Surpassing all the Aoyama Gakuin runners to take the spot in 3:48.47 was incoming Kokushikan Kenyan Vincent Laimoi. Laimoi arrived in Japan in mid-March, running a PB 13:43.20 in his first race in Japan, the 5000 m at a meet at Kokushikan on the 25th. Running the 1500 m for the first time ever, Laimoi showed considerable potential. Together with current team member Paul Gitonga, Kokushikan is set to enter the 2018-19 season with a double dose of foreign power. Head coach Masami Soeda, 41, commented, "Rather than relying on them for their strength, I hope that they will synergize with the Japanese members to help elevate the team as a whole."
translated by Brett Larner