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World U20 Champion Tanaka Wins National Sports Festival 5000 m

3000 m world U20 champion Nozomi Tanaka (ND28 AC) added another championships win to her resume, outrunning the field in the senior women's 5000 m to take the Fukui National Sports Festival 5000 m title on the opening day of athletics competition.

Off a slow first 1000 m Tanaka and rival Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Meijo Univ.) , both first-years in university, emerged after 4000 m to contend for the win in a sprint battle over the last lap. As at July's World U20 Championships Tanaka had the superior closing speed, winning in 15:34.22 to Takamatsu's 15:35.47.

Keiko Nogami '(Juhachi Ginko) made a quick turnaround from her silver medal in August's Jakarta Asian Games marathon to take 3rd in 15:37.28. Takamatsu's older sister Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) dropped out midway through the race.

National Sports Festival Athletics Day One Highlights

9.98 Stadium, Fukui, 10/5/18
complete results

Senior Women's 5000 m Final
1. Nozomi Tanaka (ND28 AC) - 15:34.22
2. Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Meijo Univ.) - 15:35.47
3. Keiko Nogami (Juhachi Ginko) - 15:37.28
4. Nanami Watanabe (Panasonic) - 15:38.44
5. Minami Yamanouchi (Kyocera) - 15:41.67
6. Kaori Morita (Panasonic) - 15:43.22
7. Sakiho Tsutsui (Yamada Denki) - 15:45.82
8. Yuka Hori (Panasonic) - 15:55.47
9. Risa Yokoe (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 16:03.71
10. Tomoka Kimura (Univ. Ent.) - 16:06.31
DNF - Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (Tokyo T&F Assoc.)

Senior Women's Discus Throw Final
1. Nanaka Kori (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 53.97 m

Junior Women's 100 m Final
1. Yuna Miura (Shibata H.S.) - 11.83 -0.1 m/s

Junior Women's Long Jump Final
1. Yu Umemiya (Saitama Sakae H.S.) - 5.89 m +0.2 m/s

Junior Women's Shot Put Final
1. Meari Hiroshima (Osaka H.S.) - 14.65 m

Junior Men's 100 m Final
1. Hiroaki Seo (Seibudai Chiba H.S.) - 10.68 -1.4 m/s

Junior Men's Pole Vault Final
1. Yosuke Osaki (Akaishi Shogyo H.S.) - 5.00 m

Junior Men's Long Jump Final
1. Motoki Matsuda (Seibudai Chiba H.S.) - 7.71 m +1.7 m/s

Junior Men's Shot Put Final
1. Takenori Sugimura (Kitano H.S.) - 16.84 m

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