Friday, March 27, 2009

Hara, Ogawa and Coach Omori Quit Team Kyocera

http://www.sankei-kansai.com/2009/03/26/20090326-007928.php
http://www.47news.jp/CN/200903/CN2009032601001091.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Kunio Omori, 64, head coach of women's jitsugyodan powerhouse Team Kyocera, announced on Mar. 26 that he is leaving the team at the end of the month along with 2005 and 2007 World Championships marathoner Yumiko Hara and 2009 Nagoya International Women's Marathon 5th place finisher Kiyomi Ogawa. The trio's future plans are as yet uncertain, but they intend to look for a new sponsor and to continue on in athletics.

Omori has been head coach of Team Kyocera since 1998, coaching team member Miho Sato (nee Sugimori) to the women's 800 m national record and on to the Athens Olympics. Prior to that he was head coach of Saitama Sakae High School where he lead the women's team to three straight National High School Ekiden Championship titles beginning in 1995. Omori commented, "After eleven years as head of Team Kyocera it is time for me to move on. I would still like to help athletes who are interested in my advice, but everything ahead is a blank page."

Hara, 27, a native of Tochigi Prefecture, graduated from Utsunoimya Bunsei Girls High School in 2000 and entered Team Kyocera. She won the 2005 Nagoya International Women's Marathon in her debut, finishing 6th overall and as the top Japanese runner in the Helsinki World Championships later the same year. She also ran in the 2007 Osaka World Championships marathon.

3 comments:

dennis said...

Why don't Ogawa and Hara join Second Wind AC? What is Hara planning to do this season? She should run London and some half marathons to prove her form in a shorter race.

dennis said...

Can I join Jitsugyodan Teams? I want to train with the National team and run ekidens and track and field.

dennis said...

Why is Hara out of action? She finish a strong 3rd at Osaka a return to good form. Ok she won't make the team but why don she run sapporo half marathon or sendai? And then focus on running a 2:22:00 marathon like Akaba. Tell Hara to join Second wind AC.