Skip to main content

Rio de Janeiro Olympics Athletics Day Four Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

National record holder Daichi Sawano (Team Fujitsu) was the lone Japanese athlete in action in a final on Day Four of athletics competition at the Rio de Janeiro, waiting out heavy rain before getting started in the men's pole vault.  Sawano easily cleared 5.50 m on his first attempt but struggled at 5.65 m, seeming to clear it on his third attempt but brushing the bar just enough to be eliminated.  His 7th-place overall finish in the final checks only the second box in the JAAF's modest goal of one medal and five top eight placings in Rio, a goal that at this point looks tough to achieve despite widespread Japanese success in a variety of other sports.

National champion Keisuke Nozawa (Mizuno) blasted a 48.62 PB to win Heat 4 of the men's 400 m hurdles, frontrunning the entire race to make the semifinals.  Teammate Yuki Matsushita (Mizuno) was the first non-qualifier in 49.60.  In one of two men's 110 m hurdles heats run as heavy rain set in, national champion Wataru Yazawa (Descente) underperformed, running only 13.89 (+1 m/s).  After the rains let up and the other heats were run, however, Yazawa was one of eight athletes called back to be given a second chance to qualify on time due to the difference in conditions between the first two heats and the rest.  13.66 was the mark to beat, but despite having won June's National Championships in 13.48 he could only manage 13.88 (-0.1 m/s) for 3rd.  Deuce Carter (Jamaica) was the only athlete to move on from the supplementary heat, winning it in 13.51.

Having scratched in the 100 m due to lingering concerns over an injury she suffered between Nationals and Rio, 200 m national record holder Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tech AC) ran 23.21 (+0.5 m/s) for 5th in her opening round heat and failed to advance.  Four other Japanese athletes were likewise cut off in the heats in their events.  Most noteworthy among them, 19-year-old Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo University), added to the Rio team in the men's 3000 m SC on Aug. 3 after being offered one of the IAAF invitation spots, outran his last-place ranking in his heat by beating four faster competitors to take 11th in 8:40.98.  His track season having ended with his 8:31.89 PB run on July 7, Shiojiri, a Juntendo second-year, had already moved into heavy mileage summer training for the fall's ekiden season.  Immediately post-race one of the TV presenters asked him about the future, seeming to be leading him to talk about Tokyo 2020.  On live TV at the Olympics, Shiojiri answered, "Well, there's the steeple, yeah, but the Hakone Ekiden is coming up so I have to work hard."

Rio de Janeiro Olympics
Aug. 15, 2016
click here for complete results

Men's Pole Vault Final
1. Thiago Braz Da Silva (Brazil) - 6.03 m - OR
2. Renaud Lavillenie (France) - 5.98 m
3. Sam Kendricks (U.S.A.) - 5.85 m
-----
7. Daichi Sawano (Japan) - 5.50 m

Women's 200 m Heat Seven +0.5 m/s
1. Ivet Lalova-Collio (Bulgaria) - 22.61 - Q
2. Ella Nelson (Australia) - 22.66 - Q
3. Jodie Williams (Great Britain) - 22.69 - q
-----
5. Chisato Fukushima (Japan) - 23.21

Men's 110 m Hurdles Heat One +0.1 m/s
1. Omar McLeod (Jamaica) - 13.27 - Q
2. Jeff Porter (U.S.A.) - 13.50 - Q
3. Jeffrey Julmis (Haita) - 13.66 - Q
-----
6. Wataru Yazawa (Japan) - 13.89

Men's 110 m Hurdles Supplementary Heat -0.1 m/s
1. Deuce Carter (Jamaica) - 13.51 - q
2. Yeison Rivas (Colombia) - 13.87
3. Wataru Yazawa (Japan) - 13.88

Women's 400 m Hurdles Heat Six
1. Eilidh Doyle (Great Britain) - 55.46 - Q
2. Sage Watson (Canada) - 55.93 - Q
3. Olena Kolesnychenko (Ukraine) - 56.61 - Q
-----
5. Satomi Kubokura (Japan) - 57.34

Men's 400 m Hurdles Heat One
1. Abdelmalik Lahoulou (Algeria) - 48.62 - Q, NR
2. Boniface Mucheru Tumuti (Kenya) - 48.91 - Q
3. Kerron Clement (U.S.A.) - 49.17 - Q
-----
4. Yuki Matsushita (Japan) - 49.60

Men's 400 m Hurdles Heat Four
1. Keisuke Nozawa (Japan) - 48.62 - Q, PB
2. Thomas Barr (Ireland) - 48.93 - Q
3. Eric Cray (Phillipines) - 49.05 - Q

Men's 3000 m Steeplechase Heat One
1. Hillary Bor (U.S.A.) - 8:25.01 - Q
2. Soufiane Elbakkali (Morocco) - 8:25.17 - Q
3. Ezekiel Kemboi (Kenya) - 8:25.51 - Q
-----
11. Kazuya Shiojiri (Japan) - 8:40.98

Men's Triple Jump Qualifying Group A
1. Bin Dong (China) - 17.10 m -0.1 m/s
2. Will Claye (U.S.A.) - 17.05 m +0.4 m/s
3. Shuo Cao (China) - 16.97 m +0.3 m/s
-----
15. Daigo Hasegawa (Japan) - 16.17 m +0.3 m/s

Men's Triple Jump Qualifying Group B
1. Christian Taylor (U.S.A.) - 17.24 m +0.2 m/s
2. Nelson Evora (Portugal) - 16.99 m -0.3 m/s
3. Karol Hoffman (Poland) - 16.79 m +0.2 m/s
-----
18. Kohei Yamashita (Japan) - 15.71 m +0.3 m/s

© 2016 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Takamatsu Makes Return to Racing After Nike Oregon Project Disappointment

Running again in her hometown on the second day of the Osaka Track and Field Championships at Yanmar Stadium Nagai, 2014 Youth Olympics girls' 3000 m gold medalist Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (19, Osaka T&F Assoc.) took the first step toward a comeback. Closing the gap to the runner ahead of her on the second lap, Takamatsu finished with effort to spare in 2:14.51 for 2nd. "I was able to run the way I'd envisioned," she said afterward. "I had some anxiety since it was pretty much my first real race in a year but I was able to give it my best."

After graduating from Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S. in the spring last year Takamatsu moved to Oregon, U.S.A. to take part in the "Nike Oregon Project" elite long distance group created by Nike. With a dream of winning gold in the 5000 m or 10000 m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and high hopes in her heart, she crossed the ocean.

But in the U.S. she was hit by the cold hand of reality. "I was DFL every ti…

Kim Sets Korean 5000 m National Record, Tsuetaki Clears Steeple Standard, Osako Comes Up Short - Abashiri Highs and Lows

The final meet in Japan's Hokuren Distance Challenge series, Thursday's Abashiri meet was set up to give people one last chance to clear the qualifying standards for next month's London World Championships ahead of the fast-approaching deadline. Temperatures were far above normal for northern Hokkaido through much of the day, the mid-afternoon peak reported at over 36C at the time of the men's 800 m A-heat and still at 25C at the start of the five standard-chasing races in the evening.

網走女子5000A https://t.co/GquthBd13K — ホクレン・ディスタンスチャレンジ2017 (@hokurendc2017) July 13, 2017
The best race of the day was the women's 5000 m A-heat. With two women already confirmed for London the third spot on the team was up for grabs. First in line under the JAAF's criteria for addition, top three at Nationals and under the 15:22.00 standard, was 16-year-old Shuri Ogasawara (Yamanashi Gakuin H.S.), 3rd at Nationals in an U18 national record of 15:23.56. Next in line would be anyon…

Endo Breaks 3000 m Junior National Record in Kitami

Already the U18 national record holder for 3000 m, 18-year-old Hyuga Endo (Sumitomo Denko) stepped up with an U20 record in the men's 3000 m at the third meet in the Hokuren Distance Challenge series Sunday in Kitami, Hokkaido.

北見男子prj-A3000m陸連強化レース(ペースメーカーあり) https://t.co/8s96euEND3 — ホクレン・ディスタンスチャレンジ2017 (@hokurendc2017) July 9, 2017
The men's and women's 3000 m races on the program as a step toward Wednesday's fourth and final HDC meet in Abashiri where people will be shooting for last-minute London World Championships qualifying standards. With pacer Evans Keitany (Toyota Boshoku) targeting 7:55 the men's race came down to a sprint finish between Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei), Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) and Chiharu Nakagawa (Toenec) over the last lap. Yoroizaka dropped Ichida in the home straight to win in 7:52.70, the fastest-ever 3000 m time by a Japanese man on Japanese soil and one that made him all-time #10 in the Japanese record books. Closing fast, …