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Ikeda Breaks 10000 m Race Walk Meet Record in World-Leading Time at National University Championships



Following Yuki Hashioka's world-leading men's long jump win on the first day of the National Track and Field Championships, Koki Ikeda (Toyo Univ.)  delivered the second world lead of the meet with a 38:41.45 win in the men's 10000 m race walk Saturday at Niigata's Denka Big Swan Stadium. Completely solo, Ikeda took over 8 seconds off the world-leading time and more than 36 seconds off the meet record, beating 2nd placer Yuta Koga (Meiji Univ.) by more than 1:38. Ikeda's teammate Masatora Kawano was 3rd in 40:35.20, cementing Toyo University's position as Japan's top producer of men's race walk talent alongside its success in sprints and long distance.

The day's other meet record came in the women's 100 m final. Third-year Mei Kodama (Fukuoka Univ.) won in 11.35 (-0.2), the third-fastest Japanese women's time ever, 0.03 off the collegiate national record and bringing her within 0.14 of the national record. Kodama's performance was the only mark in the Japanese all-time top ten done without a substantial tailwind and all the more impressive in that it came less than an hour after she ran second for Fukuoka University's winning 4x100 m relay team. Her time in the 100 m is still a long way from being internationally competitive but with national record holder Chisato Fukushima on the way out Kodama arrives just in time to take over as Japan's top female sprint talent.

In the men's 100 m, Soshi Mizukubo (Josai Univ.) turned in a quality 10.14 (+1.8 m/s) for the win over Bruno Dede (Tokai Univ.) and teammate Ryota Suzuki. Josai didn't make the 4x100 m relay final, where Waseda University won a close race in 39.46 over Kinki University in 39.49 and Nihon University in 39.54.

Along with its 100 m and 4x100 m titles and Momone Ueda's win in the javelin throw on day one, Fukuoka picked up a third women's national title in the triple jump, where Maoko Takashima (Fukuoka Univ.) took the top spot at 12.95 m (+1.9 m/s). One other near-miss on the meet record came in the heptathlon, where Karin Oda (Nittai Univ.) won in 5541, just 9 points off the record held jointly by Yuki Yamasaki and Meg Hemphill.

The National University Track and Field Championships wrap up Sunday. Live streaming of the final day can be had here.

89th National University Track and Field Championships

Day Two Highlights
Denka Big Swan Stadium, Niigata, 9/12/20
complete results

Men's 100 m Final +1.8 m/s
1. Soshi Mizukubo (Josai Univ.) - 10.14
2. Bruno Dede (Tokai Univ.) - 10.20
3. Ryota Suzuki (Josai Univ.) - 10.22

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Waseda University - 39.46
2. Kinki University - 39.49
3. Nihon University - 39.54

Men's 10000 m Race Walk Final
1. Koki Ikeda (Toyo Univ.) - 38:41.45 - WL, MR
2. Yuta Koga (Meiji Univ.) - 40:19.90
3. Masatora Kawano (Toyo Univ.) - 40:35.20

Men's High Jump Final
1. Yuichi Ebisuya (Chukyo Univ.) - 2.18 m
2. Hirokazu Sakai (Tokai Univ.) - 2.15 m
3. Haruki Horii (Niigata Iryo Fukushi Univ.) - 2.10 m

Men's Shot Put Final
1. Ryuji Iwasa (Tokai Univ.) - 17.52 m
2. Shinichi Yukinaga (Shikoku Univ.) - 17.07 m
3. Hiroto Sato (Nihon Univ.) - 16.47 m

Men's Decathlon Final
1. Hideru Kawakami (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 7653
2. Shun Taue (Juntendo Univ.) - 7565
3. Yuma Maruyama (Nihon Univ.) - 7278

Women's 100 m Final -0.2 m/s
1. Mei Kodama (Fukuoka Univ.) - 11.35 - MR
2. Aiko Iki (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 11.65
3. Rinka Maekawa (Nittai Univ.) - 11.65

Women's 4x100 m Final
1. Fukuoka University - 44.92
2. Konan University - 45.97
3. Tsukuba University - 46.11

Women's 10000 m Race Walk Final
1. Nami Hayashi (Juntendo Univ.) - 48:03.37
2. Mao Tatsumi (Chukyo Univ.) - 48:33.73
3. Maika Yagi (Chukyo Univ.) - 48:43.05

Women's High Jump Final
1. Sakura Asai (Tsukuba Univ.) - 1.78 m
2. Yorika Watagawa (Mukogawa Joshi Univ.) - 1.75 m
3. Yumemi Minowa (Niigata Iryo Fukushi Univ.) - 1.70 m

Women's Triple Jump Final
1. Maoko Takashima (Fukuoka Univ.) - 12.95 m +1.9 m/s
2. Toko Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) - 12.69 m +2.2 m/s
3. Akari Funada (Mukogawa Joshi Univ.) - 12.63 m +1.0 m/s

Women's Discus Throw Final
1. Nanaka Kori (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 50.75 m
2. Mizuki Handa (Tsukuba Univ.) - 48.31 m
3. Mizuho Koga (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 48.21 m

Women's Heptathlon Final
1. Karin Odama (Nittai Univ.) - 5541
2. Maya Shurestha (Tsukuba Univ.) - 5184
3. Dariya Miwa (Chuo Univ.) - 5074

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