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Ushida and Nakano Win Ome Takamizu Trail Race Long Course, Wilberforce and Koshi Take Short Course Titles

After being canceled last year in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the Ome Takamizu International Trail Run, one of the most popular trail races in the Tokyo area, returned Sunday for its 23rd edition. Beating the rain that hit the mountainous region of far western Tokyo later in the day, 40-year-old Miki Ushida won the men's 32 km long course race by over five minutes in 2:12:29. Women's winner Sachi Nakano was even more dominant, winning by more than eight minutes in 3:00:20. A total of 722 people finished the long course race which started in waves of fifty.

The men's 19 km short course race was closer, with Tokyo-based British runner Gary Wilberforce outrunning local Koichi Shimazaki by 27 seconds for the win in 1:01:02. Women's winner Rieko Koshi, 41, had what was probably the run of the day, placing 9th overall in 1:13:55 and more than eleven minutes ahead of runner-up Reika Kijima. 681 people finished the short course race, which like the long course had a wave start as a measure against the coronavirus.

23rd Ome Takamizu International Trail Run

Ome, Tokyo, 04 April, 2021

Men's 32 km
1. Miki Ushida (inov-8) - 2:12:29
2. Kazuhisa Muneishi (unattached) - 2:17:57
3. Naoki Satani (Flehmen) - 2:18:49

Women's 32 km
1. Sachi Nakano (unattached) - 3:00:20
2. Yuko Hirakawa (unattached) - 3:08:44
3. Maho Fujisawa (unattached) - 3:12:26

Men's 19 km
1. Gary Wilberforce (Namban Rengo) - 1:01:02
2. Koichi Shimazaki (Ome Trail Run Club) - 1:01:29
3. Shunpei Okawa (Eldoreso) - 1:02:24

Women's 19 km
1. Rieko Koshi (Emotojuku) - 1:13:55
2. Reika Kijima (unattached) - 1:25:34
3. Yukiko Oda (unattached)  1:28:05

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