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World XC Championships - Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

Japan came up empty-handed at the 2015 World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China as its perennial best hope for a medal, its junior women's squad, could do no better than 5th.  Junior women's team leader Azusa Sumi took 16th overall, 1:07 behind winner Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia but still the top-placing non-African born athlete in any of the day's races along with China's Changqin Ding in the senior women's race.  Although shy of a medal the junior women still topped the Japanese team results, the junior men and senior women finishing 9th.  With only three runners in the senior men's race Japan did not field a complete team of four scorers in that event.

World Cross Country Championships
Guiyang, China, 3/28/15
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Junior Women's 6 km
1. Letesenbet Gidey (Ethiopia) - 19:48
2. Dera Dida (Ethiopia) - 19:49
3. Etagegn Woldu (Ethiopia) - 19:53
4. Daisy Jepkemei (Kenya) - 19:59
5. Mihret Tefera (Ethiopia) - 20:02
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16. Azusa Sumi (Japan) - 20:55
21. Nana Kuraoka (Japan) - 21:25
29. Wakana Kabasawa (Japan) - 21:48
32. Yuri Nozoe (Japan) - 21:55
38. Miho Shimada (Japan) - 22:12
61. Yuka Sarumida (Japan) - 22:57

Team Results
1. Ethiopia - 11
2. Kenya - 33
3. Bahrain - 52
4. Uganda - 65
5. Japan - 98

Junior Men's 8 km
1. Yasin Haji (Ethiopia) - 23:42
2. Geoffrey Kipkirui Korir (Kenya) - 23:47
3. Alfred Ngeno (Kenya) - 23:54
4. Dominic Kiptarus (Kenya) - 24:00
5. Evans Rutto Chematot (Bahrain) - 24:03
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35. Hiroyuki Sakaguchi (Japan) - 25:46
49. Shota Onizuka (Japan) - 26:16
55. Junnosuke Matsuo (Japan) - 26:27
61. Haruki Minatokya (Japan) - 26:34
81. Ryota Tatezawa (Japan) - 27:14
87. Fuminori Shimo (Japan) - 27:18

Team Results
1. Kenya - 19
2. Ethiopia - 33
3. Eritrea - 52
4. Bahrain - 70
5. Uganda - 76
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9. Japan - 200

Senior Women's 8 km
1. Agnes Jebet Tirop (Kenya) - 26:01
2. Senbere Teferi (Ethiopia) - 26:06
3. Netsanet Gudeta (Ethiopia) - 26:11
4. Alemitu Heroye (Ethiopia) - 26:14
5. Stacy Chepkemboi Ndiwa (Kenya) - 26:16
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23. Miho Shimizu (Japan) - 28:26
39. Mai Shoji (Japan) - 29:09
43. Erika Ikeda (Japan) - 29:17
54. Yui Fukuda (Japan) - 29:45
56. Maki Izumida (Japan) - 29:50
63. Tomoka Kimura (Japan) - 30:01

Team Results
1. Ethiopia - 17
2. Kenya - 19
3. Uganda - 101
4. China - 122
5. U.S.A. - 128
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9. Japan

Senior Men's 12 km
1. Geoffrey Kipsang Kamworor (Kenya) - 34:52
2. Bedan Karoki Muchiri (Kenya) - 35:00
3. Muktar Edris (Ethiopia) - 35:06
4. Hagos Gebrhiwet (Ethiopia) - 35:15
5. Leonard Barsoton (Kenya) - 35:24
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52. Hiroki Matsueda (Japan) - 38:24
85. Kazuma Kubota (Japan) - 40:08
88. Kento Hanazawa (Japan) - 40:19

Team Results
1. Ethiopia - 20
2. Kenya - 20
3. Bahrain - 54
4. Eritrea - 91
5. Uganda - 92

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