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Murasawa, Takezawa, Ueno and Yoroizaka Tuning Up in Europe

by Brett Larner

Top-ranked university men Akinobu Murasawa (Tokai Univ.) and Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Meiji Univ.) are in Europe along with 2010 10000 m champion Kensuke Takezawa (Team S&B) and 2009 double 1500 m and 5000 m national champion Yuichiro Ueno (Team S&B) to shoot for fast 5000 m times at the Palio Citta della Quercio meet in Rovereto, Italy, the same meet where Takezawa ran 13:22.36 and Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) ran 13:23.57 as 19-year-old university students in 2006.  Murasawa, Sato and Ueno are all graduates of Nagano's Saku Chosei H.S.

Murasawa, Takezawa, Ueno and Yoroizaka ran the first of their tuneup races for Rovereto Sept. 7 in Watford, England, running the 1500 m at the BMC Gold Standard Races meet.  Results below.

2011 BMC Gold Standard Races
Watford, U.K., 9/7/11
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Men's 3000 m
1. Kensuke Takezawa (Team S&B) - 8:17.92

Men's 1500 m Heat A
1. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Meiji Univ.) - 3:49.25
2. Ben Wallis (St. Mary's Univ.) - 3:49.42
3. Ian Williamson (Loughborough Univ.) - 3:49.83
4. Yuichiro Ueno (Team S&B) - 3:50.10
5. Ben Tickner (U.K.) - 3:50.41

Men's 1500 m Heat B
1. Alex Cornwall (Birmingham Univ.) - 3:54.06
2. Niall Fleming (Birmingham Univ.) - 3:54.21
3. Jonathan Davies (Reading AC) - 3:54.80
4. Jamie Taylor-Caldwell (Birmingham) - 3:55.07
5. Akinobu Murasawa (Tokai Univ.) - 3:55.52

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