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Yamanishi Breaks 5000 m Race Walk National Record - National Corporate Championships Day Two Results

The National Corporate Championships men's 10000 m A-heat lived up to expectations as one of the best races of the year, the kind of race that shows how good a track 10000 m can be, tense and full of turnover between world top two Benard Kibet (Kyudenko) and Bedan Karoki (Toyota), and Richard Kimunyan (Hitachi Butsuryu). The trio wore down the rest of the competition, Koech and Karoki doing most of the hammering and Kimunyan only going to the front twice. On the last curve he made his final move, pulling away from Koech for the win in 27:01.42, Koech next in 27:02.39 and Karoki 3rd in 27:02.80. Kimunyan's time was briefly the world-leading mark before being overtaken at a race in Europe just hours later.

Further back, the top two Japanese men over 10,000 m this year, Yuma Hattori (Toyota) and Kengo Suzuki (Fujitsu), worked together to move up through the field to take 7th and 8th in new PBs of 27:47.55 and 27:49.16. Both had broken 28 minutes for the first time in July before the new World Athletics shoe regulations, so the fact that both were almost 10 seconds faster this time says there's more to it than just the thickness of your shoes.

Another world-leading mark came in the men's 5000 m race walk, where Toshikazu Yamanishi (Aichi Seiko) took 3 seconds off the national record in 18:34.88 for the win. Walker-up Eiki Takahashi (Fujitsu) was also under the previous world-leading time at 18:51.25. Interviewed about his national record post-race, Yamanishi said, "The state of race walking in Japan right now is that there's a bunch of us who could break national records at any time. I got here first, but I'm sure it's not going to last."

Along with Kimunyan's 10000 m win it was a good day for the Hitachi Butsuryu team's Kenyans, as two-time 3000 m steeplechase U20 world champion Jonathan Ndiku stole the win at the line. Ndiku, Philemon Kiplagat (Aisan Kogyo) and Kosei Yamaguchi (Aisan Kogyo) ran together up front, Yamaguchi staying tucked in behind his teammate while Kiplagat and Ndiku dueled for the lead. On the last lap Kiplagat pulled away, but in the home straight when it looked like he had the win he eased up, giving Ndiku just the window he needed to outlean Kiplagat before he knew Ndiku was there. Both clocked a 8:24.38, Ndiku getting the win by 0.02 on review and showing why you should always run through the line Yamaguchi was 3rd in 8:25.34, with 4th-placer Yasunari Kusu (Ami AC) running an 8-second PB of 8:28.49. Both Yamaguchi and Kusu were under the previous fastest time by a Japanese runner at Corporate Nationals.

Two other meet records fell. In the women's javelin throw, national record holder Haruka Kitaguchi (JAL) threw a meet record 63.45 m, her first time over 60 m this year. In the men's shot put, Masahira Sato (Niigata Albirex AC) bettered his PB by 4 cm to win in a meet record 18.20 m.

The National Corporate Championships wrap up Sunday. Live streaming can be found here starting at  9:30 a.m. local time.

68th National Corporate Track and Field Championships

Day Two Highlights
Kumagaya, Saitama, Sept. 19, 2020
complete results


Women's 100 m Final -0.8 m/s
1. Remi Tsuruta (Minami Kyushu Family Mart) - 11.79
2. Kanako Yuasa (Mie Sports Assoc.) - 11.85
3. Asuka Terada (Pasona Gruop) - 11.93

Women's 400 m Final
1. Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Gakuen Staff) - 53.55
2. Nanako Matsumoto (Toho Ginko) - 54.39
3. Konomi Takeishi (Toho Ginko) - 54.43

Women's 3000 m Steeplechase Final
1. Yuno Yamanaka (Ehime Ginko) - 9:50.05
2. Yui Yabuta (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 10:00.66
3. Soyoka Segawa (Sysmex) - 10:01.08
4. Yumi Yoshikawa (Uniqlo) - 10:11.76
5. Chikako Mori (Sekisui Kagaku) - 10:16.27

Women's 5000 m Race Walk Final
1. Kaori Kawazoe (SDF Academy) - 21:41.23
2. Masumi Fuchise (Kenso Kogyo) - 21:46.60
3. Ai Michiguchi (Air SDF) - 23:01.37

Womens 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Toho Ginko - 45.32
2. Yutic - 45.87
3. NTN - 46.21

Women's Pole Vault Final
1. Mayu Nasu (Run Journey) - 4.10 m
2. Kanae Tatsuta (Nippatsu) - 4.00 m
3. Tomoko Nemoto (NSK) - 3.70 m

Women's Long Jump Final
1. Yu Minemura (Orico) - 6.11 m (+0.5)
2. Asuka Gonpei (Alsok) - 6.02 m (+0.2)
3. Asuka Yamamoto (Ochiai J.H.S. Staff) - 5.94 m (+0.2)

Women's Shot Put Final
1. Chiaki Yoshino (Nihon Joshi Taiiku Univ Staff) - 14.62 m
2. Aya Ota (Fukuoka Univ. AC) - 14.55 m
3. Noriko Ahara (Nihon Univ. Sports Staff) - 13.87 m

Women's Javelin Throw Final
1. Haruka Kitaguchi (JAL) - 63.45 m - MR
2. Yuka Sato (Nikonikonori) - 56.97 m
3. Orie Ushiro (Niigata Albirex RC) - 56.28 m


Men's 100 m Final +1.2 m/s
1. Seiya Kusano (ATC) - 10.30
2. Kirara Shiraishi (Cerespo) - 10.32
3. Kotaro Iwasaki (Yutic) - 10.33

Men's 400 m Final
1. Fuga Sato (NKG Center) - 46.39
2. Mizuki Obuchi (Torihei) - 46.84
3. Nobuya Kato (Hulft) - 46.85

Men's 1500 m Time Race 3
1. Ryoji Tatezawa (DeNA) - 3:40.73
2. Riku Kimura (Aisan Kogyo) - 3:41.85
3. Kazuki Kawamura (Toenec) - 3:43.10
4. Naoki Chiba (SGH Group) - 3:44.16
5. Rikuto Iijima (Ami AC) - 3:44.54

Men's 10000 m Time Race 3
1. Richard Kimunyan (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 27:01.42 - MR
2. Benard Koech (Kyudenko) - 27:02.39 (MR)
3. Bedan Karoki (Toyota) - 27:02.80
4. Cleophas Kandie (Mitsubishi Juko) - 27:20.34
5. Alexander Mutiso (ND Software) - 27:30.81
6. Macharia Ndirangu (Aichi Seiko) - 27:45.94
7. Yuma Hattori (Toyota) - 27:47.55
8. Kengo Suzuki (Fujitsu) - 27:49.16
9. Robert Kipchirchir (Asahi Kasei) - 27:51.27
10. Joel Mwaura (Kurosaki Harima) - 28:03.13
DNF - Rodgers Shumo Kwemoi (Aisan Kogyo)

Men's 3000 m Steeplechase Final
1. Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 8:24.38
2. Philemon Kiplagat (Aisan Kogyo) - 8:24.38
3. Kosei Yamaguchi (Aisan Kogyo) - 8:25.34
4. Yasunari Kusu (Ami AC) - 8:28.49
5. Ryoma Aoki (Honda) - 8:33.81

Men's 5000 m Race Walk Final
1. Toshikazu Yamanishi (Aichi Seiko) - 18:34.88 - NR, WLMR
2. Eiki Takahashi (Fujitsu) - 18:51.25 (MR)
3. Tomohiro Noda (SDF Academy) - 19:09.89 (MR)

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final A
1. ATC - 40.10
2. NTN - 40.35
3. Kojima Press - 41.54
DQ - Toyota

Men's Pole Vault Final
1. Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - 5.50 m
2. Kosei Takekawa (Marumoto) - 5.40 m
3. Koki Kuruma (Striders) - 5.40 m

Men's Long Jump Final
1. Hibiki Tsuha (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 7.92 m (+0.7)
2. Daiki Oda (Yamada Denki) - 7.86 m (+3.6)
3. Shotaro Shiroyama (Zenrin) - 7.61 m (+2.1)

Men's Shot Put Final
1. Masahira Sato (Niigata Albirex RC) - 18.20 m - MR
2. Hikaru Murakami (Nittai Univ. Staff) - 18.03 m
3. Daichi Morishita (Wizards) - 17.72 m

Men's Javelin Throw Final
1. Genki Dean (Mizuno) - 76.64 m
2. Takuto Kominami (Tsukuba Ginko) - 76.45 m
3. Kazunori Yagi (Mikanyama) - 76.37 m

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Stefan said…
Yes, good comment about the PBs being set despite the new shoe regulations. I know I commented on Mao Ichiyama not being allowed to use her Nike Alphaflys on the track and this might have impacted her performance but I guess her slightly weaker performance might have been due to other factors entirely. Anyway, I'll be watching with interest to see how the women perform in the 5000m tonight. It should be a good race.

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