by Brett Larner
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On the first day of the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China, Hanae Tanaka, 21, and Mai Ishibashi, 22, of 2010 national champion Bukkyo University went two-three in the women's 10000 m behind winner Fadime Suna, 25, of Turkey. Ishibashi led Suna in a one-on-one duel through 6000 m, splitting 3:15.14 at 1000 m and 16:22.17 at halfway before Suna took over. Ishibashi soon lost touch while Tanaka, who memorably anchored the Japanese university select team to victory at last fall's International Chiba Ekiden, moved up from behind after running more conservatively at the rear of the chase pack. Tanaka closed the gap to within three seconds but could not match Suna's strong last lap and had to settle for silver. Ishibashi faded badly but held on for bronze over Indonesia's Triyaningsih, 24, the 4th-placer in the marathon at last fall's Asian Games.
Both Tanaka and Ishibashi are scheduled to double in the 5000 m, with heats taking place Aug. 18.
2011 World University Games Women's 10000 m
Shenzhen, China, 8/16/11
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1. Fadime Suna (Turkey) - 33:11.92
2. Hanae Tanaka (Bukkyo Univ.) - 33:15.57
3. Mai Ishibashi (Bukkyo Univ.) - 33:41.90
4. Triyaningsih (Indonesia) - 34:04.92
5. Xiaoli Jiang (China) - 34:05.60
6. Danielle Maria Trevis (New Zealand) - 35:05.19
7. Giovanna Epis (Italy) - 35:46.28
8. Volha Minina (Belarus) - 36:17.46
9. Vaida Zusinaite (Lithuania) - 36:35.30
10. Annet Chebet (Uganda) - 36:47.95
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