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Hattori and Suzuki Lead Ome 30 km Elite Field



On Jan. 30 the organizers of the Ome 30 km and 10 km Road Race announced the elite field for this year's 53rd running, scheduled for Feb. 17. Leading the men's 30 km division is 30 km collegiate record holder and 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon champion Yuma Hattori (25, Toyota), the first Japanese man to win Fukuoka in 14 years. Hattori will run Ome as one of the 21 men who have qualified for the MGC Race, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon trials. He will face 2017 winner Ezekiel Cheboitibin (Sunbelx).

Leading the women's field is Ayuko Suzuki (27, Japan Post), winner of the 2018 Hokkaido Marathon in her debut over the distance and one of nine women to have qualified for the MGC Race. 2018 Boston Marathon 4th-placer Rachel Hyland (U.S.A.) will make her Ome debut. The guest starter will be 2004 Athens Olympics marathon gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi, 40, with 2000 Sydney Olympics marathon gold medalist Naoko Takahashi, 46, likewise appearing as a special guest.

53rd Ome 30 km and 10 km Road Race

Elite Field Highlights
Ome, Tokyo, 2/17/19

Men's 30 km
Yuma Hattori (Toyota) - 1:28:52 (Kumamoto 2014)
Ezekiel Cheboitibin (Sunbelx) - 1:30:49 (Ome 2017)
Ryo Kuchimachi (Subaru) - 1:33:37 (Ome 2018)
Kosuke Magara (Waseda Univ.) - 1:03:39 (Ageo 2018)
Kei Hirai (Hosei Univ.) - 1:05:50 (half marathon)

Women's 30 km
Miharu Shimokado (Brooks) - 2:27:54 (Nagoya 2017)
Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post) - 2:28:32 (Hokkaido 2018)
Marie Imada (Imabari Zosen) - 2:29:35 (Saitama Int'l 2018)
Rachel Hyland (U.S.A.) - 2:37:22 (Cal Int'l 2018)
Shiori Morita (Panasonic) - 1:12:23 (Sendai 2018)

Women's 10 km
Kaori Morita (Panasonic) - 32:27 (Nat'l Corp. Champs 2017)
Yuka Sarumida (Univ. Ent.) - 33:18 (Ome 2018)

source article:
https://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20190130-OHT1T50083.html
translated and edited by Brett Larner

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