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Chepyego and Tanui Return to Win 5000 m Qualifying Heats at National Corporate T&F Championships

by Brett Larner

Fifteen hours after winning the National Corporate Track and Field Championships 10000 m, Kenyan teammates Sally Chepyego and Paul Tanui of Team Kyudenko returned to win their  5000 m qualifying heats.  Chepyego took the women's 5000 m heat one in 15:52.97, the fastest time among the 27 qualifiers for the final, with heat two going to Grace Kimanzi (Kenya/Team Starts) in a relaxed 16:07.28.  Tanui's 13:58.81 was good enough to win the second men's heat but was the slowest of the three men's winning times.  Sera H.S. graduates Bitan Karoki (Team S&B) and Charles Ndirangu (Team JFE Steel) won the other two heats, Karoki in 13:55.72 and Ndirangu in 13:53.61, the fastest time among the 27 qualifiers.  Close behind Ndirangu, Hayato Saito (Team Honda) had the fastest qualifying time by a Japanese runner, 13:55.37.  Karoki and Ndirangu's matchup in the final should be one of the highlights of this year's Championships.

2012 National Corporate Track & Field Championships Day Two
Hakatanomori Field, Fukuoka, 9/22/12
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Women's 5000 m Qualifying Heat One
1. Sally Chepyego (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) - 15:52.97 - Q
2. Risa Kikuchi (Team Hitachi) - 15:53.01 - Q
3. Yuka Miyazaki (Team Kyudenko) - 15:53.42 - Q
4. Tomoka Inadomi (Team Wacoal) - 15:53.57 - Q
5. Akiko Matsuyama (Team Panasonic) - 15:53.84 - Q
6. Yukari Abe (Team Shimamura) - 15:54.00 - Q
7. Yurie Doi (Team Starts) - 15:54.14 - Q
8. Misako Suguro (Team Shiseido) - 15:54.27 - Q
9. Hiromi Suga (Team Denso) - 15:56.85 - Q
10. Yuka Ando (Mizuno) - 15:57.61 - Q
11. Anna Hasuike (Team Higo Ginko) - 16:10.57 - q

Women's 5000 m Qualifying Heat Two
1. Grace Kimanzi (Kenya/Team Starts) - 16:07.28 - Q
2. Doricah Obare (Kenya/Team Hitachi) - 16:07.95 - Q
3. Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 16:09.61 - Q
4. Risa Takenaka (Team Shiseido) - 16:09.77 - Q
5. Rina Yamazaki (Team Panasonic) - 16:09.95 - Q
6. Hanae Tanaka (Team Daiichi Seimei) - 16:09.97 - Q
7. Sayuri Sendo (Team Toyota Jidoshokki) - 16:10.03 - Q
8. Kotomi Takayama (Team Sysmex) - 16:10.05 - Q
9. Misaki Kato (Team Kyudenko) - 16:10.06 - Q
10. Yuki Mitsunobu (Team Kyocera) - 16:10.06 - Q
11. Mayumi Fujita (Team Juhachi Ginko) - 16:10.11 - q
12. Mai Ishibashi (Team Denso) - 16:10.26 - q
13. Chieko Kido (Canon AC Kyushu) - 16:11.08 - q
14. Ayumi Hagiwara (Team Uniqlo) - 16:11.23 - q
15. Hiroko Shoi (Team Nihon ChemiCon) - 16:11.24 - q
16. Miho Ihara (Team Shikoku Denryoku) - 16:14.19 - q

Men's 5000 m Qualifying Heat One
1. Bitan Karoki (Kenya/Team S&B) - 13:55.72 - Q
2. Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:56.55 - Q
3. Ryohei Kawakami (Team Kanebo) - 13:56.60 - Q
4. Tomoya Adachi (Team Asahi Kasei) - 13:56.61 - Q
5. Kenta Matsumoto (Team Toyota) - 13:56.65 - Q
6. Ryo Matsumoto (Team Shikoku Denryoku) - 13:56.66 - Q
7. Kazuharu Takai (Team Kyudenko) - 13:56.76 - Q
8. Hiroyoshi Umegae (Team NTN) - 13:56.93 - Q
9. Akihiko Tsumurai (Team Mazda) - 13:57.74 - q

Men's 5000 m Qualifying Heat Two
1. Paul Tanui (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) - 13:58.81 - Q
2. Masamichi Yasuda (Team Aichi Seiko) - 14:01.22 - Q
3. Satoru Kitamura (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 14:01.56 - Q
4. Daisuke Matsufuji (Team Kanebo) - 14:01.69 - Q
5. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Team Asahi Kasei) - 14:01.90 - Q
6. Yuya Ito (Team Toyota) - 14:01.96 - Q
7. Kohei Matsumura (Team Aisan Kogyo Nagasaki) - 14:02.04 - Q
8. Hidehito Takamine (Team Fujitsu) - 14:02.69 - Q

Men's 5000 m Qualfying Heat Three
1. Charles Ndirangu (Kenya/Team JFE Steel) - 13:53.61 - Q
2. Hayato Saito (Team Honda) - 13:55.37 - Q
3. Daniel Gitau (Kenya/Team Fujitsu) - 13:55.91 - Q
4. Patrick Muwaka (Kenya/Team Aisan Kogyo) - 13:56.07 - Q
5. Kazuya Deguchi (Team Asahi Kasei) - 13:56.17 - Q
6. Naohiro Domoto (Team JR Higashi Nihon) - 13:56.23 - Q
7. Hiroyuki Ono (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:56.59 - Q
8. Minato Oishi (Team Toyota) - 13:57.11 - Q
9. Yuji Sasanuma (Team NTN) - 13:58.23 - q
10. Yoshiyuki Oseki (Team Subaru) - 13:58.59 - q

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