Saturday, May 15, 2010

Japanese Men Take Individual and Team Golds at 24 Hour World Championships

by Brett Larner

For the sixth year in a row, the Japanese men's team came out on top of the IAU 24 World Championships with a team gold medal at this year's event in Brive, France. Despite only fielding two members of last year's winning squad the team won by a wide margin over runner-up Italy thanks to member Shingo Inoue's individual gold medal-winning run of 273.708 km. Two-time bronze medalist Yuji Sakai fell just short of making it a third medal as he finished 4th with 258.907 km. Masahiko Honda rounded out the scoring positions in 15th with a total of 246.063 km.

The Japanese women team finished 6th out of 16 teams led by Kiyoko Shirakawa, 7th with 220.986 km.

2010 IAU 24 Hour World Championships - Top Finishers
Men - Individual
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1. Shingo Inoue (Japan) - 273.708 km
2. Scott Jurek (U.S.A.) - 266.677 km
3. Ivan Cudin (Italy) - 263.841 km
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4. Yuji Sakai (Japan) - 258.907 km
15. Masahiko Honda (Japan) - 246.063 km
20. Ryo Abiko (Japan) - 242.661 km
37. Kenji Takeda (Japan) - 225.885 km
51. Kazuhiko Ozawa (Japan) - 220.187 km

Women - Individual
1. Anne Cecila Fontaine (France) - 239.797 km
2. Monica Casiraghi (Italy) - 231.390 km
3. Julia Alter (Germany) - 230.258 km
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7. Kiyoko Shirakawa (Japan) - 220.986 km
25. Masae Kamura (Japan) - 194.656 km
42. Yasuko Kanehira (Japan) - 178.251 km
60. Yoko Nagase (Japan) - 155.555 km

Men - Team
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1. Japan - 778.678 km
2. Italy - 758.932 km
3. U.S.A. - 757.468 km

Women - Team
1. France - 685.800 km
2. Italy - 658.112 km
3. Australia - 654.863 km
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6. Japan - 593.893 km

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2 comments:

Eryn said...

Hi, Inoue san's performance seems to be an Asian record (and Japanese), while Scott Jurek established a new USA off the track record. Amazing race.

Brett Larner said...

Thanks, Eryn. I was trying to find the Japanese national record but could not track it down.