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JAAF Names World Half Marathon and Asian XC Teams

http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXLSSXK40674_Y6A210C1000000/

translated and edited by Brett Larner

On Feb. 18 the JAAF named the five men and five women on the Japanese team for the Mar. 26 World Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, U.K.  Additionally, they also announced the lineup for the Feb. 29 Asian Cross-Country Championships in Manama, Bahrain, with Shuho Dairokuno (Team Asahi Kasei) leading the senior men's team.

The World Half Marathon Championships team:

Men
Keijiro Mogi (Asahi Kasei) - 1:00:54 (Marugame Half 2016)
Keisuke Nakatani (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:01:21 (Marugame Half 2016)
Naoki Kudo (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:01:25 (Marugame Half 2016)
Shogo Nakamura (Fujitsu) - 1:01:53 (Nat'l Corp. Half 2016)
Minato Oishi (Toyota) - 1:02:06 (Nat'l Corp. Half 2013)

Women
Miho Shimizu (Hokuren) - 1:09:41 (Nat'l Corp. Half 2016)
Yuka Ando (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:09:51 (Sanyo Ladies Half 2015)
Mirai Waku (Universal Entertainment) - 1:09:56 (Sanyo Ladies Half 2015)
Hisami Ishii (Yamada Denki) - 1:10:09 (Nat'l Corp. Half 2016)
Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) - 1:10:25 (Nat'l Corp. Half 2016)

The Asian Cross-Country Championships team:

Senior Men
Shuho Dairokuno (Asahi Kasei) - 27:46.55 (Hachioji 2015)
Tsubasa Hayakawa (Toyota) - 28:06.10 (Hachioji 2015)
Naohiro Domoto (JR Higashi Nihon) - 28:16.92 (Hachioji 2012)
Mitsutaka Tomita (Tokai Univ.) - 28:56.78 (Keio Univ. 2015)

Senior Women
Yuka Miyazaki (Kyudenko) - 15:16.43 (Sayagatani 2015)
Rina Yamazaki (Panasonic) - 15:38.88 (Kitami 2014)
Kyoko Koyama (Juntendo Univ.) - 16:26.84 (Chiba 2015)

Junior Men
Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 13:50.51 (Shibetsu 2015)
Shota Onizuka (Omuta H.S.) - 13:58.43 (Sayagatani 2014)
Taiju Nakashima (Sera H.S.) - 14:04.13 (Miyoshi 2015)
Kiseki Shiozawa (Iga Hakuho H.S.) - 14:05.61 (Wakayama 2015)
Tomoki Ota (Hamamatsu Nittai Prep H.S.) - 14:05.92 (Wakayama 2015)

Junior Women
Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) - 9:04.81 (Izumo 2015)
Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) - 9:09.89 (Wakayama 2015)
Shinobu Koyoshigawa (Sera H.S.) - 9:14.34 (Wakayama 2015)
Rika Kaseda (Narita H.S.) - 9:15.64 (Wakayama 2015)
Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 9:17.65 (Amagasaki 2015)

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