team Yachio): 29:48.16
3. ??? Chan (Team Daewoo): 29:50.35

Complete results will be available here.

(c) 2008 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

How it Happened

Ancient History I went to Wesleyan University, where the legend of four-time Boston Marathon champ and Wes alum Bill Rodgers hung heavy over the cross-country team. Inspired by Koichi Morishita and Young-Cho Hwang’s duel at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics I ran my first marathon in 1993, qualifying for Boston ’94 where Bill was kind enough to sign a star-struck 20-year-old me’s bib number at the expo.

Three years later I moved to Japan for grad school, and through a long string of coincidences I came across a teenaged kid named Yuki Kawauchi down at my neighborhood track. I never imagined he’d become what he is, but right from the start there was just something different about him. After his 2:08:37 breakthrough at the 2011 Tokyo Marathon he called me up and asked me to help him get into races abroad. He’d finished 3rd on the brutal downhill Sixth Stage at the Hakone Ekiden, and given how he’d run the hills in the last 6 km at Tokyo ’11 I thought he’d do well at Boston or New York. “If M…

The Kawauchi Counter

Yuki Kawauchi's 2018 race results: Jan. 1: Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, U.S.A.: 2:18:59 - 1st - CR
Jan. 14: Okukuma Road Race Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:03:28 - 7th
Jan. 21: Yashio Isshu Ekiden, Saitama: 1:01:03 - 1st - ran entire 20.0 km ekiden solo and beat all 103 teams of 6 runners each
Jan. 28: Okumusashi Ekiden First Stage (9.9 km), Saitama - 29:41 - 6th
Feb. 4: Saitama Ekiden Third Stage (12.1 km), Saitama - 36:54 - 4th
Feb. 11: Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon, Shimane - cancelled due to heavy snow
Feb. 18: Kitakyushu Marathon, Fukuoka - 2:11:46 - 1st - CR
Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama - 1:04:26 - 1st
Mar. 4: Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:04:49 - 12th
Mar. 11: Yoshinogawa Riverside Half Marathon, Tokushima - 1:05:50 - 1st - CR
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan - 2:14:12 - 1st
Mar. 24: Heisei Kokusai University Time Trials, Saitama
              5000 m Heat 4: 14:53.95 - 1st
              5000 m Heat 6: 14:36.58 - 2nd
           …

“The Miracle in Fukuoka” - Real Talk From Yuki Kawauchi on “Taking on the World” (part 1)

http://sports.yahoo.co.jp/column/detail/201701120002-spnavi

translated by Brett Larner

Ahead of his nomination to the London World Championships Marathon team, Sportsnavi published a three-part series of writings by Yuki Kawauchi on what it took for him to make the team, his hopes for London, and his views on the future of Japanese marathoning.  With his place on the London team announced on Mar. 17, JRN will publish an English translation of the complete series over the next three days. See Sportsnavi's original version linked above for more photos. Click here for part two, "Bringing All My Experience Into Play in London," or here for part three, "The Lessons of the Past Are Not 'Outdated.'"


The Fukuoka International Marathon was held on Dec. 4 last year. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov’t) took part despite nursing injuries he had sustained in training. Falling rain contributed to less than ideal conditions during the race, but from the very early stages…