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National Track and Field Championships Day 1 Preview and Streaming


The 107th National Track and Field Championships and 39th U20 National Championships happen the next four days at Osaka's Yanmar Stadium Nagai. With the Bangkok Asian Championships in July, Budapest World Championships in August and Hangzhou Asian Games in September this will be the main national team selection event for all three. Streaming will be on the main channel above from 10:30 a.m. local time until things starting getting good at 18:00, and on a separate feed for field events at the same time. After that you need to be a subscriber to NHK BS1 to catch the TV broadcast of the main events. Live results can be found here.


Five events on the Thursday program have people in the World Championships quota, and out of those the men's 5000 m is going to be the race of the day. Everyone is there - NR holder Suguru Osako (Nike), indoor NR holder Hyuga Endo (Sumitomo Denko), U20 NR holder Keita Sato (Komazawa Univ.), H.S. NR holder Hiroto Yoshioka (Juntendo Univ.), Olympians Tatsuhiko Ito (Honda), Yuta Bando (Fujitsu), Kazuya Shiojiri (Fujitsu) and Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu), and many more. Sato and Bando are in the WC quota, and with pacing from 10-mile WB holder Benard Koech (Kyudenko) and 59:18 half marathoner Cleophas Kandie (Mitsubishi Juko) it should be fast. The only minus in the equation is heavy rain expected to start early evening ahead of an approaching typhoon, but with Sato having run his season best 13:27.04 to win the Oda Memorial Meet last month in heavy rain that might work in his favor.

The men's javelin throw has five athletes in the WC quota, with Ryohei Arai (Suzuki) having the best throw in the lead-up to Nationals at 82.99 m but Genki Dean (Mizuno) ranked nine places higher in the quota at 13th. It should be between the two of them for the national title, but right behind is quota-ranked competition Yuta Sakiyama (Ehime T&F Assoc.), Kenji Ogura (ESM) and Tatsuya Sakamoto (Throwing Labo).

The women's 1500 m has five quota-ranked athletes entered in the qualifying heats. NR holder Nozomi Tanaka (New Balance) has the best recent time at 4:05.30 but lost to Yume Goto (Uniqlo) earlier this season and looks vulnerable again. Ayano Ide (Wacoal), Mizuki Michishita (Rikkyo Univ.) and Saki Katagihara (Meijo Univ.) are all in the WC quota too, but the biggest potential surprise could come from the 3rd-fastest woman in the field, U20 all-time #2 Yuya Sawada (Hamamatsu Shiritsu H.S.).

The men's 1500 m only has two quota-ranked athletes on the entry list, Rikuto Iijima (Ami AC) and Ryoji Tatezawa (DeNA), but going by time they're both outranked by NR holder Kazuki Kawamura (Toenec) and Keisuke Morita (Subaru). Kawamura's training partner Yudai Noguchi (Toenec) is the only other athlete on the entry list with a best under 3:40.

Official start lists for the men's 200 m heats haven't been released yet, but the entry list includes four men in the WC quota, Koki Ueyama (Sumitomo Denko), Shota Iizuka (Mizuno), Towa Uzawa (Tsukuba Univ.) and Soshi Mizukubo (DIS). Ueyama has the fastest qualifying time at 20.26, but Uzawa is ranked highest in the quota at 28th. Veteran Iizuka isn't likely to beat either, but a good run from him here would do a long way to bump up his position from 43rd in the 48-deep quota.

Top entries in each event on Thursday's program and World Championships qualification status. Times listed are the athlete’s best inside the Nationals qualifying window.

Finals

10:40 - U20 Women's Discus Throw Final
Karuna Sakamoto (Nittai Univ.) - 47.90 m
Yaya Kuwajima (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 44.35 m
Momoko Hamada (Fukuokadai Wakaba H.S.) - 44.19 m

12:10 - U20 Women's High Jump Final
Yuki Morisaki (Myojo Gakuen H.S.) - 1.76 m
Chika Takata (Kansaidai Hokuyo H.S.) - 1.73 m
Moeka Aoki (Kasukabe Kyoei H.S.) - 1.73 m

12:40 - Women's Discus Throw Final
Nanaka Kori (Niigata Albirex RC) - 58.70 m
Maki Saito (Tokai Univ.) - 57.43 m
Akane Kawaguchi (Daiichi Gakuin H.S.) - 54.05 m

14:20 - U20 Men's Triple Jump Final
Kosei Yoshida (Tsukuba Univ.) - 15.59 m
Koki Kanai (Juntendo Univ.) - 15.44 m
Shota Sugano (Fukuoka Univ.) - 15.23 m

15:10 - U20 Men's Javelin Throw Final
Kota Yamada (Tokai Univ.) - 68.82 m
Eiji Ikeda (Nagasaki Nichidai H.S.) - 67.44 m
Kosuke Seino (Tsukuba Univ.) - 66.19 m

16:05 - U20 Women's 3000 m SC Final
Asahi Shirakawa (Otsuka H.S.) - 10:25.14
Hina Matsuura (Miura Gakuen H.S.) - 10:40.84
Fuka Matsudaira (Wakayama Kita H.S.) - 10:52.27
Rina Takeda (Tohoku Fukushi Univ.) - 6:35.94 (2000 mSC)
Yuzuyu Sato (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 7:00.90 (2000 mSC)

16:05 - Women's High Jump Final
Nagisa Takahashi (Masonwork) - 1.85 m
Sheriai Tsuda (Tsukiji Gindako AC) - 1.85 m
Kaede Ito (Nittai Univ.) - 1.80 m
Reina Takeyama (Edion) - 1.80 m

16:35 - U20 Women's 5000 m Final
Mariya Noda (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 15:50.98
Koharu Kaneko (Josai Univ.) - 15:54.13
Ayaka Maeda (Kansai Univ.) - 15:57.37
Miku Muraoka (Meijo Univ.) - 15:59.52
Sakurako Yanai (Nittai Univ.) - 16:06.82
Yu Muramatsu (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 16:09.24
Sayuki Ota (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 16:13.29
Ruka Suzuki (Sendai (Ikuei H.S.) - 16:14.55
Miyu Takahashi (Tenmaya) - 16:21.57
Runa Yabutani (Meijo Univ.) - 9:14.82 (3000 m)

17:00 - Men's Triple Jump Final
Riku Ito (Suzuki) - 16.85 m
Yuto Adachi (Fukuoka Univ.) - 16.31 m
Hikaru Ikehata (Surugadai Univ.) - 16.29 m

17:05 - U20 Men's 5000 m Final
Rui Aoki (Koku Gakuin Univ.) - 13:48.61
Ibuki Yamazaki (Waseda Univ.) - 13:50.40
Kiyoto Ono (Juntendo Univ.) - 13:56.18
Akifumi Takimoto (Kanagawa Univ.) - 13:56.56
Shinsaku Kudo (Waseda Univ.) - 13:56.60
Hikaru Tsujihara (Koku Gakuin Univ.) - 13:56.92
Keito Kumai (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 13:57.45
Kazuki Aya (Meiji Univ.) - 13:59.81

17:20 - Men's Javelin Throw Final
Ryohei Arai (Suzuki) - 82.99 m - WC quota (22nd)
Roderick Genki Dean (Mizuno) - 82.34 m - WC quota (13th)
Yuta Sakiyama (Ehime T&F Assoc.) - 80.51 m - WC quota (21st)
Kenji Ogura (ESM) - 80.25 m - WC quota (19th)
Yusaku Iwao (Tsukuba Univ.) - 80.09 m
Tatsuya Sakamoto (Throwing Labo) - 79.11 m - WC quota (35th)

19:00 - Women's 3000 m SC Final
Yuzu Nishide (Daihatsu) - 9:38.95
Manami Nishiyama (Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) - 9:39.28
Reimi Yoshimura (Cramer Japan TC) - 9:39.86
Chikako Mori (Sekisui Kagaku) - 9:56.15
Nanase Tanimoto (Meijo Univ.) - 10:07.19

19:30 - Men's 5000 m Final
Benard Koech (Kyudenko) - 13:00.38 (pace)
Hyuga Endo (Sumitomo Denko) - 13:10.69
Tatsuhiko Ito (Honda) - 13:17.65
Yuta Bando (Fujitsu) - 13:21.94 - WC quota (27th)
Keita Sato (Komazawa Univ.) - 13:22.91 - WC quota (31st)
Hiroto Yoshioka (Juntendo Univ.) - 13:22.99
Ayumu Kobayashi (NTT Nishi Nihon) - 13:23.41
Kazuya Shiojiri (Fujitsu) - 13:26.03
Cleophas Kandie (Mitsubishi Juko) - 13:26.62 (pace)
Shunsuke Yoshii (Chuo Univ.) - 13:27.33
Kazuki Tamura (Sumitomo Denko) - 13:27.56
Mebuki Suzuki (Komazawa Univ.) - 13:28.25
Shotaro Ishihara (Tokai Univ.) - 13:29.21
Takato Suzuki (SGH) - 13:29.21
Yamato Yoshii (Chuo Univ.) - 13:29.35
Kohei Urano (Fujitsu) - 13:29.37
Tomoya Ogikubo (Hiramatsu Byoin) - 13:30.13
Hiroki Matsueda (Fujitsu) - 13:30.15
Suguru Osako (Nike) - 13:30.23

Qualifying Rounds

12:10 - U20 Women's 400 m Heats
Yuzuki Nakao (Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ.) - 54.33
Rina Taniguchi (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 54.76
Koharu Hayashi (Fukuokadai Wakaba H.S.) - 55.40
Kohana Sano (Surugadai Univ.) - 55.51
Ririka Miyachi (Shiritsu Funabashi H.S.) - 55.64

12:40 - U20 Women's 1500 m Heats
Natsuki Iizuka (Wacoal) - 4:20.26
Yu Muramatsu (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 4:21.65
Michi Kawanishi (Jiyugaoka H.S.) - 4:21.79
Kiho Tanaka (Josai Univ.) - 4:21.80
Miku Matsumoto (Suzuka Kyoei H.S.) - 4:22.05

13:05 - U20 Men's 1500 m Heats
Masato McCann (Rikkyo Univ.) - 3:46.03
Koshiro Tanimoto (Omuta H.S.) - 3:46.72
Yota Yaguchi (Tokai Univ.) - 3:46.93
Kazuto Suzuki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 3:47.46
Takeru Kasedo (Meiji Univ.) - 3:47.48
Yushi Otomori (Meiji Univ.) - 3:47.70
Takayoshi Oba (Kamiina Nogyo H.S.) - 3:47.81

13:05 - Women's 1500 m Heats
Nozomi Tanaka (New Balance) - 4:05.30 - WC quota (28th)
Yume Goto (Uniqlo) - 4:09.41 - WC quota (31st)
Yuya Sawada (Hamamatsu Shiritsu H.S.) - 4:12.87
Ayano Ide (Wacoal) - 4:13.79 - WC quota (94th)
Mizuki Michishita (Rikkyo Univ.) - 4:14.88 - WC quota (101st)
Maki Izumida (Daiichi Seimei)- 4:14.94
Yumi Yoshikawa (Uniqlo) - 4:15.21
Sora Shinozakura (Panasonic) - 4:15.37
Azumi Nagara (Meijo Univ.) - 4:15.71
Saki Katagihara (Meijo Univ.) - 4:16.41 - WC quota (50th)

13:55 - Men's 1500 m Heats
Kazuki Kawamura (Toenec) - 3:37.08
Keisuke Morita (Subaru) - 3:37.36
Rikuto Iijima (Ami AC) - 3:38.35 - WC quota (40th)
Ryoji Tatezawa (DeNA) - 3:38.35 - WC quota (53rd)
Yudai Noguchi (Toenec) - 3:39.01
Yusuke Takahashi (Hokkaido Univ.) - 3:40.14
Masato Saiki (Fujisan no Meisui) - 3:40.62
Naoto Katayama (Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) - 3:41.24
Yuki Yamasaki (Kagotani) - 3:41.47
Koichiro Baba (Meiji Univ.) - 3:42.16

14:20 - Women's 100 m Heats / 18:15 - Semifinals
Arisa Kimishima (DKS) - 11.36
Midori Mikase (Sumitomo Denko) - 11.46
Shuri Aono (ND Soft) - 11.53
Yuna Miura (Tsukuba Univ.) - 11.55
Remi Tsuruta (Minami Kyushu Family Mart) - 11.55

14:50 - U20 Women's 100 m Heats
Aoi Sato (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 11.81
Miyu Kimura (Tokaidai Shoyo H.S.) - 11.82
Mana Hidaka (Fukuoka Univ.) - 11.83
Runa Nomura (Konan Univ.) - 11.84
Mayu Takahashi (Osaka Kunei Univ.) - 11.84

15:10 - Men's 200 m Preliminaries
Kotaro Yamaji (CNC AC) - 20.83
Shoto Uno (Juntendo Univ.) - 20.84
Ryo Uchinono (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 20.85
Rui Fujisawa (Iwate Univ.) - 20.86
Daiji Morioka (TGK) - 20.86
Taiga Suzuki (Nihon Univ.) - 20.86

15:35 - U20 Men's 200 m Heats
Daichi Takahashi (Tsukuba Univ.) - 21.04
Yuto Matsumoto (Saga Kita H.S.) - 21.08
Yoga Kojima (Kinki Univ.) - 21:17
Takeru Shimizu (Nihon Univ.) - 21.20
Keishu Saito (Nihon Univ.) - 21.20

17:45 - Women's 400 m Heats
Nanako Matsumoto (Toho Ginko) - 52.56
Haruna Kuboyama (Imamura Byoin) - 53.07
Mayu Kobayashi (J. Vic) - 53.45
Shizuho Moriyama (Fukuoka Univ.) - 53.62
Marin Adachi (Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ.) - 53.65
Yuna Iwata (Suzuki) - 53.79

18:35 - Men's 200 m Heats
Koki Ueyama (Sumitomo Denko) - 20.26 - WC quota (46th)
Shota Iizuka (Mizuno) - 20.34 - WC quota (43rd)
Towa Uzawa (Tsukuba Univ.) - 20.38 - WC quota (28th)
Wataru Inuzuka (Shizuoka T&F Assoc.) - 20.40
Kotaro Ito (Tokyo Gas Ecomo) - 20.45
Yoshihiro Someya (Daiwa House) - 20.48
Yudai Nishi (Waseda Univ.) - 20.58
Soshi Mizukubo (DIS) - 20.61 - WC quota (64th)

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