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Nabeshima Moves Up to All-Time #2 for 3000 m in London

Having made her Diamond League debut earlier this season, the Japan Post corporate team's #3 woman Rina Nabeshima moved up to all-time Japanese #2 over 3000 m with an 8:48.21 for 8th at Saturday's London Diamond League meet.

A PB by 3 seconds, Nabeshima is now less than 4 seconds behind national record holder Kayoko Fukushi. Fukushi's 5000 m is 14:53.22. Based on that Nabeshima looks just about ready to become only the second Japanese woman to ever break 15 minutes for 5000 m, something the JAAF is desperate to achieve before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It's good to see somebody focusing on something other than the marathon.

Across the Channel at Belgium's Nacht van de Atletiek meet Japanese results were pretty mediocre. The only halfway notable mark came via teen sensation Hyuga Endo in the men's 5000 m B-heat where Endo cleared 13:40 for the first time this season, clocking 13:39.81 for 7th.

Diamond League London

London, U.K., 7/21/18
complete results

Women's 3000 m
1. Lilian Kasait Rengeruk (Kenya) - 8:41.51
2. Susan Krumins (Netherlands) - 8:41.83
3. Katie Mackey (U.S.A.) - 8:44.47 - PB
4. Gabriela Stafford (Canada) - 8:45.67 - PB
5. Melissa Courtney (Great Britain) - 8:46.33 - PB
8. Rina Nabeshima (Japan) - 8:48.21 - PB

Nacht van de Atletiek

Heusden, Belgium, 7/21/18
complete results

Women's 5000 m
1. Shelby Houlihan (U.S.A.) - 14:34.45 - NR
2. Molly Huddle (U.S.A.) - 15:01.44
3. Karrissa Schweizer (U.S.A.) - 15:02.44
4. Dominique Scott (South Africa) - 15:04.14
5. Madeline Hills (Australia) - 15:06.19
18. Riko Matsuzaki (Japan) - 15:37.77
19. Mao Ichiyama (Japan) - 15:45.56
20. Sakiho Tsutsui (Japan) - 15:49.19
23. Kaori Morita (Japan) - 16:06.96

Men's 5000 m A-Heat
1. Chala Regasa (Ethiopia) - 13:06.98
2. Nibret Melak (Ethiopia) - 13:07.27
3. Dawit Wolde (Kenya) - 13:10.65
4. Japhet Korir (Kenya) - 13:11.86
5. Albert Rop (Bahrain) - 13:13.96
15. Hazuma Hattori (Japan) - 14:07.86

Men's 5000 m B-Heat
1. Solomon Berihu (Ethiopia) - 13:16.17
2. Diego Estrada (U.S.A.) - 13:33.18
3. Florian Orth (Germany) - 13:34.03
4. Jacob Thomson (U.S.A.) - 13:34.50
5. Benjamin De Haan (Netherlands) - 13:35.77
7. Hyuga Endo (Japan) - 13:39.81
8. Hiroki Matsueda (Japan) - 13:40.85
9. Kosei Yamaguchi (Japan) - 13:41.21
13. Chiharu Nakagawa (Japan) - 13:49.96
15. Kazuma Taira (Japan) - 13:56.87
17. Kei Fumimoto (Japan) - 13:59.29
DNF - Taisei Ogino
DNF - Ryoma Aoki

Men's 1500 m B-Heat
1. Eric Avila (U.S.A.) - 3:36.41
2. Colby Alexander (U.S.A.) - 3:38.47
3. Sam McEntee (Australia) - 3:38.89
4. Graham Crawford (U.S.A.) - 3:38.92
5. Johan Rogestedt (Sweden) - 3:39.34
14. Ryoji Tatezawa (Japan) - 3:45.79

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