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Preliminary Japanese Team Announced for Beijing World Championships

by Brett Larner
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Following this weekend's National Track and Field Championships in Niigata, the Federation announced a preliminary lineup of athletes of 23 athletes, 17 men and 6 women, for the Japanese national team for August's World Championships in Beijing.  Other athletes who finished in the top 3 in their events at the National Championships without having cleared the Beijing qualifying standards like new 16-year-old sprint sensation Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) and 5000 m runners-up Azusa Sumi (Team Univ. Ent.) and Suguru Osako (Oregon Project) have until Aug. 2 to get them.  Excluding the marathon, race walk, and decathlon, the team lineup as announced today:

Men's 100 m, 200 m and Relays
Kei Takase (Team Fujitsu) - 10.09 / 20.14
Kenji Fujimitsu (Team Zenrin) - 20.32
Kotaro Taniguchi (Chuo Univ.) - 20.45
Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.) - 10.23 / 20.64

Women's 100 m and 200 m
Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC) - 11.21 NR / 22.89 NR

Men's 400 m
Yuzo Kanemaru (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 45.16

Men's 5000 m
Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 13:19.62

Women's 5000 m
Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post Group) - 15:14.96
Misaki Onishi (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:16.82

Men's 10000 m
Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 27:38.99
Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 27:39.95
Yuta Shitara (Honda) - 27:42.71

Women's 10000 m
Yuka Takashima (Denso) - 31:37.32
Kasumi Nishihara (Yamada Denki) - 31:53.69

Men's 400 mH
Yuta Konishi (Sumitomo Denko) - 49.41

Men's High Jump
Naoto Tobe (Tsukuba Twin Peaks) - 2.31 m
Takashi Eto (AGF) - 2.28 m
Yuji Hiramatsu (Tsukuba Univ.) - 2.28 m

Men's Pole Vault
Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - 5.75 m
Hiroki Ogita (Mizuno) - 5.70 m

Men's Long Jump
Yohei Sugai (Mizuno) - 8.18 m

Men's Javelin Throw
Ryohei Arai (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 86.83 m

Women's Javelin Throw
Yuki Ebihara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 63.80 m NR

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Comments

TokyoRacer said…
What's with sprinter Kiryu? Is he injured?
Brett Larner said…
Yes, injured. He hopes to be back in time for the National University Championships in September. Ryota Yamagata and Shota Iizuka both got hurt during Nationals as well.

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