Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ozaki Leads Team of Ten for World Half Marathon

http://mainichi.jp/enta/sports/general/news/20100706k0000m050081000c.html

translated by Brett Larner

On July 5 Rikuren announed the names of the five men and five women who will make up the Japanese national team for this year's World Half Marathon Championships, to be held Oct. 16 in Nanning, China. In selecting the team federation officials considered results from this year's National Jitsugyodan Half Marathon, Sendai International Half Marathon, Sapporo Half Marathon, and, in a new develoment, the National Track and Field Championships 10000 m. 2009 World Championship marathon silver medalist Yoshimi Ozaki (Team Daiichi Seimei) was included on the women's team.

Team members:

Men
Akihiko Tsumurai (Team Mazda) - 5th, Jitsugyodan Half, PB: 1:01:58 (2010)
Osamu Ibata (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 5th, Sendai Half, PB: 1:02:08 (2008)
Masato Imai (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 10th, Sapporo Half, PB: 1:02:37 (2005)
Tomoya Onishi (Team Asahi Kasei) - 5th, Nat'l 10000 m, PB: 1:02:51 (2009)
Tsuyoshi Ugachi (Team Konica Minolta) - 8th, Nat'l 10000 m, PB: 1:02:54 (2007)

Women
Yoshimi Ozaki (Team Daiichi Seimei) - 2nd, Jitsugyodan Half, PB: 1:09:26 (2007)
Hiroko Miyauchi (Team Kyocera) - 2nd, Sendai Half, PB: 1:09:54 (2008)
Ryoko Kizaki (Team Daihatsu) - 2nd, Nat'l 10000 m, PB: 1:10:16 (2009)
Noriko Higuchi (Team Wacoal) - 1st, Sendai Half, PB: 1:10:52 (2010)
Azusa Nojiri (Team Daiichi Seimei) - 2nd, Sapporo Half, PB: 1:10:53 (2009)

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