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Izumiya and Kanai Come Up Short - Tokyo Olympics Athletics Day Six Japanese Results

Two of Japan's hopefuls for making their final at the Tokyo Olympics, men's 110 m national record holder Shunsuke Izumiya and previous NR holder Taio Kanai both came up short in the semifinals at today's morning session. Running first, Kanai started well but caught his trailing foot on the eighth hurdle and fell, getting up to finish in 26.11. Izumiya hit the first hurdles, but while it didn't seem to have much of an impact on him he lost his balance after hitting the eighth hurdle and finished 3rd in his semi, just 0.03 from making the final on time.

The lone Japanese man in the javelin throw, Takuto Kominami threw 78.39 m to finish 19th in the qualifying round, just over 4 m short of getting into the top 12 and moving on to the final. The only Japanese athlete competing in the evening session, Nozomi Tanaka shaved another fraction off her own record to make it through her 1500 m semifinal in 3:59.19.

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