Skip to main content

Ndiku Leads Weekend Track Results in Setagaya

by Brett Larner
video by Ekiden News



Two-time World Junior Championships 3000 mSC gold medalist Jonathan Ndiku (Kenya/Team Hitachi Butsuryu) led the weekend's track results, running just off his six-year-old 5000 m PB to win Tokyo's Setagaya Time Trials 5000 m A-heat by a wide margin in 13:13.16.  Ndiku outran all competition by more than 13 seconds, leading 22 men under 14 minutes including 7 other Japan-based Africans.  22-year-old Shota Shinjo (Team Honda) was the top Japanese man at 9th in 13:45.45, like Ndiku just missing his PB.

Southwest of Tokyo at the 70th anniversary National Sports Festival in Wakayama, this year's 10000 m national champion Kasumi Nishihara (Team Yamada Denki) won a close race over 5000 m national champion Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) and top collegiate Rina Nabeshima (Kanoya Taiiku Univ.), outkicking them by 0.7 seconds to take the national title in 15:33.51.  Onishi held off Nabeshima in a photo finish for 2nd, 15:34.21 to 15:34.23.

In the junior men's 5000 m, Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.), 13:50.51 at age 16 and 8:01.95 for 3000 m last month just after his 17th birthday and after finishing 5th as the top non-African in the 3000 m at July's World Youth Championships, let go with a hard kick over the last lap to drop Kenyan John Kariuki (Aomori Yamada H.S.) and top Japanese rivals including Shota Onizuka (Omuta H.S.) for the win in 14:09.21.

Setagaya Time Trials
Kinuta Park Field, Tokyo, Oct. 3, 2015
click here for complete results

Men's 5000 m Heat 21
1. Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:13.16
2. Joseph Chacha (Subaru) - 13:26.25
3. Samuel Mwangi (Konica Minolta) - 13:27.66
4. John Maina (Fujitsu) - 13:31.24
5. Alexander Mutiso (ND Software) - 13:32.51
6. Joseph Mumo (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:36.66
7. Joseph Onsarigo (ND Software) - 13:39.50
8. Mamiyo Nuguse (Yasukawa Denki) - 13:42.46
9. Shota Shinjo (Honda) - 13:45.45
10. Kei Fumimoto (Kanebo) - 13:47.65

National Sports Festival
Kimiidera Park Field, Wakayama, Oct. 2-6, 2015
click here for complete results

Senior Women's 5000 m
1. Kasumi Nishihara (Yamada Denki) - 15:33.51
2. Misaki Onishi (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:34.21
3. Rina Nabeshima (Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) - 15:34.23
4. Hanae Tanaka (Daiichi Seimei) - 15:34.59
5. Moeno Nakamura (Universal Entertainment) - 15:36.10
6. Mao Kiyota (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 15:38.53
7. Miyuki Uehara (Daiichi Seimei) - 15:42.72
8. Keiko Nogami (Juhachi Ginko) - 15:58.19
9. Yuko Kikuchi (Hokuren) - 16:04.60
10. Yuka Ando (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 16:15.21

Junior Men's 5000 m
1. Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 14:09.21
2. Kakeru Nakamura (Saikyo H.S.) - 14:10.34
3. Shota Onizuka (Omuta H.S.) - 14:11.40
4. John Kariuki (Aomori Yamada H.S.) - 14:11.83
5. Tomoki Ota (Hamamatsu Nittai Prep H.S.) - 14:12.32
6. Kazuya Nishiyama (Tonodai Prep Daini H.S.) - 14:14.37
7. Yuta Kanbayashi (Kyushu Gakuin H.S.) - 14:14.86
8. Jun Kato (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 14:15.34
9. Junnosuke Matsuo (Akita Kogyo H.S.) - 14:16.98
10. Takato Suzuki (Ryutsu Keizai Prep Kashiwa H.S.) - 14:24.71

(c) 2015 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Former Coach Koide on Hara's Arrest: "She Was Really F*cking Serious"

A World Championships marathoner was arrested for shoplifting. On Aug. 17 The Tochigi Prefectural Police Ashikaga Department arrested temp worker Yumiko Hara, 35, on suspicion of stealing skin lotion and other items from a convenience store.

Yoshio Koide, Hara's former coach at the Universal Entertainment corporate team and head of the Saku Athlete Club, was surprised by the events. "She trained harder than anybody," Koide said. "She never missed training, and she was really f*cking serious. I think there must have been a reason for her to commit shoplifting, but she was always a normal kind of girl who would say, "Yes!" when you told her to do something. When she retired she said, 'I've done what I could but I just can't run the way I want to.' I haven't spoken to her since she quit, but it's very unfortunate news and I can't understand it."

source article:https://www.nikkansports.com/general/nikkan/news/1873808.html
translat…

World Championships Marathoner Yumiko Hara Arrested for Shoplifting Cosmetics

Former World Championships marathoner Yumiko Hara, 35, was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting cosmetics and other goods. A resident of Ashikaga, Tochigi, Hara is suspected of shoplifting eight items including cosmetics and soft drinks with a total value of 2700 yen [~$25 USD] from a local convenience store on July 30. According to police, a clerk performing a store inventory found that the item totals did not match. When police reviewed security camera footage they identified Hara as a suspect.

Hara represented Japan at two World Championships, finishing 6th in the marathon at the 2005 Helsinki World Championships. During her interrogation Hara admitted her guilt in the charges, saying that there was "no mistake."
Translator's note: Along with the 2005 Helsinki World Championships and 2007 Osaka World Championships, Hara represented Japan at the 2003 Vilamoura World Half Marathon Championships. She was the winner of both the 2007 Osaka International Women's Maratho…

Silver and Bronze - Summary of Japanese Performances at 2017 London World Championships

Thanks to a last-minute rush Japan walked away from the London World Championships with a passable haul. The JAAF judges performance in terms of medals and top 8 finishes. Up to Saturday, only one Japanese athlete had met either, 18-year-old sprinter Abdul Hakim Sani Brown finishing 7th in the men's 200 m final as the first Japanese man to make a 200 m final at Worlds since 2003. Three other Japanese athletes had scored top 10 placings, Yuki Kawauchi and Kentaro Nakamoto in the men's marathon and Ayuko Suzuki in the women's 10000 m, but under the JAAF's criteria these were not viewed as success.


Saturday's men's 4x100 m final brought the first Japanese medal of the Championships, with Japan following up on its Rio Olympics silver with a bronze, its first-ever Worlds medal in the discipline. Sunday morning brought Japan's best-ever showing in the men's 50 km race walk, Rio bronze medalist Hirooki Arai moving up to silver, Kai Kobayashi taking bronze wit…