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Mitsuya, Chepyego Win Fukuoka Road Championships

by Brett Larner

After a string of runner-up placings, Team Toyota Kyushu ace Yu Mitsuya took his second win Oct. 3 at the Omuta Road Race 10 Miler, site of the annual Fukuoka Prefectural Road Championships. Mitsuya easily handled the competition, runner-up Shuji Yoshikawa (Team Kyudenko) finishing 16 seconds back. Defending champion Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) was only 10th in 49:04.

In the women's 5 km, Kenyan Sally Chepyego (Team Kyudenko) outkicked Fukuoka University's Rina Hidaki for the win in a modest 16:23. Local boy Atsushi Yamasaki (Omuta H.S.) took the high school boys' 10 km in 32:59.

2010 Fukuoka Prefectural Road Championships
Omuta, Fukuoka, 10/3/2010
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Men's 10 Miler
1. Yu Mitsuya (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 48:23
2. Shuji Yoshikawa (Team Kyudenko) - 48:39
3. Ryuji Watanabe (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 48:42
4. Teruo Taneno (Team Yasukawa Denki) - 48:48
5. Hayato Ideue (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 48:48
6. Yuki Oshikawa (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 48:48
7. Kenji Takeuchi (Team Toyota Kyushu) - 48:52
8. Masanori Sakai (Team Kyudenko) - 48:53
9. Shinji Tateishi (Team Yasukawa Denki) - 48:55
10. Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) - 49:04

Women's 5 km
1. Sally Chepyego Kaptich (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) - 16:23
2. Rina Hidaki (Fukuoka Univ.) - 16:24
3. Misaki Kato (Team Kyudenko) - 16:42

High School Boys' 10 km
1. Atsushi Yamasaki (Omuta H.S.) - 32:59

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