translated and edited by Brett Larner
At the first of the six Hokuren Distance Challenge meets in Sapporo, Hokkaido on June 6, Japanese national record holder Yoshitaka Iwamizu (Team Fujitsu) was 2nd overall and top Japanese in the men's 3000 m steeplechase in a time of 8:34.95. Kazuya Watanabe (Team Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) won the men's 1500 m in 3:46.64.
Berlin World Championships 50 km race walker Atsushi Yamazaki (Team Hasegawa) won the men's 5000 m race walk in 19:31.11. World Championships women's 20 km race walker Masumi Fuchise (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) won the women's 5000 m in 21:37.25.