Skip to main content

Wanjiru Runs World-Leading Time to Break Oda Memorial 5000 m Meet Record

by Brett Larner

Kenyan Rosemary Wanjiru (Team Starts) bettered her own world leading marks to break the Oda Memorial Meet women's 5000 m meet record Saturday in Hiroshima.  With an early lead from Ethiopian Shuru Bulo (Team Toto), Wanjiru took over in the second half of the race to win in 15:11.48, two seconds under both the old meet record and her previous world leading mark from the Kanaguri Memorial Meet earlier this month.  Bulo also cleared the old meet record, 2nd in 15:12.13.  Tomoka Kimura (Team Universal Entertainment) was 3rd in 15:27.68, coming up short of the London World Championships qualifying standard.  Already the fifth-fastest Japanese high school ever, Shuri Ogasawara (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) confirmed that position was a 15:31.46 to beat top university placer Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) by almost 10 seconds.  Sekiya led the qualifiers for the Japanese team for August's Taipei World University Games.

In the men's 5000 m, Rio Olympics 10000 m silver medalist Paul Tanui (Team Kyudenko) led almost the entire race, holding off a challenge from John Maina (Team Fujitsu) around 4000 m to win in 13:30.79.  Continuing his comeback from a long injury, all-time Japanese #2 over both 5000 m and 10000 m Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Team Asahi Kasei) was 2nd in 13:32.16, outkicking both Maina and fellow Sera H.S. alumnus Charles Ndirangu (Team JFE Steel).  Shota Onizuka (Tokai Univ.) led the World University Games qualifiers in 13:52.44 for 7th.

U-18 5000 m national record holder Mikuni Yada (Luther Gakuin H.S.) outran Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) for the win in the junior women's 3000 m 9:19.44 to 9:20.45.  Kenyan David Gure (Sera H.S.) won the 5000 m B-heat in 13:48.43 just ahead of Taisei Hashizume (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.).

Ahead of next weekend's Golden Games in Nobeoka, corporate men also lined up for 5000 m at the Nobeoka Spring Time Trials Meet in Miyazaki.  Like his teammate Yoroizaka, sub-61 half marathoner Keijiro Mogi (Team Asahi Kasei) continued a long comeback from injury, winning in 13:52.80.  London World Championships men's marathon team members Hiroto Inoue (Team MHPS) and Kentaro Nakamoto (Team Yasukawa Denki) returned to competition in their first races since making the London team.  Inoue, who ran a 2:08:22 at February's Tokyo Marathon, was 2nd in 13:52.85, while Nakamoto, who won February's Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon in 2:09:32, was 15th in 14:08.00, less than 4 seconds off his PB.

51st Oda Memorial Meet
Edion Stadium, Hiroshima, 4/29/17
click here for complete results

Women's Grand Prix 5000 m
1. Rosemary Wanjiru (Starts) - 15:11.48 - MR, WL
2. Shuru Bulo (Toto) - 15:12.13 (MR)
3. Tomoka Kimura (Univ. Ent.) - 15:27.68
4. Grace Kimanzi (Starts) - 15:30.92
5. Shuri Ogasawara (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 15:31.46
6. Mariam Waithera (Kyudenko) - 15:33.16
7. Ryo Koido (Hitachi) - 15:33.61
8. Azusa Sumi (Univ. Ent.) - 15:40.26
9. Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 15:40.42
10. Moeno Nakamura (Univ. Ent.) - 15:46.12

Junior Women's 3000 m
1. Mikuni Yada (Luther Gakuin H.S.) - 9:19.44
2. Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 9:20.45
3. Natsu Nishinaga (Saikyo H.S.) - 9:23.49
4. Haruka Takada (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 9:24.47
5. Miyaka Sugata (Tokai Prep Fukuoka H.S.) - 9:26.57

Men's Grand Prix 5000 m
1. Paul Tanui (Kyudenko) - 13:30.79
2. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 13:32.16
3. Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu) - 13:33.62
4. Charles Ndirangu (JFE Steel) - 13:34.80
5. John Maina (Fujitsu) - 13:36.20
6. Yuichiro Ueno (DeNA) - 13:36.52
7. Shota Onizuka (Tokai Univ.) - 13:52.44
8. Takanori Ichikawa (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:53.81
9. Yuji Onoda (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 13:54.36
10. Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 14:00.35
DNF - Hazuma Hattori (Toenec)

Men's Non-Grand Prix 5000 m
1. David Gure (Sera H.S.) - 13:48.43
2. Taisei Hashizume (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 13:49.47
3. Naoki Okamoto (Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:49.96
4. Takuya Fujikawa (Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:58.19
5. Yudai Okamoto (JFE Steel) - 13:58.59

Nobeoka Spring Time Trials
Nobeoka, Miyazaki, 4/29/17

Men's 5000 m
1. Keijiro Mogi (Asahi Kasei) - 13:52.80
2. Hiroto Inoue (MHPS) - 13:52.85
3. Jeremiah Thuku Karemi (Toyota Kyushu) - 13:53.68
4. Hiroshi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 13:53.75
5. Geoffrey Gichia (Daichi Kogyo Univ.) - 13:55.31
-----
15. Kentaro Nakamoto (Yasukawa Denki) - 14:08.00

© 2017 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kawauchi Wins 7th-Straight Okinoshima 50 km

Running the Okinoshima 50 km Ultramarathon on his late father's home island of Oki for the eighth year in a row, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran 2:52:55 to win it for the seventh straight time. Starting strong on the relatively flat first 10 km where he clocked 33:26, low-2:47 pace, Kawauchi slowed to just over 2:50 pace on the course's toughest hills between 10 and 30 km. A sub-2:50 was still in range at that point, but over the last 20 km he faded further to finish in the second-slowest of his Okinoshima wins.



The day before the race Kawauchi paced children in Okinoshima's kids' run. Following that he greeted participants and local supporters at an expo event where he was hailed onstage as the Boston Marathon winner. As per his usual routine, his next race will be the July 1 Gold Coast Marathon in Australia.

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Kipchirchir and Chebii Take on Three Gold Coast Winners

The men's race at Australia's Gold Coast Marathon is usually a Kenya-Japan head-to-head, Kenya taking six wins and Japan three in the last ten years. With not a single Ethiopian in the field for this year's 40th edition it looks set for it to happen yet again.

Sub-2:10 Kenyans Victor Kipchirchir, Douglas Chebii, Philip Sanga and the Japan-based Michael Githae will line up to take on three of the race's last four winners, 2017 champ Takuya Noguchi (Konica Minolta), 2015-16 winner and course record holder Kenneth Mungara (Kenya) and 2013 champ and perpetual top three placer Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't). Give the advantage to team Kenya in this bout, but as Noguchi and Kawauchi have proven Gold Coast is a race where Japanese men are legit contenders.

With the window for getting qualifying times for next year's MGC Race 2020 Olympic trials starting to close, the powers that be in Japan have taken note of the success of Noguchi and Kawauchi on the Gold Coast…

Japan's 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon to be Held September 15, 2019

On June 15 the JAAF announced the date and course for the Marathon Grand Championship Race, or MGC Race for short, its new almost-one-shot trials race that will determine at least two of the three members of its men's and women's marathon teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The MGC Race will be held 11 months prior to the Olympics on September 15, 2019. The winners of the MGC Race will be named to the 2020 team, with either the 2nd or 3rd placer also named to the team depending on whether either has broken a fast standard, 2:05:30 for men and 2:21:00 for women. The remaining top three placer will have to wait until March, 2020 to find out whether they will be included on the team or passed over in favor of someone who clears another fast standard in one of the big six domestic elite marathons in the winter of 2019-20.

The MGC Race course will closely follow the already announced Olympic course, the only key exception being a start and finish in the Jingu Gaien district nearby …