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World Jr. 10000 m and XC Champ Ibrahim Jeilan 13:09.95 for Shizuoka Win

Jeilan outkicks Tanui and Ndambiri for the Shizuoka 5000 m win. Click here for more photos.

by Brett Larner

2006 World Jr. 10000 m and 2008 World XC Jr. champion Ibrahim Jeilan (Ethiopia/Team Honda) outkicked 2011 World XC runner-up Paul Tanui and 10000 m Japanese all-comers record holder Josephat Ndambiri (Kenya/Team Komori Corp.) for the win in the 2011 Shizuoka International Track and Field Meet 5000 m on May 3 at Shizuoka's Ecopa Stadium. Jeilan sat back in the all-Kenyan lead pack until late the race, responding to a charge from Tanui over the last lap and kicking hard in the last 100 m to take the win a week after a disappointing 10000 m performance at the Hyogo Relay Carnival. Jeilan's time was less than 1 second off his 5-year-old PB and is the second-fastest in the world so far this year, putting him in contention for the Ethiopian team for August's World Championships. Despite losing out in the last sprint, Tanui set a new PB. 4th placer Edward Waweru (Kenya/Team Aichi Seiko) set a PB two days after winning Sunday's Nittai Univ. Time Trials 5000 m A-heat.



The longest woman's distance race on the program was 3000 m. Nami Tani (Team Univ. Ent.) outlasted Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) by less than a second for the win in 9:13.02, both Tani and Onishi recording new PBs. 3rd placer Shiori Kakizaki (Team Wacoal) also had a PB run of 9:17.69.

To the south it was a fast day at the Nobeoka Spring Time Trials as nine of the top ten men in the 10000 m A-heat recorded new PBs. Nobeoka 5000 m winner and former Nittai University leader Kazuya Deguchi (Team Asahi Kasei) rounded out his pro debut with another win in a PB of 28:20.66. 2008 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon winner Tomoya Adachi (Team Asahi Kasei) also took a second off his 10000 m PB, 5th in 28:28.23. Most noteworthy, 2011 World Championships marathoners Hiroyuki Horibata (Team Asahi Kasei) and Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Kyudenko) both broke their 10000 m PBs, Horibata 6th in 28:30.32 and Nakamoto 15th in 29:04.24.

2011 Shizuoka International Track & Field Meet
Ecopa Stadium, Shizuoka, 5/3/11
Men's 5000 m
1. Ibrahim Jeilan (Ethiopia/Team Honda) - 13:09.95
2. Paul Tanui (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) - 13:10.97 - PB
3. Josephat Ndambiri (Kenya/Team Komori Corp.) - 13:12.77
4. Edward Waweru (Kenya/Team Aichi Seiko) - 13:13.80 - PB
5. Martin Mathathi (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 13:15.93
6. Gideon Ngatuny (Kenya/Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:21.25
7. Takuya Fukatsu (Team Asahi Kasei) - 13:49.86
8. Kazuhiro Maeda (Team Kyudenko) - 13:52.24

Women's 3000 m
1. Nami Tani (Team Univ. Ent.) - 9:13.02 - PB
2. Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 9:13.81 - PB
3. Shiori Kakizaki (Team Wacoal) - 9:17.69 - PB
4. Machi Tanaka (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 9:18.38
5. Misaki Sango (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 9:19.21
6. Korei Omata (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 9:22.33
7. Mao Kuroda (Team Yutaka Giken) - 9:22.33 - PB
8. Anri Shibahara (Team Yutaka Giken) - 9:27.41 - PB

2011 Nobeoka Spring Time Trials
Nobeoka, Miyazaki, 5/3/11
Men's 10000 m - Heat 2
1. Kazuya Deguchi (Team Asahi Kasei) - 28:20.66 - PB
2. Hisanori Kitajima (Team Yasukawa Denki) - 28:23.16 - PB
3. Kazuharu Takai (Team Kyudenko) - 28:24.61 - PB
4. Fumihiro Maruyama (Team Asahi Kasei) - 28:27.63 - PB
5. Tomoya Adachi (Team Asahi Kasei) - 28:28.23 - PB
6. Hiroyuki Horibata (Team Asahi Kasei) - 28:30.32 - PB
7. Takehiro Arakawa (Team Asahi Kasei) - 28:44.39 - PB
8. Tomoaki Bungo (Team Asahi Kasei) - 28:47.28
9. Shuji Yoshikawa (Team Kyudenko) - 28:54.83 - PB
10. Kohei Matsumura (Team Mitsubishi Juko Nagasaki) - 28:56.17 - PB
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15. Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) - 29:04.24 - PB

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