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Yoroizaka 27:44.30 Japanese Student 10000 m Record at Aviva UK Trials

by Brett Larner

One of three Japanese athletes to run in the men's open 10000 m at the July 29 Aviva UK Trials meet in Birmingham, Meiji University senior Tetsuya Yoroizaka delivered the biggest run of his life with a 50-second PB to finish 2nd overall in 27:44.30.  Yoroizaka just cleared the London Olympics A-standard of 27:45.00 and beat the previous Japanese citizen collegiate record of 27:45.59 held by Kensuke Takezawa (Waseda Univ.) although he fell short of the 27:27.64 collegiate record held by Yamanashi Gakuin Univ. Kenyan Mekubo Mogusu.  Yoroizaka's outstanding performance also puts him at all-time #10 on the Japanese 10000 m list and makes him the fourth Japanese university man to run 28:03 or better so far this season.

Sub-28 corporate men Takuya Fukatsu (Team Asahi Kasei) and Masato Kihara (Team Kanebo) also ran in the UK Trials.  Fukatsu, who will be teammates at Asahi Kasei with Yoroizaka following Yoroizaka's graduation next spring, was 5th in 28:36.73, while Kihara was a disappointing 14th in 29:33.47.

2011 Aviva U.K. Trials
Birmingham, U.K., 7/29/11
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Men's 10000 m
1. Juan Luis Barrios (Mexico) - 27:38.12
2. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Meiji Univ.) - 27:44.30 - PB
3. Daniele Mucci (Italy) - 27:44.50 - PB
4. Sean Connolly (Ireland) - 28:36.17 - PB
5. Takuya Fukatsu (Team Asahi Kasei) - 28:36.73
6. James Walsh (U.K.) - 28:37.30 - PB
7. Clinton Perrett (Australia) - 29:01.86 - PB
8. Anthony Ford (U.K.) - 29:10.41
9. Luke Cragg (U.K.) - 29:20.63
10. Kojo Kyereme (U.K.) - 29:29.55 - PB
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14. Masato Kihara (Team Kanebo) - 29:33.47

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