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Olympic Medalists Priscah Jeptoo and Galen Rupp on Entry Lists for International Chiba Ekiden (updated)

translated and edited by Brett Larner

On Nov. 12 Rikuren, the Japanese Federation, released the entry lists for the Nov. 23 International Chiba Ekiden, a six-stage, 42.195 ekiden featuring teams of three men and three women.  Thirteen national teams along with a Japanese University select team and a team from hosts Chiba Prefecture make up the field.

The Japanese national team includes London Olympics women's 10000 m 9th-place finisher and 5000 m national champion Hitomi Niiya (Team Univ. Ent.) and her Olympic teammate, 10000 m national champion Mika Yoshikawa (Team Panasonic) along with top-ranked collegiate runner Suguru Osako (Waseda Univ.) and past 1500 m and 5000 m national champion Yuichiro Ueno (Team S&B).  The Japanese University team features three members of Izumo Ekiden course record-setters Aoyama Gakuin University, Takehiro Deki, Kazuma Kubota and Ryotaro Otani along with 2009 Ageo City Half Marathon winner Shota Hiraga (Waseda Univ.).

The international field includes London Olympics women's marathon silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo on the Kenyan team, with men's 10000 m silver medalist Galen Rupp on the American roster.  Olympic marathoner Reid Coolsaet heads the Canadian team.

2012 International Chiba Ekiden Entry List Highlights
Chiba, 11/23/12
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Chiba Prefecture
Czech Republic
Japanese University Select Team
New Zealand
South Korea

Thomas Longosiwa (Kenya) - 12:49.04 - London Olympics 5000 m bronze medal
Galen Rupp (U.S.A.) - 12:58.90 / 26:48.00 - London Olympics 10000 m silver medal
Edwin Cheruiyot Soi (Kenya) - 12:52.40 / 27:14.83
Philip Mosima (Kenya) - 12:53.72
Joseph Chirlee (U.S.A.*) - 27:43.96
Robert Cheseret (U.S.A.*) - 13:13.23 / 28:20.11
Yuichiro Ueno (Japan) - 13:21.49 / 28:12.37
Reid Coolsaet (Canada) - 13:21.53 / 27:56.92
Jake Robertson (New Zealand) - 13:22.38
Anatoliy Rybakov (Russia) - 13:30.43 / 28:06.54
Suguru Osako (Japan) - 13:31.27 / 27:56.94
Yevgeny Rybakov (Russia) - 13:31.36 / 28:05.75
Jake Riley (U.S.A.) - 13:32.82 / 28:08.36
Egor Nikolaev (Russia) - 13:35.33
Vyacheslav Shalamov (Russia) - 13:38.10
Taku Fujimoto (Japan) - 13:38.68 / 28:27.66
Lukasz Parszczynski (Poland) - 13:42.21
Jussi Utriainen (Finland) - 13:42.64 / 28:50.20
Seung-Ho Baek (South Korea) - 13:42.98 / 28:25.19
Radoslaw Kleczek (Poland) - 13:43.37
Jeff Martinson (Canada) - 13:43.45
Shota Hiraga (Japanese Univ. Team) - 13:45.83 / 28:41.42
Shinobu Kubota (Japan) - 13:49.53 / 28:07.01
Keisuke Tanaka (Chiba Pref.) - 13:50.15
Hugo Beamish (New Zealand) - 13:51.00
Arkadiusz Gardzielewski (Poland) - 13:53/56 / 28:44.19
Takehiro Deki (Japanese Univ. Team) - 13:54.09
Mitchell Brown (Australia) - 13:55.47 / 28:53.00
Makoto Hasegawa (Chiba Pref.) - 13:56.83
Zane Robertson (New Zealand) - 13:58.00
Ryotaro Otani (Japanese Univ. Team) - 13:58.75
Kazuma Ito (Chiba Pref.) - 13:59.01
Kazuma Kubota (Japanese Univ. Team) - 13:59.16
Masatoshi Kikuchi (Chiba Pref.) - 28:53.80
Marius Ionescu (Romania) - 28:54.83

*Both Cheseret and Chirlee are still listed as of Kenyan nationality on their IAAF profiles.

Priscah Jeptoo (Kenya) - 2:20:14 - London Olympics marathon silver
Yelena Zadorozhnaya (Russia) - 14:40.47
Elizaveta Grechishnikova (Russia) - 15:02.38 / 31:07.88
Lidia Chojecka (Poland) - 15:04.88 / 32:55.10
Svetlana Kireyeva (Russia) - 15:08.36
Hitomi Niiya (Japan) - 15:10.20 / 30:59.19
Joyce Chepkirui (Kenya) - 31:26.10
Mika Yoshikawa (Japan) - 15:15.33 / 31:28.71
Alfiya Muryasova (Russia) - 15:26.31
Chelsea Reilly (U.S.A.) - 32:40.01
Neely Spence (U.S.A.) - 15:27.72 / 32:50.00
Emma Kertesz (U.S.A.) - 32:51.00
Misaki Nishio (Japan) - 15:32.88
Ayuko Suzuki (Japanese Univ. Team) - 15:33.47
Kaila McKnight (Australia) - 15:33.77
Riko Matsuzaki (Japan) - 15:34.69
Victoria Mitchell (Australia) - 15:36.15
Gladys Cherono (Kenya) - 15:39.50 / 32:41.40
Haruka Kyuma (Japanese Univ. Team) - 15:39.86 / 32:59.33
Tarah McKay-Korir (Canada) - 15:47.00 / 32:00.07
Azusa Kurusu (Chiba Pref.) - 15:47.60
Mai Tsuda (Japanese Univ. Team) - 15:48.41
Ho-Sun Park (South Korea) - 15:49.21 / 32:52.96
Mai Shoji (Japanese Univ. Team) - 15:51.25
Son-Un Kim (South Korea) - 15:55.86
Mai Shinozuka (Chiba Pref.) - 15:57.40


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