Skip to main content

Women's 5000 m World Leader for Chepyego at Kanaguri Memorial

by Brett Larner

The Japanese outdoor track season began in earnest Apr. 9 with the first of the season's major meets, the Kanaguri Memorial Track Meet in Kumamoto. Locally-based Kenyan Sally Chepyego (Team Kyudenko) had the biggest result of the day with a world-leading 15:18.70 to win the women's 5000 m after dueling with fellow Kenyan Ann Karindi (Team Toyota Jidoshoki). 10000 m junior national record holder Megumi Kinukawa (Team Mizuno) was 3rd in 15:51.33, holding off former Tamagawa University ace Tomomi Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei) in Tanaka's pro debut. Tanaka's teammate, the unknown Kaho Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei), was almost as strong in the 5000 m B-heat, running 15:56.03 for the win.

Titus Waroru, Takuya Ishikawa and Daniel Gitau in the men's 5000 m. Click here to enlarge photo.

In the men's 5000 m, Kenyans took the top five spots with Edward Waweru (Team NTN) coming in a step ahead of 10000 m Japanese all-comers' record holder Josephat Ndambiri (Team Komori Corp.) in 13:21.37. Former Meiji University captain Takuya Ishikawa (Team Chugoku Denryoku) was the top Japanese finisher, 6th overall in a solid PB of 13:35.38. High school sensation Kenta Murayama (Komazawa Univ.) had a credible university debut, two seconds off his PB in 13:51.62, while 2011 World Championships marathon team members Yoshinori Oda (Team Toyota) and Hiroyuki Horibata (Team Asahi Kasei) both went under 14 minutes.

2011 Kanaguri Memorial Track Meet Top Results
Women's 5000 m Heat Two
1. Sally Chepyego (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) - 15:18.70
2. Ann Karindi (Kenya/Toyota Jidoshoki) - 15:41.35
3. Megumi Kinukawa (Team Mizuno) - 15:51.33
4. Tomomi Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei) - 15:52.77
5. Seika Nishikawa (Team Sysmex) - 16:00.24
6. Hiroko Miyauchi (Team Kyocera) - 16:00.51
7. Nanae Kuwashiro (Team Sysmex) - 16:03.39
8. Yukie Nagata (Team Toyota Jidoshoki) - 16:16.43
9. Chieko Kido (Canon AC Kyushu) - 16:19.06
10. Misaki Kato (Team Kyudenko) - 16:19.48

Women's 5000 m Heat One
1. Kaho Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei) - 15:56.03
2. Misato Tanaka (Team Sysmex) - 16:04.11
3. Maki Suzawa (Team Yamada Denki) - 16:12.02
4. Megumi Seike (Team Sysmex) - 16:13.25
5. Rina Hidaki (Fukuoka Univ.) - 16:15.88

Men's 5000 m Heat Three
1. Edward Waweru (Kenya/Team NTN) - 13:21.37
2. Josephat Ndambiri (Kenya/Team Komori Corp.) - 13:21.76
3. Patrick Mwaka (Kenya/Team Aisan Kogyo) - 13:26.29
4. Daniel Gitau (Kenya/Team Fujitsu) - 13:34.12
5. Titus Waroru (Kenya/Chinzai H.S.) - 13:34.89
6. Takuya Ishikawa (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:35.38
7. John Maina (Kenya/Takushoku Univ.) - 13:37.09
8. Tsuyoshi Ugachi (Team Konica Minolta) - 13:43.10
9. Ikuto Yufu (Komazawa Univ.) - 13:44.60
10. Kenta Murotsuka (SDF Academy) - 13:45.72
11. Alex Mwangi (Kenya/Team YKK) - 13:45.81
12. Yoshinori Oda (Team Toyota) - 13:51.08
13. Kenta Murayama (Komazawa Univ.) - 13:51.62
14. Suguru Osako (Waseda Univ.) - 13:54.64
15. Yoshikazu Kawazoe (Team Asahi Kasei) - 13:56.71
16. Ryuji Kashiwabara (Toyo Univ.) - 13:58.00
17. Hiroyuki Horibata (Team Asahi Kasei) - 13:59.76
18. Duncan Muthee (Kenya/Takushoku Univ.) - 14:08.95
19. Taku Fujimoto (Kokushikan Univ.) - 14:09.46

Men's 5000 m Heat Two
1. Hiroyuki Ogawa (Team Yachiyo Kogyo) - 13:56.03
2. Yasuhiro Tago (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:59.78
3. Satoshi Kubooka (Team JFE Steel) - 13:59.93
4. Tomoaki Bungo (Team Asahi Kasei) - 14:01.71
5. Takasi Ichida (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 14:02.37

Men's 5000 m Heat One
1. Takuji Morimoto (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 14:04.31
2. Shinji Ando (Team Togami Denki) - 14:05.56
3. Ryosuke Maki (Team Osaka Gas) - 14:05.85
4. Satoshi Osaki (Team NTT Nishi Nihon) - 14:06.38
5. Naohiro Yamada (Team YKK) - 14:07.56

High School Girls' 3000 m Heat Four
1. Misuzu Nakahara (Kamimura Gakuen H.S.) - 9:21.68
2. Shoko Sonoda (Chikushi Joshi Gakuen H.S.) - 9:22.22
3. Ayano Ikeuchi (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 9:22.45
4. Nanako Kanno (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 9:24.01
5. Mio Chijiiwa (Chiharadai H.S.) - 9:26.92

(c) 2011 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kawauchi Breaks Nobeyama Ultra Course Record

2018 Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov’t) won the longest race of his career to date Sunday in Nagano, taking over six minutes off the Yatsugatake Nobeyama Kogen 71 km Ultramarathon in 4:41:55.

A training run for next month’s Stockholm Marathon, Kawauchi set off solo at a steady pace around 3:45/km. Climbing from 1355 m to 1908 m as he approached 20 km he naturally slowed, but with over 1000 m of descent over the next 30 km he was soon back on track. Hitting the marathon split around 2:39, he was so far ahead of the 2nd placer that the announcer initially forget Kawauchi had already gone by and announced the next runner as the leader.

At 58 km Kawauchi was on track to clear 4:30:00, but hitting the uphills in the final 10 km and feeling the effects of the unfamiliar distance he slowed to almost 5:00/km. But with so much leeway to work with there was never any danger of the 4:48:13 course record slipping out of reach. Kawauchi stopped the clock in 4:41:55, please…

How it Happened

Ancient History I went to Wesleyan University, where the legend of four-time Boston Marathon champ and Wes alum Bill Rodgers hung heavy over the cross-country team. Inspired by Koichi Morishita and Young-Cho Hwang’s duel at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics I ran my first marathon in 1993, qualifying for Boston ’94 where Bill was kind enough to sign a star-struck 20-year-old me’s bib number at the expo.

Three years later I moved to Japan for grad school, and through a long string of coincidences I came across a teenaged kid named Yuki Kawauchi down at my neighborhood track. I never imagined he’d become what he is, but right from the start there was just something different about him. After his 2:08:37 breakthrough at the 2011 Tokyo Marathon he called me up and asked me to help him get into races abroad. He’d finished 3rd on the brutal downhill Sixth Stage at the Hakone Ekiden, and given how he’d run the hills in the last 6 km at Tokyo ’11 I thought he’d do well at Boston or New York. “If M…

The Kawauchi Counter

Yuki Kawauchi's 2018 race results: Jan. 1: Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, U.S.A.: 2:18:59 - 1st - CR
Jan. 14: Okukuma Road Race Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:03:28 - 7th
Jan. 21: Yashio Isshu Ekiden, Saitama: 1:01:03 - 1st - ran entire 20.0 km ekiden solo and beat all 103 teams of 6 runners each
Jan. 28: Okumusashi Ekiden First Stage (9.9 km), Saitama - 29:41 - 6th
Feb. 4: Saitama Ekiden Third Stage (12.1 km), Saitama - 36:54 - 4th
Feb. 11: Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon, Shimane - cancelled due to heavy snow
Feb. 18: Kitakyushu Marathon, Fukuoka - 2:11:46 - 1st - CR
Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama - 1:04:26 - 1st
Mar. 4: Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:04:49 - 12th
Mar. 11: Yoshinogawa Riverside Half Marathon, Tokushima - 1:05:50 - 1st - CR
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan - 2:14:12 - 1st
Mar. 24: Heisei Kokusai University Time Trials, Saitama
              5000 m Heat 4: 14:53.95 - 1st
              5000 m Heat 6: 14:36.58 - 2nd
           …