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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, uphill), 1:12:46
4th, 2015 Kumanichi 30 km Road Race, 1:31:29

Otsuka made an early debut in the marathon while still a student at Komazawa University where he was one of the heavy hitters on its ekiden team, winning the Hakone Ek…

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
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 Half Marathon, 1:01:21
1st, 2015 Hakone Ekide…

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

Imai is the runner who launched the Hakone …

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…

Shiroyama's 8.40 m Jump Leads Four National Records at Athlete Night Games in Fukui

Held in the stadium where Japan saw its first-ever sub-10 clocking for 100 m, Saturday's new Athlete Night Games in Fukui meet produced four national records highlighted by an incredible men's long jump competition. Yuki Hashioka (Nihon Univ.) opened with a jump of 8.32 m +1.6 m/s that shattered the national record dating way back in 1992 by 7 cm. Hibika Tsuha (Toyo Univ.) followed him with a jump of 8.21 m + 2.0 m/s that put him into the all-time Japanese top three, then bettered that with an 8.23 m +0.6 m/s.



Out of nowhere, Shotaro Shiroyama (Zenrin) knocked them both back in the record books on his third jump with a new national record of 8.40 m +1.5 m/s, the #2 mark in the world so far this year and only his second time clearing 8 m with a legal wind. Japanese fans were quick to compare the trio's results to this season's Diamond League meets.

DL Shanghai
🥇8m24🥈8m16🥉8m14
DL Lausanne
🥇8m32🥈8m19🥉8m13
DL London
🥇8m37🥈8m32🥉8m11
DL Fukui
🥇8m40🥈8m32🥉8m23 htt…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Takuya Fujikawa

Takuya Fujikawaage: 26
sponsor: Chugoku Denryoku
graduated from: Sera H.S., Aoyama Gakuin University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:35, 7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

PB: 2:10:35, 7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:51.40 (2013) 10000 m: 27:58.87 (2018) half marathon: 1:01:46 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
7th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:10:35
12th, 2018 Gold Coast Marathon, 2:15:59
6th, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:11:59

other major results:
5th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Third Stage (13.6 km), 38:29
8th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:01:46 – PB
4th, 2018 Hachioji Long Distance Meet 10000 m, 27:58.87 – PB
1st, 2015 Hakone Ekiden Ninth Stage (23.2), 1:08:04

Fujikawa has followed a super-elite path through the Japanese ekiden world for most of his career. Alongside Bedan Karoki (Kenya), he was part of Sera High School’s 2011 National High School Ekiden Championships winning team. Going on to Aoyama Gakuin University, he was captain of the AGU squad his fourth…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Keiko Nogami

Keiko Nogamiage: 33
sponsor: Juhachi Ginko
graduated from: Suma Gakuen H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:26:33, 5th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

PB: 2:26:33, 5th, 2019 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:24.70 (2018) 10000 m: 32:07.70 (2018) half marathon: 1:09:27 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
20th, 2019 Tokyo Marathon, 2:38:23
2nd, 2018 Jakarta Asian Games Marathon, 2:36:27
5th, 2018 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:26:33 – PB
2nd, 2017 Dongguan Asian Championships Marathon, 2:29:05
2nd, 2017 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:30:11

other major results:
1st, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:09:27 – PB
10th, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:13:28
3rd, 2018 National Sports Festival 5000 m, 15:37.28
3rd, 2016 Osaka Half Marathon, 1:11:52
2nd, 2015 Gold Coast Marathon, 2:29:36
5th, 2015 Nagoya Women’s Marathon, 2:28:19

Along with Kensuke Horio (Toyota), Nogami is one of two graduates of Suma Gakuen H.S. to make the MGC Race, and one of only two women over 30…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Daiji Kawai

Daiji Kawaiage: 27
sponsor: Toenec
graduated from: Seki Shogyo H.S., Reitaku University

best time inside MGC window:
2:10:50, 11th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon

PB: 2:10:50, 11th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:45.91 (2018) 10000 m: 28:08.52 (2018) half marathon: 1:02:45 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
11th, 2019 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:10:50
60th, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:28:25
42nd, 2018 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:23:13

other major results:
5th, 2019 National Championships 10000 m, 28:43.46
3rd, 2019 Oda Memorial Meet 5000 m, 13:51.56
31st, 2019 Marugame Half Marathon, 1:02:45 – PB
8th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:05:48
3rd, 2018 Kumamoto Kosa 10-Mile Road Race, 46:15
1st, 2016 Inuyama Half Marathon, 1:03:21

Kawai is a rarity in the MGC men’s field, one of the only men who went to university in the Tokyo-centric Kanto Region but didn’t run the Hakone Ekiden. After graduating from Reitaku University he was supported by 2012 London Oly…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Naoki Okamoto

Naoki Okamotoage: 35
sponsor: Chugoku Denryoku
graduated from: Tottori Chuo Ikuei H.S., Meiji University

best time inside MGC window:
2:11:29, 1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon

PB: 2:11:29, 1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:37.71 (2009) 10000 m: 28:05.84 (2011) half marathon: 1:02:16 (2009)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
DNF, 2019 Beppu-Oita Marathon
1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:11:29 – PB
DNF, 2018 Boston Marathon

other major results:
4th, 2019 Shibetsu Half Marathon, 1:03:53
2nd, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fourth Stage (22.4 km), 1:05:13
1st, 2018 Chugoku Corporate Ekiden Sixth Stage (19.0 km), 56:25 – CR
1st, 2018 Ome 30 km Road Race, 1:33:09
21st, 2017 Tokyo Marathon, 2:13:53

We’re picking Okamoto as our official dark horse of the men’s race. The second-oldest man in a field, Okamoto is a journeyman corporate leaguer who never broke 2:12 and whose PBs all came a decade ago. But, nearing the end of his career, over the last two years he has really come on…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Kentaro Nakamoto

Kentaro Nakamotoage: 36
sponsor: Yasukawa Denki
graduated from: Nishiichi H.S., Takushoku University

best time inside MGC window: 
2:11:34, 2nd, 2019 Krakow Marathon

PB: 2:08:35, 2nd, 2013 Beppu-Oita Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 14:04.31 (2011) 10000 m: 28:54.59 (2012) half marathon: 1:02:12 (2018)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019):
2nd, 2019 Krakow Marathon, 2:11:34
DNF, 2018 Fukuoka International Marathon
5th, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:12:54
DNS, 2018 Boston Marathon
10th, 2017 London World Championships Marathon, 2:12:41

other major results:
20th, 2019 Hakodate Half Marathon, 1:04:32
11th, 2019 Sendai International Half Marathon, 1:03:27
10th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Fifth Stage (15.8 km), 47:11
2nd, 2018 Osaka Half Marathon, 1:02:12 – PB
1st, 2017 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:09:32
5th, 2013 Moscow World Championships Marathon, 2:10:50
2nd, 2013 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:08:35 – PB
6th, 2012 London Olympics Marathon, 2:11:16
4th, 2012 Lake Biwa Marathon, 2:08:53
9th, 2011 Daeg…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Yuka Ando

Yuka Andoage: 25
sponsor: Wacoal
graduated from: Toyokawa H.S.

best time inside MGC window:
2:26:47, 13th, 2019 London Marathon

PB: 2:21:36, 2nd, 2017 Nagoya Women’s Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:32.67 (2015) 10000 m: 31:58.71 (2016) half marathon: 1:09:47 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019)
13th, 2019 London Marathon, 2:26:47
3rd, 2018 Osaka International Women’s Marathon, 2:27:37
17th, 2017 London World Championships Marathon, 2:31:31

other major results:
2nd, 2019 Hakodate Half Marathon, 1:09:47 – PB
1st, 2019 Niigata Half Marathon, 1:10:34
3rd, 2017 Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon, 1:12:12
10th, 2016 World Half Marathon Championships, 1:10:36

Another star runner from Toyokawa H.S., after graduating Ando bounced around through a series of corporate teams before landing at Suzuki Hamamatsu AC. There she found a coach who encouraged her to run the way that felt natural to her, with her arms almost straight down at her sides. The results spoke for themselves, with An…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Tomohiro Tanigawa

Tomohiro Tanigawaage: 30
sponsor: Konica Minolta
graduated from: Kumamoto Kogyo H.S., Takushoku University

best time inside MGC window:
2:12:02, 3rd, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon

PB: 2:11:39, 2nd, 2015 Nagano Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 13:51.09 (2013) 10000 m: 28:24.31 (2013) half marathon: 1:02:18 (2013)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019):
3rd, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:12:02
28th, 2018 Beppu-Oita Marathon, 2:18:33

other major results:
5th, 2019 New Year Ekiden Seventh Stage (15.5 km), 46:28
4th, 2018 East Japan Corporate Ekiden Seventh Stage (12.9 km), 38:12
1st, 2016 Sydney Marathon, 2:12:13

Tanigawa is the only athlete male or female in the MGC Race to have never broken the 2020 Olympics marathon qualifying time standard. He did win the gold label Sydney Marathon in 2016, equivalent to having cleared the standard, but his PB of 2:11:39 from 2015 is just shy of the 2:11:30 time standard. Tanigawa graduated from Takushoku University, alma mater of two of the three members…

MGC Race Olympic Marathon Trials Qualifier - Ayuko Suzuki

Ayuko SuzukiAge: 27
sponsor: Japan Post
graduated from: Jishukan H.S., Nagoya University

best time inside MGC window:
2:28:32, 1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon

PB: 2:28:32, 1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon

other PBs:
5000 m: 15:08.29 (2015) 10000 m: 31:18.16 (2016) half marathon: 1:07:55 (2019)

marathons inside MGC window (Aug. 1 2017 – April 30 2019):
1st, 2018 Hokkaido Marathon, 2:28:32

other major results:
2nd, 2019 National Championships 10000 m, 31:46.25
2nd, 2019 Kagawa Marugame Int’l Half Marathon, 1:07:55
2nd, 2019 National Women’s Ekiden 9th Stage (10.0 km), 31:08
2nd, 2018 National Corporate Women’s Ekiden 3rd Stage (10.9 km), 34:46
2nd, 2018 National Championships 10000 m, 31:57.82
10th, 2017 London World Championships 10000 m, 31:27.30
2nd, 2017 National Championships 10000 m, 31:41.65
2nd, 2017 National Championships 5000 m, 15:20.50
12th, 2016 Rio Olympics 5000 m H2, 15:41.81
2nd, 2016 National Championships 5000 m, 15:24.47
1st, 2016 National Championships 10000 m, 31:18.73
9th, 2015 Be…

One Month Until the Japanese Olympic Marathon Trials

It's one month to go until what's bound to be the best marathon of 2019, Japan's 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon trials, the Sept. 15 Marathon Grand Championship Race. Up to now Japan has typically picked its Olympic and World Championships marathon teams based on performances in a series of specific races, primarily the Fukuoka International Marathon, Tokyo Marathon and Lake Biwa Marathon for men, and the Saitama International Marathon, Osaka International Women's Marathon and Nagoya Women's Marathon for women. This time around they're going with a U.S.-style one-shot trials race, the MGC Race.

People had a nearly two-year window from August, 2017 to April this year to hit tough standards to qualify. Only 34 men and 15 women made it, and after withdrawals for the Doha World Championships the MGC Race's final entry list is just 31 men and 12 women. Swedish Athletics Federation official Lorenzo Nesicalled it "the most difficult marathon race ever to quali…