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World Youth Championships - Japanese Results Day Four

by Brett Larner

Japan picked up its second medal of the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships July 9 in Lille France, when hurdler Takahiro Matsumoto ran a PB of 51.26 to win bronze in the boys' 400 mH.  Teammate Aya Takizawa came close to equalling Matsumoto in the girls' 400 mH, where she ran a PB of 58.80 to finish 4th.

In the sprints, Akiyuki Hashimoto advanced to the boys' 200 m final with a 21.20 for 2nd in his semi, while the Japanese boys' sprint medley team won their heat easily to advance to the final where they should be in contention for a medal.  Masumi Aoki ran a PB of 24.64 in the girls' 200 m but finished only 6th and did not advance.

In other strong performances on the second-to-last day of competition, Shiho Takeda ran a PB of 4:20.62 to finish 8th in the girls' 1500 m and Ryo Miyata threw a PB of 63.29 in the boys' javelin semifinal but did not advance after finishing only 13th in his group.

2011 World Youth Championships - Day Four Japanese Results
Lille, France, 7/9/11
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Girls' 1500 m Final
1. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya) - 4:09.48 - MR
2. Senbere Teferi (Ethiopia) - 4:10.54 - PB
3. Genet Tibieso (Ethiopia) - 4:11.56 - PB
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7. Yui Fukuda (Japan) - 4:19.27
8. Shiho Takeda (Japan) - 4:20.62 - PB

Boys' 400 mH Final
1. Egor Kuznetsov (Russia) - 50.97 - PB
2. Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh (Saudi Arabia) - 51.14 - PB
3. Takahiro Matsumoto (Japan) - 51.26 - PB
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7. Shota Madokoro (Japan) - 51.77

Girls' 400 mH Final
1. Nnenya Hailey (U.S.A.) - 57.93 - PB
2. Sarah Carli (Australia) - 58.05 - PB
3. Surian Hechavarria (Cuba) - 58.37 - PB
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4. Aya Takizawa (Japan) - 58.80 - PB

Boys' High Jump Final
1. Gael Levecque (France) - 2.13 m - PB
2. Usman Usmanov (Russia) - 2.13 m - PB
3. Justin Fondren (U.S.A.) - 2.13 m
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5. Akira Koike (Japan) - 2.09 m

Boys' Medley Relay Semifinal
Japan (1st, Heat 2) - 1:52.45 (Q)

Girls' Medley Relay Semifinal
Japan (4th, Heat 3) - 2:10.54

Boys' 200 m Semifinal
Akiyuki Hashimoto (2nd, Heat 1) - 21.20 (Q)
Tatsuro Suwa (4th, Heat 2) - 21.46

Girls' 200 m Semifinal
Masumi Aoki (6th, Heat 1) - 24.64 - PB

Boys' Javelin Qualification
Ryo Miyata (13th, Group B) - 63.29 - PB

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