Skip to main content

Sato Adds High School 3000 m Record to His 1500 m and 5000 m Records

At Sunday's Kyoto Time Trials meet, 1500 m and 5000 m high school record holder Keita Sato, a 17-year-old 3rd-year at Rakunan H.S., added the 3000 m high school record to his resume with a mostly solo 7:50.81. In perfect fall conditions Sato frontran the entire way, tailed through a 2:34 first 1000 m by Kogakkan University's Shoya Suzuki but all on his own the rest of the way. From 1000 to 2000 m he split 2:38, more or less holding that pace the rest of the way with a 61-second final lap to split 2:38 again for the final 1000 m.

In terms of World Athletics scoring tables, Sato's three records break down like this:

1500 m: 3:37.18 - 1145 points
3000 m: 7:50.81 - 1110 points
5000 m: 13:31.19 - 1098 points

Sato's rankings on the all-time Japanese lists mirror this, his 1500 m putting him at all-time #3 along with #1 on the U20 and U18 lists, his new 3000 m time at #10 on the all-time list, #2 on the U20 and #1 on the U18 lists, and his 5000 m nowhere near the all-time top 10 but good for #4 on the U20 and #1 on the U18 lists. At the world level, on this year's U18 lists he now stands at #3 for 1500 m and #1 for both 3000 and 5000 m. On the U20 lists he's #7 for 1500 m, #6 for 3000 m, and #16 for 5000 m. 

Next up Sato is scheduled to run the Dec. 26 National High School Ekiden, where individual stages range from 3.0 to 10.0 km for boys. Although he's currently performing better at shorter distances, it's all but a given that he'll end up on the 10.0 km opening leg, The 27:48 course record from 1995 by then-future Olympian Julius Gitahi is probably out of reach, but at the very least Sato should be able to give the record for the fastest time by a Japanese runner, 28:48 two years ago by Issei Sato, a solid shot.

© 2021 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Buy Me A Coffee


Stefan said…
Keita Sato sure is one to look at in the next few years. Outstanding records already. I hope he can maintain the momentum and remain injury free.
RigaJags said…
Impressive, especially since there wasn't much competition it seems to push him further.
Let's see how he fares at the high school ekiden, i'm curious to see how he performs on a longer distance.

Most-Read This Week

Keitany Wins Deepest-Ever 10,000 m at Hachioji Long Distance

Temperatures in the single digits and strong winds held back people's chances of qualifying for next year's World Championships, but they couldn't stop this year's Hachioji Long Distance meet from delivering a piece of history. In the fastest of the meet's seven heats of 10,000 m,  Evans Keitany  (Toyota Boshoku) ran 27:28.25 for the win, edging 2nd-placer James Muoki  (Konica Minolta) by 0.24 seconds and 3rd-placer Samwel Masai  (Kanebo) by 0.52.  Behind them another 18 men broke 28 minutes for a total of 21, breaking the record of 20 set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. 8 of the 21 men were Japanese, with Tatsuhiko Ito  (Honda) taking the top Japanese spot at 4th in 27:30.69 and Tomoki Ota (Toyota) breaking through with a 27:33.13 PB for 5th. National record holder Akira Aizawa  (Asahi Kasei) was 20th in 27:58.35. And it didn't stop there. In the final heat marathoner Hiroto Inoue  (Mitsubishi Juko) ran a 13-second PB of 27:43.17 for the win, leading 14 Japanes

Inside the Outside - When the World Came to Fukuoka - Trailer

75 years, 75 stories from the people who made Fukuoka international.  75 legendary marathoners spanning 1957 to 2020 from over 30 countries, including 25 Olympic and World Championships medalists and 5 marathon world record breakers, remember running the Fukuoka International Marathon ahead of its final running on Dec. 5. Premiering Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at 19:00 Japan time, 21:00 in Sydney, 13:00 in Nairobi, 11:00 in Berlin, 10:00 in London, 5:00 a.m. in NYC and 2:00 a.m. in L.A.  A JRN production. Support JRN: