Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from May, 2018

Kawauchi Breaks Nobeyama Ultra Course Record

2018 Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov’t) won the longest race of his career to date Sunday in Nagano, taking over six minutes off the Yatsugatake Nobeyama 71 km Ultramarathon in 4:41:55.

A training run for next month’s Stockholm Marathon, Kawauchi set off solo at a steady pace around 3:45/km. Climbing from 1355 m to 1908 m as he approached 20 km he naturally slowed, but with over 1000 m of descent over the next 30 km he was soon back on track. Hitting the marathon split around 2:39, he was so far ahead of the 2nd placer that the announcer initially forget Kawauchi had already gone by and announced the next runner as the leader.

At 58 km Kawauchi was on track to clear 4:30:00, but hitting the uphills in the final 10 km and feeling the effects of the unfamiliar distance he slowed to almost 5:00/km. But with so much leeway to work with there was never any danger of the 4:48:13 course record slipping out of reach. Kawauchi stopped the clock in 4:41:55, pleased with …

Ekiden Runner Who Got Team Disqualified at National Championships Arrested on Fraud Charges

A woman who received cash from scam victims as part of a swindling group was arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department after attempting to defraud an elderly woman. The arrested woman was a former member of one of the top corporate league women's ekiden teams.

Miho Shimada, 20, an unemployed resident of Gotemba, Shizuoka, was arrested on suspicion of calling an 80-year-old woman in Taito-ku, Tokyo and telling her, "I lost a check for funds to set up a company. I need 3 million yen," in an attempt to steal the elderly woman's cash. "I did it because I wanted money," she said in admitting to the charges.

Translator's note: A star member of the Yamanashi Gakuin High School girls' ekiden team who ran times of 9:01.23 for 3000 m and 15:43.35 for 5000 m while still in high school, Shimada joined the Toyota Jidoshokki corporate women's team after her graduation in 2016. The 2nd-place team at the National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships t…

Debate Continues on Tokyo Olympics Ticket Pricing Scheme

On May 15 the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games held a hearing to consider expert opinion on sales strategies for tickets for the games. The plans presented included setting the maximum ticket price for the opening ceremony at the same level as for the 2012 London Olympics, 288,000 yen [~$2600 USD], but others called for a wider range of pricing options. With no agreement reached discussion of ticket pricing is set to continue.

The committee did manage to set pricing for some Olympic events, ranging from 2000 yen [~$18 USD] for first-round soccer matches to as high as 108,000 yen [~$980 USD] for athletics. Opening ceremonies for the Paralympic Games will max out at 144,100 yen [~$1300 USD], with individual event tickets ranging from 1000 yen [~$9 USD] to 6500 yen [~$59 USD]. However, saying, "This has become a debate about creating a more dynamic range in pricing," session chairperson Sadahiko Kano, professor emeritus at Waseda University, …

Weekend Track Roundup

The first round of regional corporate track and field championship meets made up most of the weekend’s track action. Fresh back from going sub-32 at Payton Jordan, Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) was the star of the Kansai Region meet as she repeated her 5000 / 10000 m double from last year with 15:45.58 and 33:00.26 wins. Men’s times were unremarkable, Shohei Morikawa (Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) taking the 5000 m in 14:06.58 and Aoyama Gakuin University grad Kazuki Tamura (Sumitomo Denko) the 10000 m in 29:16.56 in his corporate league debut.

Split between two weekends, the Chugoku Region meet featured only 5000 m this week. Yudai Okamoto (JFE Steel) won the men’s race in 13:59.82, with Miharu Aoki (Tenmaya) claiming the women’s title in 16:19.79.

The Chubu Region meet produced some quality men’s 10000 m times, with two-time defending champ Rodgers Shumo Kwemoi (Aisan Kogyo) leading three Kenyan men under 28 minutes in 27:53.73, the fastest of his three wins to date. Daiji Kawai (Toenec) was the to…

Matsumoto and Abe Win Sendai International Half Marathon

In a race that came down to an uphill battle near 20 km, Ryo Matsumoto (Toyota) emerged on top of a lead pack of five to win the men's race at the 28th Sendai International Half Marathon. Matsumoto outkicked Rio Olympics marathon team member Satoru Sasaki (Asahi Kasei) on the track to take the win in 1:03:05, the fastest winning time by a Japanese man in Sendai history. Sasaki returned from the injury that kept him out of March's Lake Biwa Mainichi Marahton to finish 2nd in 1:03:10, holding off collegiate runners Kengo Nakamura (Toyo Univ.) and Akihiro Gunji (Tokai Univ.).

Defending champion Charles Ndirangu (JFE Steel) suffered some sort of injury in the late going, shuffling down the home straight and almost walking across the finish line to take 5th in 1:03:39. Just behind him, 2017 Gold Coast Marathon winner Takuya Noguchi (Konica Minolta) nicked 2018 Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) at the line after sitting on Kawauchi the entire race, both…

Getting a Late Start at Age 25 - Minami Yamanouchi

Back in 2010 JRN spotted 17-year-old high school student Minami Yamanouchi at a local 14 km road race in northern Ibaraki, where she beat the high school boys' course record by more than four minutes. At the time we wrote, "If Yamanouchi keeps running post-high school and lands at the right team, university or pro, we may have been lucky to see the first appearance of a future great." Now 25 and coached by former half marathon national record holder Atsushi Sato at the Kyocera corporate team, in the last few weeks Yamanouchi has really come into her own.

Minami Yamanouchi (Kyocera) took the top Japanese spot at 4th overall in the 5000 m at the April 28 Oda Memorial Meet in Hiroshima, one of the top-level track meets in Japan. A former amateur runner, she only joined the corporate leagues last August. Seeing her progress in less than a year of serious training, her coach Atsushi Sato, the 6th placer in the 2009 World Championships marathon, called her "exceptional.&qu…

2:08 Marathoner Wataru Okutani Launches New Marathon Training Program

On May 8 the organizers of the Nov. 3 Gunma Marathon held the first session of the Gunma Marathon 180 Day Project, a new training support program aimed toward first-time marathoners, at Jomo Hall in Maebashi. Project leader Wataru Okutani, head coach of the Subaru corporate team and a two-time World Championships marathon team member with a 2:08:49 best, took questions from the 26 participants and told them, "Don't try to do the impossible. It's the accumulation of the little things you do daily over a long span of time that make up the body of success."

source article: 
https://www.jomo-news.co.jp/sports/gunma/51035
translated by Brett Larner

Collegiate Athletics and Amateurism in Japan

A new TV commercial featuring the head coach and team members of four-time Hakone Ekiden champion Aoyama Gakuin University, with the coach's wife endorsing a kitchen cleaner and its healthful benefits in her cooking for the team.

adidasのCMじゃなくてキッチン泡ハイターって言うところがまたいい😂

30秒Ver pic.twitter.com/J5ynFUgMtW — A i (@maimai_aogaku) May 7, 2018
The Aoyama Gakuin University ekiden team Twitter feed also has a pinned tweet with an Adidas commercial featuring the team and coach.

夏場から時間をかけて作って頂いたモチベーションムービーです

箱根駅伝まで残り1ヶ月

『刻んだ日々は、うらぎらない。絶対に。』

その言葉を胸に自信を持って挑みます#刻め青学#青学駅伝#アディゼロpic.twitter.com/6zNvHNg8Mg — 青学大陸上競技部(長距離ブロック) (@aogaku_rikujyou) December 1, 2017

Late-Bloomer Hiroko Yoshitomi Dropping One Course Record After Another

There’s a woman in her 30s who has been breaking marathon course records left and right. A native of Saga, her name is Hiroko Yoshitomi (34, Memolead). In the last year she has broken course records at three domestic marathons including a 2:33:57 at March’s Saga Sakura Marathon. “In terms of my age, I’ve still got years left to be breaking records,” Yoshitomi says. “If you approach your running in terms of that kind of thinking then it’s totally natural that the times are going to come.” At one point she had thought about retiring this season, but for now she’s determined to push on.

Tokyo-based running Industry conglomerate Rbies recently launched the Marathon Challenge Cup (MCC) series, a grouping of 33 domestic marathons across the country. In the 2017 season 19 of those member races saw a total of 23 new course records. The only person to set multiple new course records was Yoshitomi. Along with these records, at December’s Honolulu Marathon, February’s Tokyo Marathon and April’s…

Yoshimatsu 2nd in Harmony Geneva Marathon

Recording what may have been the only negative split in the entire field on a hot day illuminated by piercing sunshine, Japan's Hisae Yoshimatsu (Shunan City Hall) ran down half the Harmony Geneva Marathon elite women's field in the last 15 km of the race to take 2nd in 2:39:30.

Running with support from JRN, Yoshimatsu and 2017 Osaka Marathon runner-up Mitsuko Ino (Team R2), a late addition to the field a week before the race after another athlete scratched, fell off the African quartet of Ruth Waithera (Kenya), Fekadu Amelework (Ethiopia), Lema Alemitu (Ethiopia) and Berha Lemelem (Ethiopia) in the first few km. Running her marathon debut, Waithera made an early break to drop the Ethiopian trio. The Japanese pair worked together through the first half but were over three minutes behind the leaders at the halfway mark.

From there Yoshimatsu went to work on the course's long downhill stretch along the French border, dropping Ino and overtaking Lemelem. The remaining trio …

'Olympic Bronze Medallist Galen Rupp Wins Prague Marathon'

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/prague-international-marathon-galen-rupp-winner-1.4650600

Prague Marathon Men's Results
Prague, Czech Republic, 5/6/18
click here for complete results

1. Galen Rupp (U.S.A.) - 2:06:07
2. Sisay Lemma (Ethiopia) - 2:07:03
3. Stephen Chemlany (Kenya) - 2:09:42
4. Barselius Kipyego (Kenya) - 2:10:18
5. Yuma Hattori (Japan/Toyota) - 2:10:26
-----
8. Suehiro Ishikawa (Japan/Honda) - 2:16:39

Shitara DNF as Inoue Shines at Golden Games in Nobeoka

Saturday’s main event was a time trial meet in remote Miyazaki, the Golden Games in Nobeoka. With a heavy emphasis on 5000 m, the biggest news of the day was split between the two men who ran 2:06 at Feburary’s Tokyo Marathon, national record holder Yuta Shitara (Honda) and Hiroto Inoue (MHPS).

Having taken time off after Tokyo, Shitara returned to action in the lone 10000 m in Nobeoka but was unable to stay in the action, ultimately dropping out of the race won in 28:00.49 by local boy Shuho Dairokuno (Asahi Kasei). Inoue, for his part, rocketed back into post-Tokyo action with a 13:38.44 PB in the 5000 m A-heat, outkicking 10000 m national record holder Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) for the win.

Shitara and Inoue's results capped an interesting weekend for the current main four contenders for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic marathon team. Like Shitara, 5000 m national record holder Suguru Osako (Nike Oregon Project) was a DNF over 10000 m, opting to run Stateside at Stanford. Boston Marat…

Kawauchi Wins Toyohiragawa Half on Second Straight Day of Racing

The first Japanese athlete to win the Boston Marathon in 31 years, civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (31, Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran the May 5 Toyohiragawa Half Marathon in Sapporo, Hokkaido. A day after running the May 4 Kasukabe Odaku Half Marathon on home ground in Saitama, Kawauchi took the top spot in Toyohiragawa in 1:06:39. In Kasukabe Kawauchi struggled with high temperatures, losing to one of his training partners, but with cooler temperatures prevailing in Toyohiragawa he had no trouble securing the win.

日刊スポーツ豊平川マラソン♪
やっぱ川内選手はぇ〜

桜と川内🌸 pic.twitter.com/SRoJUM5EYi — 原嶋公志 (@h45japan) May 5, 2018
Despite the cooler weather around 12 C, his time in Toyohiragawa his time was almost a minute slower than in Kasukabe. "The race yesterday took a lot out of me," he said. "I've raced three days in a row before so there's really no excuse for two days in a row being this hard. I've been too busy to train properly, but this has reminded me that you have make …

Kawauchi Struggles in Heat at Kasukabe Odako Half Marathon

2018 Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (31, Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran Saitama's Kasukabe Odako Half Marathon on May 4. Running 1:05:45, Kawauchi lost to training partner and fellow amateur Saeki Makino (DNPL). "Things have been hectic since Boston and that's had an impact on me," Kawauchi said ruefully. "It feels like my friend here was saying, 'Snap out of it!' as he was knocking me out. No excuses, I need to get back to training."

昨日の最強の市民ランナー・川内優輝の大凧マラソンに出場するシーン・ω・

「クールダウンも川内流!」

川内さん、相当暑いのは苦手なんやなぁ🙄🙄 pic.twitter.com/TmACFVC47Q — や す ぽ ん くん@FCU (@ksmokya_fcu_21) May 5, 2018
Kasukabe was also a struggle with the heat. Temperatures at the start were only 18.3 C, but with the strong sunlight reflecting off the pavement the effect on the body felt like 30 C by the time Kawauchi finished. Right after finishing Makino and race staff helped him to a nearby fountain to douse his head with water to cool down. "If I hadn't been careful abou…

Tanaka, Ino and Yoshimatsu Take on Harmony Geneva Marathon

Three elite-level Japanese athletes will race the 14th edition of Switzerland's Harmony Geneva Marathon Sunday with support from JRN. In a women's field headed by Ethiopian Alemitu Lema and debuting Kenyan Ruth Waithera, 2017 Osaka Marathon runner-up Mitsuko Ino seeks to rebound from a poor performance at March's Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon with a bettering of her 2:34:39 breakthrough in Osaka.

2016 Osaka runner-up Hisae Yoshimatsu will be aiming to follow her 3rd place finish at last September's Volksbank Muenster Marathon and 2nd-place finish at December's Hofu Yomiuri Marathon with another top three placing, ideally cracking 2:35 on Geneva's slightly net downhill course.

The men's field features four men with recent sub-2:10 times led by 2:08 man Joseph Aperumoi of Kenya. Seeded 6th on recent time, club runner and Tokai University alumnus Asuka Tanaka makes his international marathon debut after a surprise 2:10:13 PB in Tokyo in February. …

Payton Jordan Invitational - Japanese Results

Always a big draw on the springtime Japanese schedule, this year's Payton Jordan Invitational at California's Stanford University produced year-leading Japanese women's 5000 m and 10000 m marks.

In the 5000 m, 2018 National Corporate Road 10 km Championships winner Yui Fukuda (Toyota Jidoshokki) ran 15:20.08 for 8th overall to replace Minami Yamanouchi (Kyocera) on top the 5000 m list. In the 10000 m, Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) returned from placing as the top Japanese woman at March's World Half Marathon Championships to finish 5th overall in 31:57.91, the first Japanese woman to break 32 minutes so far this year.

On the men's side, after a solid run at December's Fukuoka International Marathon the U.S.-based Suguru Osako (Nike Oregon Project) passed on a springtime marathon in favor of a shot at the Japanese national record in the 10000 m. At Stanford Osako came up short, dropping out just after 6000 m. In the 1500 m, Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu) continued a stint i…

Village-Sponsored Shigemi Wins Trans-Taiwan Ultra

Sponsored by the village of Urugimura, Nagano, marathoner Takayoshi Shigemi won the April 13-15 Run Across Taiwan Ultramarathon. Covering a 246-km course almost the length of six back-to-back full marathons across the center of Taiwan, the one-way course started at sea level and reached a peak of 3275 m before dropping back to sea level. Shigemi's winning time of 30:01:45 took two hours off the course record.

A native of Okazaki, Aichi, Shigemi came to Urugimura six years ago after accepting an offer to become an ambassador for promoting the area. He currently works in the village office while training at specified times. Every day that he goes out to face the mountains is a day on which he feels fulfilled. In winter the roads are so covered with snow that it becomes a difficult environment in which to train.  Even so, he adapts his training to suit the demands of the terrain.

Shigemi's victory in the mountainous Taiwan race was a product of his everyday training, which enabl…

200 Hometown Supporters Congratulate Kawauchi on Boston Victory

On April 30 Yuki Kawauchi''s hometown of Kuki, Saitama held a party to celebrate his becoming the first Japanese winner of the Boston Marathon in 31 years. Kawauchi told the crowd of local supporters, "This was the most marathonesque marathon of my career as a marathoner."

Over 200 people packed into the Kuki Central Community Center to congratulate him. Excited to see more people than he had expected, Kawauchi spoke for around 38 minutes about his Boston experience, sharing his thoughts and experiences during the race with crowd as he told them, "When I looked through my data on Wikipedia I saw that I had never failed in a rainy weather race. I thought, 'Things are going to go great this time!' Before the race my manager told me, 'This is the day you were born for,' and when I was running it really felt that way, that I had been born to run Boston that day. Even when I was in 2nd I had the kind of rush you get from leading, and that was a lot o…