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Kumanichi 30 km Road Race Elite Field

63rd Kumanichi 30 km Road Race

Elite Field Highlights
Kumamoto, 2/17/19
complete field listing
times listed are best half marathon times in last 3 years except where noted

Anna Matsuda (Kyocera) - 1:10:52 (Gold Coast 2018)
Yuko Kikuchi (Hokuren) - 1:12:25 (Sanyo 2017)
Nanayo Okamoto (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) - 1:12:31 (Osaka 2019)
Chika Ihara (Higo Ginko) - 1:12:35 (Sanyo 2018)
Kikuyo Tsuzaki (Noritz) - 1:12:42 (Sanyo 2017)
Sakie Arai (Higo Ginko) - 1:12:45 (Matsue Ladies 2016)
Hiroko Miyauchi (Hokuren) - 1:13:39 (Sanyo 2017)
Megumi Hirai (Canon AC Kyushu) - 1:14:29 (Sanyo 2017)
Minori Goto (Canon AC Kyushu) - 1:14:41 (Osaka 2017)

Ken Nakayama (Chuo Univ.) - 1:01:32 (Ageo 2018)
Keita Yoshida (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:01:46 (Marugame 2019)
Kei Katanishi (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:01:50 (Yosenkai 2018)
Kazuto Kawabata (Konica Minolta) - 1:02:23 (Marugame 2017)
Reiri Nakashima (Tokai Univ.) - 1:02:28 (Ageo 2018)
Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 1:02:49 (Ageo 2018)
Shintaro Miwa (NTN) - 1:02:49 (Niigata 2018)
Haruki Minatoya (Tokai Univ.) - 1:02:52 (Niigata 2018)
Ryoichi Yoshida (Kyudenko) - 1:03:02 (Ageo 2016)
Shun Yuzawa (Tokai Univ.) - 1:03:07 (Kanagawa 2018)
Ryoya Nishikawa (Toenec) - 1:03:27 (Inuyama 2016)
Taiju Nakashima (Meiji Univ.) - 1:03:48 (Marugame 2018)
Yuta Kanbayashi (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:03:56 (Setagaya 2018)

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Naoki Okamotoage: 35
sponsor: Chugoku Denryoku
graduated from: Tottori Chuo Ikuei H.S., Meiji University

best time inside MGC window:
2:11:29, 1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon

PB: 2:11:29, 1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:37.71 (2009) 10000 m: 28:05.84 (2011) half marathon: 1:02:16 (2009)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
DNF, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon
1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:11:29 – PB
DNF, 2018 Boston Marathon

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4th, 2019 Shibetsu Half Marathon, 1:03:53
2nd, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:05:13
1st, 2018 Chugoku Corporate Ekiden Sixth Stage (19.0 km), 56:25 – CR
1st, 2018 Ome 30 km Road Race, 1:33:09
21st, 2017 Tokyo Marathon, 2:13:53

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