Sunday, May 31, 2015

Friday, May 29, 2015

Prefontaine Classic Men's 10000 m - Japanese Results

Eugene, U.S.A., 5/29/15
click here for complete results

1. Mo Farah (Great Britain) - 26:50.97
2. Paul Tanui (Kenya/Team Kyudenko) - 26:51.96
3. Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya) - 26:52.65 - PB
4. Cam Levins (Canada) - 27:07.51 - NR
5. Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya) - 27:17.91
6. Emmanuel Bett (Kenya) - 27:22.34
7. El Hassan El Abbassi (Bahrain) - 27:25.02 - PB
8. Joshua Cheptegei (Uganda) - 27:27.57 - PB
9. Diego Estrada (U.S.A.) - 27:30.53 - PB
10. Titus Mbishei (Kenya) - 27:31.48
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16. Suguru Osako (Japan/Nike Oregon Project) - 27:45.24

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Federation Eliminates International Chiba Ekiden Citing Overcrowded Calendar and Declining Significance

http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASH5X5RP5H5XUTQP02J.html
http://www.jiji.com/jc/zc?k=201505/2015052800724&g=spo 
http://www.sankei.com/sports/news/150529/spo1505290004-n1.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner
photo courtesy of STITCHrunner

On May 28 the JAAF announced that it is cancelling the International Chiba Ekiden, scheduled for Nov. 23 this year, and will no longer stage it.  The event's organizing committee at the Federation made the decision today, citing difficulty in recruiting top-level athletes in the midst of a calendar already crowded with marathons and other ekidens and a decreasing significance in staging Chiba as both Japanese and international athletes focus on other international races.

The International Chiba Ekiden was first held in 1988.  Beginning in 2007 it featured mixed teams alternating men's and women's legs over a six-stage, 42.195 km course.  At last year's 26th running 13 teams from 11 countries took place including a team of top Japanese university students, with the Japanese national team winning for the first time in 5 years.  Federation officials summarized Chiba's legacy by saying, "It played a large role in developing our athletes as well as in providing opportunities for international exchange."  Marathon great Toshihiko Seko, who ran the first International Chiba Ekiden as the final race of his career, commented, "It's really sad news."

Translator's note: With the cancellation of the Yokohama International Women's Ekiden in 2009 in favor of the now-defunct Yokohama International Women's Marathon, the elimination of the International Chiba Ekiden means that the last vestige of internationalism in Japan's ekiden circuit is the Ivy League alumni team at October's Izumo Ekiden.  Combined with the announcement a few months ago of the corporate federation's million dollar bonus for a new marathon national record and concomitant bonuses for other quality time performances in the marathon it seems clear where priorities lie in the lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Federation Eliminates Selection Advantage from National Team Program

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/athletics/news/1483468.html

an editorial by Hirokazu Ogishima
translated by Brett Larner

At a meeting of its executive committee May 27 in Tokyo, the JAAF made the decision to eliminate the advantage in Olympic and World Championships marathon team selection given to members of its National Team program.  The National Team program was launched last spring and is overseen directly by the JAAF's Development Committee, who at the time of the program's inauguration said that members would receive priority in consideration for the 2016 Rio Olympic team.  A year later they have flip-flopped and gone in exactly the opposite direction.

At the meeting the JAAF board discussed the organization of this year's National Team, the members of which have not yet been announced.  Criteria such as evaluation of athletes' performances over the last year will not change, but Vice-Chairman of Development Katsumi Sakai stated, "At the point in time when we determine Olympic team membership we will not take into consideration whether candidates are member of the National Team program."  Board member Toshihiko Seko, who at an earlier board meeting had said, "It would be strange is someone who ran a solid time was not chosen just because they were not in the National Team program," commented, "I think it's a good change.  It will give motivation to young athletes who are not members of the National Team program."

The change will help improve competition for the Olympic team by giving more chance for athletes without proven track records to make it, but the National Team program itself remains vague and ill-defined.  Last year team members were announced at the start of the fiscal year at the beginning of April, but at this point in the program's second year the Development Committee is still talking to potential members.  Vice-Chairman Sakai has said, "Our goal in Rio is to have our athletes finish among the top places.  To that end we will offer support for dealing with hot weather and such."  Be that as it may, with the National Team program members' advantage in Olympic and World Championships team selection eliminated it is likely that we will see athletes decline to take part in the program.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yamanashi Gakuin's Omwamba After 1500 m Collegiate National Record - "I Want to Win at All Three University Ekidens"

http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20150523-OHT1T50192.html

translated by Brett Larner
video by naoki620



With Yamanashi Gakuin University having scored a place in the Hakone Ekiden's seeded bracket for the first time in 3 years, on May 15 its star senior Enock Omwamba broke the 1500 m national collegiate record in winning the Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships in 3:35.69, at the time the fastest mark in the world this year.  He became the first man in 78 years to win four-straight Kanto 1500 m titles, and returning to win the 5000 m two days later he scored his third-straight Kanto double.  Heading into his last year of university in good form, we sat down to talk to the enthusiastic Kenyan star.

At Kanto Regionals you won your fourth-straight 1500 m title, and your time of 3:35.69 was the fastest in the world this year as well as big improvement on your 3:38.78 PB.  Tell us about your race.

Omwamba: When I started warming up I could tell I was feeling good.  The last 200 m were really tough, but the training I had done to get there was tougher [laughs].  I ran at 100% all the way to the finish.

You also broke both the 3:37.96 national collegiate record set by Daniel Gitau (Nihon Univ.) and the 3:37.42 Japanese national record.

Omwamba: My target this time was 3:35.  Hitting it was the result of four years of hard work.

This was your third-straight 1500 m - 5000 m double at Kanto Regionals.  Are you going to go for the 10000 m title at the National University Track and Field Championships too?

Omwamba: I'd like to give it a try.  I think I can break my predecessor Mekubo Mogusu's 27:27.64 national collegiate record.

On the first day of Kanto Regionals YGU's new first-year Dominic Nyairo won the 10000 m but was disqualified for coming in from the outer lanes too soon at the start.

Omwamba: Nyairo was really depressed after that, so I gave him a lot of advice.  He just got to Japan.  I don't think he's going to blow it next time.

You usually practice together as well.  What advice have you given him?

Omwamba: I told him that the first year here is a nightmare, but that you have to give everything you have to both your training and your studies.  It's better to decide the pace in workouts together and run together than it is to do it by yourself, and more fun that way too.

The YGU team's motto this year is "Break your own shell."  What kind of shell do you have to break?

Omwamba: Up to now this season things have been good over the middle distances on the track, so in summer I want to build up a solid mileage base and really do it this ekiden season.  This will be the first time in three years that we are running all three of the Big Three University Ekidens.  I want to make everyone happy by winning my stages at the Izumo Ekiden, the National University Ekiden and the Hakone Ekiden.

Enock Omwamba: Senior, Yamanashi Gakuin University.  Born April 4, 1993 in Nairobi, Kenya.  22 years old.  Began running at age 12, first focusing on middle distance and then moving to long distance at Nakuru High School.  PBs this season include 3:35.69 for 1500 m and 13:28.41 for 5000 m.  Has also run 28:00.33 for 10000 m and 1:01:15 for the half marathon.  170 cm, 54 kg.  Family includes his parents and eight siblings, of which he is sixth-born.

Bolder Boulder - Japanese Results

Bolder, U.S.A., 5/25/15
click here for complete results

Women
1. Meskerem Assefa (Ethiopia) - 33:32
2. Amane Gobena (Ethiopia) - 33:38
3. Risper Gesabwa (Kenya) - 33:54
4. Rei Ohara (Japan/Tenmaya) - 34:05
5. Makida Abdela (Ethiopia) - 34:24
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9. Miho Ihara (Japan/Sekisui Kagaku) - 34:47
20. Yurie Fujita (Japan/Tenmaya) - 37:23

Men
1. Belete Assefa (Ethiopia) - 29:05
2. Solomon Deksisa (Ethiopia) - 29:21
3. Allan Kiprono (Kenya) - 29:34
4. Bobby Curtis (U.S.A.) - 29:43
5. Abdi Abdirahman (U.S.A.) - 29:51

Monday, May 25, 2015

Collegiate 5000 m National Record Holder Takezawa: "I'm Almost Back"

http://www.sankei.com/west/news/150524/wst1505240046-n1.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Holder of the 13:19.00 collegiate national record for 5000 m, Kensuke Takezawa (Team Sumitomo Denko) won Sunday's Kansai Corporate Track and Field Championships men's 5000 m in 13:59.67 with a surge over the last 300 m.  Having just come off a long season off due to an Achilles tendon injury Takezawa nodded as he said, "I'm almost back.  I've grown since last year."

Starting this spring, Takezawa's former coach at Waseda University, Yasuyuki Watanabe, has joined the Sumitomo Denko team as head coach, reunited the pair.  A member of the 2008 Beijing Olympics team, Takezawa, still just 28,  was optimistic of making a full comeback as he said, "Coach Watanabe understands me better than anybody.  Having him around changes my mentality." 

Translator's note: Two weeks ago Takezawa ran 13:37.89 for 4th at the Golden Games in Nobeoka meet, his best time in over three years.

Kawauchi and Nojiri Set Kurobe Meisui Marathon Course Records

http://www.tulip-tv.co.jp/news/detail/?TID_DT03=20150524112830

translated and edited by Brett Larner

More than 10,000 people took on the Kurobe Meisui Marathon in Kurobe, Toyama on Sunday, the most in the event's 32-year history.  Special guests included former world record holder and Sydney Olympics gold medalist Naoko Takahashi and 2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't).  "Let's make this the liveliest race in Japan, in the world!" Takahashi called out to runners at the start.

Kawauchi set the men's course record, winning in 2:17:58.  2011 World Championships marathoner Azusa Nojiri (Hiratsuka Lease) likewise set a new women's course record of 2:44:56.

Its popularity increasing due to the opening of the new Hokuriku shinkansen line, Kurobe hosted a record-setting 10,485 starters in the marathon, 10 km and 5 km divisions.  Nice weather meant comfortable running for all under clear blue skies.

32nd Carter Memorial Kurobe Meisui Marathon
Kurobe, Toyama, 5/24/15
click here for complete results

Men
1. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 2:17:58 - CR
2. Takaya Sakamoto (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) - 2:23:51
3. Naoki Inoue (Ibaraki T&F Assoc.) - 2:27:15

Women
1. Azusa Nojiri (Hiratsuka Lease) - 2:44:56 - CR
2. Haruka Shiina (Gifu Joshi Univ.) - 3:02:14
3. Junko Otani (Hyogo T&F Assoc.) - 3:05:06

'Ethiopians Mekuria and Birhanu Claim Ottawa Marathon Victories' - Japanese Results

http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/ottawa-marathon-2015-mekuria-birhanu

Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon
Ottawa, Canada, 5/24/15
click here for complete results

Women
1. Aberu Zennebe (Ethiopia) - 2:25:30
2. Rebecca Chesir (Kenya) - 2:25:41
3. Abebech Afework (Ethiopia) - 2:25:53
4. Agnes Kiprop (Kenya) - 2:26:12
5. Meselech Melkamu (Ethiopia) - 2:26:45
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11. Rika Shintaku (Japan/Shimamura) - 2:33:34
DNF - Zivile Balciunaite (Lithuania)

Men
1. Girmay Birhanu (Ethiopia) - 2:08:14
2. Philip Kangogo (Kenya) - 2:09:56
3. Chele Dechase (Ethiopia) - 2:09:59
4. Rachid Kisri (Morocco) - 2:10:18
5. Peter Kirui (Kenya) - 2:10:23
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DNF - Deriba Merga (Ethiopia)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Göteborgs Varvet Half Marathon - Japanese Results

Göteborg, Sweden, 5/23/15
click here for complete results

Women
1. Worknesh Degefa (Ethiopia) - 1:08:13
2. Isabella Ochichi (Kenya) - 1:09:45
3. Beatrice Mutai (Kenya) - 1:09:46
4. Michi Numata (Japan/Toyota Jidoshokki) - 1:11:37
5. Viola Jepchumba (Kenya) - 1:11:46
6. Reia Iwade (Japan/Noritz) - 1:12:33

Men
1. Richard Mengich (Kenya) - 1:00:44
2. Hizkial Tewelde (Eritrea) - 1:01:19
3. Josphat Kiptis (Kenya) - 1:01:30
4. Henry Kiplagat (Kenya) - 1:01:46
5. Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia) - 1:02:06
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13. Keita Shitara (Japan/Konica Minolta) - 1:05:18
15. Shota Hattori (Japan/Honda) - 1:07:18

Note: Both Shitara and Hattori have run under 1:01:30 this year.  The women's world record for the half marathon is 1:05:09.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Olympic Marathoner Eri Yamaguchi Building a New Ekiden Team

http://www.kobe-np.co.jp/news/sports/201505/0008049840.shtml

translated by Brett Larner

A former marathon great is working hard in her position as head coach.  International Pacific University in Okayama has named 2000 Sydney Olympics marathon 7th-placer Eri Yamaguchi, 42, to lead its new women's ekiden team.  Returning to the field of competition for the first time in four years, Yamaguchi was full of a sense of mission as she said, "I want to pass to them everything that I learned and accomplished."

In March, 2011 Yamaguchi left her job as assistant coach at the Tenmaya women's corporate team to get married, afterward focusing on developing juniors.  When the knock on the door came from IPU she was conflicted, asking herself, "Can you go back to the competitive world?  You won't be able to take care of your family any more."  But after talking with IPU president Hiroshi Ohashi, she said, "I got a strong desire to help develop a strong ekiden team."  "She is one of the people who helped shape Japan's long distance world," President Ohashi commented.  "We have been considering this move for the last three years," he added, smiling at seeing his plans come to realization.

At the moment the team includes just four students, all first and second-years, but plans do not call for them to enter the ekiden circuit until after next season.  As the ability levels of their incoming first-years will shape the team's development, Yamaguchi is busy with doing her first-ever recruiting.  "First we have to build the team," she said, calmly assessing the team's prospects.  "If we get off on the right track then we will be able to think about winning."  She has already begun planting the seeds of competitiveness and development in the minds of inexperienced athletes in what is now a "friendly club."  With morning practice at 6:00 a.m. and another session in the evening there is little free time.  "I'm like a substitute mom for all the athletes," she said.  With a busy day-to-day schedule she added,  "When I go home all I can do is sleep."  But her smile betrayed the sense of fulfillment her new work brings her.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

World University Games Japanese Roster

by Brett Larner

The IUAU has announced the Japanese men's and women's rosters for July's Universiade, the World University Games, in Gwangju, South Korea.  2012 London Olympian Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.), 2014 World Junior Championships men's 400 m silver medalist Nobuya Kato (Waseda Univ.) and 200 m 4th-placer Yuki Koike (Keio Univ.) feature prominently in the sprints, with 2014 Youth Olympics men's high jump silver medalist Yuji Hiramatsu (Tsukuba Univ.) leading the field contingent.  The strong men's distance squad is led by 2015 National University Half Marathon champion Tadashi Isshiki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) and 2015 Kanto Regionals D2 double 5000 m and 10000 m champion Hironori Tsuetaki (Chuo Gakuin Univ.), while 2015 National University Half Marathon champion Ayumi Uehara (Matsuyama Univ.) and 2015 Kanto Regional double 5000 m and 10000 m champion Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) front the women's distance group.

28th Universiade
Gwangju, South Korea, July 3-14, 2015
click here for complete Japanese roster

Men's Sprints
Yuki Koike (Keio Univ.) - 100 m, 4x100 mR - PB: 10.32 +0.7
Tatsuro Suwa (Chuo Univ.) - 100 m, 4x100 mR - PB: 10.39 + 0.5
Akiyuki Hashimoto (Waseda Univ.) - 200 m, 4x100 mR - PB: 20.35 -0.3
Kotaro Taniguchi (Chuo Univ.) - 200 m, 4x100 mR - PB: 20.45 +0.6
Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.) - 4x100 mR, 4x400 mR - PB: 10.23 +1.3
Nobuya Kato (Waseda Univ.) - 4x400 mR - PB: 45.88
Kentaro Sato (Josai Univ.) - 400 m, 4x400 mR - PB: 46.21
Julian Walsh (Toyo Univ.) - 4x400 mR - PB: 46.22
Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 4x400 mR - PB: 46.33

Men's Long Distance
Keisuke Nakatani (Komazawa Univ.) - 5000 m, 10000 m - PB: 13:38.08 / 28:30.52
Hironori Tsuetaki (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 5000 m, 10000 m, half marathon - PB: 13:42.16 / 28:36.61 / 1:03:28
Kazuto Kawabata (Tokai Univ.) - 10000 m - PB: 28:44.71
Yusuke Ogura (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - half marathon - PB: 1:02:03
Tadashi Isshiki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - half marathon - PB: 1:02:09
Naoki Kudo (Komazawa Univ.) - half marathon - PB: 1:02:12
Yuta Takahashi (Teikyo Univ.) - half marathon - PB: 102:13

Men's Hurdles
Genta Masuno (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 110 mH - PB: 13.58 +0.4

Men's Walks
Daisuke Matsunaga (Toyo Univ.) - 20 kmW - PB: 1:19:08
Tomohiro Noda (Meiji Univ.) - 20 kmW - 1:20:08

Men's Jumps
Yuji Hiramatsu (Tsukuba Univ.) - high jump - PB: 2.28 m
Tomoya Takamasa (Juntendo Univ.) - long jump - PB: 8.03 m +1.9
Yasuhiro Moro (Juntendo Univ.) - long jump - PB: 7.83 m + 1.0

Men's Throws
Homare Mori (Chuo Univ.) - javelin throw - PB: 75.59 m

Women's Sprints
Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 100 m, 200 m - PB: 11.50 +0.3 / 23.62 +1.8

Women's Long Distance
Natsuki Omori (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 5000 m - PB: 15:39.96
Rina Koeda (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 5000 m, 10000 m - PB: 15:44.02
Sakie Arai (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) - 10000 m, half marathon - PB: 33:27.26 / 1:13:03
Ayumi Uehara (Matsuyama Univ.) - half marathon - PB: 1:11:19
Nanako Kanno (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - half marathon - PB: 1:11:24
Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) - half marathon - PB: 1:11:26
Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - half marathon - 1:11:44

Women's Throws
Ai Yamauchi (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - javelin throw - 56.94 m

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Owakudani Volcanic Activity Raises Questions About Cutting the Hakone Ekiden Course Short

http://www.zakzak.co.jp/sports/etc_sports/news/20150512/spo1505121550001-n1.htm

an editorial by Mitsuo Kamiya
translated by Brett Larner

"If this volcanic activity continues like this then it won't be a situation where you could think about holding an ekiden," said an official nervously.  He was speaking of one of the biggest national events, the New Year holidays' Hakone Ekiden.  Located near the Hakone Ekiden's climax, the mountainous uphill Fifth Stage, the Owakudani valley famous for its "black eggs" is currently experiencing earthquakes and increased volcanic activity with the land in the valley having risen an alarming 12 cm.

On May 6 authorities elevated the eruption alert level at Owakudani from 1 (normal) to 2 (crater periphery restrictions).  To put it simply, the move meant that an eruption could happen at any time.  During the Golden Week holidays in early May the surrounding hot spring tourism area experienced few cancellations as tourists told each other, "If we all go then it won't be scary," but since then tourist numbers have dropped noticeably from normal.  "Owakudani is only a small part of the Hakone area and the only part that is restricted.  It is important that the public receives accurate information," said town hall officials, seeking to prevent damage to the reputation of the area and its artisans.

But at the same time experts warned that they could not even make a guess about what would happen, saying, "Nobody knows when an eruption will occur.  You have to rely on experience and intuition."  As is human nature, the rumors are already flying.  One says that it is highly likely that this is connected with Mount Fuji, located just 25 km away.  If they were to erupt together the nearby Tomei Expressway and shinkansen lines forming the heart of Japan's transportation network would be completely paralyzed.

If the level of magma pressure continues to increase gradually over a long period of time, it is entirely possible that authorities' elevation of danger levels could likewise continue until the next New Year holidays.  Seeming to indicate a reluctance to hold the only event bringing more people into the Hakone area than the Golden Week holidays, police officials commented, "We cannot take responsibility for people's safety and hope that they avoid the Hakone area."  As track and field officials said, it would not be the kind of situation where you could think about holding an ekiden.

So what would the options be for the Hakone Ekiden?  "Well," said a race official, twisting his neck in perplexity, "the only choices would probably be either changing the course or cutting the Hakone section."  The current course runs 107.5 km from Tokyo to Hakone and 109.6 km on the return trip.  If the course is changed, in terms of distance equivalent courses would be 120 km for Tokyo to Mito or 140 km for Tokyo to Nikko.  But with the race taking place over two days of heavy New Year's traffic it is impossible to imagine the police cooperating with the road closure needs created by an alternate course.  That means cutting the Hakone section, the uphill Fifth Stage and downhill Sixth Stage to create a race between Tokyo and Odawara, an Odawara Ekiden as it were.  At 84.3 km on the first day and 88.7 km on the trip back it would be an uninspiring distance, but that may be the only real option.

"At the Hakone Ekiden the mountain stages are incredibly dramatic every time, keeping viewers glued to their TVs until the very end," said one critic.  "If it becomes a flat race it will be no different from November's National University Ekiden between Nagoya and Ise Shrine.  It will lose half its appeal."  How long will the dangerous levels of volcanic activity continue?  For Hakone Ekiden organizers these are restless days.  All they can do is pray to the God of the Mountain.

Monday, May 18, 2015

'Tolossa Smashes Riga Marathon Course Record'

http://www.iaaf.org/news/report/riga-marathon-2015-tolossa-eshetu

Kenta Iinuma (Team SGH Holdings) took 8th in 2:16:37, Yudai Yamakawa (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) ending up 12th in 2:28:34.  Click here for complete results.

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
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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

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Omwamba, Tsuetaki and Fukuuchi Double With Kanto Regionals 5000 m Wins

by Brett Larner
videos by naoki620 and JRN



A day after becoming the first man in 78 years to win four-straight Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships 1500 m titles, Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) added another title to his collection, winning a third-straight 5000 m in 13:35.35.  Omwamba and 1500 m runner-up Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) went out front from the start, initially with some company from Japanese athletes but soon on their own.  Wambui made it a good race, at one point going to the front and knocking Omwamba back to 5th, but in the last km he was no match as Omwamba kicked away to win by just over 2 seconds.  Hiroki Matsueda (Juntendo Univ.) was an unexpected 3rd in 13:52.08, just holding off 30 km national collegiate record holder Yuma Hattori (Toyo Univ.).



After winning the D2 10000 m Thursday night with a solid 59-second final lap, Hironori Tsuetaki (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) did it again in the D2 5000 m with a 2:32 last 1000 m that put away 2015 National University Half Marathon champion Tadashi Isshiki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) and the rest of the field.  Tsuetaki crossed the line in 13:53.93 for the double, 5 seconds ahead of runner-up Masaki Toda (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.).

Women's 10000 m champion Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) likewise doubled with a third-straight 5000 m win in 16:05.64, just beating teammate and 1500 m champion Rina Koeda.  Only Moeno Shimizu (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) was able to stop a DBU sweep of the women's distance events, winning the 3000 mSC in 10:21.02 by 7 seconds over DBU's Soyoka Segawa.


The men's half marathon, always one of the meet's highlights, delivered another race in the D2 division.  Running a 9-lap circuit course through a park neighboring start and finish venue Nissan Stadium, newcomer Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) went out at course record pace despite heat, sunshine and high winds.  Initially chased by Yuta Shimoda (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.), who ran 1:02:22 at age 18 at February's National University Half Marathon Championships, Kariuki was soon completely on his own when Shimoda let go to drop back to the chase pack made up of teammate Kinari Ikeda and Komazawa University's duo of Shota Baba and Shohei Otsuka.


With two loops to go Kariuki's lead was over 45 seconds, but on the last lap and the switchback incline back into the stadium he slowed as the quartet behind him accelerated.  In the home straight the little-known Ikeda hauled him in, winning by 1 second in 1:04:37 with Baba taking 3rd 6 seconds back.  With his win Ikeda followed teammate Daichi Kamino to make it two years in a row for AGU runners to take the top position.


Starting 3 minutes after the D2 race on the same loop course, the D1 was relatively conservative by comparison.  10000 m runner-up Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.), absent any titles so far this meet, led the entire way with a large but dwindling pack behind him.  In the last lap he took off, opening just enough of a lead to be safe for the win in 1:04:57.  Koki Ido (Waseda Univ.) and Naoya Takahashi (Toyo Univ.) emerged from the chase pack to fight to the line, Ido getting 2nd by 1 second in 1:05:03.

Field events added two meet records to this year's haul, with Yuji Hiramatsu (Tsukuba Univ.) clearing 2.28 m in the men's D1 high jump to qualify for the Beijing World Championships, one of the top performances of the four-day meet.  Kengo Anbo (Tokai Univ.) brought the other meet record with a 55.68 m in the men's D1 discus throw.

94th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships Day 3 and 4
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Kanagawa
click here for complete results

Men's D1 Half Marathon
1. Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.) - 1:04:57
2. Koki Ido (Waseda Univ.) - 1:05:03
3. Naoya Takahashi (Toyo Univ.) - 1:05:04
4. Shin Kimura (Meiji Univ.) - 1:05:13
5. Masato Terauchi (Toyo Univ.) - 1:05:18

Men's D2 Half Marathon
1. Kinari Ikeda (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:37
2. Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) - 1:04:38
3. Shota Baba (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:04:43
4. Yuta Shimoda (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:50
5. Shohei Otsuka (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:05:06

Men's D1 5000 m
1. Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 13:35.35
2. Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) - 13:37.41
3. Hiroki Matsueda (Juntendo Univ.) - 13:52.08
4. Yuma Hattori (Toyo Univ.) - 13:52.85
5. Yuki Muta (Meiji Univ.) - 13:53.75

Men's D2 5000 m
1. Hironori Tsuetaki (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 13:53.93
2. Masaki Toda (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 13:58.98
3. Tadashi Isshiki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 13:59.38
4. Hiroto Kanamori (Takushoku Univ.) - 14:03.04
5. Naoki Koyama (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 14:03.65

Women's 5000 m
1. Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 16:05.64
2. Rina Koeda (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 16:08.03
3. Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) - 16:08.62
4. Manaka Kobori (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 16:13.25
5. Saki Fukui (Josai Univ.) - 16:14.84

Women's 3000 mSC
1. Moeno Shimizu (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 10:21.02
2. Nanami Niwa (Chuo Univ.) - 10:27.75
3. Soyoka Segawa (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 10:28.54
4. Miki Kobayashi (Juntendo Univ.) - 10:36.76
5. Chisato Sekine (Chuo Univ.) - 10:49.99

Men's D1 3000 mSC
1. Shuya Tsuda (Tsukuba Univ.) - 8:50.65
2. Kazuma Watanabe (Toyo Univ.) - 8:52.89
3. Issei Miyagi (Tokai Univ.) - 8:57.20
4. Yasutaka Ishibashi (Tokai Univ.) - 8:59.61
5. Toshio Takaki (Tokai Univ.) - 8:59.62

Men's D2 3000 mSC
1. Koichi Miyashita (Komazawa Univ.) - 8:53.52
2. Seiya Shigeno (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 8:54.78
3. Shun Yamamura (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 8:56.08
4. Hikaru Nakano (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 8:57.42
5. Masaki Akima (Teikyo Univ.) - 8:58.62

Men's D1 High Jump
1. Yuji Hiramatsu (Tsukuba Univ.) - 2.28 m - MR
2. Ryo Sato (Tokai Univ.) - 2.16 m
3. Yoshihiro Yamashita (Toyo Univ.) - 2.13 m
4. Kenya Muraoka (Tsukuba Univ.) - 2.13 m
5. Jin Nakamura (Nihon Univ.) - 2.10 m

Men's D1 Discus Throw
1. Kengo Anbo (Tokai Univ.) - 55.68 m - MR
2. Hirotoshi Abe (Nihon Univ.) - 50.43
3. Jun Yoshida (Tokai Univ.) - 49.87 m
4. Shino Cho (Kokushikan Univ.) - 48.05 m
5. Yuya Suzuki (Nihon Univ.) - 47.96 m

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Kirwa Breaks Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon Course Record

by Brett Larner

2014 Asian Games marathon gold medalist Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) was back in Japan at Sunday's hot Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, pulling along Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) and Paskalia Kipkoech (Kenya) through the early kilometers but on her own by 30 seconds before halfway and rolling on unchallenged to a new course and national record of 1:09:37.  Baysa was likewise on her own in 2nd in 1:10:37, while Brianne Nelson (U.S.A.) ran down Kipkoech late in the race for 3rd in 1:12:43.  Yuko Mizuguchi (Team Denso) took top Japanese honors at 5th in 1:13:47.

On the men's side, former Team Toyota runner James Rungaru (Kenya) likewise pushed things early in his return to Japan, killing off favorite Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia) with an opening 5 km of 14:17 that put him 10 seconds ahead of the chase group including past winner Martin Mathathi (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC).  Rungaru slowed in the final 5 km but was out of range of the chasers and took the win in 1:02:21, Michael Githae (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) coming in just 6 seconds back and Mathathi another 13.  Another Suzuki runner, last year's top Japanese finisher Yusei Nakao, ignored the fast early pace and ran almost even splits throughout the race to run down a half dozen faster starters and catch Kenta Matsumoto (Team Toyota) in the final kilometer, his 1:03:34 putting him 6th and top Japanese again with the fastest final kilometer split in the entire field.

5th Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon
Gifu, 5/17/15
complete results available shortly

Women
1. Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) - 1:09:37 - CR, NR
2. Atsede Baysa (Ethiopia) - 1:10:37
3. Brianne Nelson (U.S.A.) - 1:12:43
4. Paskalia Kipkoech (Kenya) - 1:12:51
5. Yuko Mizuguchi (Denso) - 1:13:47
6. Kaori Yoshida (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) - 1:14:28
7. Marta Tigabea (Ethiopia) - 1:15:18
8. Hiroko Shoi (Denso) - 1:15:27
9. Marina Seki (Aichi Denki) - 1:15:55
10. Shoko Shimizu (Aichi Denki) - 1:16:57

Men
1. James Rungaru (Kenya) - 1:02:21
2. Michael Githae (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:02:27
3. Martin Mathathi (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:02:40
4. Cyrus Njui (Kenya/Arata Project) - 1:02:50
5. Patrick Muwaka (Kenya/Aisan Kogyo) - 1:03:31
6. Yusei Nakao (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:03:34
7. Kenta Matsumoto (Toyota) - 1:03:38
8. Ben St. Lawrence (Australia) - 1:03:41
9. Taiga Ito (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:03:52
10. Ryota Matsushima (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:06
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24. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 1:06:16
DNF - Tsegaye Kebede (Ethiopia)

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'Javier Gomez Outsprints Alistair Brownlee in Yokohama'



http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/javier-gomez-outsprints-alistair-brownlee-in-yokohama_116211



http://triathlon.competitor.com/2015/05/news/gwen-jorgensen-continues-her-dominance-at-wts-yokohama_116204

'Marathon Japan'

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/05/16/books/book-reviews/marathon-japan/#.VW8sab8pKw1

'Japan's Runners Need a Change of Pace'

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2015/05/16/books/book-reviews/japans-runners-need-change-pace/#.VW8iX78pKw1

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Omwamba Runs 3:35.69 National Collegiate Record for 4th-Straight Kanto Regionals 1500 m Title

by Brett Larner
video by naoki620



Senior Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) brought the biggest news of the second day of the Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium, winning his fourth-straight D1 Kanto 1500 m title in a national collegiate record 3:35.69.  Omwamba simply outclassed the field, runner-up Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) more than 5 seconds back in 3:41.13 and top Japanese finisher Mitsutaka Tomita (Tokai Univ.) 3rd in 3:47.20.  The fastest time by a Japanese runner actually came in the D2 1500 m final, where Hiroya Inoue (Jobu Univ.) took 0.1 off marathon great Daniel Njenga's meet record with his 3:45.47 win.

Alongside Omwamba, Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) likewise pulled off a successful title defense in the women's 10000 m, winning for the second year in a row in 33:32.94 by almost 4 seconds over teammate Fuyuka Kimura.  Another Daito Bunka runner, Rina Koeda, won the women's 1500 m in 4:17.54, less than 1 second off the 18-year-old meet record of 4:16.64.  With both Fukuuchi and Koeda entered in the 5000 m where they are seeded 1-2 and Fukuuchi is the two-time defending champion, and DBU third-year Soyoka Segawa seeded #1 in the 3000 mSC the chances are good for a Daito Bunka sweep of the women's distance events.

Omwamba and Inoue were not the only new records set on the meet's second day.  New records also came in the men's D1 110 mH, D2 4x100 m relay, men's D1 long jump and the men's D3 decathlon.  The day's other main event, the men's D1 100 m final, came up short of a new record with the withdrawal of wunderkind Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) with twinges in his left hamstrings after running well in the heats and semi-final.  In his absence Asuka Cambridge (Nihon Univ.) took the win in 10.33 +1.0, with Toyo's 4x100 m team a DNF in the D1 final.

94th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships Day Two
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 5/15/15
click here for complete results

Women's 10000 m
1. Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 33:32.94
2. Fuyuka Kimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 33:36.73
3. Saki Fukui (Josai Univ.) - 33:37.40
4. Yuri Karasawa (Nittai Univ.) - 34:16.35
5. Sayaka Sato (Toyo Univ.) - 34:17.11

Men's D1 1500 m Final
1. Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 3:35.69 - NUR
2. Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) - 3:41.13
3. Mitsutaka Tomita (Tokai Univ.) - 3:47.20
4. Yuki Muta (Meiji Univ.) - 3:47.43
5. Shogo Hata (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 3:47.62

Men's D2 1500 m Final
1. Hiroya Inoue (Jobu Univ.) - 3:45.47 - MR
2. Shota Motegi (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 3:48.31
3. Ryusei Yoshinaga (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 3:48.40
4. Ryuya Kajitani (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 3:48.90
5. Sho Sakuma (Asia Univ.) - 3:49.30

Women's 1500 m Final
1. Rina Koeda (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 4:17.54
2. Mina Ueda (Josai Univ.) - 4:18.16
3. Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) - 4:18.83
4. Chinatsu Uchiyama (Tamagawa Univ.) - 4:19.26
5. Maya Iino (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 4:20.30

Men's D1 100 m Final +1.0 m/s
1. Asuka Cambridge (Nihon Univ.) - 10.33
2. Takuya Nagata (Hosei Univ.) - 10.35
3. Akiyuki Hashimoto (Waseda Univ.) - 10.38
4. Tatsuro Suwa (Chuo Univ.) - 10.41
5. Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.) - 10.44
6. Soshi Watanabe (Tokai Univ.) - 10.48
7. Yusaku Koike (Juntendo Univ.) - 10.59
DNS - Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.)

Men's D1 110mH Final +1.0 m/s
1. Genta Masuno (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 13.64 - MR
2. Hiroki Fudaba (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 13.81
3. Takumu Furuya (Waseda Univ.) - 13.87
4. Shunya Takayama (Meiji Univ.) - 13.97
5. Akihiro Ogata (Kokushikan Univ.) - 14.04
6. Takumi Takahata (Gakugei Univ.) - 14.26
7. Taio Kanai (Hosei Univ.) - 14.26
8. Kyohei Furuya (Juntendo Univ.) - 14.51

Men's D2 4x100 m Final
1. Daito Bunka Univ. - 39.81 - MR
2. Surugadai Univ. - 40.29
3. Tokyo Nogyo Univ. - 40.35

Men's D1 Long Jump
1. Tomoya Takamasa (Juntendo Univ.) - 8.03 m +1.9 - MR
2. Hiroyuki Fukasawa (Nihon Univ.) - 8.01 m +3.7
3. Kirii Matsuzoe (Hosei Univ.) - 7.74 m +0.9
4. Masamine Momiyama (Nittai Univ.) - 7.63 m +0.7
5. Sho Matsubara (Tokai Univ.) - 7.62 m +0.7

Men's D3 Decathlon
1. Kazuya Kawasaki (Juntendo Univ. Grad School) - 7644 - MR
2. Toshifumi Nakajima (Tokai Univ. Grad School) - 6886
3. Mizuki Mimura (Gakugei Univ. Grad School) - 6567

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Kanno, Tsuetaki and Yamanaka Take 10000 m Titles on First Day of University Regionals

by Brett Larner

Compressed from its usual two-weekend format to one this year, the Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships started May 14 at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium.  In the day's main event, Yamanashi Gakuin University debuted its new Kenyan first-year Dominic Nyairo in the D1 10000 m.  Nyairo and two-time National University 10000 m champion Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.) led throughout the race, pursued by a large Japanese chase pack that shook down to just one runner, 2014 National University Half Marathon champion Hideto Yamanaka (Nittai Univ.).  Yamanaka, who sat out his entire junior year last year with injury, was hesitant to lead, but when he did make a move he and Nyairo shook off Muiva, turning the race into a head-to-head duel over the last lap.  Nyairo pulled away with a brilliant last 200 m to win by two seconds, but shortly after the race it was announced that he had been disqualified for stepping over the outer/inner start dividers at the beginning of the race.  By default Yamanaka moved up to 1st in 28:54.33, to his credit saying in interviews afterward that he knew he had really lost to Nyairo.  Kitonyi was 2nd in 29:00.00 with Taiga Machizawa (Chuo Univ.) picking up 3rd in 29:04.27.

The D2 men's 10000 m likewise worked out to a three-man lead pack, Komazawa University's ambitious 2nd-year Naoki Kudo splitting the race open at halfway with a 2:48 that only the talented Hironori Tsuetaki (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) and little-known Ryohei Nishiyama (Kanagawa Univ.) could follow.  Nishiyama soon lost contact and was caught by Hiroto Kanamori (Takushoku Univ.) and his new Ethiopian teammate Derese Worknesh (Takushoku Univ.), while up front Tsuetaki put pressure on Kudo, pulling away steadily before closing with a 59-second last lap to win in 28:54.21.  Kudo hung on to 2nd in 29:14.66, Kanamori dropping Nishiyama and Worknesh for 3rd in 29:15.79 as he tried to run Kudo down in the home straight.

Further south in Osaka at the 92nd Kansai Region University Track and Field Championships, Nanako Kanno (Ritsumeikan Univ.) ran a solo win in the women's 10000 m in 33:06.98, more than 30 seconds ahead of 2nd-place Mai Nagaoka (Osaka Gakuin Univ.),

94th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships Day One
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 5/14/15
click here for complete results

Men's D1 10000 m
1. Hideto Yamanaka (Nittai Univ.) - 28:54.33
2. Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.) - 29:00.00
3. Taiga Machizawa (Chuo Univ.) - 29:04.27
4. Shin Kimura (Meiji Univ.) - 29:09.50
5. Hiroki Matsueda (Juntendo Univ.) - 29:09.80
DQ - Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.)

Men's D2 10000 m
1. Hironori Tsuetaki (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 28:54.21
2. Naoki Kudo (Komazawa Univ.) - 29:14.66
3. Hiroto Kanamori (Takushoku Univ.) - 29:15.79
4. Ryohei Nishiyama (Kanagawa Univ.) - 29:17.71
5. Derese Workneh (Takushoku Univ.) - 29:21.10

92nd Kansai Region University Track and Field Championships Day One
Yanmar Stadium, Osaka, 5/14/15
click here for complete results

Women's 10000 m
1. Nanako Kanno (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 33:06.98
2. Mai Nagaoka (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) - 33:37.89
3. Saki Tokoro (Kansai Gaikokugo Univ.) - 33:46.40
4. Kanae Imai (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) - 33:52.82
5. Kimiko Sato (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) - 34:11.24

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

'NYRR’S Mary Wittenberg Steps Down, Michael Capiraso & Peter Ciaccia to Lead Organization'

http://www.nyrr.org/media-center/press-releases/nyrr-news

Mary Wittenberg's support has been key to the success of the Ageo City Half Marathon - NYC Half Japanese university student invite program over the last four years.  As the results at last weekend's Golden Games in Nobeoka show, this invite is having a major impact on the young athletes' futures and the state of Japanese men's distance running.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Starting Gun at Sendai Half Malfunctioned 10 Seconds Before Start

http://sp.kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201505/20150511_14013.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Just before the start of the May 10 Sendai International Half Marathon in central Sendai, the electronic pistol used to start the race experienced a malfunction, emitting sound 10 seconds before the official start time.  According to race officials, the malfunction occurred in the pistol's electrical system before guest starter Mayor Emiko Okuyama pulled the trigger.  Few runners starting running when the false signal occurred, and the race began as scheduled when officials gave the verbal command, "Start!"  Results from the race will still be officially certified. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Kwemoi and Murayama Twins Dominate at Golden Games in Nobeoka

by Brett Larner
videos by Ekiden News

Nobeoka is Japan's twin to the United States' Eugene, an isolated mecca of the sport with intense local support driven by the legends of local greats.  Track Town U.S.A. Eugene has 1972 Olympics 5000 m 4th-placer Steve Prefontaine, while Athlete Support Town Nobeoka has twins Takeshi Soh, 4th in the 1976 Olympics marathon, and Shigeru Soh, whose 2:09:06 in 1978 was that time's fastest ever behind Australian Derek Clayton's short-course world best.  Prefontaine died a rock star death to become a marketing icon for locally-originating global manufacturer Nike, while the Soh twins became the faces of locally-originating global manufacturer Asahi Kasei, first as athletes and then as coaches and staff members, their work in developing the Asahi Kasei corporate team, in creating and operating the Golden Games meet and in supporting children's programs and the local community helping make Asahi Kasei synonymous with distance running greatness throughout Japan.

Both Sohs were working hands-on at this year's Golden Games, Shigeru walking the infield and track throughout the meet wearing a headset to call out encouragement to runners and Takeshi, now one of the JAAF's national directors of marathoning and one of the architects of its year-old National Team marathon development program, helping carry signs and equipment onto the field and waiting at the finish line to congratulate incoming runners.  Under Takeshi's guidance this year Asahi Kasei pulled in a massive recruitment wave of most of the best 2015 graduating Hakone Ekiden stars, its first-year lineup alone looking capable of achieving the nationalistic goal of an all-Japanese New Year Ekiden national title.  Prominent among the incoming deluge of Hakone talent are two sets of twins, Kenta and Kota Murayama and Hiroshi and Takashi Ichida.  Amid Asahi Kasei domination of the day, the team's runners winning seven of the nine main distance races to the delight of the packed stands and thousands more fans lining the track pounding rhythmically on the sponsor boards ringing lane eight, the Murayama twins soared.



Kota, a graduate of Josai University, ran in the fastest 5000 m heat, the C-heat in which he was the lone Japanese runner amid 14 Kenyans including the likes of 1500 m junior world record holder Ronald Kwemoi (Team Komori Corp.) and two-time 3000 mSC world junior gold medalist Jonathan Ndiku (Team Hitachi Butsuryu).  In search of becoming the first Japanese man to hit the Beijing World Championships 5000 m qualifying time of 13:23.00 he relaxed near the rear of the pack in the early going, watching for gaps and moving up to stay in contact with the leaders as others faded.  With a best of only 13:31.35 set just a few weeks ago, Kota shocked the crowd by going to the front at 4000 m and brought them to their feet by kicking into the lead in the last lap.  Only Kwemoi could match Kota's closing speed, winning in a PB 13:16.14 with Kota 2nd in 13:19.62, just the 6th Japanese man to ever break 13:20 and the 2nd-fastest ever to do it on Japanese soil.



An hour later Kenta was on the track to hit the 27:45.00 standard for the 10000 m in Beijing after missing it with a 28:09.28 two weeks earlier in Hyogo.  With pacing from Moscow World Championships 10000 m bronze medalist Paul Tanui (Kenya/Kyudenko) Kenta's only competition was another talented twin, Yuta Shitara (Team Honda) who likewise had missed the Beijing standard when he ran 28:01.65 at last weekend's Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University in the United States.  Longtime rivals, Shitara and Kenta hold the fastest two half marathons ever run by Japanese men on U.S. soil, Shitara with a 1:01:48 at the 2012 NYC Half and Kenta 1:02:02 a year later at the same race, both with support from JRN.  Tanui did an outstanding job of keeping the pace close to 2:45/km for most of the race, Kenta and Shitara right behind.  The occasional slightly slower lap put the Japanese national record of 27:35.09 out of reach, and when it looked like the Beijing standard might get iffy a move from Shitara got it back on track.  In the last 1000 m Shitara looked the stronger, but, like his brother, Kenta's kick on the last lap was too much.  Kenta crossed the line in 27:39.95, and mirroring Kota's result he was the 6th Japanese man to ever clear 27:40 and the 2nd-fastest to do it on Japanese soil.  Shitara held on to join Kenta under the Beijing standard in 27:42.71, both breaking the meet record.



Asahi Kasei's other new twins also performed over 5000 m.  Takashi Ichida, another NYC Half alumnus, was part of an Asahi Kasei trio led by Tetsuya Yoroizaka that topped the 5000 m A-Heat, Yoroizaka winning in 13:33.30 and Takashi clearing 13:40 for the first time in 13:36.09 for 3rd.  In the B-Heat his brother Hiroshi was shooting for the sub-13:50 qualifying time for next month's National Championships but came up short, running 13:55.24 for 5th.  B-Heat winner Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Team Konica Minolta), back from an excellent run at February's Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, was the only non-Asahi Kasei Japanese runner to win one of the major distance races, just 0.32 seconds off his best in 13:45.75.

Satoru Sasaki and Tomoya Adachi, both sub-2:10 Asahi Kasei marathoners last year, also ran, Sasaki winning the F-Heat and Adachi 2nd in the G-Heat.  2014 Asian Games marathon silver medalist Kohei Matsumura (Team Mitsubishi Hitachi Nagasaki), a DNS at the Warsaw Marathon two weeks ago, took 3rd in the B-Heat in 13:54.10.



With most of Japan's top women having focused on Payton Jordan last weekend the men's races were the focus in Nobeoka, but good women's races also happened over 3000 m and 5000 m.  In the junior women's 3000 m, Yuka Mukai and Shinobu Koyoshigawa of Sera H.S. went 1-2, Mukai breaking the meet record in 9:15.36.  Kenyans Rosemary Wanjiru (Team Starts) and Mariam Waithira (Team Kyudenko) likewise went 1-2 in the 5000 m A-heat, Wanjiru getting the win in 15:32.16.  Miyuki Uehara (Daiichi Seimei), who gained some notice with a 15:40 at this year's Carlsbad 5000 in California, was the top Japanese woman at 3rd in 15:47.59.

26th Golden Games in Nobeoka
Nobeoka, Miyazaki, 5/9/15
click here for complete results

Men's 10000 m
1. Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 27:39.95 - MR
2. Yuta Shitara (Honda) - 27:42.71 (MR)
3. Akihiko Tsumurai (Mazda) - 28:50.68
4. Keiji Akutsu (Subaru) - 29:04.17
5. Naoki Okamoto (Chugoku Denryoku) - 29:16.63

Men's 5000 m C-Heat
1. Ronald Kwemoi (Kenya/Komori Corp.) - 13:16.14
2. Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 13:19.62
3. Jonathan Ndiku (Kenya/Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:21.72
4. Bernard Kimani (Kenya/Yakult) - 13:22.01
5. William Malel (Kenya/Honda) - 13:22.72
6. Paul Kamais (Kenya/Sera H.S.) - 13:23.69
7. John Maina (Kenya/Fujitsu) - 13:24.21
8. David Njuguna (Kenya/Yakult) - 13:24.69
9. Rodgers Chumo Kwemoi (Kenya/Aisan Kogyo) - 13:33.77
10. Joseph Mumo (Kenya/Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:41.69

Men's 5000 m A-Heat
1. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 13:33.30
2. Shuho Dairokuno (Asahi Kasei) - 13:34.37
3. Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 13:36.09
4. Kensuke Takezawa (Sumitomo Denko) - 13:37.89
5. Kaido Kita (Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:38.60
6. Keisuke Tanaka (Fujitsu) - 13:40.65
7. Mitsunori Asaoka (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:42.41
8. Daiki Hirose (Osaka Gas) - 13:42.59
9. Taku Fujimoto (Toyota) - 13:42.79
10. Keita Baba (Honda) - 13:43.13

Men's 5000 m B-Heat
1. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Konica Minolta) - 13:45.75
2. Shota Shinjo (Honda) - 13:53.86
3. Kohei Matsumura (Mitsubishi Hitachi Nagasaki) - 13:54.10
4. Masaru Aoki (Kanebo) - 13:54.73
5. Hiroshi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 13:55.24

Men's 5000 m D-Heat
1. Keijiro Mogi (Asahi Kasei) - 13:44.64
2. Toshihiro Kenmotsu (NTT Nishi Nihon) - 13:54.57
3. Kei Fumimoto (Kanebo) - 13:57.00

Men's 5000 m E-Heat
1. Yuki Arimura (Asahi Kasei) - 14:04.62
2. Eita Hamamoto (Takeda Pharma) - 14:08.08
3. Takuya Otani (Press Kogyo) - 14:11.74

Men's 5000 m F-Heat
1. Satoru Sasaki (Asahi Kasei) - 14:12.72
2. Ryoichi Matsuo (Asahi Kasei) - 14:13.29
3. Yoshiki Takenouchi (NTT Nishi Nihon) - 14:14.50

Men's 5000 m G-Heat
1. Takumi Honda (Asahi Kasei) - 14:21.27
2. Tomoya Adachi (Asahi Kasei) - 14:23.11
3. Yuma Higashi (Kyudenko) - 14:24.04

Men's 5000 m H-Heat
1. Fumihiro Maruyama (Asahi Kasei) - 14:23.38
2. Shinpei Muratake (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 14:27.39
3. Tomoya Onishi (Asahi Kasei) - 14:28.16

Women's 5000 m A-Heat
1. Rosemary Monicah Wanjiru (Kenya/Starts) - 15:32.16
2. Mariam Waithira (Kenya/Kyudenko) - 15:44.97
3. Miyuki Uehara (Daiichi Seimei) - 15:47.59
4. Ai Inoue (Noritz) - 15:48.23
5. Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) - 15:48.83
6. Tomomi Tanaka (Daiichi Seimei) - 15:48.92
7. Keiko Nogami (Juhachi Ginko) - 15:49.21
8. Risa Kikuchi (Hitachi) - 15:55.74
9. Tomoyo Yamamoto (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:55.91
10. Akane Higashimura (Sysmex) - 15:59.45

Women's 5000 m B-Heat
1. Rika Toguchi (Route Inn Hotels) - 16:07.29
2. Kanade Furuya (Matsuyama Univ.) - 16:10.47
3. Reno Okura (Hokuren) - 16:14.94

Women's 5000 m C-Heat
1. Nana Sato (Starts) - 16:19.70
2. Nao Taguchi (Route Inn Hotels) - 16:22.08
3. Mai Nagaoka (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) - 16:22.73

Junior Women's 3000 m
1. Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) - 9:15.36 - MR
2. Shinobu Koyoshigawa (Sera H.S.) - 9:17.62
3. Yuki Shibata (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) - 9:30.93

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Maeda and Maina Win 25th Running of the Sendai International Half Marathon

http://www.kahoku.co.jp/tohokunews/201505/20150511_14015.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Breaking the event's old record by 349 people, a record-setting 13,932 participants took part in the 25th running of the Sendai International Half Marathon on May 10 in central Sendai, Miyagi.

In the day's main event, the JAAF-certified half marathon division starting and ending at the municipal track and field grounds on the city's south side, defending champion Johana Maina (Kenya/Team Fujitsu) ran 1:02:33 to win the men's race again, his second-straight and third overall Sendai title.  His teammate and 2014 World Half Marathon Championships Japanese national team member Sota Hoshi (Team Fujitsu) was 3rd in 1:03:11, while 2015 World Championships marathoner Masakazu Fujiwara took 6th in 1:03:51.  2014 Asian Games marathon bronze medalist Yuki Kawauchi was 30th.

In the women's race, 2015 World Championships marathoner Sairi Maeda (Team Daihatsu) opened a 46-second lead over 2014 World Half Marathon Championships team member Risa Takenaka to win in 1:10:24.  Maeda's Beijing teammate Risa Shigetomo (Team Tenmaya) was a distant 3rd in 1:13:26.  Three-time men's wheelchair champion Masayuki Higuchi (Baristride) picked up a fourth title in 47:46.

25th Sendai International Half Marathon
Sendai, Miyagi, 5/10/15
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Men
1. Johana Maina (Kenya/Fujitsu) - 1:02:33
2. Ezekiel Chebotitin (Kenya/Toho Refine) - 1:02:34
3. Sota Hoshi (Fujitsu) - 1:03:11
4. Yuichiro Ueno (DeNA) - 1:03:21
5. Hiroaki Sano (Honda) - 1:03:41
6. Masakazu Fujiwara (Honda) - 1:03:51
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30. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 1:08:36

Women
1. Sairi Maeda (Daihatsu) - 1:10:24
2. Risa Takenaka (Shiseido) - 1:11:10
3. Risa Shigetomo (Tenmaya) - 1:13:26
4. Yui Okada (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 1:13:55
5. Fumiko Hashimoto (Shimamura) - 1:15:26

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Yamanashi Gakuin University Welcomes Tenth Kenyan Student Athlete in School History

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/etc/20150504-OYT1T50009.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Aiming for its first seeded bracket finish in three years at January's Hakone Ekiden, Yamanashi Gakuin University's track and field team welcomed the tenth Kenyan student athlete in the program's history, Dominic Nyairo, 18, at the start of the new academic year in April.  At a time trial meet on April 25 Nyairo broke 29 minutes for 10000 m, a time that puts him on the same level as the upper tier of athletes who run the Hakone Ekiden.  YGU head coach Kiyoshi Ueda is optimistic about Nyairo's prospects, saying, "he is highly adaptable."

Nyairo is 1 m 67 cm tall and weighs 48.5 kg.  Like the student athletes who preceded him at YGU, he comes from western Kenya.  After his arrival on April 11 he enrolled as a first-year in YGU's Faculty of Modern Business.  Because Nyairo can not yet speak Japanese, Ueda is coaching him in English.

Having a Kenyan on the team does not mean that he is simply there as a ringer to make the team more competitive.  "We want him to study seriously at our university and to experience Japanese sports culture through the Hakone Ekiden," said coach Ueda of the concept behind the program for bringing Kenyans to Yamanashi, the personal connections developed this way leading to Nyairo's arrival in Japan. 

Before his departure from Kenya, he met with one of his predecessors at YGU, Stephen Mayaka, now head coach at Obirin University and a Japanese citizen.  Mayaka talked to him at length about the team and the Hakone Ekiden, convincing him to make the decision to study abroad.  "Mayaka gave his seal of approval that Nyairo was someone with the personality to succeed in a team environment," said coach Ueda.

Currently a senior at YGU, Enock Omwamba commented, "Up to now I've been the only Kenyan here, so I'm glad he's coming."  Omwamba has been giving Nyairo advice on training and on the proper way to greet people and other points of etiquette.  "I know that it's hard at first, but I hope that he can gradually get used to life here," he said, expressing his support for his younger teammate.

Before coming to Japan Nyairo had a 10000 m best of 28:50. After learning basic drills and form, at the April 25 Nittai University Time Trials meet in Yokohama he ran 28:38.46.  The effects of his new coaching environment were immediately clear.  Looking toward Nyairo's future, coach Ueda was positive as he said, "First we have to help him adapt to the team.  It's not the sort of thing that happens overnight, but he has the right kind of attitude."

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Kawauchi Wins Unprecedented 3 Half Marathons on 3 Straight Days

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20150505-00000127-nksports-spo

translated and edited by Brett Larner

2014 Asian Games bronze medalist Yuki Kawauchi (28, Saitama Pref. Gov't) won Tuesday's Toyohiragawa Half Marathon in Sapporo, Hokkaido, running 1:09:23.  Beginning on May 3 he travelled more than 3000 km across the country in three days, winning Sunday's Asagiriko Half Marathon in Ehime in 1:07:23 and following up on Monday with a 1:07:03 win at Saitama's Kasukabe Otako Half Marathon. He completed his unprecedented streak of three half marathon wins on three consecutive days at Toyohiragawa, running solo right from the gun.

"I wanted to run a bit better time than this, but my legs were heavy right from when I started warming up," he said. "But still," he added, showing satisfaction in his performances, "this was a solid streak, so I think today was a good run."  After the race Kawauchi planned to "go to Kogane Onsen to help recover from the fatigue," the hot spring now a regular fixture on his schedule whenever he comes to Sapporo.  Next up he will race the May 10 Sendai International Half Marathon.  For the civil servant runner, there are still countless challenges to take on outside the usual box.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Payton Jordan Invitational - Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

Although Japanese men largely stayed away from Stanford University's Payton Jordan Invitational this year, three more women picked up qualifying marks for this year's Beijing World Championships.  In the 10000 m, Yuka Takashima (Team Denso) improved on her qualifying mark with a 31:37.32 best for 4th, while behind her teammates Mao Kiyota and Eri Makikawa (both Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) ran 31:44.79 and 31:48.22 to expand the list of candidates for the Beijing team to six.  5000 m national champion Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) likewise ran a best of 15:16.82 to get under the 15:20.00 Beijing standard, bringing that list of candidates up to three.   Men's 10000 m national champion Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) duly turned in the top men's performance of the day, a 27:57.13 that made him the first Japanese man this year to break 28 but still left him far off the sub-27:45.00 Beijing standard.

Payton Jordan Invitational
Stanford, California, U.S.A., 5/2/15
click here for complete results

Women's 10000 m Section 1
1. Susan Kuijken (Netherlands) - 31:31.97
2. Buze Diribe (Ethiopia) - 31:33.27
3. Jip Vastenburg (Netherlands) - 31:35.48
4. Yuka Takashima (Japan/Denso) - 31:37.32
5. Emily Sisson (U.S.A.) - 31:38.03
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9. Mao Kiyota (Japan/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 31:44.79
12. Eri Makikawa (Japan/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 31:48.22
17. Doricah Obare (Kenya/Hitachi) - 32:03.18
19. Kasumi Nishihara (Japan/Yamada Denki) - 32:23.65
23. Misaki Kato (Japan/Kyudenko) - 32:30.94
29. Yuki Mitsunobu (Japan/Denso) - 33:16.79
30. Shiho Takechi (Japan/Yamada Denki) - 33:30.89
32. Rina Yamazaki (Japan/Panasonic) - 33:41.05

Women's 10000 m Section 2
1. Ines Melchor (Peru) - 31:56.62 - NR
2. Yuka Ando (Japan/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 32:07.37
3. Sayaka Kuwahara (Japan/Sekisui Kagaku) - 32:14.43
4. Serena Burla (U.S.A.) - 32:17.34
5. Jessica Trengove (Australia) - 32:17.67

Men's 10000 m Section 1
1. Andy Vernon (GBR) - 27:42.62
2. Ben True (U.S.A.) - 27:43.79
3. Ben St. Lawrence (Australia) - 27:44.24
4. David McNeill (Australia) - 27:45.01
5. Mo Ahmed (Canada) - 27:46.90
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8. Kassa Mekashaw (Ethiopia/Yachiyo Kogyo)
13. Yuki Sato (Japan/Nissin Shokuhin) - 27:57.13
16. Yuta Shitara (Japan/Honda) - 28:01.65
25. Keita Shitara (Japan/Konica Minolta) - 28:42.05

Women's 5000 m Section 1
1. Sally Kipyego (Kenya) - 14:57.44
2. Betsy Saina (Kenya) - 15:00.48
3. Nicole Tully (U.S.A.) - 15:05.58
4. Jessica O'Connell (Canada) - 15:06.44
5. Maureen Koster (Netherlands) - 15:07.73
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10. Misaki Onishi (Japan/Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:16.82
16. Yuika Mori (Japan/Yamada Denki) - 15:20.21
22. Yuka Miyazaki (Japan/Kyudenko) - 15:49.95

Women's 5000 m Section 2
1. Chelsea Reilly (U.S.A.) - 15:34.59
2. Miho Shimizu (Japan/Hokuren) - 15:35.53
3. Giulia Alessandra Viola (Italy) - 15:38.47
4. Tansey Lystad (U.S.A.) - 15:42.22
5. Kaitlin Gregg Goodman (U.S.A.) - 15:42.80
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9. Naoko Koizumi (Japan/Denso) - 15:46.73
20. Akari Ota (Japan/Tenmaya) - 16:15.70
21. Sakiho Tsutsui (Japan/Yamada Denki) - 16:26.33

Men's 3000 mSC Section 1
1. Stanley Kebenei (U.S.A.) - 8:23.93
2. Dan Huling (U.S.A.) - 8:24.61
3. Alex Genest (Canada) - 8:24.84
4. Taylor Milne (Canada) - 8:25.46
5. Tabor Stevens (U.S.A.) - 8:26.81
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12. Aoi Matsumoto (Japan/Otsuka Seiyaku) - 8:45.10

Men's 3000 mSC Section 2
1. Gerard Giraldo (Colombia) - 8:35.30
2. James Nipperess (Australia) - 8:35.39
3. Daniel Lundgren (Sweden) - 8:37.72
4. Mike Hardy (U.S.A.) - 8:41.44
5. Ryan Brockerville (Canada) - 8:43.68
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8. Jun Shinoto (Japan/Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) - 8:49.32
12. Minato Yamashita (Japan/NTN) - 8:56.39

Women's 3000 mSC Section 1
1. Courtney Frerichs (U.S.A.) - 9:32.12
2. Colleen Quigley (U.S.A.) - 9:33.63
3. Jessica Furlan (Canada) - 9:39.20
4. Aisha Praught (U.S.A.) - 9:40.43
5. Genevieve Lalonde (Canada) - 9:46.05
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14. Misaki Sango (Japan/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 10:08.92

Women's 3000 mSC Section 2
1. Collier Lawrence (U.S.A.) - 9:50.47
2. Mary Goldkamp (U.S.A.) - 9:53.66
3. Tori Gerlach (U.S.A.) - 9:57.47
4. Jamie Cheever (U.S.A.) - 9:59.48
5. Rolanda Bell (Panama) - 10:05.95
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8. Chikako Mori (Japan/Sekisui Kagaku) - 10:14.99

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'Dobson, Tsuchiya Win Rotorua Marathon'

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503436&objectid=11442253