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'Ai Ueda Strides to Another Brilliant World Cup Gold in Nur-Sultan'

Kohei Arai Returns to Racing Five Months After Falling 29 Seconds Into Hakone Ekiden

On Jan. 2 Kohei Arai ran the Hakone Ekiden's 21.3 km First Stage for the final time before his graduation from Daito Bunka University. Right after the start he sprained his left ankle and fell, but somehow still managed to complete the stage and hand off his team's tasuki. Now recovered from the injury, Arai is running again. Exactly five months on from that nightmare moment, he returned to racing in the 5000 m at the June 2 Nittai University Time Trials meet. In an interview with Sports Hochi he talked about that day and his desire to make a full comeback.

It was the final Hakone Ekiden of the Heisei Era. As Daito Bunka's star runner Arai was taking on the First Stage for the third time. "I was in good shape and feeling like I'd be able to do something in the race," he said. "I was a senior and had run that stage twice before, so I wanted to put the team into good position by placing near the top on the stage."

But.  Disaster struck just 29 second…

17-Year-Old Ryuji Miura Breaks 3000 m Steeplechase High School Record in World-Leading Time

At the Kinki Region High School Track and Field Championships Saturday in Osaka’s Nagai Stadium, 17-year-old Ryuji Miura of Rakunan H.S. took down one of the oldest records in Japanese athletics, breaking the 30-year-old 3000 m steeplechase high school record by 5 seconds to win in 8:39.49.

Running in heavy rain after clocking the fastest time in the qualifying rounds, Miura went straight to the front in the final and was on his own within 200 m. From the start the record was in reach as he went through 1000 m in 2:49 and 2000 m in 5:43, building up a lead of about 200 m over the rest of the field.

Miura’s final time of 8:39.49 was the fastest in the world this year by an U18 athlete and 6th-best among U20 men, a new Japanese U18 record and all-time #2 for the U20 category. He came short of the outright Japanese high school record of 8:19.21 held by future marathon great Daniel Njenga, but took 5 seconds off the Japanese citizen high school record of 8:44.77 set back in 1989 by futu…

National Track and Field Championships Entry Lists

The JAAF has released the entry lists for the 2019 National Track and Field Championships to be held June 27-30 in Fukuoka. Anyone who has the standard for this fall's Doha World Championships and wins their event will be guaranteed a place on the Doha team, with most others having to wait until the IAAF's September deadline to find out if the JAAF will add them based on qualifying standard or world ranking. Fourteen athletes on the Nationals entry list across eight events currently have the standard and stand to firm up their fall schedules in Fukuoka, with another twenty-two in range of making the final cut based on current world rankings. Entry list highlights below.
103rd National Track and Field ChampionshipsEntry List Highlights
Fukuoka, June 27-30, 2019
marks listed are best in last two years except where noted
athletes in bold have cleared 2019 Doha World Championships standard
athletes in italics are currently ranked inside Doha field size without standard
complete entry …

Japan Announces Team of 42 for Napoli Universiade

The JOC has announced a team of 42, 16 women representing 11 universities and 26 men from 13 universities, for track and field competition at next month's 30th anniversary Napoli Universiade. Jun Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) is the only returning medalist from the 2017 Universiade on the Japanese team, part of last time's gold medal-winning men's 4x100 m lineup. But medal chances are good in the men's and women's half marathons, both areas of traditional strength, in the men's 20 km race walk, where Masatora Kawano (Toyo Univ.) and Koki Ikeda (Toyo Univ.) have the 2nd and 3rd-best times in the world so far this year, the men's long jump, where Yuki Hashioka (Nihon Univ.) is tied for 4th-best in the world, the women's javelin throw, with Haruka Kitaguchi (Nihon Univ.) throwing 8th-best in the world this season, the men's 400 m hurdles, where Masaki Toyoda (Hosei Univ.) is ranked 18th in the world this season, and the men's pole vault, with Masaki E…

Kazami Runs Best-Ever Japanese Placing at Comrades

100 km world record holder Nao Kazami finished 3rd in his Comrades Marathon debut, the best-ever Japanese placing in the event's 94-year history. Complete results and more here.

Two-Time Olympic Marathon Medalist Yuko Arimori to be Named Director of National Para-Sports Association

Double women's marathon Olympic medalist and longtime executive member of a variety of sports organizations Yuko Arimori, 52, bas been tapped to become head of the Japanese National Para-Sports Association according to comments by an involved party on June 6. The nomination was set to be discussed by the association's executive board later the same day. Arimori's experience with handicapped sports includes chairing the Special Olympics Japan, an organization aimed at those with intellectual disabilities, since 2008.

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Shitara Headlines Gold Coast Marathon Elite Field

Half marathon national record holder and Olympic marathon entrant Yuta Shitara (Honda) leads the men's field for the July 7 Gold Coast Marathon in Australia, the only man in the field under 2:08:30 in the last three years with a then-national record 2:06:11 at last year's Tokyo Marathon. Shitara is also scheduled to run Japan's MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials on Sept. 15, making his goals on the Gold Coast a question mark, but a minimum goal is sure to be the Olympic standard of 2:1:30 or a top five finish.  His competition includes Kenya's Douglas Chebii, 2:08:43 in Seville last year, and debuting Kiwi Zane Robertson.

Last year's 3rd-placer Agnes Barsosio of Kenya is the strongest on paper with a 2:20:59 best from two years ago in Paris, but the freshest times comes from fellow Kenyans Rodah Jepkorir and Truphena Chepchirchir, both sub-2:28 earlier this year. Despite a good history of Japanese winners in the Gold Coast women's race no top-tier women are…

Katsuyama Kyoryu Cross Country Race Cancelled Due to Bears

On June 4 the organizers of the 15th Katsuyama Kyoryu Cross Country Race scheduled for June 9 in Katsuyama, Fukui announced that the race has been cancelled due to bear sightings at its main venue, the Katsuyama Kyoryu no Mori park. Organizers said that participants' safety was their number one priority. The cancellation is the second in the event's history. The 6th running was also cancelled due to bear sightings.

Katsuyama experienced a string of four separate bear sightings on June 2. One of those was in Katsuyama Kyoryu no Mori park, where a man sighted a single bear at around 7:30 a.m. City officials closed some sections of the park as a result and set up warning signs to alert people to the danger.

The Katsuyama Kyoryu Cross Country Race is a popular event named after a variety of dinosaur whose fossils have been excavated in the region. The race covers a rugged course through the area's forests and countryside. More than 1000 people take part every year. Organizers…

Konica Minolta's Olympic Trials Qualifiers Training 40 km a Day in Heat and Humidity on Miyako Island

Konica Minolta team members Hiroyuki Yamamoto and Tomohiro Tanigawa are training on the island of Miyako in preparation for the Marathon Grand Championship (MGC) race, the official qualifying race for the Japanese Tokyo Olympics marathon team. The pair selected Miyako for their base training to get acclimated to the hot and humid conditions expected at the Sept. 15 MGC Race.

Yamamoto graduated from Kawaguchi Kita H.S. and Toyo University before joining Konica Minolta. His PBs include 13:45.43 for 5000 m and 2:09:12 for the marathon. Tanigawa went to Kumamoto Kogyo H.S. and Takushoku University, signing on to the Konica Minolta team after his graduation. He has run 13:51.09 for 5000 m and 2:11:39 for the marathon.

The two athletes, head coach Daisuke Isomatsu and other staff members have been on the island since May 27. It is their first time training there. Each day's training is split into three workouts, one each in the early and late morning and another in the afternoon. Inclu…

JAAF Announces Field of 12 Women and 31 Men for September's 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials

The JAAF held a press conference on June 3 to announce the women's and men's fields for Japan's 2020 Olympic marathon trials, the Sept. 15 MGC Race. Following the announcement last week of the Japanese marathon teams for this year's Doha World Championships the complete entry lists for the MGC Race feature just 12 women and 31 men, of whom at least two will score places on the ultra-prestigious home soil marathon teams for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

With Daiji Kawai (Toenec) also named alternate for the Doha team the men's list could shrink to 30 if anyone in the Doha lineup gets injured, and there is a good chance that some people won't make it to the starting line. On the women's side nothing has been seen this year of Hanami Sekine, one of two runners from the Japan Post team to make the entry list, since a lackluster run at December's Corporate Women's Time Trials 10000 m. Mizuki Matsuda, also one of two Daihatsu runners on the list, hasn't b…

Nigussie Breaks Stockholm Marathon Course Record, Fayesa Over Yamaguchi in Women's Race

With Thursday's Diamond League meet making for a busy weekend for race organizers, Stockholm Marathon saw Ethiopia's Sahlesilassie Nigussie break the three year old course record and had a near miss on scoring its first-ever Japanese winner in the year of Idaten.

Running on 2:08 pace in a pack of five until the long climb and descent of the Vasterbron bridge, Nigussie broke away on the flatter section into downtown after the bridge and strode on unchallenged to win in 2:10:10, 48 seconds under the old record. Tafese Delegen was next in 2:11:40 to make it an Ethiopian 1-2, with Kenya's Gilbert Yego 3rd in 2:11:58.

In the women's race a lead group of six including last year's local winner Mikaela Larsson, Ethiopian Aberash Fayesa, Japan's Yoshiko Sakamoto and three other Swedish runners stayed together until almost 20 km. Running with support from JRN in her first serious marathon outside Japan, Haruka Yamaguchi was 30 seconds back in 7th when Fayesa made a long…