Skip to main content

Sani Brown, Ejima and Mukai Lead Japanese Team for 2015 World Youth Championships

by Brett Larner

Japan has entered a team of 41, 22 boys and 19 girls, for this week's World Youth Championships.  Its best medal chances come in the four events where it has the #1-ranked athlete, but 14 Japanese athletes factor into the top ten rankings in nine events to offer hope of a little more action.

Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) comes into the World Youth Championships ranked #1 in both the boys' 100 m and 200 m hot off finishing 2nd in both distances at last month's Japanese National Championships, the first Japanese high schooler post-war to make the podium in both.  Daisuke Miyamoto (Rakunan H.S.), from the same high school as 2014 World Junior Championships 100 m bronze medalist Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) joins Sani Brown in the top ten rankings in the 100 m, but for Sani Brown the main focus will be the 200 m where his best of 20.56 from Nationals last month is just off the Beijing World Championships qualification standard 20.50.  Should he break that, or the 10.16 standard in the 100 m, you'll be seeing more of him again next month.

Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) is ranked #1 in the boys' pole vault with a best of 5.32 m, and with Takaaki Yoshida (Kanonji Chuo H.S.) ranked 6th at 5.11 m there looks like a good chance of a medal there.  Likewise in the girls' 3000 m, where Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) is ranked #1 with the meet record 9:04.81 she ran to win June's Chugoku Region High School Championships, and Kanami Sagayama, a member of last year's National High School Ekiden champion Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuen H.S., is ranked #4 at 9:13.60.  The boys' 3000 m also looks exciting, with #7-ranked Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.), 16, comes in fresh off a 13:50.56 PB for 5000 m last week at the Hokuren Distance Challenge Shibetsu Meet.

9th IAAF World Youth Championships
Cali, Colombia, July 15-19, 2015
click here for official website 
athletes in bold are ranked in the top 10 in their event by season best

Boys
Sprints
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 100 m / 200 m - 10.30 / 20.56
Daisuke Miyamoto (Rakunan H.S.) - 100 m - 10.50
Kazuki Tamura (Shimonoseki Shogyo H.S.) - 200 m - 21.12
Manato Sasaki (Morioka Minami H.S.) - 400 m - 47.21
Ryota Kitahara (Shizuoka Shoyo Tokai Prep H.S.) - 400 m - 47.40

Middle Distance
Takuto Hanamura (Higashi Osaka H.S.) - 800 m - 1:51.15
Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 800 m - 1:51.78
Takumi Yokokawa (Nakanojo H.S.) - 1500 m - 3:48.74

Long Distance
Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 3000 m - 8:17.85
Yuta Kambayashi (Kyushu Gakuin H.S.) - 3000 m - 8:18.54

Hurdles
Masaki Toyoda (Rakunan H.S.) - 400 mH
Ryusei Fujii (Kokura Kogyo H.S.)- 400 mH
Takeshi Nishida (Kyushu Gakuin H.S.) - 2000 mSC - 5:58.10

Walks
Yasushi Morita (Kokoku H.S.) - 10000 mRW
Toshiki Ueda (Uwajima Higashi H.S.) - 10000 mRW

Jumps
Go Miura (Ina Gakuen H.S.) - HJ - 2.08 m
Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) - PV - 5.32 m
Takaaki Yoshida (Kanonji Chuo H.S.) - PV - 5.11 m
Hibiki Tsuha (Nasu Nishi H.S.) - LJ - 7.55 m
Masashi Miyauchi (Sakada Nishi H.S.) - LJ - 7.50 m
Shinya Kobyashi (Suge H.S.) - TJ - 15.21 m

Throws
Gen Naganuma (Takada H.S.) - JT

Girls
Sprints
Miku Yamada (Morioka Seio H.S.) - 100 m - 11.90
Ami Saito (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 200 m - 24.17
Rin Aoki (Soyo H.S.) - 400 m - 54.80

Middle Distance
Shoko Fukuda (Matsue Kita H.S.) - 800 m - 2:07.21
Wakana Kabasawa (Tokiwa H.S.) - 1500 m - 4:20.61
Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 1500 m - 4:20.78

Long Distance
Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) - 3000 m - 9:04.81
Kanami Sagayama (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuen H.S.) - 3000 m - 9:13.60

Hurdles
Yumi Tanaka (Daiichi Kansai Prep H.S.) - 100 mH
Mizuki Murakami (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.) - 400 mH - 59.23
Chisa Kitazawa (Nishijoyo H.S.) - 400 mH - 1:00.21
Yuki Shibata (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) - 2000 mSC - 6:47.90

Walks
Maika Yagi (Nishinomiya H.S.) - 5000 mRW
Yukako Hayashi (Yawatahama H.S.) - 5000 mRW

Jumps
Kanae Sugimura (Chiba Reimei H.S.) - LJ - 6.08 m
Maya Takeuchi (Setsu H.S.) - LJ - 6.05 m

Throws
Haruka Kitaguchi (Hokkaido Asahikawa Higashi H.S.) - JT
Tsugumi Okabayashi (Osaka H.S.) - JT

Heptathlon
Maya Shreshta (Keiai Higashi Osaka Prep H.S.)

(c) 2015 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kusu Runs Steeplechase World-Leading Time, Yabuta and Yoshimura Break National Records, Tanaka Just Misses Fukushi's NR - Kitami and Liege Highlights

Wednesday afternoon and evening saw the fourth meet in this year's five-part Hokuren Distance Challenge series, this time in the town of Kitami. The program included the little-raced 2000 m steeplechase as a tuneup for Monday's series-closing Abashiri meet, and in both the women's and men's races the national records went down. A top collegiate steepler while at Kyoto Sangyo University, Yui Yabuta (Otsuka Seiyaku) ran 6:27.74 to break the women's record. In the men's race 1500 m specialist Yasunari Kusu (Ami AC) surprised many by breaking the Japanese national record with a world-leading 5:31.82 despite little experience in the steeple.

The women's 3000 m in Kitami was more explicitly set up as a national record attempt, with four of the ten fastest Japanese women ever over the distance lined up to gun for the great Kayoko Fukushi's 8:44.40 record dating back to 2002. From the gun it was out at NR pace, with pacers Hellen Ekalale (Toyota Jidoshokki) an…

Lemeteki and Aoki Win Shibestu Half

Kenyan Razini Lemeteki (Takushoku Univ.) and relative unknown Nanami Aoki (Iwatani Sangyo) took the top spots in hot and sunny conditions at the Shibetsu Half Marathon in Hokkaido. With Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) doing early frontrunning in the men's race only to fade to a 20th-place finish in 1:06:40 Lemeteki had little competition for the win in 1:03:25. 2017 Shibetsu winner Tsubasa Hayakawa (Toyota) was the top Japanese man at 2nd in 1:03:42, beating MGC Race Olympic marathon trials qualifiers Daichi Kamino (New Balance) and Naoki Okamoto (Chugoku Denryoku) - by 4 seconds and 11 seconds. Other MGC Race qualifiers Masato Imai (Toyota Jidoshokki), Yuji Iwata (MHPS) and Ryo Kiname (MHPS) all struggled, none of them breaking 66 minutes.

Aoki won the women's race easily in 1:15:12 by almost a minute over Mai Nagaoka (Sysmex). MGC Race qualifiers Reia Iwade (Under Armour) and Keiko Nogami (Juhachi Ginko) were listed to start but apparently did not run.
33rd Suffolkland Shibets…

Koike Runs Japan's Third Sub-10, Niiya Clears Doha 5000 m Standard - Weekend Track Highlights

Japanese athletes were busy on the track overseas this weekend. At Friday's Stumptown Twilight meet in Portland, indoor mile Asian record holder Nanami Arai (Honda) took 2nd in the men's 1500 m in 3:39.58, his second time this season breaking 3:40. It used to be a rarity to see a Japanese man clear 3:40, something that happened once every couple of years, but so far this season four Japanese men have done it a total of six times. If the distance had even a fraction of the prestige of the Hakone Ekiden, or of that it has in the U.S., there's no doubt there'd be more.

Speaking of distances with prestige, on the first day of London's Muller Anniversary Games Diamond League spectacular Yuki Koike (Sumitomo Denko) became the third Japanese man to join the sub-10 club, running 9.98 (+0.5 m/s) for 4th in the men's 100 m final. Koike also ran 2nd on the Japanese men's 4x100 m relay team, which clocked a season best 37.78 for 2nd despite featuring only two regulars…