Skip to main content

Daihatsu Sets West Japan Corporate Women's Ekiden Course Record

http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20131027/ath13102715490003-n1.html

translated by Brett Larner

The six-stage, 42.195 km West Japan Corporate Women's Ekiden took place Oct. 27 in Munakata, Fukuoka.  Team Daihatsu ran a course record 2:17:23 to claim its first title in three years.  Team leader Ryoko Kizaki, 4th in the marathon at August's Moscow World Championships, led off with a win on the 6.7 km First Stage, with three more of the team's athletes winning their stages.

Team Otsuka Seiyaku was a close 2nd in 2:17:59, with Team Noritz 3rd.  With Moscow bronze medalist Kayoko Fukushi on board, last year's winner Team Wacoal could do no better than 7th, while the Mizuki Noguchi-led Team Sysmex was only 8th.

The top eight teams at the West Japan event qualified for December's National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships in Sendai, along with any teams 9th or lower who broke 2:23:00.  Altogether twelve teams made the grade.

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Today's Race - Samuel Wanjiru Rocks the 2004 National High School Ekiden

Future Beijing Olympics marathon gold medalist Samuel Wanjiru runs a still-standing Third Stage course record to lead Sendai Ikuei H.S. to the National High School Boys Ekiden Championships title. The team's winning time, a course record at the time, is still the second-fastest ever.

Today's Race - 2017 National High School Girls Ekiden

Sendai Ikuei H.S. and Nagano Higashi H.S. go after defending champ Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S. at the 2017 National High School Girls Ekiden Championships.

Yamanashi Gakuin University Resumes Team Training, Limiting Group Size

Aiming to make a return to the Hakone Ekiden after missing out on qualifying for this year's race, on May 20 Yamanashi Gakuin University resumed team track training for the first time in a month and a half. Team practice has been suspended since Apr. 6 due to the coronavirus crisis, and since then it has been up to members to run and do strength training on their own.

Thirty athletes, about a third of the team roster, attended the May 20 session at Kawata Sports Park Field in Kofu. Another group trained separately at Midorigaoka Sports Park Field elsewhere in the city. To avoid too many people coming too close together, athletes started and ran at fixed time intervals between each other. Stretching was also done at staggered intervals, and strength training equipment was disinfected between each use.

May's Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships have been canceled, but, said ekiden team head coach Masaaki Iijima, "I want us to prepare so that we're read…