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Three Wins In One Day - Japanese Overseas Road Race Results

by Brett Larner

Japanese athletes scored three overseas road race wins Sunday.  In Australia, Tomohiro Tanigawa (Team Konica Minolta) and Kei Katanashi (Komazawa Univ.) doubled at the Sydney Marathon, Tanigawa outlasting the field in the men's marathon to score a second-straight win for Japanese men and Katanishi soloing his way to the half marathon title.  At Portugal's Sport Zone Porto Half Marathon, Nao Isaka (Team Hitachi) followed up with a win in the women's race, running down #1-ranked Martha Akeno (Kenya) to win in 1:12:12.  Hiroshi Ichida (Team Asahi Kasei) was the top Japanese man in Porto, 9th overall in 1:04:01, while Yusei Nakao (Smiley Angel AC) was a DNF after coming down with a fever during his flight to Porto.  At the Czech Republic's Usti Nad Labem Half Marathon, last year's Sydney Half women's winner Kikuyo Tsuzaki (Team Noritz) equalled Ichida's performance, 9th in 1:13:26 with teammate Misato Horie 39 seconds back in 11th.

Sydney Marathon
Sydney, Australia, 9/18/16
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Men
1. Tomohiro Tanigawa (Japan/Konica Minolta) - 2:12:11
2. Belachew Alemayehu Ameta (Ethiopia) - 2:13:07
3. Julius Muriuki Wahome (Kenya) - 2:14:14
4. Taiki Yoshimura (Japan/Asahi Kasei) - 2:15:44
5. Mogos Shumay Solomon (Eritrea) - 2:16:25
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7. Keisuke Kusaka (Japan/Hitachi Butsuryu) - 2:19:08
9. Nao Kazami (Japan/Aichi T&F Assoc.) - 2:21:49
10. Sota Hoshi (Japan/Fujitsu) - 2:27:45

Women
1. Makda Harun Haji (Ethiopia) - 2:32:20
2. Merima Mohammed Hasan (Bahrain) - 2:39:09
3. Yinli He (China) - 2:44:15
4. Goitetom Haftu Tesema (Ethiopia) - 2:46:41
5. Elizabeth Pittaway (Australia) - 2:49:31
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6. Yukie Tamura (Japan) - 2:56:11

Half Marathon - Men
1. Kei Katanishi (Japan/Komazawa Univ.) - 1:05:22
2. Thomas Do Conto (Australia) - 1:06:07
3. Matthew Cox (Australia) - 1:07:04

Half Marathon - Women
1. Victoria Beck (Australia) - 1:18:25
2. Marnie Ponton (Australia) - 1:19:18
3. Fiona Yates (Australia) - 1:21:05

Sport Zone Porto Half Marathon
Porto, Portugal, 9/18/16
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Men
1. Daniel Rotich (Uganda) - 1:00:59
2. Pius Maiyo Kirop (Kenya) - 1:01:54
3. Sammy Kurui (Kenya) - 1:01:55
4. Emmanuel Bor (Kenya) - 1:02:15
5. Moses Kipkosgei Bowen (Kenya) - 1:02:53
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9. Hiroshi Ichida (Japan/Asahi Kasei) - 1:04:01
12. Shun Inoura (Japan/Yachiyo Kogyo) - 1:07:18
DNF - Yusei Nakao (Japan/Smiley Angel)

Women
1. Nao Isaka (Japan/Hitachi) - 1:12:12
2. Martha Akeno (Kenya) - 1:13:16
3. Filomena Costa (Portugal) - 1:13:27
4. Ayumi Kubo (Japan/Kagoshima Ginko) - 1:15:01
5. Emma Linda Quaglia (Italy) - 1:15:36

Usti Nad Labem Half Marathon
Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic, 9/18/16
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Men
1. Barselius Kipyego (Kenya) - 59:15
2. Adugna Takele (Ethiopia) - 1:01:31
3. Abraham Kapsis Kipyatich (Kenya) - 1:01:40
4. Peter Kwemoi (Kenya) - 1:01:45
5. Wilson Cheruiyot (Kenya) - 1:01:55

Women
1. Peres Jepchirchir (Kenya) - 1:07:24
2. Lucy Cheruiyot (Kenya) - 1:08:17
3. Afera Godfay (Ethiopia) - 1:08:32
4. Ashete Bekere (Ethiopia) - 1:11:52
5. Aberu Mekuria (Ethiopia) - 1:13:12
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9. Kikuyo Tsuzaki (Japan/Noritz) - 1:13:26
11. Misato Horie (Japan/Noritz) - 1:14:05

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