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2020 Japanese Distance Rankings - updated 7/26/20
2020 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. Click any image to enlarge.
On Sept. 12 the Fukuoka International Marathon announced that this year's race will go ahead as scheduled on Dec. 6. Usually a two-tier elite/sub-elite men's race with a field of around 400, this year's race will be cut back dramatically. Along with an elite invited field of probably 10 men, the field this year will be limited to the 80 fastest applicants with marathon qualifying marks under 2:25:00 and the 10 fastest with half marathon bests under 1:04:00. This eliminates the B-group start in Ohori Park, with the entire field starting on the track at Heiwadai Field.
Most notably for the event's "international" self-designation, applications will be "limited to runners who are able to enter and stay in Japan as of September 14 (Mon.), the day on which applications open." That pretty well eliminates anyone who is not a Japanese citizen or already a resident, even in the event of liberalization of Japan's restrictive anti-COVID immigration polici…
On Sept. 15 the Japanese government announced its proposal for anti-coronavirus measures that would allow non-Japanese athletes wishing to compete at next summer's postponed Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to enter the country. Along with at least five tests for COVID-19 prior to competition, foreign athletes must submit a detailed itinerary of their planned movements within the country and a written oath to abide by the submitted plan. Rules and consequences for dealing with violations are still under discussion. The complete proposal is expected to be presented at a government planning meeting next week.
Under the proposal, the first test must be carried out less than 72 hours prior to departure and must return a negative result. Another test must be done at the airport upon arrival in Japan, another when entering the team's pre-Olympic base or host town, another when entering the Athletes' Village, and another before competing. Beyond these five tests, athletes will…
With regard to the Japanese national team's participation in the 24th World Half Marathon Championships Oct. 17 in Gdynia, Poland, because current circumstances make it impossible to ensure that the team will be able to compete in an environment of adequate safety, we hereby announce that the decision has been made to withdraw the Japanese team.
At the present time, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a Level 3 infectious disease advisory, recommending cancelation of non-essential travel, for host country Poland. There does not appear to be any chance of a change for the better in that advisory prior to race date. Although it is possible to travel to Poland, the Japanese government's strong recommendation for a 14-day self-quarantine at home, avoidance of public transportation including from the airport to home, and other self-restrictions after returning to Japan makes it difficult to establish an adequate support system for the athletes.