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National University Men's Ekiden Championships Start Lists

Start lists are up for tomorrow's National University Men's Ekiden Championships.  Below is a quick guide to the top entrants on each of the eight stages.  The race will be broadcast live on TV Asahi beginning at 8:00 a.m. Japan time.  Overseas viewers should be able to watch online for free via Keyhole TV.  Follow @JRNLive for live English commentary on Twitter.  Click here for JRN's race preview.

First Stage (14.6 km)
1-1: Shuhei Yamamoto (Waseda Univ.)
2-1: Hiromitsu Kakuage (Komazawa Univ.)
3-1: Keita Shitara (Toyo Univ.)
4-1: Hirotaka Tamura (Nihon Univ.)
5-1: Tsubasa Hayakawa (Tokai Univ.)
12-1: Takamitsu Hashimoto (Josai Univ.)
15-1: Shun Sato (Jobu Univ.)
23-1: Kiragu Njuguna (Daiichi Kogyo Univ./Kenya)

Second Stage (13.2 km)
1-2: Suguru Osako (Waseda Univ.)
2-2: Kenta Murayama (Komazawa Univ.)
3-2: Yuta Shitara (Toyo Univ.)
4-2: Naohiro Domoto (Nihon Univ.)
6-2: Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Meiji Univ.)
10-2: Takehiro Deki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.)
14-2: Shota Hattori (Nittai Univ.)

Third Stage (9.5 km)
1-3: Yo Yazawa (Waseda Univ.)
2-3: Ikuto Yufu (Komazawa Univ.)
3-3: Hiroyuki Uno (Toyo Univ.)
12-3: Kota Murayama (Josai Univ.)
14-3: Yutaro Fukushi (Nittai Univ.)

Fourth Stage (14.0 km)
1-4: Yusuke Mita (Waseda Univ.)
2-4: Wataru Ueno (Komazawa Univ.)
3-4: Ryohei Kawakami (Toyo Univ.)
4-4: Yusuke Sato (Nihon Univ.)
5-4: Daichi Motomura (Tokai Univ.)
14-4: Takumi Honda (Nittai Univ.)

Fifth Stage (11.6 km)
1-5: Yuki Maeda (Waseda Univ.)
2-5: Kazuhiro Kuga (Komazawa Univ.)
3-5: Takaaki Tanaka (Toyo Univ.)
5-5: Kentaro Tone (Tokai Univ.)
6-5: Hiroki Oe (Meiji Univ.)

Sixth Stage (12.3 km)
1-6: Soichiro Ichikawa (Waseda Univ.)
2-6: Shugo Nakamura (Komazawa Univ.)
3-6: Kenji Yamamoto (Toyo Univ.)

Seventh Stage (11.9 km)
1-7: Satoru Sasaki (Waseda Univ.)
2-7: Taichi Takase (Komazawa Univ.)
3-7: Takanori Ichikawa (Toyo Univ.)

Eighth Stage (19.7 km)
1-8: Shota Hiraga (Waseda Univ.)
2-8: Shinobu Kubota (Komazawa Univ.)
3-8: Ryuji Kashiwabara (Toyo Univ.)
4-8: Benjamin Gandu (Nihon Univ./Kenya)
5-8: Akinobu Murasawa (Tokai Univ.)
6-8: Masato Kikuchi (Meiji Univ.)

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