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London World Championships - Day Two Japanese Results

Japan's quartet of male sprinters were all knocked out of competition on the second day of the London World Championships. In the morning session, Takamasa Kitagawa failed to advance to the semifinals when he ran only 47.35. In the evening session, none of the three men in the semis made it to the final, Aska Cambridge and Abdul Hakim Sani Brown underperforming and taking only 6th and 7th in their semis, and Shuhei Tada fading to 5th despite a characteristically strong start.

The women's 1000 m saw National Championships runner-up Ayuko Suzuki move up into the third pack with a group of American and Dutch runners after hanging back in the extremely slow first 3000 m. After making contact with the third group Suzuki advanced through it at a rate of one place per lap until reaching its front, where she abruptly sped up in pursuit of 2nd group straggler Irene Chepet Cheptai (Kenya). The group behind her responded and tailed her, and over the last lap Suzuki fell back to 9th. Heading into the home straight she sprinted for a single-digit placing against Emily Sisson (U.S.A.), who ultimately had the better finish and took 9th in 31:26.36. Suzuki was 10th 31:27.30, the fastest time this year by a Japanese woman despite the slow start. National champion Mizuki Matsuda was 19th just under 32 minutes, with Rio Olympian Miyuki Uehara only 24th in 32:31.58.

London World Championships Day Two Japanese Results

London, England, 8/5/17
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Men's 100 m Semifinal 1 (-0.5 m/s)
1. Akani Simbine (South Africa) - 10.05 - Q
2. Justin Gatlin (U.S.A.) - 10.09 - Q
3. Ben Youssef Meite (Cote D'Ivoire) - 10.12
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6. Aska Cambridge (Japan) - 10.25

Men's 100 m Semifinal 2 (-0.2 m/s)
1. Yohan Blake (Jamaica) - 10.04 - Q
2. Reece Prescod (Great Britain) - 10.05 - Q
3. Bingtian Su (China) - 10.10 - q
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7. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Japan) - 10.28

Men's 100 m Semifinal 1 (-0.4 m/s)
1. Christian Coleman (U.S.A.) - 9.97 - Q
2. Usain Bolt (Jamaica) - 9.98 - Q
3. Jimmy Vicaut (France) - 10.09 - q
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5. Shuhei Tada (Japan) - 10.26

Men's 400 m Heat 6
1. Nathan Allen (Jamaica) - 44.91 - Q
2. Gil Roberts (U.S.A.) - 44.92 - Q
3. Abdalelah Haroun (Qatar) - 45.27 - Q
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6. Takamasa Kitagawa (Japan) - 47.35

Women's 10000 m Final
1. Almaz Ayana (Ethiopia) - 30:16.32
2. Tirunesh Dibaba (Ethiopia) - 31:02.69
3. Agnes Jebet Tirop (Kenya) - 31:03.50 - PB
4. Alice Aprot Nawowuna (Kenya) - 31:11.86
5. Susan Krumins (Netherlands) - 31:20.24 - PB
6. Emily Infield (U.S.A.) - 31:20.45 - PB
7. Irene Chepet Cheptai (Kenya) - 31:21.11
8. Molly Huddle (U.S.A.) - 31:24.78
9. Emily Sisson (U.S.A.) - 31:26.36
10. Ayuko Suzuki (Japan) - 31:27.30
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19. Mizuki Matsuda (Japan) - 31:59.54
24. Miyuki Uehara (Japan) - 32:31.58

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