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Kimura's 2000 m National Record Tops Japanese DecaNation Results

by Brett Larner

In its third appearance at France's DecaNation Japan turned in its best team performance to date, placing 4th out of 6 teams.  Tomoka Kimura (Team Univ. Ent.) led the way in the women's 2000 m, taking over 6 seconds off the rarely-challenged national record with a 5:47.17 for 2nd, the best placing among any of the ten women on the team.  Her counterpart on the men's squad Masaki Toda (Team Nissin Shokuhin) went one better to win the men's 2000 m in 5:14.39.  Rio Olympian and 2016 national champion Julian Walsh (Toyo Univ.) likewise won the men's 400 m, running 46.09.  Five other men including Walsh's Toyo and Rio teammate Yoshihide Kiryu took 2nd in their events, coming ten points short overall of overtaking Ukraine to make the team podium.

DecaNation 2016
Paris, France, 9/13/16
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Women
100 m - Ami Saito (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 11.89 (-0.4 m/s) - 3rd
400 m - Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 54.21 - 5th
800 m - Shoko Fukuda (Matsue Kita H.S.) - 2:08.50 - 6th
2000 m - Tomoka Kimura (Universal Entertainment) - 5:47.17 - NR - 2nd
100 mH - Ayako Kimura (Edion) - 13.59 (-0.3 m/s) - 5th
400 mH - Satomi Kubokura (Niigata Albirex RC) - 57.06 - 3rd
High Jump - Sakura Asai (Okazaki Josai Prep H.S.) - 1.76 m - 4th
Long Jump - Meg Hemphill (Chuo Univ.) - 5.85 m (+1.0 m/s) - 6th
Shot Put - Aya Ota (Fukuoka Univ.) - 15.37 m - 6th
Discus Throw - Eriko Nakata (Shikoku Univ.) - 45.27 m - 5th

Men
100 m - Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) - 10.35 (-1.9 m/s) - 2nd
200 m - Shota Hara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 20.63 (-0.4 m/s) - 2nd
400 m - Julian Walsh (Toyo Univ.) - 46.09 - 1st
800 m - Jun Mitake (Nihon Univ.) - 1:53.22 - 5th
2000 m - Masaki Toda (Nissin Shokuhin) - 5:14.39 - 1st
110 mH - Wataru Yazawa (Descente) - 13.74 (-0.1 m/s) - 2nd
Triple Jump - Ryoma Yamamoto (Juntendo Univ.) - 16.45 m (+0.0 m/s) - 2nd
Pole Vault - Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - 5.60 m - 2nd
Shot Put - Daichi Nakamura (Mizuno) - 17.36 m - 5th
Discus Throw - Yuji Tsutsumi (Alsok) - 55.23 m - 4th

Team Results
1. France - 115
2. Americas - 109
3. Ukraine - 102
4. Japan - 92
5. China - 68
6. DecaClubs - 64

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