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JAAF Announces Japanese National Team for Jakarta Asian Games

A day after the conclusion of the 2018 Japanese National Championships, the JAAF announced its team roster for August's Jakarta Asian Games. 23 women and 35 men are set to compete in what may be the best approximation in the next two years of the Tokyo 2020 conditions. No women are set to compete in any jumps, while despite having men in the 800 m, 1500 m, 3000 m steeplechase and marathon, no Japanese men are entered in the 5000 m or 10000 m. All the development in men's distance seems to be channelled into the marathon, where one of the stars of this year's Tokyo Marathon, 2:06:54 man Hiroto Inoue (MHPS), will see what he can do in heat and humidity. The complete list of athletes, events and qualifying marks is as below.

Women

Sprints
Chisato Fukushima (Seiko) - 100 m: 11.42     200 m: 23.35
Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 100 m: 11.43
Nodoka Seko (Crane) - 100 m: 11.50 (relay)
Midori Mikase (Eniwa Kita H.S.) - 100 m: 11.63 (relay)
Ayaka Kawata (Higashi Osaka Univ.) - 400 m: 53.50

Middle Distance
Yume Kitamura (Edion) - 800 m: 2:02.54
Ayano Shiomi (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 800 m: 2:02.73

Long Distance
Rina Nabeshima (Japan Post) - 5000 m: 15:10.91
Minami Yamanouchi (Kyocera) - 5000 m: 15:21.31
Yuka Hori (Panasonic) - 10000 m: 32:05.52

Hurdles
Masumi Aoki (Junanaju Ginko) - 100 mH: 13.18
Hitomi Shimura (Toho Ginko) - 100 mH: 13.18
Eri Utsunomiya (Hasegawa Taiiku Shisetsu) - 400 mH; 56.84
Yukari Ishizawa (Edion) - 3000 mSC: 9:53.22

Throws
Hitomi Katsuyama (Orico) - hammer throw: 65.32 m
Akane Watanabe (Maruwa Unyukikan) - hammer throw: 65.24 m
Risa Miyashita (Osaka Taiiku Univ. TC) - javelin throw: 60.71 m
Marina Saito (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - javelin throw: 59.60 m

Heptathlon
Yuki Yamasaki (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 5836
Meg Hemphill (Chuo Univ.) - 5766

Marathon
Hanae Tanaka (Shiseido) - 2:26:19 (Osaka Women's 2017)
Keiko Nogami (Juhachi Ginko) - 2:26:33 (Nagoya Women's 2018)

Race Walks
Kumiko Okada (Bic Camera) - 20 km: 1:29:40

Men

Sprints
Ryota Yamagata (Seiko) - 100 m: 10.05
Aska Cambridge (Nike) - 100 m: 10.12
Shota Iizuka (Mizuno) - 200 m: 20.34
Yuki Koike (ANA) - 200 m: 20.42
Julian Walsh (Toyo Univ.) - 400 m: 45.63
Yoshihide Kiryu (Nihon Seimei) - 100 m: 10.15 (relay)
Shuhei Tada (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 100 m: 10.22 (relay)
Jun Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) - 200 m: 20.46 (relay)
Jun Kimura (Osaka Gas) - 400 m: 46.08 (relay)

Middle Distance
Takumi Murashima (Fukui Pref. Sports Assoc.) - 800 m: 1:47.01
Sho Kawamoto (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 800 m: 1:47.16
Ryoji Tatezawa (Tokai Univ.) - 1500 m: 3:40.49

Hurdles
Taio Kanai (Fukui Pref. Sports Assoc.) - 110 mH: 13.36
Shunya Takayama (Zenrin) - 110 mH: 13.46
Takatoshi Abe (Descente TC) - 400 mH: 48.68
Takayuki Kishimoto (Fujitsu) - 400 mH: 49.30
Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) - 3000 mSC: 8:29.14
Kosei Yamaguchi (Aisan Kogyo) - 3000 mSC: 8:34.40

Jumps
Naoto Tobe (Tsukuba TP) - high jump: 2.30 m
Takashi Eto (Ajinomoto AGF) - high jump: 2.25 m
Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - pole vault: 5.70 m
Kosei Takekawa (Tsukuba Univ.) - pole valut: 5.60 m
Yuki Hashioka (Nihon Univ.) - long jump: 8.09 m
Shotaro Shiroyama (Zenrin) - long jump: 7.95 m
Kohei Yamashita (ANA) - triple jump: 16.59 m

Throws
Masateru Yugami (Toyota) - discus throw: 62.16 m
Ryohei Arai (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - javelin throw: 80.60 m

Decathlon
Keisuke Ushiro (Kokushikan Club) - 7948
Akihiko Nakamura (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 7849

Marathon
Hiroto Inoue (MHPS) - 2:06:54 (Tokyo 2018)
Hayato Sonoda (Kurosaki Harima) - 2:09:34 (Beppu-Oita 2018)

Race Walks
Eiki Takahashi (Fujitsu) - 20 km: 1:17:26
Toshikazu Yamanishi (Kyoto Univ.) - 20 km: 1:17:41
Satoshi Maruo (Aichi Seiko) - 50  km: 3:43:03
Hayato Katsuki (SDF Academy) - 50 km: 3:44:31

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

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