Skip to main content

Wanjiru and Ndiku Lead Oda Memorial Distance Results



Japan's outdoor season rolled on April 28 with the 52nd Oda Memorial Meet, one of the events used in selection for Japan's national team for this summer's Jakarta Asian Games. Rosemary Monica Wanjiru (Starts) topped the day's results with a 15:08.61 meet record in the Women's Grand Prix 5000 m, easily leaving senior teammate Grace Kimanzi and veteran Ann Karindi (Toyota Jidoshokki) behind to take the top spot.


Dropping a massive PB for 4th, Minami Yamanouchi (Kyocera) was the first Japanese women in 15:21.31. Longtime readers might remember Yamanouchi as a 17-year-old high schooler from Fukushima casually breaking high school boys' records and running sub-3 marathons for fun. Now 24, she has landed at the Kyocera corporate team under the tutelage of former men's half marathon national record holder and fellow Fukushima native Atsushi Sato. Clearly it's the right place for her.


Current high schooler Naomi Muthoni (Sera H.S.) led the Non-Grand Prix 5000 m in 15:20.14, while first-year Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Meijo Univ.) continued a strong transition to the college circuit as she won the U20 5000 m in 15:45.79.

On the men's side, Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu) narrowly edged junior teammate Richard Kimunyan for the Grand Prix 5000 m win in 13:34.46. Shuho Dairokuno (Asahi Kasei) was the first Japanese man across the line at 3rd in 13:37.24. The great Paul Tanui (Kyudenko) had an off day, finishing 7th in only 13:50.33. Yudai Okamoto (JFE Steel) took the Non-Grand Prix win in 13:52.35.

52nd Oda Memorial Meet Highlights

Hiroshima, 4/28/18
click here for complete results

Women's Grand Prix 5000 m
1. Rosemary Monica Wanjiru (Starts) - 15:08.61 - MR
2. Grace Kimanzi (Starts) - 15:15.65
3. Ann Karindi (Toyota Jidoshokki) - 15:20.24
4. Minami Yamanouchi (Kyocera) - 15:21.31
5. Kaori Morita (Panasonic) - 15:34.43
6. Mariam Waithera (Kyudenko) - 15:38.72
7. Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 15:40.47
8. Yukari Ishizawa (Edion) - 15:41.01
9. Yuka Ando (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 15:44.35
10. Sakiho Tsutsui (Yamada Denki) - 15:44.48

U20 Women's 5000 m
1. Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Meijo Univ.) - 15:45.79
2. Ririka Hironaka (Nagasaki Shogyo H.S.) - 15:48.82
3. Miku Moribayashi (Denso) - 15:52.58

Women's Non-Grand Prix 5000 m
1. Naomi Muthoni (Sera H.S.) - 15:20.14
2. Tamaki Ichikawa (Yamada Denki) - 15:48.51
3. Yuka Sarumida (Universal Entertainment) - 16:11.98

Men's Grand Prix 5000 m
1. Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:34.46
2. Richard Kimunyan (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:34.86
3. Shuho Dairokuno (Asahi Kasei) - 13:37.24
4. John Maina (Fujitsu) - 13:38.79
5. Charles Ndirangu (JFE Steel) - 13:43.83
6. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 13:47.58
7. Paul Tanui (Kyudenko) - 13:50.33
8. Yuki Muta (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:52.34
9. Toshiyuki Yanagi (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 13:57.48
10. Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 14:09.19

Men's Non-Grand Prix 5000 m
1. Yudai Okamoto (JFE Steel) - 13:52.35
2. Rei Hashimoto (Mazda) - 13:57.68
3. Patrick Kimani (JFE Steel) - 13:58.24

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Comments

sonny said…
Looks like no video available for the Men's 5000 Grand Prix. Sad face.

Most-Read This Week

Ichiyama and Kirui Lead Marugame Half Elite Field

Last year's winners Betsy Saina and Edward Waweru, both of Kenya, return to the Feb. 3 Kagawa Marugame International Half Marathon, but in both cases they have tough competition. Ranked #1 in the women's race is Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) with a 1:09:14, 3 seconds better than Saina's winning time last year. 3 seconds slower is Sinead Diver (Australia) with a 1:09:20 on home ground last year. Sara Hall (U.S.A.) isn't far behind, and with track star Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post) making her debut off a brilliant run at last weekend's National Women's Ekiden it should be a solid pack up front.

In the men's race, 2017 marathon world champion Geoffrey Kirui (Kenya) leads the way, his best recent time a 1:00:04 in New Delhi two years ago. Only 2 seconds behind is Shadrack Kiplagat (Kenya), with Evans Cheruiyot (Kenya) and the Japan-based Waweru just over 20 seconds back. Waweru's condition is a question mark after an injury at the New Year Ekiden. Kenta Murayama (Asah…

2019 Japanese Distance Rankings

JRN's 2019 Japanese track and road distance running rankings. Overall rankings are calculated using runners' times and placings in races over 5000 m, 10000 m, half-marathon and marathon and the strength of these performances relative to others in the top ten in each category. Distances will be added as the season progresses. Click any image to enlarge.


Past years:
2018 ・ 2017 ・ 2016・ 2015 ・ 2014 ・ 2013 ・ 2012 ・ 2011

© 2019 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Aoyama Gakuin First Year Takayuki Iida Leads Weekend Half Marathon Action

The National Women's Ekiden was the weekend's biggest race, but across the country four half marathons saw decently competitive men's action.

At Tochigi's Takanezawa Genki Up Half Marathon, as in the last few years Hakone Ekiden runner-up Aoyama Gakuin University ran its B-team of Hakone non-starters, this year with company from the team that beat it, Tokai University. AGU swept the top ten, first-year Takayuki Iida taking the top spot in 1:03:10 with teammate Shuya Iwami also getting under 64 minutes. Tokai seemed to treat the day more as a workout, but head coach Hayashi Morozumi, 52, took the chance to get in on the action too, running the 10 km division in 43:04.

In Tokyo, the High Tech Half Marathon celebrated its 20th running with the edition of a marathon division. Independent Hideyuki Ikegami (Aminosaurus) won the men's half in 1:05:08. Club runner Eri Suzuki (Noshiro Yamamoto T&F Assoc.) ran the fastest women's time of the weekend, 1:19:34, to win…