Skip to main content

Japanese Women Score Team Bronze at World Half Marathon Championships

by Brett Larner

The Japanese women's team came through at the Mar. 29 World Half Marathon Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, narrowly outrunning a strong Italian squad for the team bronze medal.  Top-placing Japanese woman Sayo Nomura (Team Daiichi Seimei) started slow, nearly 15 seconds behind the lead pack at 5 km, but ran steadily to move up through the pack and overtake teammates Chieko Kido (Canon AC Kyushu), Reia Iwade (Team Noritz) and Risa Takenaka (Team Shiseido) for 15th place overall. Both Takenaka and Iwade finished within 30 seconds of Nomura to overcome Italian Valeria Straneo's strong 8th-place finish in 1:08:55 and give Japan the team bronze by just 24 seconds.

Further up front, Kyushu-based Sally Chepyego (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) took the individual bronze in a 1:07:52 PB, with Aomori Yamada H.S. graduate and former Suzuki runner Lucy Kabuu 4th in 1:08:37.

In the men's race, Komazawa University's Kenta Murayama and Shogo Nakamura ran up in the front lines in the early going, the other Japanese team members hanging further back in the pack.  By 10 km only Nakamura remained in contact with the leaders, both Murayama and Hiroto Inoue (Yamanashi Gakuin University) having slipped 45 seconds behind.  By 15 km Masato Kikuchi (Team Konica Minolta), who ran sub-62 PBs twice in two weeks in February to make the World Half team, had overtaken Nakamura and sat in 25th.  From there he steadily advanced to 18th, side-by-side with Spain's Ayad Lamdassem at 20 km and finishing just six seconds off his PB in 1:01:23.

Nakamura dropped further back but pushed on to take 44 seconds off his PB and join the ranks of Japan's sub-62 collegiate crowd with a new best of 1:01:57 for 28th.  Inoue, the fastest-ever Japanese 21-year-old in the half marathon, rounded out the team scoring in 1:02:25 for 36th.  Last year's 5000 m national champion Sota Hoshi (Team Fujitsu) and Murayama, who hoped to break the Japanese national record of 1:00:25, had disappointing days and finished over 63 minutes.  The Japanese men took 6th, well out of the team bronze medal but in range of 4th-place South Africa and 5th-place Uganda.

World Half Marathon Championships
Copenhagen, Denmark, 3/29/14
click here for complete results

Women
1. Gladys Cherono (Kenya) - 1:07:29
2. Mary Wacera (Kenya) - 1:07:44 - PB
3. Sally Chepyego (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) - 1:07:52 - PB
4. Lucy Kabuu (Kenya) - 1:08:37
5. Mercy Jerotich (Kenya) - 1:08:42
6. Netsanet Gudeta (Ethiopia) - 1:08:46 - PB
7. Christelle Daunay (France) - 1:08:48
8. Valeria Straneo (Italy) - 1:08:55
9. Tsehay Desalegn (Ethiopia) - 1:09:04 - PB
10. Genet Yalew (Ethiopia) - 1:09:15 - PB
-----
15. Sayo Nomura (Japan/Team Daiichi Seimei) - 1:10:18
17. Risa Takenaka (Japan/Team Shiseido) - 1:10:30
19. Reia Iwade (Japan/Team Noritz) - 1:10:45
24. Chieko Kido (Japan/Canon AC Kyushu) - 1:11:17
48. Rina Yamazaki (Japan/Team Panasonic) - 1:14:20

Team Results
1. Kenya - 3:23:05
2. Ethiopia - 3:27:05
3. Japan - 3:31:33
4. Italy - 3:31:57
5. U.S.A. - 3:32:48
6. France - 3:36:21
7. China - 3:37:43
8. Eritrea - 3:41:58
9. Norway - 3:42:43
10. South Africa - 3:43:23

Men
1. Geoffrey Kipsang (Kenya) - 59:08
2. Samuel Tsegay (Eritrea) - 59:21 - PB
3. Guye Adola (Ethiopia) - 59:21 - PB
4. Zersenay Tadese (Eritrea) - 59:38
5. Nguse Amlosom (Eritrea) - 1:00:00
6. Wilson Kiprop (Kenya) - 1:00:01
7. Ghirmay Ghebreslassie (Eritrea) - 1:00:10
8. Samsom Gebreyohannes (Eritrea) - 1:00:13 - PB
9. Adugna Tekele (Ethiopia) - 1:00:15 - PB
10. Kenneth Kiprop (Kenya) - 1:00:29
-----
18. Masato Kikuchi (Japan/Team Konica Minolta) - 1:01:23
28. Shogo Nakamura (Japan/Komazawa University) - 1:01:57 - PB
36. Hiroto Inoue (Japan/Yamanashi Gakuin University) - 1:02:25
53. Sota Hoshi (Japan/Team Fujitsu) - 1:03:29
56. Kenta Murayama (Japan/Komazawa University) - 1:03:52

Team Results
1. Eritrea - 2:58:59
2. Kenya - 2:59:38
3. Ethiopia - 3:00:48
4. South Africa - 3:03:13
5. Uganda - 3:04:39
6. Japan - 3:05:45
7. U.S.A. - 3:06:18
8. Bahrain - 3:06:27
9. France - 3:07:28
10. Spain - 3:08:01

(c) 2014 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kawauchi Wins 7th-Straight Okinoshima 50 km

Running the Okinoshima 50 km Ultramarathon on his late father's home island of Oki for the eighth year in a row, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran 2:52:55 to win it for the seventh straight time. Starting strong on the relatively flat first 10 km where he clocked 33:26, low-2:47 pace, Kawauchi slowed to just over 2:50 pace on the course's toughest hills between 10 and 30 km. A sub-2:50 was still in range at that point, but over the last 20 km he faded further to finish in the second-slowest of his Okinoshima wins.



The day before the race Kawauchi paced children in Okinoshima's kids' run. Following that he greeted participants and local supporters at an expo event where he was hailed onstage as the Boston Marathon winner. As per his usual routine, his next race will be the July 1 Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Kipchirchir and Chebii Take on Three Gold Coast Winners

The men's race at Australia's Gold Coast Marathon is usually a Kenya-Japan head-to-head, Kenya taking six wins and Japan three in the last ten years. With not a single Ethiopian in the field for this year's 40th edition it looks set for it to happen yet again.

Sub-2:10 Kenyans Victor Kipchirchir, Douglas Chebii, Philip Sanga and the Japan-based Michael Githae will line up to take on three of the race's last four winners, 2017 champ Takuya Noguchi (Konica Minolta), 2015-16 winner and course record holder Kenneth Mungara (Kenya) and 2013 champ and perpetual top three placer Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't). Give the advantage to team Kenya in this bout, but as Noguchi and Kawauchi have proven Gold Coast is a race where Japanese men are legit contenders.

With the window for getting qualifying times for next year's MGC Race 2020 Olympic trials starting to close, the powers that be in Japan have taken note of the success of Noguchi and Kawauchi on the Gold Coast…

Japan's 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon to be Held September 15, 2019

On June 15 the JAAF announced the date and course for the Marathon Grand Championship Race, or MGC Race for short, its new almost-one-shot trials race that will determine at least two of the three members of its men's and women's marathon teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The MGC Race will be held 11 months prior to the Olympics on September 15, 2019. The winners of the MGC Race will be named to the 2020 team, with either the 2nd or 3rd placer also named to the team depending on whether either has broken a fast standard, 2:05:30 for men and 2:21:00 for women. The remaining top three placer will have to wait until March, 2020 to find out whether they will be included on the team or passed over in favor of someone who clears another fast standard in one of the big six domestic elite marathons in the winter of 2019-20.

The MGC Race course will closely follow the already announced Olympic course, the only key exception being a start and finish in the Jingu Gaien district nearby …