Skip to main content

Yang Runs 10.11 NR, 5000 m Meet Records Fall at National University Individual Championships

Unusually cool weather throughout the weekend worked to the advantage of the athletes in distance events at Kanagawa's National University Individual Track and Field Championships, where the meet records fell in both the men's and women's 5000 m. The poorer cousin of September's National University Track and Field Championships, the individual meet features a reduced program, no team scoring, and some competition from Taiwan. Coming just a week before the National Track and Field Championships many of Japan's best collegians tend to give it a miss, but the level of competition is often high all the same.

In the women's race first-year Yuka Suzuki (Daito Bunka Univ.) surprised the field, breaking the meet record set six years ago by current top-level pro Rina Nabeshima by 6 seconds to win the B-heat in 15:46.84. Fourth-year Honoka Tanaike (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) and Rino Goshima (Chuo Univ.) were both under Nabeshima's record in the A-heat in 15:49.37 and 15:52.82 but neither could better the unknown Suzuki's mark.

For men, due to the presence of the Hakone Ekiden within the Tokyo-area Kanto Region it's unusual to see a distance runner of even moderate ability at a school in any other region. Someone forgot to tell that to Kansai Region third-year Yuki Ishii (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.), who led the top eight under the meet record as he bettered it by 14 seconds to win in 13:45.65. The seven runners under the record behind him were all from schools that won a Big Three University Ekiden last season, two from Izumo Ekiden winner Tokai University, one from National University Ekiden winner Kanagawa University, and four from Hakone Ekiden winner Aoyama Gakuin University. You have to go down to 18th place to find another runner from outside Kanto, highlighting Ishii's achievement all the more.

In the men's 100 m, London World Championships 4x100 m silver medalist Shuhei Tada (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) won his opening-round heat in 10.32 (+1.6 m/s) but sat the semi-finals out. In his absence, 2017 World University Games gold medalist Chun-Han Yang (Taiwan Univ. of P.E. and Sport) took the spot, impressively shaving 0.09 off his own Taiwanese national record to win in 10.11 (+0.2 m/s).

Yang's teammate Chun-Hsien Hsiang (Taiwan Univ. of P.E. and Sport) went 1 cm over last year's meet record in the men's high jump, clearing 2.22 m for the win. The meet record also went in the men's 10000 m racewalk. Fourth-year Kazuki Takahashi (Waseda Univ.) took 4 seconds off the 2014 record to win in 40:27.90. 2nd-placer Ryutaro Yamamoto (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) also went under the old record in 40:30.12

Apart from Suzuki's mark in the 5000 m, the only other women's meet record of the weekend came in the pole vault. Second-year Misaki Morota (Chuo Univ.) cleared 4.02 m to notch the meet record up 1 cm.  Complete results from the National University Individual Track and Field Championships are here.

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved


Most-Read This Week

Weekend Overseas Japanese Results

Lost in the luminosity of Eliud Kipchoge's world record and Gladys Cherono's women's course record at the Berlin Marathon were a score of Japanese results there and elsewhere overseas, ranging from the sparkling to the dull. Cherono and 2nd and 3rd placers Ruti Aga and Tirunesh Dibaba all broke Mizuki Noguchi's Berlin Marathon course record of 2:19:12 which has stood since she set that national record mark in 2005.

A kilometer behind Dibaba, Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) followed up her 2:22:44 debut in Osaka in January with a 2:22:23 PB for 5th, making her just the fourth Japanese woman ever to break 2:23 twice in her career. 2:23:46 woman Honami Maeda (Tenmaya) ran 2:25:23 for 7th, beating Tenmaya teammate Rei Ohara whose 2:27:28 put her only 10th but qualified her for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon trials, only the second athlete after 2018 Boston Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) to qualify for the trials under the two-race average wildcard opt…

Running the 2020 Olympic Marathon Course Part Two - The Women's Marathon

Today marks two years until the women's marathon at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. There's been a lot of concern about the 7:00 a.m. start time approved by the IOC two weeks ago as it means that athletes will be running under direct sunlight in temperatures in the low 30's and potentially high humidity. I went down to the Olympic Stadium site this morning and, starting at exactly 7:00 a.m., ran 30 km of the course to check for myself what kind of conditions the athletes will be facing.

If you're not familiar with Tokyo, take a look at the map to get a better idea of what I'm talking about. I ran from the stadium to the 20 km point and then back, cutting out the sections from 20 to 28 km and from 31 to 35 km which I'll do next week on the 9th, two years ahead of the men's marathon.
The bad news: The conditions were tough. With zero cloud cover and very little wind, at the time of the 7:00 a.m. start at the Olympic Stadium it was 31.1˚C with 68% humidity according…

Kazami Breaks 100 km World Record at Lake Saroma

Running on the same course where Japan's Takahiro Sunada set the road 100 km world record of 6:13:33 twenty years ago, 2:17:23 marathoner Nao Kazamibested a deep and competitive field to win the Lake Saroma 100 km Ultramarathon in a world record 6:09:14.

Part of a front group of at least five that went through the marathon split in 2:33:36, on pace for 6:04:01, Kazami lost touch with the lead as rivals Koji Hayasaka and Takehiko Gyoba surged just before halfway to open a roughly 30 second lead that lasted until nearly 75 km. But in the last quarter of the race Kazami, a graduate of Hakone Ekiden powerhouse Komazawa University, was the only one who could sustain anything close to the early pace, overtaking Hayasaka and Gyoba before pulling away to open a lead of over 11 minutes. Kazami's mark took more than 4 minutes off the world record, and he also bettered the 100 km track world record of 6:10:20 set in 1978 well before he was born by the late Don Ritchie.
Trying to stay wi…