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National Championships 10000 m Entry Lists

The National Championships 10000 m will be held six weeks earlier than the rest of the meet this year in a bid to help people produce better performances to increase their positions in the world rankings ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics. The 10000 m will take place May 19 in Osaka as part of the Golden Grand Prix meet.

The women's race includes six of the seven Japanese women who have cleared the 2019 Doha World Championships standard of 31:50.00, the only absence being Harumi Okamoto (Mitsui Sumitomo Denko), 31:28.20 at December's Corporate Women's Time Trials meet. Of them, only #2-ranked Hitomi Niiya (Nike Tokyo TC) has cleared the more demanding 31:25.00 Tokyo Olympic standard with a 31:22.63 in her silver medal-winning run at last month's Asian Athletics Championships.

With no Japanese men under either the 27:40.00 Doha standard or the 27:28.00 Olympic standard the men's race includes four Japan-based Kenyans to try to pull them along to at least the Doha mark. All-time Japanese #2 for 10000 m by PB, Tetsuya Yoroizaka leads the Japanese men with a 27:55.85 win in last November's Hachioji Long Distance B-heat. The only Japanese man under 28 minutes so far this year, half marathon national record holder Yuta Shitara (Honda) has given the 10000 m a miss.

Entry lists with season best times:

Women
Minami Yamanouchi (Kyocera) - 31:16.48
Hitomi Niiya (Nike Tokyo TC) - 31:22.63
Rina Nabeshima (Japan Post) - 31:28.81
Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post)- 31:33.62
Shiori Yano (Canon AC Kyushu) - 31:44.13
Yuka Hori (Panasonic) - 31:48.93
Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 31:50.17
Mizuki Matsuda (Daihatsu) - 31:52.42
Kaori Morita (Panasonic) - 31:57.95
Ayumi Hagiwara (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 31:58.52
Sayaka Sato (Sekisui Kagaku) - 31:59.64
Sakiho Tsutsui (Yamada Denki) - 32:18.70
Kasumi Nishihara (Yamada Denki) - 32:19.59
Ai Hosoda (Daihatsu) - 32:21.11
Mai Shoji (Denso) - 32:22.82
Misaki Hayashida (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 32:26.65
Anna Matsuda (Kyocera) - 32:27.35
Rino Kojima (Chuo Univ.) - 32:32.95
Misaki Nishida (Edion) - 32:44.78
Nanami Watanabe (Panasonic) - 32:44.98
Ikumi Fukura (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 32:57.89
Nozomi Tanaka (Toyota Jidoshokki TC) - debut

Men
Rodgers Shumo Kwemoi (Aisan Kogyo) - 27:28.66
Bernard Koech (Kyudenko) - 27:31.83
Joel Mwaura (Kurosaki Harima) - 27:45.31
Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 27:55.85
Hiroki Abe (Meiji Univ.) - 27:56.45
Robert Kipchirchir Mwei (Asahi Kasei) - 27:57.14
Kazuki Tamura (Sumitomo Denko) - 27:58.35
Takuya Fujikawa (Chugoku Denryoku) - 27:58.87
Yuma Higashi (Kyudenko) - 28:03.46
Gen Hachisuka (Konica Minolta) - 28:05.32
Taku Fujimoto (Toyota) - 28:08.30
Daiji Kawai (Toenec) - 28:08.52
Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 28:10.39
Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 28:12.53
Kazuma Taira (Kanebo) - 28:16.22
Yamato Otsuka (NTT Nishi Nihon) - 28:17.68
Akira Aizawa (Toyo Univ.) - 28:17.81
Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 28:18.15
Hiroshi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 28:23.58
Tatsuya Oike (Toyota Boshoku) - 28:24.25
Takumi Komatsu (NTT Nishi Nihon) - 28:24.39
Daisuke Momozawa (San Kogyo) - 28:25.56
Shohei Kurata (GMO) - 28:29.01
Masaru Aoki (Kanebo) - 28:29.70
Yusuke Tamura (Kurosaki Harima) - 28:31.06
Keijiro Mogi (Asahi Kasei) - 28:33.21
Hiroki Suzuki (YKK) - 28:42.60
Naoya Takahashi (Yasukawa Denki) - 28:44.43
Rintaro Takeda (Yakult) - 28:44.52
Yuta Bando (Fujitsu) - 29:19.72

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