Skip to main content

1:00:53 Man Chihiro Miyawaki Leads Kumanichi 30 km Field

http://kumanichi.com/fsports/marathon/2013/kiji/20130117001.xhtml

translated by Brett Larner

On Jan. 16 the organizers of the Feb. 17 Kumamoto-jo Marathon released the names of the 15 invited athletes for the 57th running of the event's accompanying elite-level Kumanichi 30 km Road Race.

The most-watched athlete is bound to be civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.), who will be running Kumanichi as a tuneup for the Mar. 3 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, the final domestic selection race for the Japanese national team for this summer's Moscow World Championships.  Kawauchi's main competition will come from 21-year-old Chihiro Miyawaki (Team Toyota), whose win on the First Stage of this year's New Year Ekiden and 2012 bests of 27:41.57 and 1:00:53 rank him as the #1 man in the country right now in a class of speed that Kawauchi cannot hope to match.  Kenyan Daniel Gitau (Team Fujitsu) also outranks Kawauchi on pure speed.

Two runners from 2013 Hakone Ekiden 2nd-place Toyo University will make their 30 km debuts at Kumanichi, ace Second Stage 3rd-placer Keita Shitara and Kumamoto native Kento Otsu, who placed 7th on Hakone's Eighth Stage this year.  Instrumental in securing overall 3rd-place Komazawa University's Hakone Ekiden Day Two win, Tenth Stage winner Kensuke Gotoda will also line up.

With a new course last year starting along with the inaugural Kumamoto-jo Marathon, Komazawa alum Tsuyoshi Ugachi (Team Konica Minolta) won last year's race in 1:30:01. A total of 60 athletes, 55 men and 5 women, are entered in the elite 30 km.  With a difficult course full of ups and downs the question will be whether any of them is up to the challenge of beating Ugachi's time.  The race begins at 9:00 a.m.

2013 Kumanichi 30 km Road Race Elite Field
Kumamoto, 2/3/13
times listed are half-marathon bests

Men
2. Chihiro Miyawaki (Team Toyota) - 1:00:53
4. Daniel Gitau (Kenya/Team Fujitsu) - 1:01:02
9. Keita Shitara (Toyo Univ.) - 1:01:45
1. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) - 1:02:18
12. Yudai Yamakawa (Teikyo Univ.) - 1:02:36
10. Kento Otsu (Toyo Univ.) - 1:02:43
8. Kyohei Nishi (Team Kyudenko) - 1:02:59
3. Kazuki Tomaru (Team Toyota) - 1:03:15
6. Fumihiro Maruyama (Team Asahi Kasei) - 1:03:29
11. Kensuke Gotoda (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:03:49
13. Shun Suzuki (Kanagawa Univ.) - 1:03:51
7. Kentaro Masuda (Team NTT Nishi Nihon) - 1:04:12
5. Ryota Matoba (Team Komori Corp.) - 1:04:49

Women
301. Yuko Mizuguchi (Team Denso) - 32:30.33 (10000 m)
302. Risa Takemura (Team Kyudenko) - 33:46 (10 km)

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Morita Goes Sub-32 in 10000 m Debut

Running her track 10000 m debut of a 32:27 road 10 km in the spring, Kaori Morita (Panasonic) closed hard off a slow opening pace to win the National Corporate Federation Women's Long Distance Time Trials 10000 m Friday afternoon in Yamaguchi.

A new filler meet to take up space on the calendar following the National Corporate Women's Ekiden's move to November, the Corporate Time Trials meet featured one heat of 3000 m and three 5000 m heats before its main focus, the 10000 m. After a 3:19 first 1000 m Morita's teammate Yuka Hori, winner of the 10.9 km Third Stage at Nationals, took over, leading the field at 3:12 to 3:14 / km pace through 7000 m. Morita, who won the 7.0 km First Stage, went to the front at that point with a 3:14 to 8000 m before taking off.

Clocking her fastest split up to that point with a 3:07 between 8 and 9000 m, Morita closed impressively with a 3:01 final km to dip under 32 minutes as she won in 31:59.94. Steepler Chikako Mori (Sekisui Kagaku) w…

Saitama International Marathon Top Two's Times Annulled Due to Last-Minute Misdirection by Race Officials

At the Nov. 12 Saitama International Marathon, Kenyan Flomena Cheyech Daniel won a sprint finish over Bahraini Shitaye Habtegebrel by 3 seconds to take her second-straight Saitama title in 2:28:39. On Dec. 11 race organizers announced that both runners' times had been annulled.

In the midst of the pair's battle for the win, race officials misdirected the pair into the righthand lane on the final corner instead of the lefthand lane in which the finish line was located. Both ran over the curb dividing the two lanes and returned to the original course before finishing.

At the time JAAF executive director Mitsugi Ogata said, "This was a mistake by the organizers and the athletes did nothing wrong. There was no effect on the finishing order and no advantage gained in terms of the distance run." After later consultation with JAAF officials, race organizers decided that Cheyech and Habtegebrel had not covered the complete distance and that their times should be annulled. N…

Norway's Moen Blasts 2:05:48 European Record to Win Fukuoka

More than living up to the promise of his 59:48 Norwegian half marathon record at October's Valencia Half, Sondre Nordtad Moen took down all comers to win the 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon in a European record 2:05:48.

【福岡国際マラソン】

🏆優 勝 モーエン 2:05.48! pic.twitter.com/lpzMUYHfhu — NOBUKI T&F (@nobu_777__tf) December 3, 2017
Superb pacing work took the lead group through 30 km with almost perfect 3:00/km splits along the way, a race of attrition that shaved down the field to a core group of five real contenders. Defending champ Yemane Tsegay (Ethiopia) was the first big name to go, with 2:06 man Lani Rutto (Kenya), the debuting Keita Shitara (Japan/Hitachi Butsuryu) and last year's 3rd-placer Yuki Kawauchi (Japan/Saitama Pref. Gov't) among the other big names to lose touch in the first half, leaving Moen, favorite Bedan Karoki (Kenya/DeNA), London Olympics gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda), last year's 5th-placer Amanuel Mesel (Eritrea) and Boston Maratho…