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Tanui, Yamagata, Tsutsumi and Miyasaka Break Records at National Corporate Track and Field Championships

There's no real end to track season in Japan, and at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai this weekend the corporate leagues plowed ahead with their 65th National Corporate Track and Field Championships.

Having broken the men's discus throw national record this summer, Yuji Tsutsumi (Alsok) did it again with a new record of 60.74 m on his second attempt. Kaede Miyasaka (Nippatsu) jumped 13.40 m (+0.9 m/s) to break the women's triple jump meet record. London World Championships men's 10000 m bronze medalist Paul Tanui (Kyudenko) prevailed in a tough 10000 m, running 27:35.38 to lead ten men under 28 minutes, his eighth-straight national corporate 10000 m title and extending his career sub-28 world record to 35 times. Tanui was effusive in his thanks post-race.


But the biggest newsmaker was the men's 100 m final. Hot on the heels of Yoshihide Kiryu's 9.98 national record two weeks ago Ryota Yamagata (Seiko) roared back from missing the London World Championships due to injury with a 10.00 (+0.2 m/s) meet record, painfully close to joining Kiryu sub-10 -- sportswriter Soji Masuda pointed out that taken to 1/1000 of a second Yamagata's time was 10.000. Yamagata tied Koji Ito for all-time Japanese #2, but it's worth noting that where Kiryu had a +1.8 tailwind and Ito +1.9, Yamagata's was only +0.2. If he'd had conditions like theirs he surely would have been under. But either way it's an exciting time for Japanese men's sprinting with things happening very quickly and a feedback loop of optimism and confidence growing stronger and stronger.


Deserving special mention for taking one for the team, Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) turned in an impressive 10000 m - 3000 m - 5000 m triple over the course of the weekend. On Friday night she ran 32:15.09 for 2nd in the women's 10000 m fast heat, 6 seconds behind winner Riko Matsuzaki (Sekisui Kagaku). Taking Saturday to recover, she line up Sunday afternoon at 2:40 p.m. to win the junior women's 3000 m fast heat in 9:08.01. Just over two hours later she was back in the 5000 m fast heat, finishing 5th in 15:24.17, 4 seconds from top-placing Japanese woman Yui Fukuda (Toyota Jidoshokki) and beating teammate and national record holder Kayoko Fukushi by over 30 seconds.

Also noteworthy was a win in the men's 1500 m by unior world record holder Ronald Kwemoi (Komori Corp.). His time of 3:42.75 was over 5 seconds off his own meet record but suggested he is on the mend from the obvious setbacks he suffered at the time of the London World Championships. The simple fact of his presence on the start line in the Komori Corporation uniform also put to rest speculation propagated by an Italian coach that Kwemoi had left the corporate team system because it wasn't good enough to get him where he wanted to go, a constant hazard for African athletes of Tanui's and Kwemoi's caliber scouted and developed by the Japanese system.

65th National Corporate Track and Field Championships

Yanmar Stadium Nagai, Osaka, Sept. 22-24, 2017
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Men's 100 m Final +0.2 m/s
1. Ryota Yamagata (Seiko) - 10.00 - MR
2. Shota Iizuka (Mizuno) - 10.24
3. Yu Onabuta (Tsukuba Ginko) - 10.29

Men's 200 m Final 0.0 m/s
1. Tatsuro Suwa (NTN) - 20.68
2. Kaiki Azuma (NTN) - 20.76
3. Kenji Fujimitsu (Zenrin) - 20.79

Men's 400 m Final
1. Kaiki Azuma (NTN) - 46.79
2. Atsushi Yamada (Yamaguchi FG) - 46.93
3. Kohei Itahana (Lineart) - 47.03

Men's 800 m Final
1. Shoei Tanaka (Morioka City Hall) - 1:50.84
2. Hiroki Yatsuya (Air Defense Force) - 1:50.95
3. Jun Mitake (TSP Tayo) - 1:50.97

Men's 1500 m A-Heat
1. Ronald Kwemoi (Komori Corp.) - 3:42.75
2. Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu) - 3:43.31
3. Nanami Arai (Honda) - 3:43.52

Men's 5000 m Time Race
1. Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:24.07
2. Wesley Ledama (Subaru) - 13:33.72
3. Abayneh Degu (Yasukawa Denki) - 13:34.48

Men's 10000 m A-Heat
1. Paul Tanui (Kyudenko) - 27:35.38
2. Rodgers Shumo Kemoi (Aisan Kogyo) - 27:38.61
3. James Rungaru (Chuo Hatsujo) - 27:40.78

Men's 110 m Hurdles Final +1.1 m/s
1. Genta Masuno (Yamada Denki) - 13.61
2. Shunya Takayama (Zenrin) - 13.65
3. Hideki Omuro (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 13.65

Men's 400 m Hurdles Final
1. Takatoshi Abe (Descente) - 49.08
2. Takayuki Kishimoto (Fujitsu) - 49.47
3. Kei Maeno (Dome) - 49.94

Men's 3000 m Steeplechase Final
1. Yuma Higashi (Kyudenko) - 8:35.01
2. Kohei Yamaguchi (Aisan Kogyo) - 8:39.78
3. Ryusei Takahashi (Aichi Seiko) - 8:40.18

Men's 10000 m Race Walk Final
TBA

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. NTN - 39.06
2. Yutic - 39.58
3. Sumitomo Denko - 39.84

Men's 4x400 m Relay Final
1. Mizuno - 3:08.82
2. Lineart - 3:12.19
3. Niigata Albirex RC - 3:13.52

Men's High Jump Final
1. Daito Michiwaki (Toyama Shokyo) - 2.15 m
2. Hiromi Takahari (Hitachi ICT) - 2.15 m
3. Ryuichi Sasaki (Kyoto Sangyo Univ. Faculty) - 2.15 m

Men's Pole Vault Final
1. Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - 5.60 m
2. Daichi Sawano (Fujitsu) - 5.50 m
3. Shunta Henmi (Kinki Prep H.S. Faculty) - 5.20 m

Men's Long Jump Final
1. Shinichiro Shimono (Kyudenko) - 7.73 m +0.1 m/s
2. Yuhi Oiwa (Spowell AC) - 7.72 m +0.8 m/s
3. Yasumichi Konishi (Shirakaba Gakuen H.S. Faculty) - 7.68 m +0.4 m/s

Men's Triple Jump Final
1. Kazuyoshi Ishikawa (Nagano Yoshida H.S. Faculty) - 15.93 m +0.5 m/s
2. Akira Hanatani (Yumiomirai) - 15.86 m -0.1 m/s
3. Ryuka Hamaguchi (Maruyoshi) - 15.57 m -0.4 m/s

Men's Shot Put Final
1. Satoshi Hatase (Alsok) - 17.92 m
2. Hayato Yamamoto (Fukubi Kagaku) - 17.76 m
3. Daichi Nakamura (Ochiai J.H.S. Faculty) - 17.45 m

Men's Discus Throw Final
1. Yuji Tsutsumi (Alsok) - 60.74 m - NR, MR
2. Masateru Yugami (Toyota) - 58.27 m
3. Shigeyuki Maisawa (Orico) - 55.78 m

Men's Hammer Throw Final
1. Ryota Kashimura (Yamada Denki) - 67.35 m
2. Hiroki Ako (Tottori T&F Assoc.) - 67.02 m
3. Yushiro Hosaka (Alsok) - 64.91 m

Men's Javelin Throw Final
1. Hiroki Tahara (Kyoto Univ. Faculty) - 77.37 m
2. Kennosuke Sogawa (Osaka Taiiku Univ. Faculty) - 76.64 m
3. Yuya Koriki (Kurashiki Kita H.S. Faculty) - 73.23 m

Women's 100 m Final +0.1 m/s
1. Chiaki Nagura (NTN) - 11.65
2. Masumi Aoki (Nanajunana Ginko) - 11.78
3. Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 11.79

Women's 200 m Final +0.2 m/s
1. Chiaki Nagura (NTN) - 23.84
2. Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 24.00
3. Hitomi Shimura (Toho Ginko) - 24.29

Women's 400 m Final
1. Sayaka Aoki (Toho Ginko) - 54.13
2. Konomi Takeishi (Toho Ginko) - 54.54
3. Kaede Kashiyama (NTN) - 54.91

Women's 800 m Final
1. Ann Karindi (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 2:06.18
2. Hana Yamada (Warabeya Nichiyo) - 2:07.30
3. Fumika Omori (Lotte) - 2:07.68

Women's 1500 m A-Heat
1. Ann Karindi (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 4:16.10
2. Ayako Jinnouchi (Kyudenko) - 4:19.98
3. Chiaki Morikawa (Uniqlo) - 4:20.12

Junior Women's 3000 m A-Heat
1. Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) - 9:08.01
2. Nanami Watanabe (Panasonic) - 9:09.13
3. Akane Nakasha (Sekisui Kagaku) - 9:18.56

Women's 5000 m A-Heat
1. Rosemary Wanjiru (Starts) - 15:09.68
2. Shuru Bulo (Toto) - 15:16.36
3. Yui Fukuda (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 15:20.11

Women's 10000 m A-Heat
1. Riko Matsuzaki (Sekisui Kagaku) - 32:09.49
2. Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) - 32:15.09
3. Rina Nabeshima (Japan Post) - 32:19.18

Women's 100 m Hurdles Final -0.5 m/s
1. Masumi Aoki (Nanajunana Ginko) - 13.33
2. Hitomi Shiura (Toho Ginko) - 13.35
3. Chisato Kiyoyama (Ichigo) - 13.56

Womens 400 m Hurdles Final
1. Sayaka Aoki (Toho Ginko) - 57.31
2. Mayu Saito (Nanajunana Ginko) - 58.87
3. Haruka Shibata (Mizuno) - 59.33

Women's 3000 m Steeplechase Final
1. Soyoka Segawa (Sysmex) - 10:16.51
2. Ayaka Koike (Edion) - 10:17.73
3. Risa Kikuchi (Hitachi) - 10:35.02

Women's 10000 m Race Walk Final
TBA

Women's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Toho Ginko - 45.61
2. Nanajunana Ginko - 46.35
3. Kojima Press - 47.62

Women's 4x400 m Relay Final
1. Nanajunana Ginko - 3:52.57

Women's High Jump Final
1. Miyuki Fukumoto (Konan Univ. Faculty) - 1.79 m
2. Haruka Hirayama (Koryo H.S. Faculty) - 1.76 m
3. Haruka Terui (Saitama Ika Univ. Faculty) - 1.73 m

Women's Pole Vault Final
TBA

Women's Long Jump Final
1. Sachiko Masumi (Kyudenko) - 6.16 m +0.1 m/s
2. Hitomi Nakano (Magnolia) - 6.03 m +0.8 m/s
3. Tamaka Shimizu (Johoku Shinyo Kinko) - 6.02 m -0.7 m/s

Women's Triple Jump Final
1. Kaede Miyasaka (Nippatsu) - 13.40 m +0.9 m/s - MR
2. Mei Kida (Mirai Techno) - 12.94 m -0.3 m/s
3. Hitomi Nakano (Magnolia) - 12.80 m +0.2 m/s

Women's Shot Put Final
1. Chiaki Yoshino (Nihon Joshi Taiiku Univ. Faculty) - 15.15 m
2. Shoko Matsuda (Niigata Albirex RC) - 14.48 m
3. Noriko Ahara (Nihon Univ. Faculty) - 14.47 m

Women's Discus Throw Final
1. Ai Shikimoto (Niigata Albirex RC) - 47.01 m
2. Eriko Nakamura (Kagoshima Kimotsuki) - 43.45 m
3. Eriko Nakata (Shikoku Univ Faculty) - 43.10 m

Women's Hammer Throw Final
1. Akane Watanabe (Maruwa Unyu Kikan) - 64.16 m
2. Hitomi Katsuyama (Orico) - 61.93 m
3. Wakana Sato (Toho Ginko) - 59.27 m

Women's Javelin Throw Final
1. Risa Miyashita (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S. Faculty) - 59.81 m
2. Yuka Mori (Higashi Osaka Prep H.S. Faculty) - 56.88 m
3. Kiho Kuze (Kondo Tech) - 56.68 m

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