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.