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MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Kenji Yamamoto

Kenji Yamamotoage: 29
sponsor: Mazda
graduated from: Yugakkan H.S., Toyo University

best time inside MGC window:
2:08:42, 7th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon

PB: 2:08:42, 7th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:55.42 (2013) 10000 m: 28:26.35 (2015) half marathon: 1:01:47 (2014)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
7th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:08:42 – PB
9th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:08:48

other major results:
4th, 2019 San Diego Half Marathon, 1:02:01
20th, 2019 National Corporate Half Marathon, 1:02:34
1st, 2019 Chugoku Yamaguchi Ekiden Sixth Stage (15..9 km), 47:49
3rd, New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:05:30
1st, 2018 Chugoku Corporate Ekiden Third Stage (11.6 km), 35:43
4th, 2018 San Diego Half Marathon, 1:02:45
4th, 2017 San Diego Half Marathon, 1:03:14
10th, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:15:19
2nd, 2012 Hakone Ekiden Third Stage (21.5 km), 1:02:43
1st, 2011 Hakone Ekiden Tenth Stage (23.1 km), 1:09:36

Another of the five Toyo University graduates in the…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Chihiro Miyawaki

Chihiro Miyawakiage: 28
sponsor: Toyota
graduated from: Chukyo H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:08:45, 8th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:08:45, 8th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:35.74 (2011) 10000 m: 27:41.57 (2012) half marathon: 1:00:53 (2012)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
8th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:08:45 – PB
11th, 2017 Chicago Marathon, 2:13:32

other major results:
12th, 2019 Hakodate Half Marathon, 1:03:31
25th, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:16:51
11th, 2015 National Corporate Half Marathon Championships, 1:02:18
15th, 2014 Tokyo Marathon, 2:11:50
3rd, 2013 Kumanichi 30 km, 1:29:51 – PB
4th, 2012 National Corporate Championships 10000 m, 27:41.57 – PB tie
1st, National Corporate Half Marathon Championships, 1:00:53 – PB
3rd, 2011 Hachioji Long Distance Meet 10000 m A-Heat, 27:41.57 – PB

Miyawaki is one of the three men in the field who didn’t go to university. He had the skills to have been one of the top Hakone Ekiden runners, going right to the…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Reia Iwade

Reia Iwadeage: 24
sponsor: Under Armour
graduated from: Toyokawa H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:23:52, 5th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

PB: 2:23:52, 5th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:42.50 (2015) 10000 m: 32:13.21 (2015) half marathon: 1:09:45 (U20 NR, 2013)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
5th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:23:52 – PB
4th, 2018 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:26:28
5th, 2017 Sendai International Marathon, 2:31:11

other major results:
1st, 2019 Osaka Half Marathon, 1:09:46
6th, 2018 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:13:11
9th, 2017 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:10:35
4th, 2016 Berlin Marathon, 2:28:16
5th, 2016 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:24:38
5th, 2016 National Corporate Half Marathon Championships, 1:10:53
7th, 2015 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:29:16
3rd, 2015 National Corporate Half Marathon Championships, 1:10:13
3rd, 2014 Yokohama Women’s Marathon, 2:27:21
4th, 2013 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:09:45 – PB, U20 NR

Iwa…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Yuki Sato

Yuki Satoage: 32
sponsor: Nissin Shokuhin
graduated from: Saku Chosei H.S., Tokai University

best time inside MGC window:
2:08:58, 10th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:08:58, 10th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:13.60 (2013) 10000 m: 27:38.25 (2009) half marathon: 1:02:30 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
16th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:15:07
6th, 2018 Berlin Marathon, 2:09:18
10th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:08:58 – PB
DNF, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon

other major results:
6th, 2019 HDC Abashiri Meet 10000 m, 28:08.34
2nd, 2019 Gold Coast Half Marathon, 1:02:36
2nd, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:02:30 – PB
DNF, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon
13th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:06:03
2nd, 2018 East Japan Corporate Ekiden Fifth Stage (7.8 km), 23:00
DNF, 2018 National Championships 10000 m
16th, 2018 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:02:33
15th, 2017 Valencia Half Marathon, 1:02:53
4th, 2017 National Championships 10000 m, 28:09.01
DNF…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Daisuke Uekado

Daisuke Uekadoage: 25
sponsor: Otsuka Seiyaku
graduated from: Hokuryo H.S., Kyoto Sangyo University

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:27, 6th, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon

PB: 2:09:27, 6th, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 14:06.13 (2016) 10000 m: 28:48.22 (2013) half marathon: 1:03:28 (2016)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
22nd, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:15:49
8th, 2018 Berlin Marathon, 2:11:07
6th, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:09:27 – PB

other major results:
11th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:05:59
2nd, 2018 Kansai Corporate Ekiden First Stage (12.6 km), 37:54
81st, 2018 Valencia World Half Marathon Championships, 1:04:48
10th, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:12:58
48th, 2016 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:03:28 – PB
1st, 2016 Kyoto Marathon, 2:17:54

Someone else totally unique in the MGC men’s field: Uekado is the only one who graduated from a university outside the Tokyo-centric Kanto Region. That might not mean…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Ryo Hashimoto

Ryo Hashimotoage: 25
sponsor: GMO
graduated from: Oita Nishi H.S., Aoyama Gakuin University

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:29, 5th, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon

PB: 2:09:29, 5th, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:57.91 (2016) 10000 m: 28:35.37 (2019) half marathon: 1:02:55 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
5th, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:09:29 – PB
9th, 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:11:40

other major results:
7th, 2019 HDC Fukagawa Meet 10000 m B-Race, 28:35.37 – PB
4th, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:02:55 – PB
4th, 2018 Year-End Half Marathon, 1:03:31
4th, 2017 Gold Coast Marathon, 2:10:19
20th, 2017 Tokyo Marathon, 2:13:29
1st, 2016 Hofu Marathon, 2:11:20
23rd, 2016 Tokyo Marathon, 2:14:38

Hashimoto is totally unique in the MGC men’s field, someone who went to a Hakone Ekiden champion university but never made its starting roster for Japan’s biggest race. A benchwarmer for four-time Hakone winner Aoyama Gakuin University, …

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Kayoko Fukushi

Kayoko Fukushiage: 37
sponsor: Wacoal
graduated from: Goshogawara Kogyo H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:24:09, 8th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

PB: 2:22:17, 1st, 2016 Osaka International Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 14:53.22 (NR, 2005) 10000 m: 30:51.81 (2002) half marathon: 1:07:26 (NR, 2006)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
8th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:24:09
DNF, 2019 Osaka International Women’s Marathon

other major results:
5th, 2018 National Corporate Women’s Ekiden Third Stage (10.0 km), 35:15
1st, 2018 National Corporate Women’s Ekiden Qualifier Sixth Stage (6.695 km), 21:22 – CR
14th, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Marathon, 2:29:53
1st, 2016 Osaka International Women’s Marathon, 2:22:17 – PB
4th, 2015 Chicago Marathon, 2:24:25
3rd, 2013 Moscow World Championships Marathon, 2:27:45
1st, 2013 Osaka International Women’s Marathon, 2:24:21

What’s there to say about Fukushi? She’s got more national records than she knows what to do with. She’s t…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Yuji Iwata

Yuji Iwataage: 32
sponsor: MHPS
graduated from: Fukuoka Kogyo H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:30, 6th, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon

PB: 2:09:30, 6th, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 14:08.35 (2014) 10000 m: 28:53.82 (2010) half marathon: 1:03:38 (2011)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
6th, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:09:30 – PB
7th, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:15:09
46th, 2018 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:24:00

other major results:
22nd, 2019 Shibetsu Half Marathon, 1:06:44
3rd, 2019 New Year Ekiden Seventh Stage (15.5 km), 45:50
8th, 2017 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, 2:12:15
4th, 2015 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:17:29

One of the things about Japanese marathoning, especially on the men’s side, is that the depth makes it so that there’s usually going to be some random guy who busts a 2:08~2:10 out of nowhere. Put Iwata into that category. One of only three men in the field who didn’t go to university, at age 32 Iwata has been in the corporate leagues for 14 years a…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier Profile - Hayato Sonoda

Hayato Sonodaage: 30
sponsor: Kurosaki Harima
graduated from: Kumamoto Kokufu H.S., Jobu University

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:34, 2nd, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon

PB: 2:09:34, 2nd, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 14:05.64 (2016) 10000 m: 28:52.49 (2018) half marathon: 1:03:00 (2016)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
18th, 2019 Boston Marathon, 2:15:58
8th, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:10:39
5th, 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:10:31
4th, 2018 Jakarta Asian Games Marathon, 2:19:04
2nd, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:09:34 – PB
11th, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:12:04

other major results:
33rd, 2019 Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, 1:05:42
21st, 2019 Niigata Half Marathon, 1:06:01
27th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:07:34
5th, 2018 Kyushu Corporate Ekiden Seventh Stage (16.3 km), 47:22
70th, 2018 Valencia World Half Marathon Championships, 1:04:12
7th, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:11:32
4th, 2016 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier Profile - Kohei Ogino

Kohei Oginoage: 29
sponsor: Fujitsu
graduated from: Chiben H.S., Koku Gakuin University

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:36, 12th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:09:36, 12th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 14:14.12 (2011) 10000 m: 28:56.00 (2010) half marathon: 1:03:18 (2011)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
9th, 2019 Hamburg Marathon, 2:10:15
DNF, 2019 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
18th, 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:16:04
12th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:09:36
41st, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:24:55

other major results:
10th, 2019 Niigata Half Marathon, 1:03:27
16th, 2017 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:15:10
21st, 2016 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:17:14
3rd, 2015 Nagano Marathon, 2:11:42
3rd, 2015 Ome 30 km Road Race, 1:33:42

Repping Shibuya's Koku Gakuin University, Ogino’s marathon career started off well enough with a 3rd-place finish at the 2015 Ome 30 km as a tune-up for that year’s Nagano Marathon, where he was also 3rd in 2:11:42. He had his ups an…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Miyuki Uehara

Miyuki Ueharaage: 23
sponsor: Daiichi Seimei
graduated from: Kagoshima Joshi H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:24:19, 9th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

PB: 2:24:19, 9th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:21.40 (2015) 10000 m: 31:38.80 (2016) half marathon: 1:09:13 (2017)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
9th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:24:19 – PB
9th, 2018 Berlin Marathon, 2:25:46

other major results:
6th, 2019 Hakodate Half Marathon, 1:12:07
6th, 2019 Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, 1:11:03
21st, 2018 National Corporate Women’s Ekiden Third Stage (10.9 km), 37:17
5th, 2018 National Championships 5000 m, 15:36.33
2nd, 2017 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:09:13 – PB
24th, 2017 London World Championships 10000 m, 32:31.58
3rd, 2017 National Championships 10000 m, 31:48.81
15th, 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics 5000 m final, 15:34.99
2nd, 2016 Bolder Boulder 10 km, 34:16

Just 20 at the time, Uehara became only the second Japanese woman to ever make an Olymp…

Matsumoto and Waku Win in Hokkaido, Yamaguchi Become First Woman to Win New Caledonia Four Times

As a route to qualification for next month's MGC Race Olympic marathon trials the Hokkaido Marathon saw higher-quality results than usual last year, but in its first edition after the closing of the trials qualifying period yesterday's 2019 running had no shortage on quality. In warm conditions the men's race went out conservatively with a 1:06:57 first half and turned into a show of who could negative split the hardest, with the top six all running the second half faster. Ryo Matsumoto, part of the top current marathon program in Japan, Toyota, won by over 30 seconds in 2:12:57 with 2nd through 6th all finishing within 15 seconds of each other in the mid-2:13s.

Kasumi Yoshida (Nitori) did a lot of the work in leading the women's pack for the first 30 km before heavy favorite Mirai Waku (Univ. Ent.) took off. Waku had said pre-race that she wanted to break 2:30, but despite falling well short of that she opened a lead of over a minute and a half to win in 2:33:44. 2015…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Tadashi Isshiki

Tadashi Isshikiage: 25
sponsor: GMO
graduated from: Toyokawa H.S., Aoyama Gakuin University

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:43, 13th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:09:43, 13th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:39.65 (2017) 10000 m: 28:23.40 (2014) half marathon: 1:02:09 (2015)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
11th, 2019 Hamburg Marathon, 2:11:23
10th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:12:21
17th, 2018 Frankfurt Marathon, 2:14:49
13th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:09:43 – PB
8th, 2017 Hofu Marathon, 2:15:43

other major results:
20th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:02:15
2nd, 2018 Year-End Half Marathon, 1:03:00
4th, 2017 National Championships 5000 m, 13:39.65 – PB
DNF, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon
3rd, 2017 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.1 km), 1:07:56
1st, 2016 Kanagawa Half Marathon, 1:03:03
3rd, 2016 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.1 km), 1:07:35
11th, 2016 Tokyo Marathon, 2:11:45
2nd, 2015 Gwangju World University Games Half Marathon, 1:04:52
1st, 2015 National University Hal…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Akinobu Murasawa

Akinobu Murasawaage: 28
sponsor: Nissin Shokuhin
graduated from: Saku Chosei H.S., Tokai University

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:47, 14th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:09:47, 14th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:34.85 (2011) 10000 m: 27:50.59 (2012) 20 km: 59:08 (2009)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
18th, 2018 Frankfurt Marathon, 2:15:41
14th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:09:47 – PB
1st, 2017 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:14:48

other major results:
25th, 2019 Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, 1:04:32
34th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Third Stage (13.6 km), 40:25
28th, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:17:51
5th, 2017 Karatsu 10-Miler, 46:46
8th, 2016 National Championships 10000 m, 28:29.10
5th, 2015 National Championships 10000 m, 28:39.39
9th, 2014 Kumamoto Kosa 10-Miler, 46:40 – PB
3rd, 2012 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.2 km), 1:08:14
1st, 2011 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.2 km), 1:06:52
2nd, 2010 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.2 km), 1:08:08
1st, 2009 Hakone Ekiden Qualifier 20…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Jo Fukuda

Jo Fukudaage: 28
sponsor: Nishitetsu
graduated from: Omuta H.S., Kokushikan University

best time inside MGC window:
2:09:52, 3rd, 2018 Gold Coast Marathon

PB: 2:09:52, 3rd, 2018 Gold Coast Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 14:09.18 (2017) 10000 m: 28:44.67 (2017) half marathon: 1:02:25 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
DNF, 2019 Tokyo Marathon
7th, 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:10:54
3rd, 2018 Gold Coast Marathon, 2:09:52 – PB
23rd, 2018 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:18:16
3rd, 2017 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:15:11

other major results:
7th, 2019 Gold Coast Half Marathon, 1:03:49
26th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:02:25 – PB
24th, 2019 National Men’s Ekiden Seventh Stage (13.0 km), 38:38
23rd, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:06:42
3rd, 2018 Kyushu Corporate Ekiden Fifth Stage (13.0 km), 38:27
20th, 2017 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, 2:16:16
9th, 2016 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:16:29
35th, 2016 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:19:06

With his last five marathons at that po…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Mao Ichiyama

Mao Ichiyamaage: 22
sponsor: Wacoal
graduated from: Izumi Chuo H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:24:33, 7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:24:33, 7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:24.17 (2017) 10000 m: 31:49.01 (2017) half marathon: 1:08:49 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
15th, 2019 London Marathon, 2:27:27
7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:24:33

other major results:
1st, 2019 Hakodate Half Marathon, 1:08:49 – PB
6th, 2019 National Women’s Ekiden Ninth Stage (10.0 km), 32:12
3rd, 2018 National Corporate Women’s Ekiden First Stage (7.0 km), 22:20
1st, 2018 National Corporate Women’s Ekiden Qualifier Third Stage (10.7 km), 34:23
19th, 2018 World Half Marathon Championships, 1:11:02
3rd, 2017 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:09:14
39th, 2017 World Cross Country Championships, 35:53

The next big thing? Part of the Wacoal group with MGC Race qualifiers Kayoko Fukushi and Yuka Ando, Ichiyama took to the longer distances almost right out of high school, running 3…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Yoshiki Takenouchi

Yoshiki Takenouchiage: 27
sponsor: NTT Nishi Nihon
graduated from: Kansaidai Daiichi H.S., Nihon University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:01, 7rd, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon

PB: 2:10:01, 7rd, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:56.46 (2015) 10000 m: 28:36.44 (2018) half marathon: 1:03:08 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
DNS – 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon
30th, 2018 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:20:29
7th, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:10:01

other major results:
8th, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:03:08 – PB
33rd, 2019 National Corporate Half Marathon, 1:03:13 (PB)
DNS – 2019 National Men’s Ekiden Seventh Stage (13.0 km)
2nd, 2018 Kansai Corporate Ekiden Fifth Stage (16.0 km), 48:54
1st, 2018 Hokuren Distance Challenge Fukagawa Meet 10000 m B-race, 28:36.44 – PB
11th, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:13:33
9th, 2015 Hakone Ekiden Third Stage (21.5 km), 1:03:59

The only Nihon University graduate in the race, Tak…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Ryu Takaku

Ryu Takakuage: 26
sponsor: Yakult
graduated from: Nasu Takuyo H.S., Toyo University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:03, 7rd, 2019 Hamburg Marathon

PB: 2:10:03, 7rd, 2019 Hamburg Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:57.89 (2016) 10000 m: 28:36.71 (2015) half marathon: 1:01:58 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
7th, 2019 Hamburg Marathon, 2:10:03 – PB
9th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:11:49
30th, 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:19:51
6th, 2018 Gold Coast Marathon, 2:11:45
7th, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:12:12

other major results:
2nd, 2019 Hakodate Half Marathon, 1:02:43
10th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:01:58 – PB
2nd, 2019 New Year Ekiden First Stage (12.3 km), 35:56
13th,, 2018 East Japan Corporate Ekiden Second Stage (15.3 km), 45:53
2nd, 2017 Kumanichi 30 km Road Race, 1:31:18
18th, 2017 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:02:34
5th, 2014 Kumanichi 30 km Road Race, 1:30:32 – PB
1st, 2014 Hakone Ekiden Eighth Stage (21.5 km), 1:04:35

Takaku is one of five graduates o…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Shohei Otsuka

Shohei Otsukaage: 25
sponsor: Kyudenko
graduated from: Oita Tomei H.S., Komazawa University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:12, 3rd, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon

PB: 2:10:12, 3rd, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:55.41 (2018) 10000 m: 28:25.42 (2019) half marathon: 1:02:32 (2014)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
11th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:12:36
4th, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:12:07
3rd, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:10:12

other major results:
34th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:02:53
25th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:07:05
8th, 2018 Kumamoto Kosa 10-Miler, 46:21
1st, 2018 Kyushu Corporate Ekiden Seventh Stage (16.3 km), 46:26
16th, 2017 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:15:10
1st, 2017 Hakone Ekiden Fifth Stage (20.8 km, ~800 m uphill), 1:12:46
4th, 2015 Kumanichi 30 km Road Race, 1:31:29
2nd, 2015 Hakone Ekiden Eighth Stage (21.4 km), 1:05:45

Otsuka made an early debut in the marathon while still a student at Komazawa University where he was one…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Sairi Maeda

Sairi Maedaage: 27
sponsor: Daihatsu
graduated from: Kumamoto Shinai Joshi Gakuin H.S., Bukkyo University

best time inside MGC window:
2:25:25, 10th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

PB: 2:22:48, 2nd, 2015 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:32.22 (2012) 10000 m: 32:03.43 (2014) half marathon: 1:10:24 (2015)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
10th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:25:25
2nd, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:30:56
15th, 2018 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:30:54

other major results:
13th, 2015 Beijing World Championships Marathon, 2:31:46
1st, 2015 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:10:24 – PB
2nd, 2015 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:22:48 – PB
3rd, 2014 Osaka International Women’s Marathon, 2:26:46 – Univ. NR

One of only two women in the field to have gone to university, Maeda set the collegiate national record of 2:26:46 at the Osaka International Women’s Marathon her senior year at Kyoto’s Bukkyo University. In the same race her mother ran 2:55:24, together…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Daichi Kamino

Daichi Kaminoage: 26
sponsor: Cell Source
graduated from: Chukyo H.S., Aoyama Gakuin University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:18, 18th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:10:18, 18th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:56.05 (2018) 10000 m: 28:17.54 (2016) half marathon: 1:01:04 (2017)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
8th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:11:05
29th, 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:19:28
DNF, 2018 Berlin Marathon
18th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:10:18
13th, 2017 Fukuoka International Marathon, 2:12:50

other major results:
3rd, 2019 Shibetsu Half Marathon, 1:03:46
7th, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:03:05
7th, 2018 Ageo City Half Marathon, 1:02:19
17th, 2018 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:02:35
2nd, 2018 New Year Ekiden Seventh Stage (15.5 km), 48:38
3rd, 2017 Ome 30 km Road Race, 1:31:33
5th, 2017 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:01:04 – PB
2nd, 2016 Kumamoto Kosa 10-Miler, 46:38
2nd, 2016 Hakone Ekiden Fifth Stage (23.2 km), 1:19:17
9th, 2015 Maugame Ha…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Kensuke Horio

Kensuke Horioage: 23
sponsor: Toyota
graduated from: Suma Gakuen H.S., Chuo University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:21, 5th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:10:21, 5th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:33.51 (2018) 10000 m: 28:34.54 (2016) half marathon: 1:01:57 (2018)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
5th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:10:21

other major results:
3rd, 2019 Okumusashi Ekiden First Stage (9.9 km), 30:03
25th, 2019 National Men's Ekiden Seventh Stage (13.0 km), 38:39
5th, 2019 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.1 km), 1:07:44
6th, 2018 Hakone Ekiden Qualifier Half Marathon, 1:01:57

The youngest man in the field, Horio was the only university runner to qualify for the MGC Race. Tall and running in glasses, he arrived on the scene his senior year at Chuo University with a 1:01:57 at last fall’s Hakone Ekiden Qualifier half marathon that broke the Chuo school record held by his coach, collegiate and debut marathon record holder Masakazu Fujiwara. He backe…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Kengo Suzuki

Kengo Suzukiage: 24
sponsor: Fujitsu
graduated from: Uwajima Higashi H.S., Kanagawa University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:21, 19th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:10:21, 19th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:57.88 (2016) 10000 m: 28:30.16 (2016) half marathon: 1:01:36 (2017)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
13th, 2019 Hamburg Marathon, 2:11:36
DNS, 2019 Tokyo Marathon
19th, 2018 Tokyo Marathon, 2:10:21

other major results:
4th, 2018 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.1 km), 1:07:26
3rd, 2017 Taipei Universiade Half Marathon, 1:06:56
1st, 2017 National University Half Marathon, 1:01:36 – CR
1st, 2017 Hakone Ekiden Second Stage (23.1 km), 1:07:17
3rd, 2016 Hakone Ekiden Qualifier 20 km Road Race, 58:43
3rd, 2016 National University Half Marathon, 1:03:08

Suzuki’s breakthrough to the top level of Japanese distance running came early in 2017 with a win on the Hakone Ekiden’s most competitive stage and two months later with a 1:01:36 to win the National Universit…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Rei Ohara

Rei Oharaage: 29
sponsor: Tenmaya
graduated from: Kojokan H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:25:46, 2nd, 2019 Osaka International Women’s Marathon

PB: 2:23:20, 3rd, 2016 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:39.47 (2016) 10000 m: 31:48.31 (2015) half marathon: 1:09:17 (2015)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
2nd, 2019 Osaka International Women’s Marathon, 2:25:46
10th, 2018 Berlin Marathon, 2:27:29
8th, 2018 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:27:44

other major results:
2nd, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:10:25
4th, 2018 National Corporate Women’s Ekiden Sixth Stage (6.795 km), 21:54
3rd, 2018 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:10:37
5th, 2017 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:09:26
1st, 2017 Osaka Half Marathon, 1:10:02
1st, 2016 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:10:04
3rd, 2016 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:23:20 – PB
2nd, 2015 Sanyo Ladies Half Marathon, 1:09:17 – PB
22nd, 2015 Beijing World Championships 10000 m, 32:47.74
3rd, 2015 National Championships 10000 m, 32:…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Masato Imai

Masato Imaiage: 35
sponsor: Toyota Kyushu
graduated from: Haramachi H.S., Juntendo University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:30, 6th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:07:39, 7th, 2015 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:47.15 (2014) 10000 m: 28:18.15 (2010) half marathon: 1:02:36 (2017)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
6th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:10:30
9th, 2018 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:11:38
10th, 2017 Eindhoven Marathon, 2:17:00

other major results:
17th, 2019 Shibetsu Half Marathon, 1:06:05
10th, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:03:19
3rd, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:05:30
9th, 2018 Kumamoto Kosa 10-Mile Road Race, 46:22 – PB
14th, 2017 Tokyo Marathon, 2:11:02
2nd, 2017 Shibetsu Half Marathon, 1:03:44
5th, 2017 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:02:36 – PB
1st, 2016 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:03:06
7th, 2015 Tokyo Marathon, 2:07:39 – PB
2nd, 2014 Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon, 2:09:30
1st, 2007 Hakone Ekiden Fifth Stage (23.4 k…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Hiroyuki Yamamoto

Hiroyuki Yamamotoage: 33
sponsor: Konica Minolta
graduated from: Kawaguchi Kita H.S., Toyo University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:33, 10th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon

PB: 2:09:12, 10th, 2017 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:45.43 (2010) 10000 m: 27:55.40 (2015) half marathon: 1:02:43 (2013)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019):
10th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:10:33
DNF, 2018 Tokyo Marathon
DNS, 2017 New York City Marathon

other major results:
6th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fifth Stage (15.8 km), 46:53
6th, 2018 Great North Run Half Marathon, 1:02:49
5th, 2017 Great North Run Half Marathon, 1:02:03
4th, 2016 New York City Marathon, 2:11:49
3rd, 2015 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:11:48

Yamamoto was a member of Toyo University’s 2009 team that won the Hakone Ekiden for the first time in school history and launched Hakone’s transition into the modern era. A solid meat and potatoes marathoner, Yamamoto has been reliably at the 2:09 to 2:11 level in four marathon finishes includin…