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Japan Announces Full Team for Beijing World Championships

by Brett Larner

On Aug. 4 the JAAF released the full Japanese team for the 2015 Beijing World Championships later this month.  Men's 20 km racewalk world record holder Yusuke Suzuki (Team Fujitsu) leads the team along with national record holders Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC, women's 100 m and 200 m), Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ., women's 100 m Jr. NR), Asami Chiba (Toho Ginko, women's 400 m), Suguru Osako (Nike Oregon Project, men's 5000 m), Yuki Yamazaki (SDF Academy, men's 50 km racewalk), Yuki Ebihara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC, women's javelin throw) and Keisuke Ushiro (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC, men's decathlon) plus 2015 World Youth Games record-setting double 100 m and 200 m gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.), at 16 the youngest-ever member of a Japanese World Championships team.  Full team roster:

Sprints and Relays
Men's 100 m, 200 m and 4x100 m Relay
Kei Takase (Team Fujitsu) - 10.09 -0.1 m/s / 20.14 +1.0 m/s
Kenji Fujimitsu (Team Zenrin) - 20.13 +0.6 m/s
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 20.34 -0.4 m/s
Kotaro Taniguchi (Chuo Univ.) - 20.45 +0.6 m/s
Takuya Nagata (Hosei Univ.) - 10.19 +0.4 m/s / 20.63 +0.8 m/s
Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.) - 10.23 +1.3 m/s / 20.64

Women's 100 m and 200 m
Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC) - 11.21 +1.7 m/s - NR / 22.89 -0.2 m/s - NR

Men's 400 m
Yuzo Kanemaru (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 45.16

Women's 4x100 m
Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 11.43 +1.8 m/s - Jr. NR
Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 11.43 +2.0 m/s
Yuki Miyazawa (Toyama Univ.) - 11.67 +0.0 m/s
Iyoba Edoba (Tokyo H.S.) -11.72 -1.2 m/s

Men's 4x400 m
Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 45.52
Kentaro Sato (Josai Univ.) - 45.58
Naoki Kobayashi (Tokai Univ.) - 45.79
Tomoya Tamura (Sumitomo Denko) - 46.07

Women's 4x400 m
Asami Chiba (Toho Ginko) - 51.75 - NR
Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 53.05
Sayaka Aoki (Toho Ginko) - 53.05
Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 53.50
Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 54.14

Long Distance
Men's 5000 m
Suguru Osako (Nike Oregon Project) - 13:08.40 - NR
Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 13:12.63 - all-time Japanese #2
Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 13:19.62 - all-time Japanese #8

Women's 5000 m
Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post Group) - 15:14.96 - all-time Japanese #12
Misaki Onishi (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:16.82 - all-time Japanese #17
Azusa Sumi (Universal Entertainment) - 15:17.62 - all-time Japanese #20

Men's 10000 m
Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 27:38.99 - all-time Japanese #5
Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 27:39.95 - all-time Japanese #6
Yuta Shitara (Honda) - 27:42.71 - all-time Japanese #12

Women's 10000 m
Yuka Takashima (Denso) - 31:37.32
Rei Ohara (Tenmaya) - 31:48.31
Kasumi Nishihara (Yamada Denki) - 31:53.69

Hurdles
Men's 400 mH
Takayuki Kishimoto (Fujitsu) - 48.41
Yuta Konishi (Sumitomo Denko) - 49.41
Yuki Matsushita (Mizuno) - 49.57

Road
Men's Marathon
Kazuhiro Maeda (Kyudenko) - 2:08:00 - all-time Japanese #14
Masakazu Fujiwara (Honda) - 2:08:12 - all-time Japanese #18

Women's Marathon
Sairi Maeda (Daihatsu) - 2:22:48 - all-time Japanese #8
Risa Shigetomo (Tenmaya) - 2:23:23 - all-time Japanese #10
Mai Ito (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 2:24:42 - all-time Japanese #24

Men's 20 km Racewalk
Yusuke Suzuki (Fujitsu) - 1:16:36 - WR
Eiki Takahashi (Fujitsu) - 1:18:03
Isamu Fujisawa (Alsok) - 1:19:08

Women's 20 km Racewalk
Kumiko Okada (Bic Camera) - 1:29:46

Men's 50 km Racewalk
Yuki Yamazaki (SDF Academy) - 3:40:12 - NR
Takayuki Tanii (SDF Academy) - 3:40:19
Hirooki Arai (SDF Academy) - 3:40:34

Jumps
Men's High Jump
Naoto Tobe (Tsukuba Twin Peaks) - 2.31 m
Takashi Eto (AGF) - 2.28 m
Yuji Hiramatsu (Tsukuba Univ.) - 2.28 m

Men's Pole Vault
Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - 5.75 m
Hiroki Ogita (Mizuno) - 5.70 m

Men's Long Jump
Yohei Sugai (Mizuno) - 8.18 m +1.3 m/s

Throws
Men's Javelin Throw
Ryohei Arai (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 86.83 m

Women's Javelin Throw
Yuki Ebihara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 63.80 m - NR

Combined Events
Men's Decathlon
Keisuke Ushiro (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 8308 - NR
Akihiko Nakamura (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 8035

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