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Weekend Japanese Track Action Roundup

by Brett Larner

The weekend of May 16-17 was the biggest of the year for Japanese track and field. Beyond the major regional university meet documented yesterday, six regional professional meets for members of Japanese corporate running world took place across the country. Below is a listing of top finishers in each of the distance events at the six Jitsugyodan meets. Click each meet header for complete results in Japanese.

2009 East Japan Jitsugyodan Track and Field Meet - Top Finishers
Men's 10000 m
1. Josephat Ndambiri (Team Komori Corp.) - 26:58.40 - CR
2. Gideon Ngatuny (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 27:01.83 - (CR)
3. Cyrus Njui (Team Hitachi Cable) - 28:40.99

Men's 5000 m
1. Yacob Jarso (Team Honda) - 13:19.20 - CR, PB
2. Gideon Ngatuny (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:19.41 - (CR)
3. Jonathan Ndiku (Team Hitachi Cable) - 13:37.68
4. Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:38.31 - (Japanese CR)

Men's 3000 m SC
1. Masatoshi Kikuchi (Team Fujitsu) - 8:43.39
2. Tatsunori Shinoura (Team S&B) - 8:46.73
3. Sho Okamura (Team Honda) - 8:47.94

Men's 1500 m
1. Jonathan Ndiku (Team Hitachi Cable) - 3:43.44
2. Yasunori Murakami (Team Fujitsu) - 3:45.07
3. Masahiro Takaya (Team JR Higashi Nihon) - 3:45.18

Women's 10000 m
1. Julia Mombi (Team Aruze) - 32:51.41
2. Yukako Eto (Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) - 32:54.64
3. Yukari Sahaku (Team Aruze) - 32:58.96

Women's 5000 m
1. Philes Ongori (Team Hokuren) - 15:12.15
2. Doricah Obare (Team Hitachi) - 15:21.12
3. Yukako Eto (Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) - 15:47.52

Women's 3000 m
1. Nami Tani (Team Aruze) - 9:22.69
2. Hitomi Nakamura (Team Panasonic) - 9:23.03
3. Yukie Nagata (Team Toyota Jidoshokki) - 9:23.70

Women's 1500 m
1. Philes Ongori (Team Hokuren) - 4:15.08
2. Doricah Obare (Team Hitachi) - 4:15.63
3. Mika Yoshikawa (Team Panasonic) - 4:18.46

2009 Chugoku Jitsugyodan Track and Field Meet - Top Finishers
Men's 10000 m
1. Joseph Gitau (Team JFE Steel) - 28:16.02
2. Peter Kariuki (Team Mazda) - 28:21.04
3. Yo Takahashi (Team JFE Steel) - 28:58.43

Men's 5000 m
1. Joseph Gitau (Team JFE Steel) - 13:41.98
2. Peter Kariuki (Team Mazda) - 13:42.05
3. Samuel Ganga (Team Mazda) - 13:48.03

Men's 3000 m SC
1. Tetsuya Sasaki (Team Chudenko) - 9:10.24
2. Akira Yamabuki (Team Ota) - 9:12.74
3. Naoyuki Onishi (Hitachi Kinzoku RC) - 9:26.79

Men's 1500 m
1. Yasuhiro Tago (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 3:47.00
2. Naoki Okamoto (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 3:51.45
3. Mitsuyoshi Shirahama (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 3:52.07

Women's 10000 m
1. Danielle Filomena Cheyech (Team Uniqlo) - 32:36.23
2. Tomo Morimoto (Team Tenmaya) - 33:40.00 - unofficial
3. Risa Shigetomo (Team Tenmaya) - 33:46.44

Women's 5000 m
1. Danielle Filomena Cheyech (Team Uniqlo) - 15:19.47 - CR, PB
2. Yurika Nakamura (Team Tenmaya) - 15:45.41
3. Megumi Sebata (Team Tenmaya) - 16:29.91

Women's 3000 m
1. Maki Arai (Team Uniqlo) - 9:43.74
2. Megumi Sebata (Team Tenmaya) - 9:47.40
3. Yukie Matsumura (Team Uniqlo) - 10:06.20

Women's 1500 m
1. Maki Arai (Team Uniqlo) - 4:25.90
2. Yurika Nakamura (Team Tenmaya) - 4:26.41
3. Ruriko Kubo (Team Deodeo) - 4:28.67

2009 Kansai Jitsugyodan Track and Field Meet - Top Finishers
Men's 10000 m
1. Atsushi Ikawa (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 29:02.00
2. Tsukasa Morita (Team Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) - 29:06.00
3. Takeshi Takahashi (Team Osaka Gas) - 29:07.16

Men's 5000 m
1. Yuki Matsuoka (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 13:58.77
2. Yasuhito Ikeda (Team NTT Nishi Nihon) - 14:03.83
3. Atsushi Ikawa (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 14:05.93

Men's 3000 m SC
1. Takayuki Matsuura (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 8:39.34 - CR
2. Ryosuke Maki (Team Osaka Gas) - 8:48.48
3. Jun Shinoto (Team Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) - 8:51.60

Men's 1500 m
1. Yasuhito Ikeda (Team NTT Nishi Nihon) - 3:53.73
2. Yuki Matsuoka (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 3:53.74
3. Takayuki Matsuura (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 3:54.29

Women's 10000 m
1. Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) - 33:13.83
2. Seika Iwamura (Team Daihatsu) - 33:26.06
3. Miho Notagashira (Team Wacoal) - 33:27.00

Women's 5000 m
1. Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) - 15:37.25
2. Mari Ozaki (Team Noritz) - 15:41.80
3. Ryoko Kisaki (Team Daihatsu) - 15:42.44

Women's 3000 m
1. Ayaka Ohira (Team Daihatsu) - 9:26.43
2. Yuka Hakoyama (Team Wacoal) - 9:30.05
3. Hiromi Chujo (Team Wacoal) - 9:36.70

Women's 1500 m
1. Ai Igarashi (Team Sysmex) - 4:26.19
2. Miho Noguchi (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 4:27.49
3. Tomoka Inadomi (Team Wacoal) - 4:27.67

2009 Chubu Jitsugyodan Track and Field Meet - Top Finishers
Men's 10000 m
1. John Thuo (Team Toyota) - 27:42.05
2. Martin Mathathi (Team Suzuki) - 27:42.06
3. Micah Njeru (Team Toyota Boshoku) - 28:13.24
4. Yusei Nakao (Team Toyota Boshoku) - 28:13.77 (Japanese CR)

Men's 5000 m
1. Martin Mukule (Team Toyota) - 13:44.05
2. Samuel Ndungu (Team Aisan Kogyo) - 13:46.29
3. Daisuke Shimizu (Team Suzuki) - 14:00.95

Men's 3000 m SC
1. Hiroyoshi Umegae (Team NTN) - 8:36.36 - CR
2. Tsuyoshi Takeda (Team Suzuki) - 8:51.83
3. Satoshi Kato (Team Toyota) - 8:58.82

Men's 1500 m
1. Fumikazu Kobayashi (Team NTN) - 3:50.83
2. Tsuyoshi Takeda (Team Suzuki) - 3:51.19
3. Takamasa Uchida (Team Toyota) - 3:51.23

Women's 10000 m
1. Noriko Matsuoka (Team Suzuki) - 33:45.16
2. Ikumi Wakamatsu (Team Denso) - 33:46.26
3. Hiromi Ominami (Team Toyota Shatai) - 33:51.87

Women's 5000 m
1. Betelhem Moges (Team Denso) - 16:00.53
2. Hiromi Ominami (Team Toyota Shatai) - 16:25.66
3. Ayumi Goto (Team Suzuki) - 16:25.79

Women's 1500 m
1. Ayumi Goto (Team Suzuki) - 4:33.39
2. Miki Hayashi (Team Yutaka Giken) - 4:33.86
3. Haruka Ozawa (Team Aichi Denki) - 4:36.47

2009 Hokuriku Jitsugyodan Track and Field Meet - Top Finishers
Men's 10000 m
1. John Kagia (Team Omokawa) - 29:12.66
2. Tetsuo Nishimura (Team YKK) - 29:16.00
3. Tetsuo Nishikawa (Team YKK) - 29:37.18

Men's 5000 m
1. John Kagia (Team Omokawa) - 14:12.66
2. Kosuke Murasashi (Team YKK) - 14:22.12
3. Tsubasa Maeda (Team YKK) - 14:24.61

Men's 3000 m SC
1. Yutaro Saito (Team Ishikawa Shinkin Chuo Kinko) - 9:17.84
2. Yohei Asada (Team Sekino Kosan) - 9:28.07
3. Takashi Nezu (Tokamachi City Hall) - 11:39.81

Men's 1500 m
1. Kosuke Murasashi (Team YKK) - 3:53.99
2. Satoshi Sugai (Takada SDF) - 3:55.47
3. Yuta Wakatsuki (Team Sekino) - 3:55.87

Women's 10000 m
1. Keiko Fujinuma (Team Albirex) - 35:14.92
2. Misuzu Okamoto (Team Kitaguni Ginko) - 35:27.41
3. Aki Negi (Team Kitaguni Ginko) - 35:35.62

Women's 5000 m
1. Keiko Fujinuma (Team Albirex) - 17:21.59
2. Yuki Kiuchi (Team Albirex) - 17:39.65
3. Yuko Ishibashi (Team Albirex) - 17:48.62

Women's 3000 m
1. Kana Hayashi (Team Kitaguni Ginko) - 10:16.79
2. Maiko Kushima (Team Albirex) - 10:35.08
3. Ai Shimomura (Team Albirex) - 10:54.38

Women's 1500 m
1. Yuki Kiuchi (Team Albirex) - 4:39.42
2. Yuko Ishibashi (Team Albirex) - 4:44.65
3. Azusa Saito (Team Albirex) - 4:47.85

2009 Kyushu Jitsugyodan Track and Field Meet - Top Finishers
Will be updated when more detailed results are available.

Men's 10000 m
1. Kazuhiro Maeda (Team Kyudenko) - 28:35.59

Men's 5000 m
1. Ertiban Abera (Team Kurosaki Harima) - 13:58.81

Men's 3000 m SC
1. Kota Ogata (Team Kyudenko) - 9:15.21

Men's 1500 m
1. Tomoya Konishi (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 3:58.22

Women's 10000 m
1. Madoka Ogi (Team Juhachi Ginko) - 33:00.61

Women's 5000 m
1. Kazuka Wakatsuki (Team Toto) - 16:13.95

Women's 3000 m
1. Ayako Oda (Team Kyudenko) - 9:50.00

Women's 1500 m
1. Kazuka Wakatsuki (Team Toto) - 4:29.75

(c) 2009 Brett Larner
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Comments

Brett Larner said…
I don't really know what that was about, but Morimoto was listed as 'OP' on the start list and in the results, meaning that she was not running as an official competitor.

Just going through the names now. There were several hundred to plow through so I didn't get all of them the first time.

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