Skip to main content

Tanui Runs World-Leading 27:08.21 - Regional Corporate Track Championship Highlights

by Brett Larner

2013 Moscow World Championships men's 10000 m bronze medalist Paul Tanui (Team Kyudenko) capped a weekend of regional corporate track and field championships with a world-leading 27:08.21 meet record at the Kyushu Championships.  Starting at near world record pace with a 2:38.38 first 1000 m Tanui soon calmed down and ran under control, going through halfway in 13:34.98 and lapping the entire field including sub-62 half marathoner Hiroto Inoue (Mitsubishi Hitachi Nagasaki) and three of the Asahi Kasei team's star new recruits, Kota Murayama, Shuho Dairokuno and Takashi Ichida.

The women's 10000 m was not quite as fast but still started quick, with Misaki Kato (Team Kyudenko) and Keiko Nogami (Team Juhachi Ginko) going after the sub-32:00.00 Beijing World Championships standard.  The pace slowed off the standard but the pair ran together until the last lap when Kato pulled just ahead to win in 32:13.72.

At the East Japan meet Kenyans William Malel (Team Honda) and Doricah Obare (Team Hitachi) turned in quality 10000 m times to win their races, Malel running 27:57.36 and Obare 32:05.68.  Fresh off a 5000 m PB last weekend in Nobeoka, Ronald Kwemoi (Team Komori Corp.) doubled with 1500 m and 5000 m wins in 3:38.07 and 13:19.33, running down 2013 World XC junior silver medalist Leonard Barsoton (Team Nissin Shokuhin) on the last lap for the 5000 m win.  Kenyan women also took the 5000 m and 3000 m, teammates Grace Kimanzi (Team Starts) winning the 5000 m in 15:41.66 and Rosemary Wanjiru (Team Starts) the 3000 m in 8:57.69.  The men's 5000 m racewalk also made headlines with a 18:51.93 national record from Eiki Takahashi (Team Fujitsu).

The Chugoku region meet, split between this weekend and last, featured the 10000 m distance this week.  Kaido Kita (Team Chugoku Denryoku) and Rei Ohara (Team Tenmaya) took the Chugoku titles in 28:42.12 and 33:30.68.  Regional corporate championship action wraps up next weekend with the Kansai Region meet in Osaka.

Kyushu Corporate Track and Field Championships
Sayagatani Field, Kitakyushu, May 16-17, 2015
click here for complete results

Men's 10000 m Heat 3
1. Paul Tanui (Kenya/Kyudenko) - 27:08.21 - WL, MR
2. Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 28:12.31
3. Hiroto Inoue (Mitsubishi Hitachi Nagasaki) - 28:12.96
4. Shuho Dairokuno (Asahi Kasei) - 28:13.17
5. Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 28:17.09
6. Melaku Abera (Ethiopia/Kurosaki Harima) - 28:20.17
7. Kazuya Deguchi (Asahi Kasei) - 28:20.77
8. Shinji Yoshimoto (Kurosaki Harima) - 28:35.02
9. Yuki Arimura (Asahi Kasei) - 28:35.61
10. Kazuharu Takai (Kyudenko) - 28:38.69
-----
17. Masato Imai (Toyota Kyushu) - 28:52.84

Women's 10000 m
1. Misaki Kato (Kyudenko) - 32:13.72
2. Keiko Nogami (Juhachi Ginko) - 32:14.58
3. Chieko Kido (Canon AC Kyushu) - 32:56.31
4. Erika Ikeda (Higo Ginko) - 33:16.25
5. Yuka Koga (Juhachi Ginko) - 33:22.84

Men's 5000 m Heat 2
1. Tomoya Onishi (Asahi Kasei) - 14:13.97
2. Keijiro Mogi (Asahi Kasei) - 14:16.84
3. Taku Miyahara (Mitsubishi Hitachi Nagasaki) - 14:21.35

Women's 5000 m
1. Yuka Miyazaki (Kyudenko) - 15:44.29
2. Eri Hayakawa (Toto) - 16:04.34
3. Chieko Kido (Canon AC Kyushu) - 16:15.26
4. Mariam Waithira (Kenya/Kyudenko) - 16:31.16
5. Hitomi Shimofuji (Canon AC Kyushu) - 16:31.17

Men's 1500 m
1. Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 3:50.39
2. Tsukasa Matsuda (Kurosaki Harima) - 3:52.04
3. Keisuke Hirata (Kurosaki Harima) - 3:52.52

East Japan Corporate Track and Field Championships
Kumagaya Sports Park Field, Kumagaya, Saitama, May 16-17, 2015
click here for complete results

Men's 10000 m
1. William Malel (Kenya/Honda) - 27:57.36
2. Benjamin Ngandu (Kenya/Monteroza) - 28:27.01
3. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Konica Minolta) - 28:36.25
4. Tsuyoshi Ugachi (Konica Minolta) - 28:38.19
5. Masaru Aoki (Kanebo) - 29:08.97

Women's 10000 m
1. Doricah Obare (Kenya/Hitachi) - 32:05.68
2. Hitomi Nakamura (Panasonic) - 33:04.06
3. Rika Toguchi (Route Inn Hotels) - 33:06.05
4. Asami Kato (Panasonic) - 33:07.58
5. Miho Ihara (Sekisui Kagaku) - 33:08.60

Men's 5000 m Heat 4
1. Ronald Kwemoi (Kenya/Komori Corp.) - 13:19.33
2. Leonard Barsoton (Kenya/Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:22.91
3. Bernard Kimanyi (Kenya/Yakult) - 13:29.43
4. Kassa Mekashaw (Ethiopia/Yachiyo Kogyo) - 13:37.18
5. Paul Kuira (Kenya/Konica Minolta) - 13:40.59
6. David Njuguna (Kenya/Yakult) - 13:40.87
7. Yuichiro Ueno (DeNA RC) - 13:42.48
8. Edwin Mokua (Kenya/Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:51.22
9. Samuel Mwangi (Kenya/Konica Minolta) - 13:52.99
10. Johana Maina (Kenya/Fujitsu) - 13:55.46

Women's 5000 m Heat 2
1. Grace Kimanzi (Kenya/Starts) - 15:41.66
2. Yuika Mori (Yamada Denki) - 15:45.34
3. Felista Wanjugu (Kenya/Univ. Ent.) - 15:47.18
4. Kasumi Nishihara (Yamada Denki) - 15:55.10
5. Shiho Takechi (Yamada Denki) - 15:59.81

Women's 3000 m
1. Rosemary Wanjiru (Kenya/Starts) - 8:57.69
2. Azusa Sumi (Univ. Ent.) - 9:01.15
3. Miho Shimizu (Hokuren) - 9:05.39
4. Kaori Morita (Panasonic) - 9:16.17
5. Tomomi Tanaka (Daiichi Seimei) - 9:20.21

Men's 1500 m
1. Ronald Kwemoi (Kenya/Komori Corp.) - 3:38.07
2. David Njuguna (Kenya/Yakult) - 3:41.12
3. Yasunari Kusu (Komori Corp.) - 3:46.07
4. Hikaru Kato (JR Higashi Nihon) - 3:46.31
5. Yoshihiro Nishizawa (Komori Corp.) - 3:47.04

Women's 1500 m
1. Chihiro Sunaga (Shiseido) - 4:19.14
2. Misaki Onishi (Sekisui Kagaku) - 4:20.93
3. Tomoka Kimura (Univ. Ent.) - 4:21.29

Men's 5000 m RW
1. Eiki Takahashi (Fujitsu) - 18:51.93 - NR
2. Hirooki Arai (SDF Academy) - 19:18.19
3. Kai Kobayashi (Bic Camera) - 19:20.05

Chugoku Corporate Track and Field Championships
Miyoshi Field, Hiroshima, May 16, 2015
click here for complete results

Men's 10000 m Heat 2
1. Kaido Kita (Chugoku Denryoku) - 28:42.12
2. Taku Fujikawa (Chugoku Denryoku) - 28:43.80
3. Mizuho Tanaka (Mazda) - 28:45.32
4. Rui Yonezawa (Chugoku Denryoku) - 28:50.17
5. Masato Sumimoto (Mazda) - 29:08.97

Women's 10000 m
1. Rei Ohara (Tenmaya) - 33:30.68
2. Yurie Fujita (Tenmaya) - 33:37.17
3. Yukari Ishizawa (Edion) - 33:44.93

(c) 2015 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kariuki Cracks Course Record at 30th Anniversary Ageo City Half Marathon

2017 Kanto Regionals 10000 m and half marathon D2 champion Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.)  overcame windy conditions at the 30th edition of the Ageo City Half Marathon to shave one second off the course record, winning in a PB 1:01:25.

Kariuki and 2017 Kanto Regionals D1 5000 m and 10000 m champ Patrick Mathenge Wambui (Nihon Univ.) took it out in the first km, setting up a fascinating duel between Kanto's top two collegiate men on the track.


Led by Hayato Seki, star runner of this year's Izumo Ekiden champ Tokai University in his half marathon debut, the main body of the Japanese pack gradually relinquished the lead to the Kenyan pair, down 50 seconds by 10 km and continuing to drift back from then. Ageo has typically seen its lead Japanese collegiate men running between high-61 and mid-62, but nobody in the field seemed willing to go ahead of Seki and the runner on his shoulder, 2017 World University Games half marathon gold medalist Kei Katanishi (Komazawa Univ.).


Near …

Krifchin and Lemciyeh Win Kobe Marathon

The Kobe Marathon held its 7th running on Nov. 19.  19,709 runners took part in this year's race, with 600,000 people cheering them on along the course between the start at Kobe City Hall and the finish in the Kobe Harbor area which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary. American Maegan Krifchin, 29, won the women's race in a course record time of 2:33:14. Khalil Lemciyeh of Morocco also broke the men's course record, winning in 2:12:49.

The Kobe Marathon is organized by the Hyogo Prefectural Government and the City of Kobe. 7,500 volunteers helped runners over the course of the three days of race weekend. This year the turnaround point moved 1.25 km to the west, taking runners under Akashi Kaikyo Bridge for the first time. The final section of the course on Port Island was shortened to make up the distance. At noon at the finish area temperatures were 12 degrees with 65% humidity. 18,949 people finished the race.

At the starting ceremony in front of City Hall, a mom…

Kosimbei, Kwemoi and Shitara Lead Hachioji 10000 m Field

Nestled deep in the misty foothills of the western Tokyo mountains, Hosei University's late November Hachioji Long Distance meet has quietly turned into one of the world's premier track 10000 m, its A-heat never quite dipping under 27 minutes yet but still producing record-setting depth and the two fastest Japanese men's 10000 m in history.
This year's entry list is another monster, with 27:02.59 man Nicholas Kosimbei (Toyota) leading 17 men with recent times under 28 minutes, twelve of them Kenyan, three Japanese and two Ethiopian. Fresh off a 27:22.73 win at last weekend's Nittai University Time Trials, two-time steeplechase junior world champion Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu) is slated to pace what is scheduled to be a sub-28 race, but with Kosimbei, sub-27:30 men John Maina (Fujitsu) and Rodgers Chumo Kwemoi (Aisan Kogyo) and five others under 27:45 including last year's winnerRonald Kwemoi (Komori Corp.) on the list the front end should go faster. 
Rig…