Saturday, May 19, 2012

Olympic Marathoner Nakamoto Scores 10000 m PB

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2012/05/19/kiji/K20120519003286760.html

translated by Brett Larner

London Olympics men's marathon team member Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) set a 10000 m PB May 19 at Sayagatani Field in Kita-Kyushu, finishing 9th at the Kyushu Corporate Track & Field Championships in 28:54.59.  "A PB makes me feel pretty good inside about things," Nakamoto commented with a smile.  "I'll be going into marathon training in good shape."

Nakamoto's previous best time was 29:04.24.  In today's race he stuck to the back of the lead pack, saving his energy for a intended surge over the final stage but unable to execute as planned.  "My closing speed is still a problem," he said without seeming too concerned.  His coach Naoki Yamagashira said, "We achieved our goal of improving his track speed.  He scored 100% today."

Next up Nakamoto will run the Bupa London 10000 road race on April 27 as part of his marathon training.  "I want to get a feel for the course in London," he said.  "After that I'll be building up my mileage."

Translator's note: As noted, this was Nakamoto's first time sub-29.  In March he ran a marathon PB of 2:08:53 at the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon.  Also this weekend, London men's marathon team member Ryo Yamamoto (Team Sagawa Express) finished 3rd at the Kansai Corporate Track & Field Championships 10000 m in 29:02.11.

1 comment:

yuza said...

Good for him! He seems to be moving in the right direction.