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Ndirangu and Yegon Double, Fuwa Wins 5000 m in Debut - Kanto Regionals Day 3 and 4 Highlights


The 100th edition of the Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships ran through its second half Saturday and Sunday at Kanagawa's Gion Stadium. Check out the results from Thursday and Friday here.

In the D1 men's 5000 m, 10000 m winner Samson Ndirangu (Ryutsu Keizai Univ.) bettered 1500 m champ and 3000 mSC NR holder Ryuji Miura (Juntendo Univ.) to pull off the distance double in 13:39.92. Miura was 2nd in 13:48.90. In his absence, Masanari Shintaku's D1 8:35.2 D1 men's 3000 mSC meet record from 1977 lived another year as Atsushi Shobu (Waseda Univ.) took the steeple title in 8:45.95 PB.

D2 men's 10000 m winner and 2021 Hakone Ekiden MVP Vincent Yegon (Tokyo Kokusai Univ.) also doubled, easily winning the D2 5000 m in 13:42.54. Kota Yoshida (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) won the D2 men's 3000 mSC in a PB of 8:46.55.

First-year Seira Fuwa (Takushoku Univ.) made a great debut as she won the D1 women's 5000 m in 15:48.82, just over 5 seconds off the meet record. In the midst of a busy racing schedule as she tries to make the Tokyo 2020 team, women's D1 3000 mSC meet record holder Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) took it easy this time, winning in 10:15.26 by over 7 seconds.

In non-distance action, Shota Fukuda (Nihon Univ.) broke the D1 men's hammer throw meet record with a throw of 68.84 m. Yuta Koga (Meiji Univ.) took over two minutes off the D2 men's 10000 mRW to win in 39:03.94, the only athlete in D1 and D2 to break 40 minutes. Another D2 meet record in the men's high jump, where Shunsuke Kuboki (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) cleared 2.18 m for the win. Karin Odama (Nittai Univ.) was one of the big surprises of the meet, breaking the women's heptathlon meet record by 2 points to win in 5633.

Windy conditions were again an issue as Aoto Suzuki (Toyo Univ.) won the D1 men's 200 m final in 20.52 (+4.1 m/s) by 0.06 over Bruno Dede (Tokai Univ.). First-year Yu Ishikawa (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) backed up her 100 m win to take the D1 women's 200 m final in 23.55 (+4.4 m/s).

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