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Marathoner Shigetomo Arrives in London

http://www.joc.or.jp/games/olympic/london/news/detail.html?id=2062

translated by Brett Larner

London Olympics women's marathon team member Risa Shigetomo (Team Tenmaya) arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on July 30th full of enthusiasm ahead of her race on Aug. 5, telling reporters, "I feel ready to go.  I'm really inspired by the other Japanese athletes who have already won medals."

In her final training at altitude in Albuquerque, New Mexico Shigetomo felt less than 100% and came up short of the goals in her training menu, but she did not have any major injury problems. "I think I'll be feeling good on the starting line," she said with a smile.

Kawauchi Defends Title at Kushiro Shitsugen 30 km

by Brett Larner

As part of his tuneup for next month's Hokkaido Marathon, 2011 World Championships marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) returned to Hokkaido's Kushiro Shitsugen 30 km road race for its 40th anniversary edition to defend his course record win last year.  Running unchallenged in 27-degree temperatures, he succeeded in adding a second win to his list of accomplishments as he crossed the line in 1:35:02 despite being a self-professed weak hot weather runner.  The little-known race is sure to become a staple of Kawauchi's summer training.

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Kiwi Wyatt Wins Fuji Mountain Race

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2012/07/28/kiji/K20120728003776590.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

3676 runners took part in the two divisions of the 65th Fuji Mountain Race on July 27.  Making his Mt. Fuji debut, Jonathan Wyatt (39, New Zealand) won the summit course in a strong 2:33:59, with Mina Ogawa (37, Amino Vital AC) taking the women's race in 3:07:51 for her second-straight summit win.  Toru Koide (30, Salomon) and Maki Hagiwara (37) won the men's and women's Fifth Stage course wins in 1:25:42 and 1:45:17.

With a margin of 17 minutes over the runner-up, Wyatt's win was definitive.  A two-time Olympian for his native New Zealand with appearances in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic 5000 m and 2004 Athens Olympics marathon, Wyatt pulled clear into the lead after crossing into the purest mountain running section of the course after the Sixth Stage.  "My win today is one of the biggest honors in my long career," said a happy Wyatt.  "In New Z…

Marathoner Kizaki Arrives in London

http://www.47news.jp/CN/201207/CN2012072501002039.html

translated by Brett Larner

27-year-old Olympic marathoner Ryoko Kizaki (Team Daihatsu) arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on July 25 from her high-altitude training camp in the United States.  "I'm really excited to get here.  If I can finish the race with a smile I'll be happy," she laughed.  Kizaki has been training at 2100 m in Flagstaff, Arizona with the other two members of the women's Olympic marathon team for more than a month.  "The training camp ran a little long, but I'm ready.  The solid base I built up gives me a lot of confidence," she said, her tanned face giving evidence of her preparedness.

Kizaki will skip the opening ceremony, focusing on her final sharpening for the race on Aug. 5.

From the Hakone Ekiden to the Olympic Marathon - A Manifesto

http://sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp/special/london/athletics/text/201207240008-spnavi.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

An editorial by Yasuhiro Kato

All three of this year's London Olympics men's marathoners, Arata Fujiwara (2:07:48, Miki House, Takushoku Univ.), Kentaro Nakamoto (2:08:53, Team Yasukawa Denki, Takushoku Univ.) and Ryo Yamamoto (2:08:44, Team Sagawa Express, Chuo Univ.) are graduates of Kanto Region universities.  All ran the Hakone Ekiden [see below] as collegiates, but not a single one of them ever won a stage.  No matter which of them you look at, they were all nondescript student athletes with few achievements.  Fujiwara was frequently injured, and with the Takushoku University of that era not strong enough to maintain a stable position in the seeded bracket he only ran Hakone twice.  His Takushoku teammate Nakamoto only made it once.  In high school Yamamoto was a regular in the finals at the National High School Championships, running Hakone three times…

World Half Team Members Ito and Kawauchi Win Shibetsu Half Marathon Titles

by Brett Larner

Just three weeks after winning the Sapporo International Half Marathon, 2012 World Half Marathon Championships team member Mai Ito (Team Otsuka) returned to add another half marathon title to her collection, winning the 26th running of Hokkaido's Shibetsu Half Marathon in 1:11:20 over the Miyauchi twins Yoko and Hiroko of Team Kyocera.  Although her time was 28 seconds slower than her Sapporo time it was still the third-best in Shibetsu history.  Independent men's World Half Marathon team member Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) likewise took the win, prevailing over a tight pack of corporate and collegiate runners in 1:05:00 in another of the fourteen half marathons he plans to race this year.

In the women's 10 km, Ai Igarashi (Team Sysmex), one of the year's leading Japanese women, had an an easy win in 33:38.  Click here for a collection of photos of the race via the Shibetsu city government site.

26th Shibetsu Half Marathon
Shibetsu, Hokkaido, 7/22/12
com…

Fujiwara, Matsuyama Runners-Up on European Roads

by Brett Larner

Fujiwara and Rothlin after their mutual DNF at the 2010 New York City Marathon.

London Olympics marathoner Arata Fujiwara (Miki House) went head-to-head against longtime rival and friend Viktor Rothlin (Switzerland) on Rothlin's home ground at the Swiss Ageriseelauf 14.138 km on July 21.  Rothlin, who set the still-standing Tokyo Marathon course record of 2:07:23 to win the 2008 Tokyo Marathon ahead of Fujiwara's breakthrough 2:08:40 2nd-place, came out ahead again after losing to Fujiwara at this year's Tokyo Marathon.  Rothlin clocked 41:41 to Fujiwara's 41:42, suggesting the pair may be close again in the main event just three weeks away.  Eritrean Abraham Tadesse was well back in 3rd in 42:42.

A day later and a lifetime further north, 2011 National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships runner-up Team Panasonic members Akiko Matsuyama and Yukari Abe made their European debuts at the Great North 10k in Gateshead, U.K.  Running on course-record pac…

Ichikawa Over Shitara Twins at Isesaki Nighter

by Brett Larner

2012 Hakone Ekiden course record-setter Toyo University dominated rival and previous Hakone course record holder Waseda University in the men's 3000 m at the 2012 Trial in Isesaki night meet organized by Jobu University.  Toyo's downhill specialist Takanori Ichikawa ran up front with twin teammates Yuta Shitara and Keita Shitara, emerging a step ahead of Yuta for the win as both broke eight minutes.  Keita, until recently the stronger of the twins, fell behind late in the race but held on for third in 8:07.12.  Waseda's top finisher Fuminori Shikata could do no better than 5th a second back from Keita.

All told Toyo athletes took eight of the top ten spots, boding well for their chances in the upcoming fall ekiden season and their Hakone title defense on Jan. 2-3.  Look for Toyo to line up in next month's Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon.

2012 Trial in Isesaki
Jobu University, Isesaki, Gunma, 7/21/12
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Men's 3000 m
1. Takanori…

Sera H.S. Unveils Monument Commemorating Seventh National Title

http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/News/Tn201207150105.html

translated by Brett Larner

At a ceremony at Sera H.S.' campus in Seramachi Hongo, Hiroshima on July 14, a monument was unveiled commemorating the Sera boys' seventh national title at last December's National High School Ekiden Championships.  Made of solid granite, the monument is 90 cm tall, 120 cm long and 30 cm deep, the latest addition to the six monuments already standing in the campus' front gardens.  Under the title "Victory Memorial" the front of the monument records the winning time, date of the race and other information, while the names of the coach and all ten team members are inscribed on the back.

Organized by ekiden team and school administration officials, the ceremony hosted around 100 alumni.  Six of the winning team members including captain Naruhei Daikuya (17) were present to represent the team, posing for commemorative pictures lined up on either side of the monument, a donation from th…

Haruka Kyuma Wins 5000 m at Kyoto Championships

http://www.kyoto-np.co.jp/sports/article/20120713000152

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Seven events saw finals on the first day of the Kyoto Track and Field Championships at Nishi Kyogoku Sports Park Field.  Among them, Kyoto native and Ayabe H.S. graduate Haruka Kyuma (1st yr., Tsukuba Univ.) ran 15:54.33 to win the women's 5000 m for the first time. Kazuki Noda (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) won the men's 5000 m in 14:23.60, while 38-year-old Yoshihisa Fukumoto (Kyoto T&F Assoc.) took his eleventh high jump title, five years since his last win.

Translator's note: Kyuma's identical twin sister Moe Kyuma ran for the Japanese team at this year's World Junior Championships.

Kyoto Track & Field Championships Women's 5000 m
Nishi Kyogoku Sports Park Field, Kyoto, 7/13/12

1. Haruka Kyuma (Tsukuba Univ.) - 15:54.33
2. Chika Ogawa (Bukkyo Univ.) - 16:12.69
3. Nanami Aoki (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 16:14.08
4. Chinami Mori (Bukkyo Univ.) - 16:22.03
5. Ai Furukubo (Kyo…

World Junior Championships - Day Six Japanese Results

Barcelona, 7/15/12
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Women's 1500 m Final
1. Faith Chepngetich Kipyegon (Kenya) - 4:04.96 - MR
2. Amela Terzic (Serbia) - 4:07.59 - NJR
3. Senbere Teferi (Ethiopia) - 4:08.28 - PB
4. Nancy Chepkwemoi (Kenya) - 4:09.72
5. Jessica Judd (Great Britain) - 4:09.93 - PB
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11. Saki Yoshimizu (Japan) - 4:16.84 - PB

Men's 4x400 m Relay Final
1. U.S.A. - 3:03.99 - WJL
2. Poland - 3:05.05 - NJR
3. Trinidad & Tobago - 3:06.32
4. Australia - 3:06.58
5. Jamaica - 3:07.31
6. Saudia Arabia - 3:09.26
7. Japan - 3:09.67
DQ - Italy

World Junior Championships - Day Five Japanese Results

Barcelona, Spain, 7/14/12
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Men's 5000 m Final
1. Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) - 13:38.95
2. Abrar Osman Adem (Eritrea) - 13:40.52
3. William Malel Sitonik (Kenya) - 13:40.52
4. Younes Essalhi (Morocco) - 13:41.69 - PB
5. Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia) - 13:44.43 - PB
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11. Kota Murayama (Japan) - 14:18.24
14. Kazuma Taira (Japan) - 14:22.95

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. U.S.A. - 38.67 - WJL
2. Jamaica - 38.97 - NJR
3. Japan - 39.02
4. Poland - 39.47
5. Australia - 39.59
6. Bahamas - 39.74
7. Brazil - 39.75
DQ - Great Britain

Men's 800 m Semifinal Two
1. Timothy Kitum (Kenya) - 1:49.09 - Q
2. Mohammed Belbachir (Algeria) - 1.49.46 - Q
3. Jena Umar (Ethiopia) - 1:49.68
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5. Sho Kawamoto (Japan) - 1:50.17

Men's 4x400 m Relay Heat Three
1. Japan - 3:08.16 - Q
2. Trinidad and Tobago 3:08.16 - Q
3. Russia - 3:08.58

Women's 100 mH Heat Two
1. Dou Wang (China) - 13:40 - Q - PB
2. Michelle Jenneke (Australia) - 13:41 - Q
3. Franziska Hofmann (Germany…

World Junior Championships - Day Four Japanese Results

Barcelona, Spain, 7/13/12
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Men's 400 mH Final
1. Eric Futch (U.S.A.) - 50.24 - PB / WJL
2. Takahiro Matsumoto (Japan) - 50.41 - PB
3. Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh (Saudi Arabia) - 50.47 - PB
4. Javarn Gallimore (Jamaica) - 50.49
5. Felix Franz (Germany) - 50.80
6. Oskari Moro (Finland) - 50.80 - PB
7. Timofey Chalyy (Russia) - 51.17
8. Mitja Lindic (Slovenia) - 51.26

Men's 10000 m Race Walk Final
1. Eider Arevalo (Colombia) - 40:09.74 - WJL
2. Aleksandr Ivanov (Russia) - 40:12.90 - PB
3. Guanyu Su (China) - 40:16.87 - PB
4. Takumi Saito (Japan) - 40:19.10 - NJR
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9. Yosuke Kimura (Japan) - 41:41.52 - PB

Men's 4x100 m Relay Heat One
1. Japan - 39.01 - QWJL
2. Brazil - 39.39 - Q - AJR
3. Poland - 39.31 - q - NJR
4. Australia - 39.34 - q - AJR

Women's 1500 m Heat Three
1. Nancy Chepkwemoi (Kenya) - 4:13.43 - Q
2. Alem Embaye (Ethiopia) - 4:14.03 - Q
3. Jennifer Walsh (Great Britain) - 4:16.08 - Q
4. Saki Yoshimizu (Japan) - 4:18.30 - q - PB

Men&#…

World Junior Championships - Day Three Japanese Results

Barcelona, Spain, 7/12/12
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Men's 110 mH Final
1. Yordan O'Farrill (Cuba) - 13.18 - MR
2. Nicholas Hough (Australia) - 13.27 - AJR
3. Wilhem Belocian (France) - 13.29 - NJR
4. James Gladman (Great Britain) - 13.37
5. Jussi Kanervo (Finland) - 13.62
6. Dondre Echols (U.S.A.) - 13.71
7. Shinya Tanaka (Japan) - 13.72
8. Pengfei Chu (China) - 13.77

Men's 400 mH Semifinal One
1. Felix Franz (Germany) - 50.66 - Q
2. Takahiro Matsumoto (Japan) - 50.76 - Q - PB
3. Oskari Moro (Finland) - 50.89 - q
4. Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh (Saudi Arabia) - 51.11 - q

Men's 400 mH Semifinal Three
1. Eric Futch (U.S.A.) - 50.77 - Q
2. Mitja Lindic (Slovenia) - 50.81 - Q - PB
3. Shota Madokoro (Japan) - 51.15

Men's 200 m Semifinal Two
1. Karol Zalewski (Poland) - 20.93 - Q - PB
2. Delano Williams (Tajikistan) - 20.94 - Q
3. Aska Cambridge (Japan) - 21.24

Men's 200 m Semifinal Three
1. David Bolarinwa (Great Britain) - 20.85 - Q
2. Tyreek Hill (U.S.A.) - 21.00 - Q
3.…

Kawauchi to Run Hokkaido Marathon

http://www.hokkaido-np.co.jp/news/sports/386893.html

translated by Brett Larner

In an interview with the Hokkaido Newspaper, civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (25, Saitama Pref.) announced that he will make his Hokkaido Marathon debut at this year's race on August 26.  With 11000 entrants the Hokkaido Marathon is setting a new record for participation, but with top athletes like Kawauchi in the field the elite end of the race will also be high-level.

Kawauchi graduated from Gakushuin University in 2009, taking a job with the Saitama Prefectural Government.  Eschewing the corporate running system and training on his own while working full-time, he finished 3rd overall as the top Japanese finisher at last December's Fukuoka International Marathon.  At February's Tokyo Marathon Olympic selection race he finished 14th, missing a place on the London team.

World Junior Championships Day Two Japanese Results

Barcelona, Spain, 7/11/12
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Women's 5000 m
1. Buze Diriba (Ethiopia) - 15:32.94
2. Ruit Aga (Ethiopia) - 15:32.95 - PB
3. Agnes Jebet Tirop (Kenya) - 15:36.74 - PB
4. Cayla Hatton (U.S.A.) - 15:50.32 - PB
5. Caroline Chepkoech Kipkirui (Kenya) - 15:58.10
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11. Shiori Yano (Japan) - 16:21.29
12. Moe Kyuma (Japan) - 16:21.36

Women's 10000 m Walk
1. Ekaterina Medvedeva (Russia) - 45:41.74
2. Nadezhda Leontyeva (Russia) - 45:43.64 - PB
3. Sandra Arenas (Colombia) - 45:44.46
4. Liudmyla Olianovska (Ukraine) - 45:53.50 - PB
5. Yanxue Mao (China) - 46:10.60 - PB
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8. Nozomi Yagi (Japan) - 47:04.92 - PB
23. Sae Matsumoto (Japan) - 49:56.66

Men's 400 mH Heat Four
1. Takahiro Matsumoto (Japan) - 51.26 - Q
2. Javarn Gallimore (Jamaica) - 51.40 - Q
3. William Mbevi Mutunga (Kenya) - 52.44 - Q

Men's 400 mH Heat Six
1. Shota Madokoro (Japan) - 51.67 - Q
2. Gamal Abdelnasir Abubaker (Qatar) - 51.93 - Q
3. Jose Fernando Martinez (Mexico) - 52.21 - Q
4.…

Olympic Marathoner Nakamoto Honored by Hometown Yamaguchi, Vows to Give it His Best

http://mainichi.jp/area/fukuoka/news/20120710ddlk40050360000c.html

translated by Brett Larner

London Olympics men's marathon team member Kentaro Nakamoto (29, Team Yasukawa Denki) has been awarded his native Yamaguchi prefecture's Medal of Glory, a distinction reserved for the prefecture's highest-achieving athletes.  "I'm privileged to receive an award which carries such honor," he said.  "I want to go into the big day in the best condition possible."

Nakamoto was born in Kikugawacho, Yamaguchi.  He received the medal at Yasukawa Denki corporate headquarters in Yahatanishi, Kita-Kyushu from Prefectural Sports and Culture Director Masafumi Nomura along with support money from the Yamaguchi Prefecture Track and Field Association.  Director Nomura told him, "We expect you to go to the limit of your ability without holding anything back."

Nakamoto will continue training in Kokonoemachi, Oita through July 15 and plans to fly to London on the 28…

World Junior Championships - Day One Japanese Results

Barcelona, 7/10/12
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Men's 10000 m
1. Yigrem Demelash (Ethiopia) - 28:16.07 - PB
2. Philemon Kipchilis Cheboi (Kenya) - 28:23.98 - PB
3. Geoffrey Kipkorir Kirui (Kenya) - 28:30.47
4. Kinde Atanaw (Ethiopia) - 28:53.02
5. Moses Martin Kurong (Uganda) - 29:06.87
6. Kenta Murayama (Japan) - 29:40.56
7. Ken Yokote (Japan) - 29:41.81

Women's 3000 m
1. Mercy Chebwogen (Kenya) - 9:08.88 - PB
2. Hiwot Gebrekidan (Ethiopia) - 9:09.27 - PB
3. Emelia Gorecka (Great Britain) - 9:09.43 - PB
4. Haftamnesh Tesfay (Ethiopia) - 9:10.02 - PB
5. Brillian Jepkorir Kipkoech (Kenya) - 9:14.32 - PB
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8. Miyuki Uehara (Japan) - 9:21.81
17. Misuzu Nakahara (Japan) - 9:49.84

Men's 1500 m Heat Three
1. Teklit Teweldebrhan (Eritrea) - 3:46.46 - Q
2. Hillary Cheruiyot Ngetich (Kenya) - 3:46.54 - Q
3. Abdelhadi Labali (Morocco) - 3:46.75 - Q
4. Charlie Grice (Great Britain) - 3:47.05
5. Yusuke Uchikoshi (Japan) - 3:49.06

Women's 800 m Heat Two
1. Halimah Nakaayi (Uganda…

World Junior Championships Middle and Long Distance Entry List Highlights

by Brett Larner

The 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships kick off today in Barcelona, Spain.  Ethiopia and Kenya look set to dominate most of the middle and long distance events with competition from Morocco and Eritrea and athletes from a scattering of other countries including Japan.

Japan's best distance medal chance looks to be in the women's 3000 m, where Miyuki Uehara comes in as the #1 seed with a PB over three seconds better than her nearest competitor, Emelia Gorecka of Great Britain.  After Great Britain's Laura Muir Uehara's teammate Misuzu Nakahara is the #4 seed with a best of 9:15.04, giving Japan a decent chance of picking up at least one medal in the event.  But with the next four athletes holding bests within less than two seconds of Nakahara and all hailing from Ethiopia and Kenya it won't be easy.  #3 and #5-ranked Shiori Yano and Moe Kyuma likewise stand a chance of hardware in the women's 5000 m, with Ethiopia's Buze Diriba looking like…

'The Myth of "The Japanese Who Disappeared"'

Former Berlin Marathon race director Horst Milde of German Road Races sent this link to a story about the great Shizo Kanaguri's fabled Stockholm Olympics run.

http://www.germanroadraces.de/24-1-30156-stockholm-14-july-jubilee-marathon-1912-.html

Kanaguri's great-grandson Yoshiaki Kurado will run this weekend's Stockholm Marathon on the 100th anniversary of the Stockholm Olympics marathon.  Click below for the German-language version of the story.

http://www.germanroadraces.de/24-0-30157-stockholm-14-july-jubilee-marathon-1912-.html

Hokuren Distance Challenge Wraps Up In Abashiri

by Brett Larner

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The 2012 edition of the early-summer staple of the Japanese track circuit, the Hokuren Distance Challenge, wrapped up July 7 with a big night in Abashiri, Hokkaido.  Having missed out on the London Olympics team, women's 1500 m national record holder Yuriko Kobayashi (Team Toyota Jidoshokki) made her formal 10000 m debut in 32:21.03, finishing 2nd in the A-heat behind one of the year's leading Japanese women, Ai Igarashi (Team Sysmex), who took the win in 32:17.58.  Eight women altogether broke 32:30, most for the first time.  6th place finisher Akiko Matsuyama (Team Panasonic) recorded an enormous PB of 32:27.23 ahead of her international road debut at the Great North 10 km.  Marathoners Yukiko Akaba (Team Hokuren) and Yoko Shibui (Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) were far down the field, 20th and 24th in 33:08.59 and 33:27.03 respectively.

The men's 10000 m A-heat was a showdown between newly Japan-based African talent, with firs…

Sollentuna GP Results

Sollentuna, Sweden, 7/5/12
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Men's 5000 m
1. Josephat Menjo (Kenya) - 13:16.87
2. Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:28.79
3. Monder Rizki (Belgium) - 13:41.62
4. Akinobu Murasawa (Tokai Univ.) - 13:47.98
5. Mumin Gala (Somalia) - 13:51.01
6. Yoshihiro Wakamatsu (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:52.27
7. Olle Wallerang (Sweden) - 13:56.09
8. Abdi Hakin Ulad (Denmark) - 14:07.43 - PB
9. Scott Fraser (GBR) - 14:09.75 - PB
10. Tuomas Jokinen (Finland) - 14:11.15 - PB

Olympic Marathoner Fujiwara Leaves for Altitude Training In Switzerland

http://www.nishinippon.co.jp/nsp/item/311177

translated by Brett Larner

London Olympics marathoner Arata Fujiwara (Miki House) left Tokyo's Narita Airport on July 5 for altitude training in St. Moritz, Switzerland, confidently telling reporters, "I'm not worried about anything.    All I can say is I'll give it my best."

Since mid-June Fujiwara has been based in Hokkaido, where he ran a large number of races in quick succession.  Taking the bull by the horns, the rapid-fire series of competitions has put him in position "to be a realistic challenger for a medal."

The aim of the Swiss training camp will be to recover from the fatigue of four races in a week while running cross-country and doing hill sprints to load as much final strengthening work into his body as he can.  Fujiwara will not return to Japan before the Olympics, currently planning to travel to London on August 4.  Looking toward the final day of the Olympics on August 12, he said, "I…

Tomoya Onishi Makes Surprise Comeback With Kitami 5000 m Win

by Brett Larner

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In his first serious race since winning the 2011 New Year Ekiden national championships First Stage, 2010's top Japanese 10000 m and half-marathon man Tomoya Onishi (Team Asahi Kasei) made a successful and surprising comeback after a year and a half of injury troubles as he won the July 4 Hokuren Distance Challenge Kitami Meet men's 5000 m in 13:46.06, just six seconds off his best.  Onishi ran up front much of the way with Korea ace Seungho Park and equally injury-hampered former Komazawa University standout Sota Hoshi (Team Fujitsu), taking the lead for good after Park dropped out.  Onishi's performance signaled hope for improvement on the promising 27:50.72 and 1:01:31 marks he recorded in 2010 and a not-too-distant marathon debut.  His twin brother, former Hakone Ekiden champion Toyo University captain Kazuki Onishi (Team Kanebo), ran the same heat but was far off form as he finished 19th of 20 in 14:28.13.

The Onishi twin…

Moving in 'Mysterious Ways,' 5000 m National Champion Hitomi Niiya to Double in London

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/athletics/news/20120626-OHT1T00269.htm

translated by Brett Larner

Click photo to visit Niiya's profile on the Universal Entertainment team site.

At a Tokyo-area press conference late last week, Olympian Hitomi Niiya (24, Team Universal Entertainment) announced that she plans to double in the 5000 m and 10000 m.  Niiya had initially considered running only the 5000 m, but wanting to get the greatest mileage out of her Olympic debut she has chosen to run both events.  He coach Yoshio Koide (73), who has developed many top athletes including Sydney Olympic women's marathon gold medalist Naoko Takahashi (40), believes that the one-of-a-kind athlete he is sending to London is capable of overtaking the Africans and advancing into the upper end of the field.

Well-known for a career which has moved in 'mysterious ways,' Niiya will make a two-pronged attack in London.  "I'm going to run to 10000 m too," she said.  "London isn&#…

Rikuren Announces World Half Marathon Team

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/f-sp-tp0-20120702-976797.html

translated by Brett Larner

On July 2nd the Japanese federation Rikuren announced the men's and women's teams for this year's World Half Marathon Championships, scheduled for October 6 in Bulgaria.  2011 World Championships marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) leads the five men and five women on the teams.

Team members:

Men
Chihiro Miyawaki (Team Toyota) - 1:00:53 (Corporate Championships, 2012)
Tsuyoshi Ugachi (Team Konica Minolta) - 1:00:58 (Marugame, 2011)
Masato Kihara (Team Kanebo) - 1:01:15 (Corporate Championships, 2012)
Naoki Okamoto (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 1:02:16 (Corporate Championships, 2009)
Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) - 1:02:18 (Marugame, 2012)

Women
Yoko Miyauchi (Team Kyocera - 1:09:23 (Sanyo, 2011)
Tomomi Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei) - 1:09:47 (Corporate Championships, 2012)
Mai Ito (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 1:10:03 (Sanyo, 2011)
Asami Kato (Team Panasonic) - 1:11:21 (Sendai…

Ito and Mathathi Win Windy Sapporo International Half Marathon

by Brett Larner

Mid-afternoon heat and a strong headwind in the first half of the race kept times relatively slowly at the 55th running of the Sapporo International Half Marathon July 1, but both the women's and men's divisions featured good races.  2011 World Championships marathon team member Mai Ito (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) took the women's race in 1:10:52, with 2007 World Championships 10000 m bronze medalist Martin Mathathi (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) holding off a late charge from course record holder Mekubo Mogusu (Kenya/Team Nissin Shokuhin) for the win in 1:01:35.

An early pack of ten in the women's race saw a steady rotation of the lead between twin sisters Hiroko Miyauchi and Yoko Miyauchi (both Team Kyocera), 2012 Sendai International Half Marathon winner Asami Kato (Team Panasonic) and little-known Sachi Tanaka (Sports Yamagata 21).  Favorite Yukiko Akaba (Team Hokuren) was an unexpected early casualty given the moderate mid-70 pace, falling off the pack aft…

Yoshida and Ogi 1-2 in Gold Coast Marathon, Kawauchi 4th

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translated and edited by Brett Larner


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At the July 1 Gold Coast Marathon in Australia, Kaori Yoshida (Amino Vital AC) won the women's race in 2:30:36.  Madoka Ogi (Team Juhachi Ginko) ran 2:33:48 for 2nd.  In the men's race Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) was 4th overall in 2:13:26.

2012 Gold Coast Airport Marathon
Queensland, Australia, 7/1/12
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Note: There are wide disparities between the net and gross times listed in the official results.  The times listed below are based on the apparent gross times and will be adjusted pending further information.

Women
1. Kaori Yoshida (Amino Vital AC) - 2:30:36
2. Madoka Ogi (Team Juhachi Ginko) - 2:33:48
3. Hellen Kimutai (Kenya) - 2:36:45
4. Filomena Costa (Portugal) - 2:40:57
5. Chihiro Tanaka (AthleC AC) - 2:40:58

Men
1. Alemayehu Shumye (Ethiopia) - 2:10:35
2. Robert Mwangi (Kenya) - 2:12:19
3. Ernest Kebenei (Kenya) -…