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Evaluating the Japanese National Records Using the IAAF Scoring Tables

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by Yoshimasa "Dataman" Noguchi
translated and edited by Brett Larner

We're going to compare each of the Japanese national records for standard Olympic track and field events using the IAAF's scoring tables. With the addition of relays, the original data for this post comes from a list Daiki Kumada posted on his blog and on Twitter.

The level and order of performances with more than 1200 points are already pretty well known, but the lower-level performances may be new to many. It is easy to see that apart from the men's hammer throw and pole vault, both men's and women's field events and middle distance events have fallen behind world standards.

The first column gives the IAAF scoring table rating of each of the men's and women's national records.

1258 men's hammer throw 84.86 m - Koji Murofushi, 6/29/03
1242 women's marathon 2:19:12 - Mizuki Noguchi, 9/25/05
1229 men's marathon 2:06:16 - Toshinari Takaoka, 10/13/02
1228 men's 400 m hurdles 47.89 - Dai Tamesue, 8/10/01
1228 men's 4x100 m relay 38.03 - Japanese national team, 9/1/07
1222 men's 50 km walk 3:40:12 - Yuki Yamazaki, 4/12/09
1215 men's 200 m 20.03 - Shingo Suetsugu, 6/7/03
1208 men's pole vault 5.83 m - Daichi Sawano, 5/3/05
1207 men's 20 km walk 1:19:29 - Satoshi Yanagisawa, 1/30/00
1206 men's 100 m 10.00 - Koji Ito, 12/13/98
1203 women's 10000 m 30:48.89 - Yoko Shibui, 5/3/02

1194 men's high jump 2.33 m - Naoyuki Daigo, 7/2/06
1193 men's javelin 87.60 m - Kazuhiro Mizoguchi, 5/27/89
1192 men's 400 m 44.78 - Susumu Takano, 6/16/91
1184 women's 20 km walk 1:28:03 - Masumi Fuchise, 1/25/09
1179 men's long jump 8.25 m - Masaki Morinaga, 5/5/92
1178 men's 110 m hurdles 13.39 - Satoru Tanigawa, 8/24/04
1176 women's 5000 m 14:53.22 - Kayoko Fukushi, 7/8/05
1173 women's long jump 6.86 m - Kumiko Ikeda, 5/6/06
1172 men's triple jump 17.15 m - Norifumi Yamashita, 6/1/86
1172 women's 4x100 m relay 43.39 - Japanese national team, 5/8/11
1171 men's 10000 m 27:35.09 - Toshinari Takaoka, 5/4/01
1171 men's 3000 mSC 8:18.93 - Yoshitaka Iwamizu, 8/23/02
1171 men's 4x400 m relay 3:00.76 - Japanese national team, 8/3/96
1162 men's 5000 m 13:13.20 - Takayuki Matsumiya, 7/28/07
1161 women's high jump 1.96 m - Miki Imai, 9/15/01
1159 women's 3000 mSC 9:33.93 - Minori Hayakari, 7/20/08
1158 women's 400 m hurdles 55.46 - Satomi Kubokura, 10/4/08
1156 women's 100 m 11.21 - Chisato Fukushima, 4/29/10
1153 women's 100 m hurdles 13.00 - Yvonne Kanezawa, 7/16/00
1152 women's 200 m 22.89 - Chisato Fukushima, 5/3/10
1145 women's 800 m 2:00.45 - Miho Sugimori, 6/5/05
1143 women's 1500 m 4:07.86 - Yuriko Kobayashi, 9/24/06
1141 men's 1500 m 3:37.42 - Fumikazu Kobayashi, 7/31/04
1141 women's 400 m 51.75 - Asami Tanno, 5/3/08
1137 men's 800 m 1:46.16 - Masato Yokota, 10/18/09
1137 women's 4x400 m relay 3:30.17 - Japanese national team, 9/1/07
1121 men's decathlon 8073 - Keisuke Ushiro, 6/4-5/11
1101 women's triple jump 14.04 m - Maho Hanaoka, 10/1/99

1089 women's heptathlon 5962 - Yuki Nakata, 6/4-5/04
1086 women's javelin 61.56 - Yuki Ebihara, 11/25/10
1067 women's shot put 18.22 m - Chinatsu Mori, 4/18/04
1060 men's discus throw 60.22 m - Kiyotaka Kawasaki, 4/22/79
1057 women's hammer throw 67.77 m - Yuka Murofushi, 8/1/04
1055 women's pole vault 4.36 m - Ikuko Nishikori, 4/29/06
1046 women's discus throw 58.62 m - Yuka Murofushi, 5/13/07
1040 men's shot put 18.64 m - Sotaro Yamada, 10/5/09

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