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Ishizawa, Seko and Yamagata the Stars of Japanese National Championships Day Two


The 100 m final got most of the attention on the second day of the 102nd Japanese National Track and Field Championships, but arguably the best race of the day came in the women's 3000 m steeplechase. 4 of the top 5 women ran PBs and broke 10 minutes, winner Yukari Ishizawa (Edion) coming in at all-time Japanese #5 in 9:53.22, runner-up Nana Sato (Starts) all-time JPN #9 in 9:56.95, and 5th-placer Manami Nishyama (Matsuyama Univ.) running a PB 10:04.70 to land all-time Japanese collegiate #9.

The women's 100 m final provided one of the bigger surprises of the day, with the relatively unheralded Nodoka Seko (Crane) outrunning defending national champ Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) and national record holder Chisato Fukushima (Seiko) to win in 11.64 (+0.8 m/s). A tense men's 100 m final saw 2013 national champ Ryota Yamagata (Seiko) better national record holder Yoshihide Kiryu (Nihon Seimei) and 2017 London World Championships 4x100m relay team members Aska Cambridge (Nike) and Shuhei Tada (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) to tie the meet record for the win in 10.05 (+0.6 m/s). An interesting addition to the ranks of Japan's top-level men in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020 was Yuki Koike (ANA), making his corporate league Nationals debut with a 10.17 PB.

The 1500 m races were entertaining if unspectacular in terms of time. 2018 Asian Junior Championships 1500 m silver medalist Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Meijo Univ.)  took the top spot in 4:17.43, just 0.42 seconds separating the top three. Despite reasonably-paced semis, the men's 1500 m went out absurdly slow, putting defending champ Ryoji Tatezawa (Tokai Univ.) in position to make it two in a row in 3:52.62.

The Japanese National Championships continue Sunday, with free live streaming via the JAAF site.

102nd Japanese National Track and Field Championships

Day Two Highlights
Yamaguchi, 6/23/18
complete results

Women
Women's 100 m Final (+0.8 m/s)
1. Nodoka Seko (Crane) - 11.64
2. Chisato Fukushima (Seiko) - 11.66
3. Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 11.67

Women's 400 m Final
1. Ayaka Kawata (Higashi Osaka Univ.) - 53.75
2. Mae Hirosawa (Nittai Univ.) - 53.95 - PB
3. Yuna Iwata (Chuo Univ.) - 54.08

Women's 1500 m Final
1. Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Meijo Univ.) - 4:17.43
2. Ran Urabe (Nike Tokyo TC) - 4:17.53
3. Ayako Jinnouchi (Kyudenko) - 4:17.85
4. Mina Ueda (Josai Univ.) - 4:18.59
5. Yuki Kanemitsu (Okayama Sozan H.S.) - 4:20.19

Women's 3000 mSC Final
1. Yukari Ishizawa (Edion) - 9:53.22 - PB - all-time JPN #5
2. Nana Sato (Starts) - 9:56.95 - PB - all-time JPN #9
3. Yui Yabuta (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 9:58.89 - PB
4. Soyoka Segawa (Sysmex) - 9:59.73
5. Manami Nishiyama (Matsuyama Univ.) - 10:04.70 - PB

Women's Triple Jump Final
1. Eri Sakamoto (Nihon Shitsunai TC) - 13.09 m +0.7 m/s
2. Mariko Morimoto (Uchida Kensetsu) - 13.04 m +1.1 m/s - PB
3. Hitomi Nakano (Washoku Yamaguchi) - 13.00 m +0.6 m/s - PB

Women's Shot Put Final
1. Nanaka Kori (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 15.96 m
2. Aya Ota (Fukuoka Univ. AC) - 15.78 m
3. Fumika Ono (Seibudai H.S.) - 15.27 m - PB

Women's Javelin Throw Final
1. Marina Saito (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 60.79 m
2. Yuka Mori (Nikoniko Nori) - 59.18 m
3. Risa Miyashita (Osaka Taiiku Univ. TC) - 57.73 m

Women's 200 m Final Qualifiers
Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 23.84 +1.0 m/s
Miyu Maeyama (Niigata Albirex RC) - 23.90 +1.0 m/s
Miku Yamada (Nittai Univ.) - 24.03 +1.0 m/s
Chisato Fukushima (Seiko) - 24.06 +1.1 m/s
Rina Saito (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 24.36 +1.0 m/s
Hikaru Watanabe (Sugadai Univ.) - 24.36 +1.1 m/s
Kaho Nishio (Konan Univ.) - 24.39 +1.1 m/s
Maki Wada (Mizuno) - 24.43 +1.1 m/s

Women's 800 m Final Qualifiers
Yume Kitamura (Edion) - 2:03.87
Ayano Shiomi (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 2:05.47
Erina Hosoi (Chukyo H.S.) - 2:05.68
Ayaka Kawata (Higashi Osaka Univ.) - 2:05.93
Yuki Hirota (Akita Univ.) - 2:06.27
Airi Ikezaki (Juntendo Univ.) - 2:06.46
Ayaka Miyade (Higashi Osaka Keiai H.S.) - 2:07.65
Yuzuha Sawai (Seiryo H.S.) - 2:07.99

Women's 100 mH Final Qualifiers
Ayako Kimura (Edion) - 13.13 +1.5 m/s
Hitomi Shimura (Toho Ginko) - 13.19 +0.9 m/s
Masumi Aoki (Junanaju Ginko) - 13.22 +0.9 m/s
Hikari Tanaka (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 13.35 +1.5 m/s
Yuri Okubo (Chuo Univ.) - 13.37 +1.5 m/s
Mako Fukube (Nihon Kensetsu Kogyo) - 13.40 +0.9 m/s
Chisato Kiyoyama (Ichigo) - 13.46 +1.5 m/s
Yuka Nomura (Fukui Ginko) - 13.56 +0.9 m/s

Men
Men's 100 m Final (+0.6 m/s)
1. Ryota Yamagata (Seiko) - 10.05 - MR tie
2. Aska Cambridge (Nike) - 10.14
3. Yoshihide Kiryu (Nihon Seimei) - 10.16
4. Yuki Koike (ANA) - 10.17 - PB
5. Shuhei Tada (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 10.22

Men's 400 m Final
1. Julian Walsh (Toyo Univ.) - 45.97
2. Jun Kimura (Osaka Gas) - 46.39
3. Rikuya Ito (Waseda Univ.) - 46.57

Men's 800 m Final
1. Sho Kawamoto (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:48.35
2. Tatsuya Nishikubo (Waseda Univ.) - 1:49.23
3. Rikuto Iijima (Waseda Univ.) - 1:49.32

Men's 1500 m Final
1. Ryoji Tatezawa (Tokai Univ.) - 3:52.62
2. Nanami Arai (Honda) - 3:53.06
3. Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Chuo Univ.) - 3:53.13
4. Hikaru Kato (JR Higashi Nihon) - 3:53.27
5. Daiki Hirose (Osaka Gas) - 3:53.59

Men's Pole Vault Final
1. Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - 5.70 m
2. Kosei Takekawa (Tsukuba Univ.) - 5.40 m
3. Daichi Sawano (Fujitsu) - 5.30 m

Men's Long Jump Final
1. Yuki Fukuoka (Nihon Univ.) - 8.09 m +1.2 m/s - PB
2. Shotaro Shiroyama (Zenrin) - 7.95 m +1.3 m/s
3. Daiki Oda (Yamada Denki) - 7.95 m +1.3 m/s

Men's Javelin Throw Final
1. Ryohei Arai (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 77.88 m
2. Tatsuya Sakamoto (Osaka Taiiku Univ.) - 77.33 m - PB
3. Takuma Nakanishi (Osaka Taiiku Univ.) - 76.18 m

Men's 200 m Final Qualifiers
Shota Iizuka (Mizuno) - 20.55 +0.5 m/s
Yoshihiro Someya (Chuo Univ.) - 20.64 +0.8 m/s
Yuki Koike (ANA) - 20.65 +0.8 m/s
Wataru Inuzuka (Juntendo Univ.) - 20.74 +0.8 m/s
Yoshihide Kiryu (Nihon Seimei) - 20.79 +0.5 m/s
Jun Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) - 20.82 +0.5 m/s
Masafumi Naoki (Osaka Gas) - 20.90 +0.5 m/s
Kenji Fujimitsu (Zenrin) - 20.92 +0.8 m/s

Men's 110 mH Final Qualifiers
Taio Kanai (Fukui Pref. Sports Assoc.) - 13.59 +0.3 m/s
Shunya Takayama (Zenrin) - 13.60 +0.7 m/s
Shinya Tanaka (K-plus) - 13.64 +0.7 m/s
Akihiro Ogata (Golds Gym) - 13.65 +0.7 m/s - PB
Hiroki Fudaba (Yamada Denki) - 13.73 +0.7 m/s PB
Genta Masuno (Yamada Denki) - 13.82 +0.3 m/s
Shuhei Ishikawa (Tsukuba Univ.) - 13.82 +0.3 m/s
Tatsuya Wado (Reitaku Mizunami AC) - 13.88 +0.3 m/s

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