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Rikuren Announces Japanese Olympic Track and Field Team of 40

by Brett Larner

Following the July 23rd deadline for athletes to qualify for the Japanese track and field team at the Beijing Olympics, Rikuren has announced the team`s complete lineup. The roster includes 16 women and 24 men and features 17 national record holders along with several defending medalists, junior and university record holders.

A complete list of the current Japanese team with qualification times and PBs - click names for photos and more detailed profiles:

Women`s 100 m
Chisato Fukushima - 11.36 (PB: 11.36 - NR)

Women`s 4 x 400 m
Asami Tanno - 51.75 (PB: 51.75 - NR)
Mayu Kida - 53.05 (PB: 53.05)
Satomi Kubokura - 53.08 (PB: 53.08)
Sayaka Aoki - 53.40 (PB: 53.40)

Women`s 3000 m SC
Minori Hayakari - 9:33.93 (PB: 9:33.93 - NR)

Women`s 5000 m
Kayoko Fukushi - 15:05.73 (PB: 14:53.22 - NR)
Yukiko Akaba - 15:06.07 (PB: 15:06.07)
Yuriko Kobayashi - 15:07.37 (PB: 15:07.37)

Women`s 10000 m
Yoko Shibui - 31:15.07 (PB: 30:48.89 - NR)
Yukiko Akaba - 31:15.34 (PB: 31:15.34)
Kayoko Fukushi - 31:18.79 (PB: 30:51.81)

Women`s 20 km Walk
Mayumi Kawasaki - 1:28:56 (PB: 1:28:56 - NR)
Sachiko Konishi - 1:30:26 (PB: 1:30:26)

Women`s Marathon
Mizuki Noguchi - 2:21:37 (PB: 2:19:12 - NR)
Yurika Nakamura - 2:25:51 (PB: 2:25:51)
Reiko Tosa - 2:26:15 (PB: 2:22:46)

Women`s Long Jump
Kumiko Ikeda - 6.73 (PB: 6.86 - NR)

Men`s 100 m
Nobuharu Asahara - 10.14 (PB: 10.02)
Naoki Tsukahara - 10.15 (PB: 10.15)

Men`s 110 m Hurdles
Masato Naito - 13.43 (PB: 13.43)

Men`s 200 m
Shingo Suetsugu - 20.20 (PB: 20.03 - NR)
Shinji Takahira - 20.52 (PB: 20.35)
Hitoshi Saito - 20.64 (PB: 20.64)

Men`s 400 m
Yuzo Kanemaru - 45.21 (PB: 45.21)
Yoshihiro Horigome - 46.05 (PB: 45.77)
Mitsuhiro Abiko - 46.23 (PB: 46.23)

Men`s Sprint Relays
Athletes to be drawn from the pool above - to be updated.

Men`s 400 m Hurdles
Kenji Narisako - 48.44 (PB: 47.93)
Dai Tamesue - 48.73 (PB: 47.89 - NR)

Men`s 3000 m SC
Yoshitaka Iwamizu - 8:23.31 (PB: 8:18.93 - NR)

Men`s 5000 m
Takayuki Matsumiya - 13:13.20 (PB: 13:13.20 - NR)
Kensuke Takezawa - 13:19.00 (PB: 13:19.00)

Men`s 10000 m
Takayuki Matsumiya - 27:41.75 (PB: 27:41.75)

Men`s 20 km Walk
Yuki Yamazaki - 1:20.38 (PB: 1:20:38)
Takayuki Tanii - 1:21:09 (PB: 1:20:39)
Koichiro Morioka - 1:21:30 (PB: 1:21:30)

Men`s Marathon
Atsushi Sato - 2:07:13 (PB: 2:07:13)
Satoshi Osaki - 2:08:36 (PB: 2:08:36)
Tsuyoshi Ogata - 2:10:48 (PB: 2:08:37)

Men`s 50 km Walk
Yuki Yamazaki - 3:41.55 (PB: 3:41.55 - NR)
Takayuki Tanii - 3:49.33 (PB: 3:47.23)

Men`s Hammer
Koji Murofushi - 82.62 (PB: 84.86 - NR)
Yukifumi Murakami - 79.85 (PB: 81.71)

Men`s High Jump
Naoyuki Daigo - 2.30 (PB: 2.33 - NR)

Men`s Pole Vault
Daichi Sawano - 5.75 (PB: 5.83 - NR)

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