Skip to main content

Ejima Bronze - World U20 Championships Day Five Japanese Results

6th in the men's pole vault two years ago, Masaki Ejima kept Japan's medal streak at the Tampere World U20 Championships alive with a bronze medal on the fifth day of competition. Both Ejima and silver medalist Zachery Bradford of the U.S.A. cleared 5.55 m on their third attempts and failed to clear 5.60, but as Ejima had struggled at 5.40 m the silver went to Bradford, who had cleared it with ease. Gold went to Armand Duplantis, who set a new championships record of 5.82 m.

A highly-anticipated medal failed to materialize in the men's 4x100 m, where the Japanese squad finished out of the medals by an agonizing 0.01 behind Germany, running in the top three throughout the race but outleaned at the line. Both the U.S.A. and Jamaica went under 39 seconds for gold and silver.  Another near-miss came in the women's 10000 m racewalk, where Nanako Fujii set a PB of 45:08.68 but came only 4th. In both the men's 10000 m racewalk and men's high jump Japan scored top eight placers,  Sho Sakazaki 8th in the racewalk and Kyohei Tomori 7th in the high jump.

Semifinals and qualification rounds were a bust, with no Japanese athletes advancing to the last day's finals. In both the women's and men's 4x400 m the Japanese teams finished 3rd in their heats, the women missing qualifying for the final by 0.20 and the men by 0.67.

World U20 Championships Day Five Japanese Results

Tampere, Finland, 7/14/18
complete results

Men's 5000 m Final
1. Edward Zakayo Pingua (Kenya) - 13:20.16
2. Stanley Waithaka Mburu (Kenya) - 13:20.57
3. Jakob Ingebribtsen (Norway) - 13:20.78 - U20 AR
17. Yuhi Nakaya (Japan) - 14:39.78

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. U.S.A. - 38.88
2. Jamaica - 38.96 - U20 NR
3. Germany - 39.22
4. Japan - 39.23

Women's 10000 m Race Walk Final
1. Alegna Gonzalez (Mexico) - 44:13.88
2. Meryen Bekmez (Turkey) - 44:17.69 - U20 NR
3. Glenda Morejon (Ecuador) - 44:19.40 - U20 AR
4. Nanako Fujii (Japan) - 45:08.68 - PB

Men's 10000 m Race Walk Final
1. Yao Zhang (China) - 40:32.054 - PB
2. David Hurtado (Ecuador) - 40:32.060 - PB
3. Jose Ortiz (Guatemala) - 40:45.26 - PB
8. Sho Sakazaki (Japan) - 41:50.91
10. Tatsuhiko Nagayama (Japan) - 41:58.12

Men's Pole Vault Final
1. Armand Duplantis (Sweden) - 5.82 m - MR
2. Zacdhery Bradford (U.S.A.) - 5.55 m - PB
3. Masaki Ejima (Japan) - 5.55 m

Men's High Jump Final
1. Antonius Merlos (Greece) - 2.23 m - PB
2. Roberto Vilches (Mexico) - 2.23 m
3. JuVaughn Blake (U.S.A.) - 2.23 m - PB
7. Kyohei Tomori (Japan) - 2.19 m - PB
10. Naoki Higashi (Japan) - 2.16 m

Men's Triple Jump Final
1. Jordan Diaz (Cuba) - 17.15 m -0.4 m/s - MR
2. Martin Lamou (France) - 16.44 m +0.6 m/s
3. Jonathan Serems (France) - 16.18 m +1.9 m/s - PB
10. Yuki Akiyama (Japan) - 15.40 m +1.0 m/s

Women's 100 m Hurdles Semifinal 2 +0.9 m/s
1. Tia Jones (U.S.A.) - 13.06 - Q
2. Cyrena Samba-Mayela (France) - 13.47 - Q
3. Nika Glojnaric (Slovenia) - 13.47
5. Yuiri Yoshida (Japan) - 13.55

Qualifying Rounds
Women's 4x400 m Relay Heat 2
1. Australia - 3:35.48 - Q
2. Canada - 3:36.14 - Q
3. Japan - 3:36.70

Men's 4x400 m Relay Heat 1
1. Great Britain - 3:07.17 - Q
2. Belgium - 3:09.39 - Q
3. Japan - 3:10.06

Women's Triple Jump Qualification Group A
1. Aleksandra Nacheva (Bulgaria) - 13.68 m +0.0 m/s - Q
2. Mirieli Sanntos (Brazil) - 13.60 m +0.6 m/s - PB, Q
3. Georgiana-Juliana Anitei (Romania) - 13.24 m +0.4 m/s - Q
NM - Chiaki Kawazoe (Japan)

Men's Discus Throw Qualification Group A
1. Kai Chang (Jamaica) - 59.27 - q
2. Giorgos Koniarakis (Cyprus) - 58.64 - q
3. Korbinian Haessler (Germany) - 58.35 - PB, q
12. Kosei Yamashita (Japan) - 53.72

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Buy Me A Coffee


Most-Read This Week

Toyota On Fire - Weekend Road Race Roundup

Everything right now in Japanese distance is about qualifying for September's MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials. On the men's side Toyota currently leads the way, Yuma Hattori running 2:07:27, Taku Fujimoto 2:07:57 and Chihiro Miyawaki 2:08:45 last year to qualify. Five more Toyota runners ran big today to set up some exciting last-shot bids at qualifying in Tokyo and Lake Biwa.

The National Corporate Half Marathon men's race went out relatively conservatively with a pack of 30 rolling through 10 km in 29:28. A series of runners including 35-year-old full-time-working amateur Takahiro Nakamura (Kyocera Kagoshima) took turns trying to get it moving before Amos Kurgat (Chudenko) took off for good to win unchallenged in 1:01:06. Along with Kenyans Paul Kuira (Konica Minolta) and Patrick Muendo Mwaka (Aisan Kogyo) Toyota's trio of Hideyuki Tanaka, Tsubasa Hayakawa and Minato Oishi emerged at the front of a chase group of 14.

As the pace picked up over the last 5 km th…

Endo and Matsuzaki Break National Records in Boston

Indoor track is pretty much non-existant in Japan, but in the last few years more Japanese athletes have been heading to the States after ekiden season to give it a go and coming back with national records. Two more records fell at Friday's David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston.

First up, in his indoor debut 20-year-old Hyuga Endo (Sumitomo Denko) ran 13:27.81 to break the indoor 5000 m national record set five years ago in New York by Suguru Osako by 0.19. Endo was one of Japan's all-time best high schoolers. Now in his second year in the corporate leagues after opting to skip university he is coached by Yasuyuki Watanabe, Osako's former coach at Waseda University. Also in the same race, Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu) was 6th in 13:47.64.

Three hours later, Riko Matsuzaki (Sekisui Kagaku) ran 9:00.86 in the women's 3000 m, taking 0.53 off the national record set way back in 1999 by Akiko Kawashima at the Maebashi World Indoor Championships. Matsuzaki is in the mid…

Beppu-Oita Marathon to Review Staff Training After Interpreter Refers to African Athletes as "Chimpanzees"

On Feb. 14 the organizers of the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon confirmed that a local woman in her fifties who served as an interpreter at this year's race had published a blog post in which she referred to the African athletes on whose behalf she had worked as "chimpanzees." The woman said she had no malicious or racist intent behind her comments, but a spokesperson for the organizers called her choice of words "inappropriate." Organizers plan to review their training and guidance procedures for all race management staff members.

The Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon took place in the two cities on Feb. 3. According to the spokesperson, the blog to which the woman posted the comments is for members of a sports club to which she belongs to report on what they have been doing. On Feb. 10 she wrote about her work with the African athletes, posting it with public access so that anyone could read it. She described the struggle of talking to the African athletes, saying …