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International Chiba Ekiden Entry Lists - Osako, Sato and Ugachi Lead Japanese Team

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news/131111/oth13111119380017-n1.htm

translated and edited by Brett Larner

On Nov. 11 Rikuren, the Japanese Federation, announced the entry lists for the thirteen teams at the Nov. 23 International Chiba Ekiden.  A six-stage, 42.195 km event, Chiba is unique in featuring mixed men's and women's teams with each gender alternating over the course of the race.

The Japanese team will be picked from an entry list of four men and four women.  The men's list includes all three Japanese men from this summer's Moscow World Championships 10000 m, Suguru Osako (Waseda Univ.), Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) and Tsuyoshi Ugachi (Team Konica Minolta), as well as Moscow women's 5000 m runner Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku).  Combined with the likes of 2011-2013 National University Ekiden champion Komazawa University's star anchor Shinobu Kubota and women Miho Ihara (Team Sekisui Kagaku), Risa Kikuchi (Team Hitachi) and Sayuri Oka (Team Daihatsu), all stage winners in major fall ekidens, the Japanese national team will be looking to return to the victor's position for the first time in four years.

The Japanese University Select Team is also strong, led by 2013 World University Games 10000 m gold medalist Ayuko Suzuki (Nagoya University), 2013 National University Ekiden and 2013 Izumo Ekiden stage record-setter Kenta Murayama (Komazawa University) and Yuma Hattori (Toyo University), also a stage record-setter in Izumo.

Along with hosts Chiba Prefecture, ten foreign teams are set to run.  Moscow World Championships women's 10000 m 4th-placer Emily Chebet and 2010 World XC champion Joseph Ebuya top the Kenyan team, while women's marathon national record holder Irina Mikitenko and Moscow 1500 m 5th-placer Homiyu Tesfaye are noteworthy names on the German team. Newly-crowned marathon national record holder Lanni Marchant leads a Canadian team that features London Olympians Reid CoolsaetAlex Genest, Nicole Sifuentes and Dylan Wykes.

The 2013 International Chiba Ekiden will be broadcast live on Fuji TV starting at 1:00 p.m. Click here for details on watching online.  JRN will once again cover the race live on Twitter @JRNLive.

2013 International Chiba Ekiden Entry List Highlights
Chiba, 11/23/13
click here for complete entry lists

Australia
Jackson Elliott - 13:57.80
Steve Kelly - 28:52.30
Duer Yoa - 13:50.50

Canada
Reid Coolsaet - 13:21.53
Lanni Marchant - 32:46.00
Nicole Sinfuentes - 15:27.58
Dylan Wykes - 28:12.82

Chiba Prefecture
Mika Kobayashi (Juntendo Univ.) - 15:59.26
Moeno Nakamura (Team Univ. Ent.) - 15:51.35
Kohei Ogino (Team Fujitsu) - 28:56.18
Mai Shinozuka (Chuo Univ.) - 15:57.40
Shota Yamaguchi (Team Fujitsu) - 28:20.32

France
Djamel Bashiri - 13:56.47
Timothee Bommier - 13:51.64
Fatiha Klilech-Fauvel - 32:46.73

Germany
Corinna Harrer - 32:30.41
Maren Kock - 15:27.65
Irina Mikitenko - 14:42.03
Philipp Pflieger - 13:31.24
Andre Pollmacher - 27:55.56
Homiyu Tesfaye - 13:58.73
Steffen Uliczka - 13:41.88

Japan
Miho Ihara (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 32:16.46
Risa Kikuchi (Team Hitachi) - 15:36.28
Shinobu Kubota (Komazawa Univ.) - 28:07.01
Sayuri Oka (Team Daihatsu) - 32:06.79
Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:21.73
Suguru Osako (Waseda Univ.) - 27:38.31
Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:13.60 / 27:38.25
Tsuyoshi Ugachi (Team Konica Minolta) - 27:40.69

Japanese University Select Team
Yuma Hattori (Toyo Univ.) - 28:22.43
Nanaka Izawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 32:39.31
Sairi Maeda (Bukkyo Univ.) - 32:51.53
Kenta Murayama (Komazawa Univ.) - 28:14.57
Yuki Muta (Meiji Univ.) - 13:47.58
Natsuki Omori (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 15:40.34
Ayuko Suzuki (Nagoya Univ.) - 32:49.02

Kenya
Joseph Chacha - 13:51.84
Emily Chebet - 14:46.89
Joseph Ebuya - 12:51.00
Edwin Mokua - 27:38
Eunice Mutai - 14:40.00
Daniel Muteti - 13:08.00
Esther Ndiema - 14:57.16
Caroline Nyakagwa - 31:42.25

New Zealand
Malcolm Hicks - 13:43.96
Zane Robertson - 13:13.83
Holly Van Dalen - 15:41.68
Lucy Van Dalen - 15:21.08
Nick Willis - 13:27.54

Romania
Marius Ionescu - 29:01.83

Russia
Natalya Aristarkhova - 8:50.76
Gulshat Fazlitdinova - 32:01.83
Ludmila Lebedeva - 32:46.08
Yegor Nikolayev - 13:35.33
Natalya Novichkova - 15:34.34
Anatoliy Rybakov - 28:06.54
Yevgeny Rybakov - 28:05.75
Vyacheslav Shalamov - 13:38.10

Ukraine
Mihailo Iberk - 28:48.60
Volodymyr Kyts - 13:52.69
Viktoriya Pohoryelska - 15:28.35

U.S.A.
Chris Barnicle - 28:10.59
Kellyn Johnson - 32:30.40
Katie Kellner - 32:58.73
Will Leer - 13:21.55
Girma Mecheso - 27:52.38
Sean Quigley - 27:50.78
Laura Thweatt - 32:15.51

Comments

TokyoRacer said…
Nick Willis! Will be interesting to see how the 1500m star does.

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