Skip to main content

Hashimoto and Yoshimatsu Win Hofu Yomiuri Marathon

by Brett Larner


In just his second marathon, 2016 Aoyama Gakuin University graduate Ryo Hashimoto (Team GMO Athletes) ran a PB of over three minutes to win the Hofu Yomiuri Marathon in 2:11:20.  Pacers took the race through 25 km at a relatively steadily pace on target for around 2:11:45.  With their departure at 26 km Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) repeated his big play from the Fukuoka International Marathon two weeks ago, throwing in a hard surge and opening a gap of 10 seconds over the rest of the field.  Hashimoto and Taiki Yoshimura (Team Asahi Kasei) were the only two to try to follow, and by 30 km they had started to close the gap.


Hashimoto passed Kawauchi near 32 km, splitting 15:05 from 30 to 35 km as he pulled away.  It was a pace he couldn't sustain but enough to guarantee him the win with a solid negative split.  Yoshimura passed Kawauchi around 34 km, pushing on for a one-minute PB of 2:12:19 for 2nd.  Showing the effects of his hard run in Fukuoka, Kawauchi had none of his usual finishing power, taking 3rd in 2:12:45. Hashimoto's 2:11:20 winning time made him the #9 Japanese man of the year in the marathon, a solid achievement in his first year as a pro at the new GMO Athletes team after being a benchwarmer at Aoyama Gakuin who never made the school's Hakone Ekiden team.  For Kawauchi it was his 34th career sub-2:13, 40th sub-2:14 and 50th sub-2:16, all new world records.


In the women's race, course record holder Hisae Yoshimatsu (Shunan City Hall) went out head-to-head with top-ranked pro Yuka Takemoto (Canon AC Kyushu), the pair splitting 18:00 through 5 km on pace to break Yoshimatsu's year-old course record of 2:35:46 by four minutes.  Surprisingly, Takemoto fell off quickly, 36 seconds behind at 10 km and plummeting backwards after that on the way to a DNF.  Yoshimatsu pushed on solo, her pace slowing before evening out to mid-2:34.  After 35 km she ran into trouble, splitting 21:06 from 35 to 40 km, but with a lead over over 10 minutes she was never in danger of losing the race.  Shuffling in to break the tape in 2:40:21, Yoshimatsu claimed her fourth-straight and sixth total Hofu Yomiuri Marathon win, the most dominant champion female or male in Hofu's 47-year history.

47th Hofu Yomiuri Marathon
Hofu, Yamaguchi, 12/18/16
click here for complete results

Men
1. Ryo Hashimoto (GMO Athletes) - 2:11:20 - PB
2. Taiki Yoshimura (Asahi Kasei) - 2:12:19 - PB
3. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 2:12:45
4. Isaac Macharia (Kenya) - 2:15:09
5. Yasuyuki Nakamura (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 2:15:35
6. Shinichi Yamashita (Takigahara SDF Base) - 2:16:22 - PB
7. Nao Kazami (Aichi T&F Assoc.) - 2:17:29 - PB
8. Shogo Kanezane (Chugoku Denryoku) - 2:18:15
9. Yuki Fujii (Tokuyama) - 2:19:08 - PB
10. Mahoro Ikeda (Aichi Seiko) - 2:19:38 - PB
-----
DNF - Ezekiel Jafary (Tanzania)

Women
1. Hisae Yoshimatsu (Shunan City Hall) - 2:40:21
2. Noriko Sato (First Dream AC) - 2:48:51
3. Ai Ogo (Himeji T&F Assoc.) - 2:50:01
-----
DNF - Yuka Takemoto (Canon AC Kyushu)

© 2016 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kawauchi Brothers Repeat Father's Day Okinoshima Ultra Sweep

For the second year in a row brothers Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and Yoshiki Kawauchi (unattached) returned to their late father's home island of Okinoshima to dominate the Father's Day Okinoshima Ultramarathon 50 km and 100 km.

Yoshiki, the younger of the two, ran the 100 km for the third time. In his 2015 debut he suffered mightily on the way in to an 11:21:52 finish. Returning with a year's more experience in 2016, he won in a course record 7:20:31. This time he was out fast in search of his first sub-7 clocking, averaging 4:00/km at 40 km through the hilliest part of the course before starting to slow. At 60 km he was still on track for a sub-7, splitting 4:07:10, but when he hit the series of three >100 m elevation gain climbs just after 60 km sub-7 slipped out of reach. Still well under course pace with a 7:12:27 projection at 80 km Yoshiki struggled on the last 100 m climb just over 5 km from the finish, coming in for the win in 7:29:06. Yoshiki has…

Japanese National Track and Field Championships Preview

The 101st edition of Japan's National Track and Field Championships takes place Friday through Sunday at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai. It's a strange time in some ways. Despite the overall upward trend spurred on by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the count of athletes who might make the London World Championships off their performances at Nationals is low. The marathon, walks, combined events and relays aside, based on current qualifying times only the men's 100 m, women's 5000 m and women's 10000 m could field full three-member squads, and not many events look set to join that list. The progress over the last few years in men's distance on the track seems to have stalled, with nobody qualified for London in the 5000 m and the only man qualified in the 10000 m already a scratch. Is it a just a hiccup or a sign of problems in the buildup to 2020?

Visit the JAAF's National Track and Field Championships website for entry and start lists, live results, photos an…

Ageo City Half Marathon Leads Weekend Action - Preview

by Brett Larner

Rainy weather lies ahead for a busy weekend of racing across the country.  Track is a part of the calender from April through December, and this weekend features several large time trial meets including the Shizuoka Long Distance Time Trials Meet and, closer to Tokyo, the Nittai University Time Trials Meet.  Men's 5000 m is the focus at Nittai with 37 separate heats in one day, the fastest heat led by 12 Japan-based Africans including Bedan Karoki (DeNA RC), Ronald Kwemoi (Team Komori Corp.) and Paul Kuira (Team Konica Minolta).

The main action this weekend, however, happens on the roads, and there's no question that the Ageo City Half Marathon is the main event.  Ageo, the race that university coaches use to thin their rosters ahead of deciding their lineups for January's Hakone Ekiden, is one of two Japanese half marathons vying for the title of world's greatest half, locked in a duel with March's National University Half Marathon to produce the d…