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Justus Soget 27:35.57 to Lead 2020 Hachioji Long Distance


In what looked to have been his official 10000 m debut, Justus Soget (Honda) survived constant turnover to take the top spot in the fastest heat at this year's Hachioji Long Distance meet, winning it in 27:35.57. With everyone focused on getting ready for January's New Year Ekiden and Hakone Ekiden, 15 other men followed him under 28 minutes in the same heat. Among them, Shinobu Kubota (Toyota) following up his comeback run at last week's Chubu Region Corporate Ekiden with a 27:55.07 for 14th, his first time under 28 in six years.. 


Justus Soget being interviewed by JRN's Mika Tokairin post-race.

Two other men went sub-28 in the previous heat, Silas Kingori (Hiramatsu Byoin) leading the way in 27:49.38. Kubota was the only Japanese man to go under 28, but nine others were under 28:15 including collegians Shunya Kikuchi (Josai Univ.), 5th behind Kingori in 28:08.25, and Shoya Kawase (Kogakkan Univ.), 21st in the fast heat in 28:10.41. Along with the 18 men to break 29 minutes, across heats a total of 86 were under 29 minutes and 168 were under 30.

Hachioji Long Distance Meet

Hachioji, Tokyo, 21 Nov. 2020
* = athlete wore non-regulation shoes

Men's 10000 m Heat 9
1. Yudai Okamoto (Sunbelx) - 28:10.84*
2. Masato Kikuchi (Konica Minolta) - 28:16.62*
3. Yuji Onoda (Toyota Boshoku) - 28:17.56
4. Taiga Nakanishi (Koku Gakuin Univ.) - 28:17.84*
5. Takuya Fujikawa (Chugoku Denryoku) - 28:19.25
6. Takuro Miura (Chuo Univ.) - 28:20.13*
7. Toshio Takaki (Sunbelx) - 28:24.17*
8. Kazuki Muramoto (Sumitomo Denko) - 28:25.40*
9. Tomoki Ota (Toyota) - 28:26.09
10. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Konica Minolta) - 28:27.37*

Men's 10000 m Heat 8
1. Justus Soget (Honda) - 27:35.57
2. Evans Keitany (Toyota Boshoku) - 27:36.08
3. Samwel Masai (Kanebo) - 27:36.37
4. Titus Wambua (SID Group) - 27:39.50
5. Sitonik Kiprono (Komori Corp.) - 27:42.99
6. Andrew Lorot (Subaru) - 27:45.08
7. Philemon Kiplagat (Aisan Kogyo) - 27:45.87
8. Simon Muthio Saidim (Chuo Hatsujo) - 27:46.01
9. Macharia Ndirangu (Aichi Seiko) - 27:46.88
10. Ledama Kisaisa (Kanebo) - 27:47.49
11. Dominic Langat (Konica Minolta) - 27:50.93
12. Victor Korir Kipkirui (GMO) - 27:52.89
13. Evans Yego (Sunbelx) - 27:53.95
14. Shinobu Kubota (Toyota) - 27:55.07
15. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (NTT Nishi Nihon) - 27:56.81
16. Nicholas Kosimbei (Toyota) - 27:59.74

Men's 10000 m Heat 7
1. Silas Kingori (Hiramatsu Byoin) - 27:49.38
2. Philip Mulwa (Soka Univ.) - 27:50.43
3. Simon Kariuki (Togami Denki) - 28:00.29
4. Charles Karanja (NTN) - 28:03.56*
5. Shunya Kikuch (Josai Univ.) - 28:08.25
6. Wataru Tochigi (Hitachi Butsuryu) - 28:09.05
7. Kyohei Hosoya (Kurosaki Harima) - 28:09.14*
8. Tadashi Isshiki (GMO) - 28:09.23*
9. Noah Kiplimo (Nihon Yakka Univ.) - 28:13.01
10. Takahiro Nakamura (Kyocera Kagoshima) - 28:15.66*

Men's 10000 m Heat 6
1. Kiyoshi Koga (Yasukawa Denki) - 28:13.50*
2. Kazuto Kawabata (Konica Minolta) - 28:16.10
3. Yuichi Fukuda (Soka  Univ.) - 28:19.26*
4. Shuichi Kondo (GMO) - 28:19.48*
5. Toshinori Watanabe (GMO) - 28:19.61*

Men's 10000 m Heat 5
1. Tsubasa Ichiyama (Komori Corp.) - 28:30.90
2. Ryuichi Hashimoto (Press Kogyo) - 28:34.47*
3. Daisuke Hosomori (YKK) - 28:36.93*
4. Yusuke Osumi (JR Higashi Nihon) - 28:52.63*
5. Itsuki Omori (JFE Steel) - 28:55.73

Men's 10000 m Heat 4
1. Hiroshi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) - 28:54.98
2. Kazuki Matsumura (Aichi Seiko) - 29:14.48*
3. Yuya Araki (Freerun) - 29:17.82
4. Takuya Suzuki (Sunbelx) - 29:24.87*
5. Yuya Kawata (SID Group) - 29:32.02*

Men's 10000 m Heat 3
1. Shuto Mikami (SG Holdings) - 28:56.35
2. Ryota Ejima (Aisan Kogyo) - 29:11.62
3. Akira Tomiyasu (Raffine) - 29:14.30*
4. Yuya Ueda (Hiramatsu Byoin) - 29:16.72
5. Hikaru Kumagai (Raffine) - 29:20.39*

Men's 10000 m Heat 2
1. Ryota Sato (Tokyo Police) - 29:07.72*
2. Kiyohito Akiyama (Aichi Seiko) - 29:22.93*
3. Kenta Muto (JR Higashi Nihon) - 29:28.33
4. Kosuke Tsujimura (Osaka Gas) - 29:32.11*
5. Kai Miyamoto (Comody Iida) - 29:34.19*

Men's 10000 m Heat 1
1. Kazuma Kubo (Nishitetsu) - 29:30.95*
2. Kei Harashima (Chuo Hatsujo) - 29:39.62*
3. Takahiro Kida (Comody Iida) - 29:51.53
4. Kazuki Kurokawa (Comody Iida) - 29:56.97
5. Shun Gorotani (Comody Iida) - 30:07.88

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Metts said…
Shinobu Kubota, Komaazawa legend, still at it. Still watch the past videos of his anchor legs on some of the ekidens Komazawa won.

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