Thursday, September 29, 2016

100 m NR Holder Koji Ito Named JAAF Strengthening Committee Chairman

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20160928-00000102-nksports-spo
http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20160928-00000138-jij-spo

translated and edited by Brett Larner

At a board of directors meeting in Tokyo on Sept. 28, the JAAF named Koji Ito (46), holder of the 10.00 Japanese 100 m national record, its new strengthening committee chairman.  Ito was already serving as the committee's vice-chairman.  He replaces Rio de Olympics athletics head coach Kazunori Asaba (56) in the role of the person who will lead the committee in the four-year buildup to the Tokyo Olympics.  Ito commented, "As someone in athletics I wanted to be involved in the Tokyo Olympics in one capacity or another.  There won't be any instant improvement, but as we move forward I want to listen to the opinions of a wide variety of people."

The board additionally settled the dates for major 2017 domestic competitions.  The Japanese National Championships will take place June 23-25 at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai, with combined events being staged June 10-11 at Nagano Civic Field.  With some details still being finalized the complete calendar will be settled at March's board of directors meeting.  Beginning in 2017 the names of the Japanese Junior Championships and Japanese Youth Championships will also be changed to the U20 Japanese Championships and U18 Japanese Championships.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

'Tokyo to Propose Moving More Venues For Olympics'

http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/09/28/tokyo-to-propose-moving-more-venues-for-olympics/

The article includes a helpful clarification for readers unfamiliar with the metric system.

Ministry Recommends Use of "Heat Shield Pavement" for Tokyo Olympics Road Events

http://www.fnn-news.com/news/headlines/articles/CONN00337476.html

translated by Brett Larner

A task force created by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport has compiled a list of recommendations for measures to deal with high road temperatures during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games.  For events such as the marathon and race walking which make use of roadways, "heat shield pavement," material sprayed onto the road surface to reflect sunlight and thereby help prevent its temperature from rising, is being actively introduced.  In August the Ministry verified the difference in road surface temperature due to the new material, finding a consistent temperature reduction effect where the "heat shield pavement" was used.  Once the Olympic courses have been finalized, the Ministry plans to further push the new pavement material.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Yamagata Drops 100 m PB, Tanui Takes Another Title, and Hayashida Breaks 3000 m JHS National Record - Weekend Track Highlights

by Brett Larner

With ekiden season just starting to break track action was heavy across the country as teams started to sharpen their lineups after summer mileage.  At the National Corporate Track and Field Championships in Osaka, Rio Olympics 4x100 m silver medalist Ryota Yamagata (Seiko) ran a 10.03 (+0.5 m/s) PB and meet record to beat his Rio relay teammate Asuka Cambridge (Dome), drawing ever closer to Japan's first sub-10 clocking.  Another member of the Rio team, Shota Iizuka (Mizuno) duly won the 200 m in 20.57 (+0.0 m/s), doubling in the 4x100 m and running a rare 4x400 m to help bring Mizuno national corporate titles in both, Mizuno breaking the 4x400 m meet record with a 3:04.51 win.

A meet record also fell in the men's 3000 mSC, where two-time national champion Hironori Tsuetaki (Team Fujitsu) ran an all-time Japanese #7 8:29.78 for the win.  Times were also fast by Japanese standards in the women's 1500 m, where Kenyan Ann Karindi (Toyota Jidoshokki) came up just short of the meet record in 4:11.87 but pulled Maya Iino (Team Daiichi Seimei) and Chiaki Morikawa (Team Uniqlo) to all-time Japanese #8 and #9 times of 4:12.41 and 4:12.75.  Karindi also took the 5000 m title in 15:17.43.  Misaki Kato (Team Kyudenko) was the top Japanese woman in the 5000 m at 4th in 15:23.98, doubling after a loss to Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) in the 10000 m, 31:59.12 to 31:59.72.  Eleven Japanese women have broken 32 minutes so far this year, a sign that things might be swinging back in the right direction after a long period of decline in Japanese women's distance.

Rio men's 10000 m silver medalist Paul Tanui (Team Kyudenko) picked up the 10000 m national corporate title in 28:04.23, but faster times came at the Nittai University Time Trials meet in Yokohama were Alexander Mutiso (Team ND Software) won a close race over Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.), 28:01.27 to 28:02.16.  The top Japanese man at Corporate Nationals was 2016 national XC champion Takashi Ichida (Team Asahi Kasei) in 28:20.01, while at Nittai Takaya Sato (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) turned in a 28:26.70 PB for 4th and top Japanese.

The most surprising performance of the weekend, though, came at the Isahaya Nighter Time Trials meet in Nagasaki.  Hiroto Hayashida (Sakuragahara J.H.S.) was already the fastest-ever Japanese 8th-grader over 3000 m after having run 8:32.00 last year.  Now in 9th grade, at Isahaya he ran 8:20.90 to break the junior high school national record by 0.32.

3rd Isahaya Nighter Time Trials
Nagasaki Prefectural Sports Park Field, Isahaya, Nagasaki, 9/24/16

Junior High School Boys' 3000 m Heat 3
1. Hiroto Hayashida (Sakuragahara J.H.S.) - 8:20.90 - JHS NR
2. Kyosuke Nahao (Sakuragahara J.H.S.) - 8:43.95
3. Kosuke Ishida (Asakawa J.H.S.) - 9:01.57

64th National Corporate Track and Field Championships
Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Sept. 23-25, 2016
click here for complete results

Men's 100 m Final +0.5 m/s
1. Ryota Yamagata (Seiko) - 10.03 - MR
2. Asuka Cambridge (Dome) - 10.15
3. Tomoya Baba (Lall) - 10.38

Men's 200 m Final +0.0 m/s
1. Shota Iizuka (Mizuno) - 20.57
2. Kenji Fujimitsu (Zenrin) - 20.67
3. Masafumi Naoki (Osaka Gas) - 20.81

Men's 1500 m
1. Ronald Kwemoi (Komori Corp.) - 3:38.92
2. John Maina (Fujitsu) - 3:40.13
3. Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 3:40.26
4. David Njuguna (Yakult) - 3:40.53
5. Yasunari Kusu (Komori Corp.) - 3:41.93

Men's 5000 m
1. Macharia Ndirangu (Aichi Seiko) - 13:23.43
2. David Njuguna (Yakult) - 13:24.74
3. James Mwangi (NTN) - 13:24.97
4. Paul Kamais (Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:31.31
5. Shogo Nakamura (Fujitsu) - 13:38.93

Men's 10000 m
1. Paul Tanui (Kyudenko) - 28:04.23
2. Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 28:05.46
3. Leonard Barsoton (Nissin Shokuhin) - 28:05.82
4. Abiyot Abinet (Yachiyo Kogyo) - 28:15.01
5. Teressa Nyakola (Mazda) - 28:15.14

Men's 3000 mSC
1. Hironori Tsuetaki (Fujitsu) - 8:29.78 - MR
2. Kosei Yamaguchi (Aisan Kogyo) - 8:40.14
3. Aoi Matsumoto (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 8:43.68
4. Hiroyoshi Umegae (NTN) - 8:47.50
5. Tetsuya Kimura (Sumitomo Denko) - 8:50.07

Women's 1500 m
1. Ann Karindi (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 4:11.87
2. Maya Iino (Daiichi Seimei) - 4:12.41
3. Chiaki Morikawa (Uniqlo) - 4:12.75
4. Tomoka Kimura (Univ. Ent.) - 4:14.35
5. Ayako Jinnouchi (Kyudenko) - 4:14.86

Junior Women's 3000 m
1. Harumi Okamoto (Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) - 9:11.28
2. Nana Kuraoka (Denso) - 9:12.94
3. Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) - 9:13.09
4. Sayaka Ikegame (Hokuren) - 9:16.03
5. Kaede Mikada (Daiichi Seimei0) - 9:19.18

Women's 5000 m
1. Ann Karindi (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 15:17.43
2. Rosemary Wanjiru Monica (Starts) - 15:18.80
3. Mariam Waithira Mururi (Kyudenko) - 15:20.94
4. Misaki Kato (Kyudenko) - 15:23.98
5. Susan Wairimu (Denso) - 15:25.95

Women's 10000 m
1. Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) - 31:59.12
2. Misaki Kato (Kyudenko) - 31:59.72
3. Felista Wanjugu (Univ. Ent.) - 32:21.90
4. Hisami Ishii (Yamada Denki) - 32:27.08
5. Wakaba Kawakami (Toto) - 32:28.78

Women's 3000 mSC
1. Minori Hayakari (Koka Joshi Gakuen Staff) - 10:18.51
2. Mayuko Nakamura (Cerespo) - 10:43.79
3. Azusa Saito (Niigata Albirex RC) - 11:40.07

252nd Nittai University Time Trials
Nittai University, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Sept. 24-25, 2016
click here for complete results

Women's 3000 m Heat 6
1. Shuri Ogasawara (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 9:14.10
2. Yumika Katayama (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 9:18.09
3. Mai Ota (Suma Gakuen H.S.) - 9:18.38
4. Hikari Onishi (Suma Gakuen H.S.) - 9:18.74
5. Ema Hayashi (Takasaki Kenko Fukushi Prep H.S.) - 9:19.44

Women's 5000 m Heat 2
1. Tomoyo Adachi (Denso) - 16:00.11
2. Mao Kiyota (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 16:00.46
3. Ayane Matsuzawa (Nagano Higashi H.S.) - 16:00.90
4. Hiromi Katakai (Shimamura) - 16:01.31
5. Yuka Kato (Toki Shogyo H.S.) - 16:05.08

Men's 5000 m Heat 36
1. Wesley Ledama (Subaru) - 13:35.89
2. Hiko Tonossa (Kurosaki Harima) - 13:36.82
3. Alfred Geno (Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:39.84
4. Joseph Onsarigo (ND Software) - 13:42.27
5. Duncan Muthee (Sunbelx) - 13:48.56

Men's 10000 m Heat 17
1. Alexander Mutiso (ND Software) - 28:01.27
2. Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 28:02.16
3. Joseph Onsarigo (ND Software) - 28:24.81
4. Takaya Sato (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 28:26.70
5. Titus Mogusu (Tokyo Kokusai Univ.) - 28:28.40

© 2016 Brett Larner
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Iwade 4th, Kawauchi 13th - BMW Berlin Marathon Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

Japan's fastest-ever under-20 marathoner, Reia Iwade (Team Noritz) took 4th in a solo run behind winning Ethiopian trio Aberu Kebede, Birhane Dibaba and Ruti Aga at Sunday's BMW Berlin Marathon.  With all three going under the 70 minute mark at halfway, the #3-ranked Iwade was alone in 5th, 20 seconds behind Kenyan Janet Ronoh.  Just before 40 km Iwade ran Ronoh down to move into 4th at almost the same time that Kebede took the win in 2:20:45.   Dibaba and Aga were over a kilometer behind in 2nd and 3rd, Iwade another 3 1/2 minutes further back in 2:28:16.


Hopeful of breaking his 3-year-old PB of 2:08:14, Kawauchi ran with support from two pacers and company from Eritrea's Yohanes Gebregergish and France's Jean Habarurema.  In a classic race that saw greats Kenenisa Bekele and Wilson Kipsang front a lead pack that went through halfway in 1:01:11 on the way to Bekele's sprint finish 2:03:03 win, Kawauchi's group planned to hit half around 1:03:40.  One pacer stopped at only 6 km, and as the other waved to crowds and gestured to them to cheer more the pace slowed to 1:04:21 at halfway.

With the departure of the second pacer at 25 km Habarurema slipped off as Gebregerish and Kawauchi made moves to try to get the pace going faster.  Gebregerish opened a gap and never looked back, running smoothly all the way to finish in a PB 2:09:48 for 8th.  Left behind alone, Kawauchi ran down three or four casualties from the front group including 2:04:32 man Tsegaye Mekonnen of Ethiopian and 2011 Daegu World Championships silver medalist Vincent Kipruto of Kenya, but could manage no better than 2:11:03 for 13th.  Ranked 13th in the field pre-race and with Japanese men having averaged 2:11:10 for 9th in Berlin over the last five years it was neither brilliant nor a disaster, no better or worse than the corporate league runners who have preceded him in Berlin in recent years.  At the very least he walked away with his 19th sub-2:12 and 60th sub-2:20 clocking.

A big part of Kawauchi's methodology has been centered around questioning the conventional wisdom of the marathon, and like any true academic this has to include questioning his own assumptions.  Having changed up his approach in response to critics to see what would happen if he raced with more time between marathons the result was inconclusive.  Would he have been sharper with another race a few weeks beforehand like his 50 km NR two weeks ahead of his 2:09:01 at July's Gold Coast Airport Marathon?  Back to the drawing board for his next one, November's Porto Marathon.

Elsewhere at the Warsaw Marathon, 2:12 man Akiyuki Iwanaga (Team Kyudenko) managed only 2:24:32 for 7th.  Kenyan Ezekial Omullo won in 2:08:54, with Gladys Kibiwott of Bahrain winning the women's race in 2:36:32.

43rd BMW Berlin Marathon
Berlin, Germany, 9/25/16
click here for complete results

Men
1. Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) - 2:03:03 - NR
2. Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) - 2:03:13
3. Evans Chebet (Kenya) - 2:05:31
4. Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia) - 2:06:56
5. Eliud Kiptanui (Kenya) - 2:07:47
6. Geoffrey Ronoh (Kenya) - 2:09:29
7. Alfers Lagat (Kenya) - 2:09:46
8. Yohanes Gebregergish (Eritrea) - 2:09:48
9. Jacob Kandagor (Kenya) - 2:10:01
10. Suleiman Simotwo (Kenya) - 2:10:22
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13. Yuki Kawauchi (Japan/Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 2:11:03
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DNF - Vincent Kipruto (Kenya)
DNF - Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia)

Women
1. Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) - 2:20:45
2. Birhane Dibaba (Ethiopia) - 2:23:58
3. Ruti Aga (Ethiopia) - 2:24:41
4. Reia Iwade (Japan/Noritz) - 2:28:16
5. Katharina Heinig (Germany) - 2:28:34
6. Janet Ronoh (Kenya) - 2:29:35
7. Elena Dolinin (Israel) - 2:35:59
8. Cassie Fien (Australia) - 2:37:28
9. Claire McCarthy (Ireland) - 2:38:00
10. Gladys Ganiel (Ireland) - 2:39:10

Iwade photo and Kawauchi solo photo © 2016 Dr. Helmut Winter, all rights reserved
text and other photos © 2016 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Kawauchi and Iwade Racing Sunday's BMW Berlin Marathon

by Brett Larner

Japan's Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and Reia Iwade (Team Noritz) will be in the field for Sunday's BMW Berlin Marathon.  Berlin has been good to Japan in the past, with the country's first 2:06 men's national record and the last three women's national records all happening on the ultra-flat Berlin course.  But in the last decade Berlin has seen fewer and fewer quality runs from Japanese athletes.  Kurao Umeki placed 3rd in 2006, but the fastest time over the decade was only 2:10:24 in 2013 by future Rio Olympian Suehiro Ishikawa.  For women too, Tomo Morimoto placed 3rd in 2010, her 2:26:10 also the fastest time in the last ten years but far off the quality of the 2:19 marks set  in Berlin by Naoko Takahashi, Yoko Shibui and Mizuki Noguchi.  The ten-year average times and places for Japanese athletes in the top ten in Berlin are 2:12:00 for 8th for men and 2:29:26 for 7th for women. Can Kawauchi and Iwade beat those averages?

Running in Berlin with support from JRN, Kawauchi has been on a solid comeback trail this year after losing pretty much all of 2015 to a lingering ankle injury initially caused by slipping on ice.  In April he won the Zurich Marathon in 2:12:04 in freezing rain and sleet, following up with a 2:44:07 national record for 50 km in June and a 2:09:01 for 2nd at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon two weeks later, his first sub-2:10 since pre-injury.  Since then he has taken a different approach to his Berlin prep, uncharacteristically not racing a single marathon in the 12 weeks since Gold Coast, the longest he has gone without racing that kind of distance since he started running world-class times, and only raced two half marathons and a 30 km.  "I've been doing a lot of long trail runs, 6 to 7 hour runs, to get ready for Berlin," he said at the pre-race press conference.  "My goal in Berlin is a 2:07 PB.  I get a lot of pressure to try racing a marathon without doing so many races in training, so that's what I've done this time.  If it works then yes, I will have to re-examine my approach."

If he succeeds Kawauchi will be the first Japanese man since 2004 to run under 2:08 outside Japan.  At least 22 men have run ten or more sub-2:10 times in their career, and both Kawauchi and Vincent Kipruto (Kenya) stand to join the club in Berlin with nine each so far.  Kawauchi would also pick up his fifteenth career sub-2:11 and sixtieth sub-2:20.  The JAAF has set sub-2:07:00 as the standard for the 2017 London World Championships team, and a 2:07 in Berlin would help his chances of making the cut, his intended last time going for a Japanese national team.  To help him get there Berlin is providing the 2:07 group, expected to be pack #3, with two pacers and a lead car with the same timing display system designed for the lead pack by Dr. Helmut Winter.  Kawauchi will likely never get a better chance to run a permanent lifetime PB.


Also in Berlin is the fastest ever Japanese woman under age 20, Reia Iwade with a 2:27:21 in Yokohama in 2014 two weeks before her 20th birthday.  In Nagoya in March this year Iwade was part of one of the greatest marathons in Japanese women's history, running a 2:24:38 PB at age 21.  With only one serious race since then, a 32:28.60 track 10000 m in July, there's not much to go on, but given her ability if she is fit she stands a good chance of beating both Morimoto's time and teammate Misato Horie's 2:26:40 course record win at Gold Coast in July, currently the fastest of the year by a Japanese woman outside Japan.  Ranked third in the field on PB, at the very least Iwade should be able to beat the ten-year Japanese women's average and the best Abbott World Marathon Majors mark by a Japanese woman this year, 2:31:17 for 10th in Tokyo by Yukiko Okuno (Team Shiseido).  After a mostly disappointing Olympics for Japan a strong run by a young talent would be a welcome change.

JRN is on-site supporting Kawauchi and covering the race live.  Follow his splits and projected finish time live here: http://hm.hwinter.de/?p=333

43rd Berlin Marathon Start List Highlights
Berlin, Germany, 9/25/16
times listed are best in last three years except where noted

Men
Emmanuel Mutai (Kenya) - 2:03:13 (Berlin 2014)
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) - 2:03:23 (Berlin 2013)
Tsegaye Mekonnen (Ethiopia) - 2:04:32 (Dubai 2014)
Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) - 2:05:04 (Paris 2014)
Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia) - 2:05:16 (Dubai 2016)
Eliud Kiptanui (Kenya) - 2:05:21 (Berlin 2015)
Evans Chebet (Kenya) - 2:05:33 (Seoul 2016)
Mark Kiptoo (Kenya) - 2:06:00 (Eindhoven 2015)
Vincent Kipruto (Kenya) - 2:06:15 (Frankfurt 2013)
Alfers Lagat (Kenya) - 2:06:48 (Frankfurt 2015)
Suleiman Simotwo (Kenya) - 2:08:49 (Frankfurt 2015)
Jacob Kandagor (Kenya) - 2:08:56 (Seoul 2016)
Yuki Kawauchi (Japan/Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 2:09:01 (Gold Coast 2016)
Geoffrey Ronoh (Kenya) - 2:10:09 (Valencia 2015)
Yohanes Gebregergish (Eritrea) - 2:10:44 (Prague 2016)
Nick Arciniaga (U.S.A.) - 2:11:47 (Boston 2014)
Chalachew Tiruneh (Ethiopia) - 2:11:54 (Berlin 2015)

Women
Aberu Kebede (Ethiopia) - 2:20:48 (Berlin 2015)
Birhane Dibaba (Ethiopia) - 2:22:40 (Tokyo 2014)
Reia Iwade (Japan/Noritz) - 2:24:38 (Nagoya Women's 2016)
Ruti Aga (Ethiopia) - 2:25:27 (Vienna 2016)
Janet Ronoh (Kenya) - 2:26:03 (Tokyo 2014)
Charlotte Purdue (Great Britain) - 2:32:48 (London 2016)
Cassie Fien (Australia) - 2:33:36 (London 2016)
Mone Stockhecke (Germany) - 2:33:43 (Hamburg 2016)
Katharina Heinig (Germany)  - 2:33:56 (Hamburg 2014)
Gladys Ganiel (Ireland) - 2:38:53 (Seville 2016)
Claire McCarthy (Ireland) - 2:39:27 (Dublin 2013)
Sara Bird (Great Britain) - 2:39:55 (London 2014)
Lonah Chemtai (Israel) - 2:40:17 (Tel Aviv 2016)

text and photos © 2016 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Monday, September 19, 2016

Japanese Results at Rio de Janeiro Paralympics

by Brett Larner

The Japanese athletics team at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics came up short of scoring gold, with a final tally of four silver and three bronze medals. Tomoki Sato led the team with a pair of silvers in the men's T52 400 m and 1500 m, with another highlight coming from the bronze medal-winning men's T42-47 4x100 m relay team.  A complete breakdown of Japanese finalists in athletics at the Rio Paralympics:

Rio de Janeiro Paralympics Athletics
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 8-18, 2016
click here for complete results

Women's T33/34 100 m - Sept. 10 -0.1 m/s
1. Hannah Cockroft (Great Britain) - 17.42
2. Kare Adenegan (Great Britain) - 18.29
3. Alexa Halko (U.S.A.) - 18.81
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7. Haruka Kitaura (Japan) - 20.23

Men's T42 100 m - Sept. 15 -0.2 m/s
1. Scott Reardon (Australia) - 12.26
2. Daniel Wagner (Denmark) - 12.32
3. Richard Whitehead (Great Britain) - 12.32
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7. Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan) - 12.84

Women's T45/46/47 100 m - Sept. 11 +0.2 m/s
1. Deja Young (U.S.A.) - 12.15
2. Alicja Fiodorow (Poland)  12.46
3. Teresinha De Jesus Correia Santos (Brazil) - 12.84
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7. Sae Tsuji (Japan) - 13.30

Women's T51/52 100 m - Sept. 17 +1.0 m/s
1. Michelle Stilwell (Canada) - 19.42
2. Kerry Morgan (U.S.A.) - 19.96
3. Marieke Vervoort (Belgium) - 20.12
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4. Yuka Kiyama (Japan) - 24.44

Women's T45/46/47 200 m - Sept. 16 +0.0 m/s
1. Deja Young (U.S.A.) - 25.46
2. Alicja Fiodorow (Poland) - 25.61
3. Lu Li (China) - 26.26
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7. Sae Tsuji (Japan) - 27.97

Women's T43/44 200 m - Sept. 15 +0.7 m/s
1. Marlou Van Rhun (Netherlands) - 26.16
2. Irmgard Bensusan (Germany) - 26.90
3. Marie-Amelie Le Fur (France) - 27.11
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7. Saki Takakuwa (Japan) - 28.88

Women's T33/34 400 m - Sept. 14
1. Hannah Cockroft (Great Britain) - 58.78 - WR
2. Alexa Halko (U.S.A.) - 1:00.79
3. Kare Adenegan (Great Britain) - 1:01.67
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6. Haruka Kitaura (Japan) - 1:13.82

Women's T38 400 m - Sept. 14
1. Kadeena Cox (Great Britain) - 1:00.71
2. Junfei Chen (China) - 1:01.34
3. Veronica Hipolito (Brazil) - 1:03.14
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7. Yuka Takamatsu (Japan) - 1:11.64

Women's T45/46/47 400 m - Sept. 14
1. Lu Li (China) - 58.09
2. Anrune Liebenberg (South Africa) - 58.88
3. Sae Tsuji (Japan) - 1:00.62

Women's T51/52 400 m - Sept. 10
1. Michelle Stilwell (Canada) - 1:05.43
2. Marieke Vervoort (Belgium) - 1:07.62
3. Kerry Morgan (U.S.A.) - 1:08.31
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4. Yuka Kiyama (Japan) - 1:21.87

Men's T52 400 m - Sept. 13
1. Raymond Martine (U.S.A.) - 58.42
2. Tomoki Sato (Japan) - 58.88
3. Gianfranco Iannotta (U.S.A.) - 1:02.16
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6. Hirokazu Ueyonabaru (Japan) - 1:04.72

Men's T11 1500 m - Sept. 13
1. Samwel Mushai Kimani (Kenya) - 4:03.25
2. Odair Santos (Brazil) - 4:03.85
3. Semih Deniz (Turkey) - 4:05.42
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6. Shinya Wada (Japan) - 4:15.62

Women's 1500 m T20 - Sept. 16
1. Barbara Niewiedzial (Poland) - 4:24.37
2. Ilona Biacsi (Hungary) - 4:27.88
3. Liudmyla Danylina (Ukraine) - 4:28.78
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6. Sayaka Makita (Japan) - 4:51.90
7. Moeko Yamamoto (Japan) - 5:01.99

Men's T51/52 1500 m - Sept. 15
1. Raymond Martin (U.S.A.) - 3:40.63
2. Tomoki Sato (Japan) - 3:41.70
3. Pichaya Kurattanasiri (Thailand) - 3:53.96
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4. Hirokazu Ueyonabaru (Japan) - 3:54.04
DQ - Akikazu Noda (Japan)

Men's T53/54 1500 m - Sept. 13
1. Prawat Wahoram (Thailand) - 3:00.62
2. Marcel Hug (Switzerland) - 3:00.65
3. Saichon Konjen (Thailand) - 3:00.86
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8. Masayuki Higuchi (Japan) - 3:02.05

Men's T11 5000 m - Sept. 8
1. Samwel Mushai Kimani (Kenya) - 15:16.11
2. Odair Santos (Brazil) - 15:17.55
3. Wilson Bil (Kenya) - 15:22.96
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6. Shinya Wada (Japan) - 16:02.97

Men's T53/54 5000 m - Sept. 11
1. Prawat Wahoram (Thailand) - 11:01.71
2. Marcel Hug (Switzerland) - 11:02.04
3. Kurt Fearnley (Australia) - 11:02.37
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4. Masayuki Higuchi (Japan) - 11:02.54

Men's T12 Marathon - Sept. 18
1. El Amin Chentouf (Morocco) - 2:32:17
2. Alberto Suarez Laso (Spain) - 2:33:11
3. Masahiro Okamura (Japan) - 2:33:59
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4. Tadashi Horikoshi (Japan) - 2:36:50
5. Shinya Wada (Japan) - 2:39:52

Women's T12 Marathon - Sept. 18
1. Elena Congost (Spain) - 3:01:43
2. Misato Michishita (Japan) - 3:06:52
3. Edneusa De Jesus Santos Dorta (Brazil) - 3:18:38
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5. Hiroko Kondo (Japan) - 3:23:12
DNF - Mihoko Nishijima (Japan)

Men's T54 Marathon - Sept. 18
1. Marcel Hug (Switzerland) - 1:26:16
2. Kurt Fearnley (Australia) - 1:26:17
3. Gyu Dae Kim (South Korea) - 1:30:08
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7. Kota Hokinoue (Japan) - 1:30:11
11. Masazumi Soejima (Japan) - 1:30:13
12. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Japan) - 1:30:14
18. Kozo Kubo (Japan) - 1:46:31

Women's T54 Marathon - Sept. 18
1. Lihong Zou (China) - 1:38:44
2. Tatyana McFadden (U.S.A.) - 1:38:44
3. Amanda McGrory (U.S.A.) - 1:38:45
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4. Wakako Tsuchiya (Japan) - 1:38:45

Men's T42-47 4x100 m Relay - Sept. 12
1. Germany - 40.82
2. Brazil - 42.04
3. Japan - 44.16
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DQ - U.S.A.

Women's T11 Long Jump - Sept. 16
1. Silvania Costa De Oliveira (Brazil) - 4.98 m +0.5 m/s
2. Fatimata Brigitte Diasso (Cote D'Ivoire) - 4.89 m -0.5 m/s
3. Lorea Salvatini Spoladore (Brazil) - 4.71 m +0.6 m/s
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8. Chiaki Takada (Japan) - 4.45 m -0.5 m/s

Men's T20 Long Jump - Sept. 11
1. Abdul Latif Romly (Malaysia) - 7.60 m -1.2 m/s - WR
2. Zoran Talic (Croatia) - 7.12 m +0.1 m/s
3. Dmytro Prudnikov (Ukraine) - 6.99 m +0.2 m/s
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10. Mitsuo Yamaguchi (Japan) - 5.98 m +0.2 m/s

Women's T42 Long Jump - Sept. 10
1. Vanessa Low (Germany) - 4.93 m -0.4 m/s - WR
2. Martina Caironi (Italy) - 4.66 m +0.2 m/s
3. Malu Perez Iser (Cuba) - 3.92 m +0.0 m/s
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4. Kaede Maegawa (Japan) - 3.68 m +0.9 m/s
6. Hitomi Onishi (Japan) - 3.58 m +0.7 m/s

Men's T42 Long Jump - Sept. 17
1. Heinrich Popow (Germany) - 6.70 m +0.4 m/s
2. Atsushi Yamamoto (Japan) - 6.62 m -0.2 m/s
3. Daniel Wagner (Denmark) - 6.57 m +0.2 m/s

Women's T43/44 Long Jump - Sept. 9
1. Marie-Amelia Le Fur (France) - 5.83 m -0.5 m/s - WR
2. Stef Reid (Great Britain) - 5.64 m -0.5 m/s
3. Marlene Van Gansewinkel (Netherlands) - 5.57 m +0.7 m/s
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4. Maya Nakanishi (Japan) - 5.42 m -0.5 m/s
5. Saki Takakuwa (Japan) - 4.95 m +0.3 m/s

Men's T45/46/47 Long Jump - Sept. 14
1. Roderick Townsend-Roberts (U.S.A.) - 7.41 m +0.2 m/s
2. Hao Wang (China) - 7.30 m +0.3 m/s
3. Arnaud Assoumani (France) - 7.11 m +0.5 m/s
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12. Hajimu Ashida (Japan) - 6.52 m +0.1 m/s

Men's F53 Shot Put - Sept. 14
1. Che Jon Fernandes (Greece) - 8.44 m
2. Scot Severn (U.S.A.) - 8.41 m
3. Asadollah Azimi (Iran) - 8.14 m
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7. Toshie Oi (Japan) - 6.48 m

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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
click here for complete results

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
click here for complete results

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
click here for complete results

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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Friday, September 16, 2016

Sport Zone Porto Half Marathon Elite Field

by Brett Larner

Portugal's Sport Zone Porto Half Marathon celebrates its 10th running with a strong men's field.  Silas Kimutai (Kenya) leads four men with recent times under 61 minutes followed closely by five more under 62.  Hiroshi Ichida (Team Asahi Kasei) and Shun Inoura (Team Yachiyo Kogyo) lead the third group of sub-63 men followed by countryman Yusei Nakao (Smiley Angel AC), the top Japanese man at May's Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon for the last three years in a row.

Martha Akeno (Kenya) is the top-ranked woman in the field under 71 minutes but could get some competition from Japan's Ayumi Kubo (Team Kagoshima Ginko) who ran 1:11:29 last December.  Nao Isaka (Team Hitachi) should provide a good target for top Portuguese woman Filomena Costa with just 25 seconds separating their recent bests.

10th Sport Zone Porto Half Marathon
Porto, Portugal, 9/18/16
times listed are best within last three years

Men
Silas Kimutai (Kenya) - 1:00:17 (2014)
Mustapha El Aziz (Morocco) - 1:00:39 (2016)
Vincent Chepkop (Kenya) - 1:00:53 (2014)
Joel Kemboi (Kenya) - 1:00:58 (2015)
Emmanuel Bor (Kenya) - 1:01:04 (2016)
Daniel Rotich (Uganda) - 1:01:45 (2014)
Teklemariam Medhin (Eritrea) - 1:01:47 (2014)
Moses Kipkosgei (Kenya) - 1:01:55 (2014)
Lucas Rotich (Kenya) - 1:01:57 (2014)
Hiroshi Ichida (Japan/Asahi Kasei) - 1:02:25 (2015)
Shun Inoura (Japan/Yachiyo Kogyo) - 1:02:32 (2014)
Pius Maiyo (Kenya) - 1:02:37 (2016)
Sammy Kurui (Kenya) - 1:02:41 (2015)
Simone Gariboldi (Italy) - 1:02:51 (2015)
Jacob Cheshari (Kenya) - 1:03:01 (2013)
Yusei Nakao (Japan/Smiley Angel AC) - 1:03:24 (2014)
Jose Moreira (Portugal) - 1:04:19 (2014)
Daniel Pinheiro (Portugal) - 1:04:45 (2014)
Rui Teixeira (Portugal) - 1:05:20 (2015)

Women
Martha Akeno (Kenya) - 1:10:56 (2015)
Ayumi Kubo (Japan/Kagoshima Ginko) - 1:11:29 (2015)
Nao Isaka (Japan/Hitachi) - 1:12:21 (2016)
Filomena Costa (Portugal) - 1:12:46 (2015)
Emma Linda Quaglia (Italy) - 1:14:00 (2014)
Catarina Ribeiro (Portugal) - 1:14:01 (2013)
Vera Nunes (Portugal) - 1:16:46 (2013)

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

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
click here for detailed results

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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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sakamoto 2nd in Volksbank Muenster Marathon - Japanese Overseas Results

by Brett Larner

Japanese athletes raced in three European road races in three different countries on Sunday, 2015 Zurich Marathon winner Yoshiko Sakamoto (Y.W.C.) leading the way at Germany's Volksbank Muenster Marathon.  Starting off at a conservative pace that left her 20 seconds behind the lead group at 5 km and over a minute and a half behind by 15 km, over the second half she overtook three women, Ethiopian Belaynesh Yigezu, then Kenyans Janet Cheruiyot and Salina Jebet, to move into 2nd.  2015 Nairobi Marathon winner Elizabeth Rumokol of Kenya, the only woman in the field to have broken 2:30, took 1st in 2:33:01, Sakamoto next in 2:38:46 and Jebet 3rd in 2:42:27.  "I wanted to try to run with the lead group, but they went out too fast," Sakamoto said post-race.  "I was hoping for a faster time but I'm really, really happy to have gotten 2nd.  This was the first time I've ever enjoyed myself while racing seriously."

In the Muesnter men's race 2016 Katsuta Marathon course record-setter Shingo Igarashi (Josai Univ. Coaching Staff) didn't have the same kind of day.  With the leaders going out faster than planned on low-2:09 pace Igarashi let go after 5 km.  Like Sakamoto he was left entirely alone, but in his case nobody came back to him.  #1-ranked Duncan Koech of Kenya, still on track for the 2:10:25 course record at 30 km, took the win in 2:12:59, his countryman Rogers Melly next in 2:13:38 and pacer Hosea Kipkemboi choosing to finish the race in 2:13:59 for 3rd.  Igarashi was a distant 8th in 2:20:58.  "I had a minor stress fracture in April after Boston and had to take some time off," he said post-race.  "I thought I had had enough time to get ready for this and felt light and fresh before the race, but my stamina wasn't where it needed to be."

In the Czech Republic, 2016 Gold Coast Airport Marathon winner Misato Horie (Team Noritz) ran the Birell Prague Grand Prix 10 km with teammate Kikuyo Tsuzaki, the winner of last year's Sydney Half Marathon.  With winner Violah Jepchumba of Kenya missing the world record by just 3 seconds in 30:24,  Horie could manage only 34:10 for 10th and Tsuzaki 35:20 for 13th.

At the U.K.'s Great North Run half marathon, 2:08:00 marathoner Kazuhiro Maeda (Team Kyudenko) replicated Tsuzaki's placing with a similar time margin from the front-end action.  As local hero Mo Farah outran American Dathan Ritzenhein for a third-straight Great North Run title in 1:00:04, Maeda was a non-factor, 50 seconds off the leaders after 5 km and moving backwards from there to finish 13th in 1:06:20.

Volksbank Muenster Marathon
Muenster, Germany, 9/11/16
click here for complete results

Women
1. Elizabeth Rumokol (Kenya) - 2:33:01
2. Yoshiko Sakamoto (Japan/Y.W.C.) - 2:38:46
3. Salina Jebet (Kenya) - 2:42:27
4. Janet Cheruiyot (Kenya) - 2:44:54
5. Vanessa Rosler (Germany) - 3:00:12
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DNF - Belaynesh Yigezu (Ethiopia)

Men
1. Duncan Koech (Kenya) - 2:12:59
2. Rogers Melly (Kenya) - 2:13:38
3. Hosea Kipkemboi (Kenya) - 2:13:59
4. Joel Kositany (Kenya) - 2:14:22
5. Arnold Kipatoi (Kenya) - 2:17:20
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8. Shingo Igarashi (Japan/Josai Univ.) - 2:20:58

Birell Prague Grand Prix 10 km
Prague, Czech Republic, 9/10/16
click here for complete results

Women
1. Violah Jepchumba (Kenya) - 30:24
2. Joyciline Jepkosgei (Kenya) - 31:08
3. Afera Godfay (Ethiopia) - 31:49
4. Gladys Cherono (Kenya) - 31:58
5. Lucy Cheruiyot (Kenya) - 32:59
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10. Misato Horie (Japan/Noritz) - 34:10
13. Kikuyo Tsuzaki (Japan/Noritz) - 35:20

Great North Run Half Marathon
Newcastle, U.K., 9/11/16
click here for complete results

Men
1. Mo Farah (U.K.) - 1:00:04
2. Dathan Ritzenhein (U.S.A.) - 1:00:12
3. Emmanuel Bett (Kenya) - 1:01:22
4. Bashir Abdi (Belgium) - 1:02:03
5. Duncan Maiyo (Kenya) - 1:02:06
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13. Kazuhiro Maiyo (Japan/Kyudenko) - 1:06:20

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Igarashi and Sakamoto Face Koech and Rumokol at 15th Volksbank Muenster Marathon

by Brett Larner


Germany's Volksbank Muenster Marathon celebrates its 15th running this Sunday.  Appearing with support from JRN, Japan's Shingo Igarashi (Josai Univ. Coaching Staff) and Yoshiko Sakamoto (Y.W.C.) face competitive fields from Kenya and Ethiopia.  The course record setter at January's Katsuta Marathon, Igarashi scored some attention at April's Boston Marathon when he frontran the first 10 km before suffering a minor stress fracture.  Muenster will be his first marathon since then, and he is optimistic of bettering his 2:13:15 best from his Katsuta win.  That PB ranks him 3rd in the field, not far behind 2:12:08 man Joel Kositany (Kenya).  In another class is the heavy favorite, Kenya's Duncan Koech with a 2:09:17 at the 2014 Vienna Marathon.  At the pre-race press conference race director Michael Brinkmann said that he hopes to see a 2:07 winning time, a major improvement on the current 2:10:25 course record and something that only Koech could conceivably deliver.

The 2015 Zurich Marathon winner, Sakamoto's 2:36:29 best from the 2015 Osaka International Women's Marathon puts her at 5th in the field.  With the scratch of last year's winner Nancy Koech (Kenya) the probable favorite is Elizabeth Rumokol (Kenya) with a solid 2:29:32 best at altitude at the 2015 Nairobi Marathon.  Ethiopians Belaynesh Yigezu and Alemtsehay Demse fill in the low-mid 2:30's gap between the front pair and Sakamoto.  JRN will be on-site at the Muenster Marathon to cover the race and support Igarashi and Sakamoto.

15th Volksbank Muenster Marathon Entry Lists
Muenster, Germany, 9/11/16
times listed are best in last three years except where noted

Men
Duncan Koech (Kenya) - 2:09:17 (Vienna 2014)
Joel Kositany (Kenya) - 2:12:08 (Tiberias 2014)
Shingo Igarashi (Japan/Josai Univ.) - 2:13:15 (Katsuta 2016)
Rogers Kipchirchir (Kenya) - 2:13:45 (Lodz 2016)
Benard Rotich (Kenya) - 2:14:17 (La Rochelle 2013)
Henry Kibet (Kenya) - 2:15:13 (Cividale 2015)
Arnold Kibet (Kenya) - 2:17:34 (Nairobi 2013)
Matthew Sang (Kenya) - 2:18:33 (Lens 2015)
M
Women
Elizabeth Rumokol (Kenya) - 2:29:32 (Nairobi 2015)
Belaynesh Yigezu (Ethiopia) - 2:31:08 (Barcelona 2015)
Alemtsehay Demse (Ethiopia) - 2:35:18 (Karlsruhe 2013)
Yoshiko Sakamoto (Japan/Y.W.C.) - 2:36:29 (Osaka Int'l 2015)
Salina Jebet (Kenya) - 2:39:39 (Mainz 2014)
Janet Cheruiyot (Kenya) - 2:44:33 (Nairobi 2014)

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

'BMW Berlin Marathon on September 25: Strong Competition for Kipsang and Bekele'

NEWS RELEASE – BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 25:

Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele face strong competition

Expectations are high once again for a very fast race in the 43rd edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 25. All the omens are favourable with the recruitment of another high quality field which, given good weather conditions, points to another year of outstanding, world class times. The former world record holder Wilson Kipsang of Kenya and Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele have taken centre stage as the pre-race build-up has taken place, but alongside them are a clutch of athletes possessing the talent to be right up there with them. Seven runners in the field have best times under 2:06. At the head of the women’s field is the double BMW BERLIN-MARATHON champion Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series and an IAAF Gold Label event, the highest category of road race awarded by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

The men’s world record has been broken seven times in Berlin and the world’s fastest time of the year was achieved here on five consecutive occasions. These performances combine to make the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON the fastest race for the classic distance of 42.195km in the world. The recruitment of Wilson Kipsang, who brought the world record down to 2:03:23 in Berlin in 2013 and Kenenisa Bekele, who will be looking to make a big improvement on his marathon debut time of 2:05:04 in Paris in 2014, was announced some time ago. But these two outstanding runners shouldn’t think that the race will be simply a duel between themselves.

The fastest man on the start list is not Wilson Kipsang but his fellow Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai. He finished second in Berlin two years ago in 2:03:13, beaten only by the man who set the world record, Dennis Kimetto (2:02:57). Another to take into account is the Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen who will be making his Berlin debut. In 2014 the teenager ran a world junior best of 2:04:32 to make headlines in Dubai but failed to win a place on the national team for the Olympics.

“I think we’ll see a relatively big group in the lead this time since there are a number of athletes capable of going with the kind of pace which will bring a time under 2:04. It could be very exciting and – depending on the weather – very fast,” said the Race Director Mark Milde, who has also brought in three more Kenyans in Vincent Kipruto (2:05:13), Eliud Kiptanui (2:05:21) and Evans Chebet (2:05:33) who have shown they can break 2:06.

While the Japanese Yuki Kawauchi’s best of 2:08:14 may not threaten the leaders, this prolific marathoner will be making his Berlin debut. Noted for the frequency and consistency of his marathons, the 2014 Asian Games bronze medallist has already run five races at the distance this year, including his most recent effort of second place with 2:09:01 in Australia’s Gold Coast marathon on July 3. In 2014 he ran a total of 13 marathons and the following year even improved on that with 15. However he intends to focus on Berlin and ran less marathons this year.

Ethiopians are the favourites in the women’s race. Aberu Kebede not only has the fastest personal best but a great deal of experience in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. Her tally from three appearances comprises two wins and one second place, an impressive CV. Kebede won in 2010 in 2:23:58 and set her current personal best of 2:20:30 two years later when she took the race again. Last year she was beaten only by the Kenyan Gladys Cherono who ran the fastest time in the world with 2:19:25 with Kebede runner-up in 2:20:48. Her chief ambition remains to break the 2:20 barrier. A third victory in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON would also bring her level to the pair who have won a record number of women’s titles for the race: Uta Pippig of Germany and Renata Kokowska of Poland.

Two more Ethiopian women will be among Aberu Kebede’s strongest opponents: Amane Beriso took a big step forward with second place in 2:20:48 in Dubai in January. Birhane Dibaba ran her best of 2:22:30 two years ago as runner-up in Tokyo. Their compatriot Ruti Aga (2:25:27) could also have a say in the outcome.

“It’s noticeable with the women’s race that, since we’ve just had the Olympics, many of the top runners ran in Rio. Compared to the men the women’s top marathon runners worldwide have not quite the strength in depth. But the situation also offers the chance for another runner to make a name for herself,” reflected Mark Milde and added: “We hope to have world class performances and a fast race.”

Main contenders with personal bests

MEN
Emmanuel Mutai KEN 2:03:13
Wilson Kipsang KEN 2:03:23
Tsegaye Mekonnen ETH 2:04:32
Kenenisa Bekele ETH 2:05:04
Vincent Kipruto KEN 2:05:13
Eliud Kiptanui KEN 2:05:21
Evans Chebet KEN 2:05:33
Mark Kiptoo KEN 2:06:00
Jacob Kendagor KEN 2:07:47
Yuki Kawauchi JPN 2:08:14

WOMEN
Aberu Kebede ETH 2:20:30
Amane Beriso ETH 2:20:48
Birhane Dibaba ETH 2:22:30
Reina Iwade JPN 2:24:38
Ruti Aga ETH 2:25:27
Janet Ronoh KEN 2:26:03

More information is available online at: www.berlin-marathon.com

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Japanese Distance Runners Racing Overseas

Japanese distance runners didn't exactly impress in Rio, but the next month or two will see quite a few racing on the roads overseas in search of  keiken, that ever-elusive experience that is somehow going to someday transform them into Olympic marathon medalists.  A few of the road races with Japanese athletes on their entry lists:

Sept. 11: Muenster Marathon, Germany
men: Shingo Igarashi (Josai University Coaching Staff)
women: Yoshiko Sakamoto (Y.W.C.)

Sept. 11: Great North Run, U.K.
men: Kazuhiro Maeda (Kyudenko)

Sept. 18: Sydney Marathon, Australia
men: Sota Hoshi (Fujitsu)

Sept. 18: Porto Half Marathon, Portugal
men: Hiroshi Ichida (Asahi Kasei), Shun Inoura (Yachiyo Kogyo), Yusei Nakao (Smiley Angel AC)
women: Nao Isaka (Hitachi), Ayumi Kubo (Kagoshima Ginko)

Sept. 25: Berlin Marathon, Germany
men: Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't)
women: Reia Iwade (Noritz)

Sept. 25: Warsaw Marathon, Poland
men: Akiyuki Iwanaga (Kyudenko)

Oct. 9: Chicago Marathon, U.S.A.
men: Takuya Fukatsu (Asahi Kasei), Koji Gokaya (JR Higashi Nihon), Kazuya Ishida (Nishitetsu), Ryoichi Matsuo (Asahi Kasei)

Oct. 23: Venice Marathon, Italy
men: Yusei Nakao (Smiley Angel AC)

Nov. 6: Porto Marathon, Portugal
men: Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Japanese Rio de Janeiro Paralympics Athletics Roster

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 8-18
click here for complete schedule
click here for detailed field listing

Men
Hajimu Ashida - T47 Long Jump, 4 x 100 m Relay
Masayuki Higuchi - T54 800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m
Kota Hokinoue - T54 Marathon
Koso Kubo - T54 5000 m, Marathon
Hitoshi Matsunaga - T53 400 m, 800 m
Yoshifumi Nagao - T54 100 m, 400 m
Akikazu Noda - T52 400 m, 1500 m
Toshie Oi - F53 Shot Put
Keita Sato - T44 100 m, 4 x 100 m Relay
Tomoki Sato - T52 400 m, 1500 m
Masazumi Soejima - T54 Marathon
Toru Suzuki - T44 High Jump, 4 x 100 m Relay
Tomoki Tagawa - T47 100 m, 4 x 100 m Relay
Hirokazu Ueyonabaru - T52 100 m, 400 m, 1500 m
Atsushi Yamamoto - T42 100 m, Long Jump, 4 x 100 m Relay
Hiroyuki Yamamoto - T54 Marathon

Women
Haruka Kitaura - T34 100 m, 400 m
Yuka Kiyama - T52 100 m, 400 m
Kaede Maekawa - T42 100 m, Long Jump
Maya Nakanishi - T44 100 m, Long Jump
Kazumi Nakayama - T53 400 m, 800 m, 1500 m
Hitomi Onishi - T42 100 m, Long Jump
Chiaki Takada - T11 100 m, Long Jump
Saki Takakuwa - T44 100 m, 200 m, Long Jump
Yuka Takamatsu - T38 100 m, 400 m
Wakako Tsuchida - T54 Marathon
Sae Tsuji - T47 100 m, 200 m, 400 m

Monday, September 5, 2016

Rio Olympians Kiryu and Takamizawa Break Meet Records at National University Championships

by Brett Larner
videos by Ekiden News and no1231y



Rio Olympics 4x100 m silver medalist Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) was the hardest-working man in Japan this weekend, running nine races in three days and winning three of his four finals at the 85th National University Track and Field Championships in Kumagaya, Saitama.  Kiryu started off his haul with a meet record 10.08 (+1.1 m/s) to win the 100 m final, following up with a 20.60 (-0.1 m/s) in the 200 m.  Running anchor in the men's 4x100 m, Kiryu made a rare flub, blowing his exchange and dropping Toyo to last in 48.71, showing that the baton work that earned Japan worldwide praise in its silver medal run in Rio isn't always easy and takes hard work to get right.  Cbuo University made it four-straight National titles, winning in 38.92.



Coming back from the 4x100 m embarrassment, with his Rio teammate Julian Walsh, who won the National University 400 m final with ease in 45.93, running anchor, Kiryu made a rare 4x400 m appearance as Toyo's second runner to wrap up his weekend.  Starting well enough, Kiryu faded badly in the last 100 m but helped put Toyo in position for Walsh to bring them home for the win by almost a second in 3:05.48.



Another Rio team member, Anju Takamizawa (Matsuyama Univ.) became the first woman to break ten minutes in the National University Championships 3000 mSC, taking the win in a meet record 9:56.96.  First-year teammate Kako Okada joined her under ten in 9:59.17 with 3rd-placer Yui Yabuta (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) running 10:00.65 to clear the previous meet record by 0.04 seconds.  Having also run the steeplechase in Rio, Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) likewise took the men's 3000 mSC in 8:38.27 with a winning margin of over five seconds.

Other Rio Olympians in action included Nobuya Kato (Waseda Univ.), 6th in the 400 m final, Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.), eliminated in the 400 m heats, and Kohei Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.), far off his best in the triple jump in 15.54 m (-0.4 m/s) for 9th.  Having also featured on the Rio team, university national record and meet record holder Daisuke Matsunaga (Toyo Univ.) was a DNS in the men's 10000 mRW, leaving the title for Toshikazu Yamanishi (Kyoto Univ.) in 40:38.01.

Along with the marks set by Kiryu and Takamizawa, four other women's events saw new meet records.  Satsuki Umehara (Ritsumeikan Univ.) won a close race against Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Univ.) in the 400 mH, both dipping under the meet record and Ishizuka getting the win by 0.02 seconds in 56.79.   Hitomi Katsuyama (Tsukuba Univ.) threw a meet record 62.70 m in the hammer throw, Marina Saito (Kokushikan Univ.) doing the same in the women's javelin throw with a record-setting 58.21 m throw. Heptathlon national university record holder Meg Hemphill (Chuo Univ.) broke the meet record with a score of 5547.  Hemphill received unexpected pressure from Yuki Yamasaki (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.), close behind and also under the meet record with 5536.



In long distance action, Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) outran rival Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) for a second-straight 10000 m National University title in a conservative 29:00.51.  In the absence of defending 5000 m champ Hazuma Hattori (Toyo Univ.) Wambui pulled off the double, winning the 5000 m over teammate Soma Ishikawa in 13:51.99 to extend the winning streak that started with his Kanto Regionals double in May to seven-straight races.  Little-known Suzuna Seiyama (Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) was a surprise winner in the women's 10000 m, outrunning sub-32 first-year Yuki Munehisa (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) to win in 33:03.93.  Munehisa returned in the 5000 m but couldn't compete in the last kick battle between Misuzu Nakahara (Matsuyama Univ.) and 2013-14 champ Natsuki Omori (Ritsemeikan Univ.).  Nakahara took the title by a fraction of a second, running 15:48.16 to Omori's 15:48.85.

85th National University Track and Field Championships
Kumagaya, Saitama, Sept. 2-4, 2016
click here for complete results

Men
Men's 100 m Final  +1.1 m/s
1. Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) - 10.08 - MR
2. Takuya Nagata (Hosei Univ.) - 10.28
3. Shuhei Tada (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 10.30

Men's 200 m  Final -0.1 m/s
1. Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) - 20.60
2. Takanori Kawase (Nittai Univ.) - 20.82
3. Akiyuki Hashimoto (Waseda Univ.) - 21.01

Men's 400 m Final
1. Julian Walsh (Toyo Univ.) - 45.93
2. Naoki Kobayashi (Tokai Univ.) - 46.87
3. Kakeru Yamaki (Nihon Univ.) - 46.89
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6. Nobuya Kato (Waseda Univ.) - 47.03

Men's 800 m Final
1. Jun Mitake (Nihon Univ.) - 1:49.18
2. Taichi Ichino (Gifu Keizai Univ.) - 1:49.21
3. Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Chuo Univ.) - 1:49.58

Men's 1500 m Final
1. Masahide Saito (Waseda Univ.) - 3:50.01
2. Shoma Funatsu (Chuo Univ.) - 3:50.70
3. Ryunosuke Hayashi (Tokai Univ.) - 3:50.90

Men's 5000 m
1. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (Nihon Univ.) - 13:51.99
2. Soma Ishikawa (Nihon Univ.) - 13:53.86
3. Tadashi Isshiki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 13:54.60
4. Shiki Shinsako (Waseda Univ.) - 13:55.34
5. Kazuma Taira (Waseda Univ.) - 13:57.70

Men's 10000 m
1. Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) - 29:00.51
2. Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 29:08.38
3. Rintaro Takeda (Waseda Univ.) - 29:25.95
4. Geoffrey Gichia (Daiichi Kogyo Univ.) - 29:46.15
5. Koki Ido (Waseda Univ.) - 29:46.41

Men's 110 m Hurdles Final -1.9 m/s
1. Shunya Takayama (Meiji Univ.) - 14.02
2. Takumu Furuya (Waseda Univ.) - 14.09
3. Anthony Kuriki (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 14.11

Men's 400 m Hurdles Final
1. Kohei Ueno (Doshisha Univ.) - 49.69
2. Naoto Noguchi (Juntendo Univ.) - 50.13
3. Ryosuke Hamai (Hosei Univ.) - 50.51

Men's 3000 m Steeplechase Final 
1. Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) - 8:38.27
2. Yasutaka Ishibashi (Tokai Univ.) - 8:43.92
3. Issei Miyagi (Tokai  Univ.) - 8:44.06

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Chuo Univ. - 38.92
2. Tsukuba Univ. - 39.23
3. Nihon Univ. - 39.44
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8. Toyo Univ. - 48.71

Men's 4x400 m Relay Final
1. Toyo Univ. - 3:05.48
2. Nihon Univ. - 3:06.42
3. Hosei Univ. - 3:06.60

Men's 10000 m Race Walk
1. Toshikazu Yamanishi (Kyoto Univ.) - 40:38.01
2. Fumitaka Oikawa (Toyo Univ.) - 40:49.85
3. Kota Yamada (Juntendo Univ.) - 41:10.50
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DNS - Daisuke Matsunaga

Men's High Jump
1. Shuichi Matsumoto (Fukuoka Univ.) - 2.21 m

Men's Pole Vault
1. Kota Suzuki (Chukyo Univ.) - 5.45 m

Men's Long Jump
1. Shotaro Shiroyama (Tokai Univ. Hokkaido) - 7.93 m +0.2 m/s

Men's Triple Jump
1. Ryoma Yamamoto (Juntendo Univ.) - 16.58 m +0.0 m/s
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9. Kohei Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) - 15.54 m -0.4 m/s

Men's Shot Put
1. Reiji Takeda (Nihon Univ.) - 17.60 m

Men's Discus Throw
1. Shigeyuki Maisawa (Tokai Univ.) - 56.39 m

Men's Hammer Throw
1. Hiroki Uchibori (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 65.73 m

Men's Javelin Throw
1. Katsuya Nakamura (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 77.79 m

Men's Decathlon
1. Kazuya Kawasaki (Juntendo Univ.) - 7665

Women
Women's 100 m Final  -0.8 m/s
1. Anna Fujimori (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 11.83
2. Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 11.84
3. Miyu Maeyama (Niigata Iryo Fukushi Univ.) - 11.85

Women's 200 m Final -0.5 m/s
1. Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 24.06
2. Miyu Maeyama (Niigata Iryo Fukushi Univ.) - 24.46
3. Mizuki Nakamura (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 24.48

Women's 400 m Final
1. Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 52.85
2. Yuna Iwata (Chuo Univ.) - 54.18
3. Kaede Kashiyama (Shigakukan Univ.) - 54.30

Women's 800 m Final
1. Ran Urabe (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 2:05.34
2. Hana Yamada (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 2:05.46
3. Yuki Hirota (Akita Univ.) - 2:06.04

Women's 1500 m Final
1. Natsu Hashimoto (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) - 4:20.11
2. Ran Urabe (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 4:21.71
3. Chika Mukai (Meiji Univ.) - 4:21.72

Women's 5000 m
1. Misuzu Nakahara (Matsuyama Univ.) - 15:48.16
2. Natsuki Omori (Ritsemeikan Univ.) - 15:48.85
3. Yuki Munehisa (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 15:51.28
4. Sakie Arai (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) - 16:06.75
5. Mina Ueda (Josai Univ.) - 16:10.18

Women's 10000 m
1. Suzuna Seiyama (Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) - 33:03.93
2. Yuki Munehisa (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 33:06.18
3. Anna Matsuda (Matsuyama Univ.) - 33:21.99
4. Kaede Furuya (Matsuyama Univ.) - 33:27.10
5. Saori Imamura (Juntendo Univ.) - 33:38.48

Women's 100 m Hurdles Final -0.2 m/s
1. Sayaka Kobayashi (Aichi Kyoiku Univ.) - 13.50
2. Yuki Nakamura (Kansai Univ.) - 13.59
3. Mako Fukube (Nittai Univ.) - 13.59

Women's 400 m Hurdles Final
1. Satsuki Umehara (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 56.79 - MR
2. Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Univ.) - 56.81 (MR)
3. Kana Kondo (Kantai Heiyo Univ.) - 58.22

Women's 3000 m Steeplechase Final
1. Anju Takamizawa (Matsuyama Univ.) - 9:56.96 - MR
2. Kako Okada (Matsuyama Univ.) - 9:59.17 (MR)
3. Yui Yabuta (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) - 10:00.65 (MR)

Women's 4x100m Relay Final
1. Osaka Seikei Univ. - 45.08
2. Keio Univ. - 45.50
3. Aoyama Gakuin Univ. - 45.58

Women's 4x400m Relay Final
1.  Osaka Seikei Univ. - 3:40.24
2. Niigata Iryo Fukushi Univ. - 3:41.41
3. Surugadai Univ. - 3:41.52

Women's 10000 m Race Walk
1. Rena Goto (Chubu Gakuin Univ.) - 46:10.01
2. Kaori Kawazoe (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 47:22.71
3. Yukiho Mizoguchi (Waseda Univ.) - 48:26.30

Women's High Jump
1. Haruka Nakano (Waseda Univ.) - 1.81 m

Women's Pole Vault
1. Rina Suzuki (Nittai Univ.) - 3.90 m

Women's Long Jump
1. Narumi Sunaga (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 6.13 m +1.1 m/s 

Women's Triple Jump
1. Mikoto Tatamino (Kansai Univ.) - 13.00 m +1.2 m/s

Women's Shot Put
1. Aya Ota (Fukuoka Univ.) - 15.76 m

Women's Discus Throw
1. Nanaka Kori (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 50.65 m

Women's Hammer Throw
1. Hitomi Katsuyama (Tsukuba Univ.) - 62.70 m - MR

Women's Javelin Throw
1. Marina Saito (Kokushikan Univ.) - 58.21 m - MR

Women's Heptathlon
1. Meg Hemphill (Chuo Univ.) - 5547 - MR
2. Yuki Yamasaki (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 5536 (MR)
3. Riko Nishimura (Mukogawa Joshi Univ.) - 5486

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Bar-Sponsored Monteroza Track and Field Team to Disband

http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20160831-00000069-sph-spo

translated and edited by Brett Larner

The Monteroza corporation, operators of bar chains such as Shirokiya, Uotami and Warawara, announced this week that its track and field team will disband on Mar. 31, 2017.  Founded in April, 2003, the team produced athletes including its current head coach, five-time decathlon national champion and 2007 Osaka World Championships national team member Hiromasa Tanaka, his 2007 Worlds teammate in the 110 m hurdles Kenji Yahata, 2015 Tokyo Marathon 10th-placer Benjamin Ngandu and 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics bobsleigh team member Masaru Miyauchi.  In the off-season the team regularly held workshops for elementary school students to share the experience and enthusiasm of world-class athletes with the next generation.

A company spokesperson commented, "It is very unfortunate that we will no longer be able to support the track and field team, but due to the necessity of improving our corporate efficiency in a difficult business environment we have determined that this decision was inevitable."  With top-class members on the track, field and roads, the team currently includes eleven athletes and four staff members.  With some team members aiming for the Tokyo Olympics four years from now, management is making efforts to facilitate their transfer to other teams following the announcement of the Monteroza dissolution.