Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Japan Announces Full Team for Beijing World Championships

by Brett Larner

On Aug. 4 the JAAF released the full Japanese team for the 2015 Beijing World Championships later this month.  Men's 20 km racewalk world record holder Yusuke Suzuki (Team Fujitsu) leads the team along with national record holders Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC, women's 100 m and 200 m), Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ., women's 100 m Jr. NR), Asami Chiba (Toho Ginko, women's 400 m), Suguru Osako (Nike Oregon Project, men's 5000 m), Yuki Yamazaki (SDF Academy, men's 50 km racewalk), Yuki Ebihara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC, women's javelin throw) and Keisuke Ushiro (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC, men's decathlon) plus 2015 World Youth Games record-setting double 100 m and 200 m gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.).  Full team roster:

Sprints and Relays
Men's 100 m, 200 m and 4x100 m Relay
Kei Takase (Team Fujitsu) - 10.09 -0.1 m/s / 20.14 +1.0 m/s
Kenji Fujimitsu (Team Zenrin) - 20.13 +0.6 m/s
Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 20.34 -0.4 m/s
Kotaro Taniguchi (Chuo Univ.) - 20.45 +0.6 m/s
Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.) - 10.23 +1.3 m/s / 20.64
Takuya Nagata (Hosei Univ.) - 10.19 +0.4 m/s / 20.63 +0.8 m/s

Women's 100 m and 200 m
Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC) - 11.21 +1.7 m/s - NR / 22.89 -0.2 m/s - NR

Men's 400 m
Yuzo Kanemaru (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 45.16

Women's 4x100 m
Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 11.43 +1.8 m/s - Jr. NR
Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 11.43 +2.0 m/s
Yuki Miyazawa (Toyama Univ.) - 11.67 +0.0 m/s
Iyoba Edoba (Tokyo H.S.) -11.72 -1.2 m/s

Men's 4x400 m
Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 45.52
Kentaro Sato (Josai Univ.) - 45.58
Naoki Kobayashi (Tokai Univ.) - 45.79
Tomoya Tamura (Sumitomo Denko) - 46.07

Women's 4x400 m
Asami Chiba (Toho Ginko) - 51.75 - NR
Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 53.05
Sayaka Aoki (Toho Ginko) - 53.05
Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 53.50
Kana Ichikawa (Mizuno) - 54.14

Long Distance
Men's 5000 m
Suguru Osako (Nike Oregon Project) - 13:08.40 - NR
Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 13:12.63
Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 13:19.62

Women's 5000 m
Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post Group) - 15:14.96
Misaki Onishi (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:16.82
Azusa Sumi (Universal Entertainment) - 15:17.62

Men's 10000 m
Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 27:38.99
Kenta Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 27:39.95
Yuta Shitara (Honda) - 27:42.71

Women's 10000 m
Yuka Takashima (Denso) - 31:37.32
Rei Ohara (Tenmaya) - 31:48.31
Kasumi Nishihara (Yamada Denki) - 31:53.69

Hurdles
Men's 400 mH
Takayuki Kishimoto (Fujitsu) - 48.41
Yuta Konishi (Sumitomo Denko) - 49.41
Yuki Matsushita (Mizuno) - 49.57

Road
Men's Marathon
Kazuhiro Maeda (Kyudenko) - 2:08:00
Masakazu Fujiwara (Honda) - 2:08:12

Women's Marathon
Sairi Maeda (Daihatsu) - 2:22:48
Risa Shigetomo (Tenmaya) - 2:23:23
Mai Ito (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 2:24:42

Men's 20 km Racewalk
Yusuke Suzuki (Fujitsu) - 1:16:36 - WR
Eiki Takahashi (Fujitsu) - 1:18:03
Isamu Fujisawa (Alsok) - 1:19:08

Women's 20 km Racewalk
Kumiko Okada (Bic Camera) - 1:29:46

Men's 50 km Racewalk
Yuki Yamazaki (SDF Academy) - 3:40:12 - NR
Takayuki Tanii (SDF Academy) - 3:40:19
Hirooki Arai (SDF Academy) - 3:40:34

Jumps
Men's High Jump
Naoto Tobe (Tsukuba Twin Peaks) - 2.31 m
Takashi Eto (AGF) - 2.28 m
Yuji Hiramatsu (Tsukuba Univ.) - 2.28 m

Men's Pole Vault
Seito Yamamoto (Toyota) - 5.75 m
Hiroki Ogita (Mizuno) - 5.70 m

Men's Long Jump
Yohei Sugai (Mizuno) - 8.18 m +1.3 m/s

Throws
Men's Javelin Throw
Ryohei Arai (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 86.83 m

Women's Javelin Throw
Yuki Ebihara (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 63.80 m - NR

Combined Events
Men's Decathlon
Keisuke Ushiro (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 8308 - NR
Akihiko Nakamura (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 8035

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Gotemba SDF Base Wins Mt. Fuji Ekiden Offroad Downhill Spectacular

http://mtfuji.keizai.biz/headline/327/

translated and edited by Brett Larner
photos by @Dogsorcaravan

Hitting both the foothills and summit of Mt. Fuji, the 40th running of the Mt. Fuji Ekiden took place Aug. 1 in Gotemba, Shizuoka with the local Gotemba Self-Defense Force Base team winning the overall title.

127 six-member teams including 30 SDF teams took part in this year's 40th anniversary edition.  The 11-stage, 47.93 km course began at JR Gotemba Station, climbing 3258 meters to the peak of Mt. Fuji before descending to finish at the Gotemba Municipal Track and Field Grounds.  The Gotemba SDF Base team covered the distance in 3:47:57, while four teams failed to finish.

Motonori Yamazaki of the Gotemba Municipal Culture and Sports Division commented, "Beginning this year the race's start point has changed from the Track and Field Grounds to the station, so times cannot be compared to past years.  Runners weren't able to see Mt. Fuji from the start point, but the weather was good.  In the morning you could see Mt. Fuji all the way from the summit to the base.  We'll be putting this race on again next year so I hope that many teams will again take part." Next year's edition will take place the first Sunday in August.

JADA Indicates It Cannot Rush to Judgment on Allegations of Doping in Athletics

http://www.jiji.com/jc/zc?k=201508/2015080300858&g=spo

translated by Brett Larner

With regard to foreign media's allegations of suspicion of doping among a large umber of Olympics and World Championships track and field medalists, on Aug. 3 Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) executive director Shin Asakawa commented, "I do not know specifically what abnormal values (that would suggest doping) there may be.  The risk is that by looking at them too hastily things may be judged to be violations just because they are unusual," recognizing that there should be no rush to judgment without understanding of the detailed data.

British and German media reported that in the Olympic Games and World Championships from 2001 to 2012, the winners of 146 medals in endurance events had values that indicated a suspicion of doping, with test results indicating that 5% of Japanese athletes also returned abnormal values.  "We do not know what the reaction of the body may be without looking at the long-term.  Some people have innate endurance ability," Asakawa said, arguing that in some cases it is not possible to determine that something is a violation on the basis of a single test.

JAAF executive director Mitsugi Ogata commented, "We do not know whether what the media is reporting is the truth and must gather more information.  Japan conducts its drug testing strictly.  I believe in our athletes and have absolutely no worries at all."

Monday, August 3, 2015

'Being a Good Friend: Practices of Borrowing and Lending Money'

http://global-sport.eu/practices-of-borrowing-and-lending-money

An essential read on a previously little-discussed aspect of the financial life of Kenyan athletes in Japan by Michael Peters, part of his upcoming PhD thesis on the Kenyan experience in Japan from the student through the pro level.


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2:07:39 Marathoner Masato Imai Out of Beijing World Championships With Meningitis

http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20150803/ath15080315270001-n1.html
http://www.nikkei.com/article/DGXLSSXK10346_T00C15A8000000/

translated and edited by Brett Larner

On Aug. 3 the JAAF announced that Beijing World Championships men's marathoner Masato Imai (31, Team Toyota Kyushu) has withdrawn from the Beijing team due to meningitis.  According to his corporate management, Imai began to complain of a fever and headaches while training in Hokkaido and was diagnosed with meningitis.  He was hospitalized on July 30 and is expected to remain in the hospital for treatment for roughly two weeks.

In a statement released through the JAAF Imai said, "For myself, I am devastated after all my training for the World Championships has gone perfectly with the single goal of finally being competitive on the world level.  But this doesn't mean that the road to the top is closed now.  I want to get better as soon as I can and make a fresh start toward my next marathon with a refreshed and reinspired mind and body."

Imai's coach, 1992 Barcelona Olympics silver medalist Koichi Morishita, 47, commented, "Imai has overcome many setbacks up to now and always come out stronger.  I fully believe that he will also overcome this one and return even stronger."

Imai finished 2nd at this February's Tokyo Marathon in 2:07:39, making him the sixth-fastest Japanese marathoner ever.  With no alternate named for the men's marathon team at the Beijing World Championships only two Japanese men, Kazuhiro Maeda (Team Kyudenko, 2:08:00) and Masakazu Fujiwara (Team Honda, 2:08:12) will now run the marathon on August 22nd.

JRN wishes Imai, who we interviewed in 2011 about his former training partner Samuel Wanjiru, a quick recovery.  His withdrawal has strong implications for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic team.  The JAAF has established that it will give one of the three places on the Rio team to the top-placing Japanese marathoner inside the top 8 in Beijing, a bafflingly low bar considering that Japanese men have made the top 8 at the World Championships every time since 1999, when they placed 3rd, 6th and 7th, and Japanese women every time since 1991 except for 1995, when the top Japanese woman finished 9th.  

As the top man on this year's Japanese team in Beijing Imai was generally considered a lock for a spot on the Rio team, with the remaining two spots to be decided between the top Japanese men at this year's Fukuoka and next's year's Tokyo and Lake Biwa selection races.  While it's possible that the other two members of the Beijing team, Maeda and Fujiwara, could still make the top 8 it is now likely that the Rio team will be decided between the three domestic selection races, hopefully reducing room for the kind of under-the-table decision making that went into the selection for the Beijing team and in particular the women's marathon team.

13 New Records and Other Highlights From the 2015 National High School Track and Field Championships

by Brett Larner
videos by naoki620

detailed day-by-day National High School Championships coverage:
Day OneDay Two Day Three Day Four Day Five

Despite sometimes extreme conditions with temperatures in the mid-30s throughout the five days of the 2015 Japanese National High School Track and Field Championships at Wakayama's Kimiidera Field performances were at a high level in most events, with thirteen new records set including two junior national records and two high school national records.



By far the star of the show was Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.), who showed outstanding range in everything from 100 m to 800 m.  Including heats and semifinals she ran a total of fourteen races in five different events in five days, sometimes with less than an hour between them, but still produced a 57.06 400 mH junior national record and high school national record, #4 among juniors in the world this year, a 53.30 National High School Championships record in the 400 m, a spectacular anchor leg to win the 4x400 m, and a 2:07.20 PB for 2nd in what may have been the best girls' race of the meet, an 800 m duel against 1500 m champion Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.).  It's no surprise that Keiai took the overall girls' champion title on the strength of Ishizuka's wins, or that she earned a place on the Japanese women's 4x400 m team for the Beijing World Championships later this month.

Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.)

Less noticeably, Shinichi Yukinaga (Seiko Gakuen H.S.) also turned in multiple records in the throws, opening with an 18.21 m boys' shot put junior national record and high school national record and following up with a 55.59 m National High School Championships meet record.

Shinichi Yukinaga (Seiko Gakuen H.S.)

Five other athletes set new National High School Championships records in just about everything except for sprints and long distance, indicating general improvement in many of Japan's traditionally weaker events.

13.85 +1.4 m/s - Nao Kanai (Kawasaki Tachibana H.S.) - Boys' 110 m Hurdles National High School Championships meet record

50.27 - Kazunari Takada (Hosei Prep Daini H.S.) - Boys' 400 m Hurdles National High School Championships meet record

15.80 m -0.2 m/s - Chihiro Nozaki (Rakunan H.S.) - Boys' Triple Jump National High School Championships meet record

49.15 - Nanaka Kori (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - Girls' Discus Throw National High School Championships meet record

6002 - Hayao Tagami (Rakunan H.S.) - Boys' Octathlon National High School Championships meet record




Of JRN's picks for the top five competitions of this year's Championships, three came in middle distances where despite no new records up there were great races and depth that again suggested that things are moving in the right direction among the people who may make up a good part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics team.  Defending 100 m champion Kenta Oshima's win over World Youth Olympics double gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown was the boys' highlight of the meet.

Boys' 100 m Final: Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.) 10.29 -0.8 m/s PB to win over Abdul Hakin Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.), 10.30

Girls' 800 m Final: Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 2:06.29 PB to win over Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.), 2:07.20 PB

Girls' 1500 m Final: Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 4:16.76 PB to win, leading 9 girls under 4:25

Boys' 1500 m Final: Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 3:48.48 to win, leading 9 boys under 3:50

Boys' Javelin Throw Final: Gen Naganuma (Takada H.S.) - 66.75 m to win, top 3 all within 29 cm

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Three Meet Records Cap Final Day of National High School Track and Field Championships

by Brett Larner
videos by naoki620



After a National High School Track and Field Championships packed with new records including two junior and high school national records, three more meet records capped the final day of competition, hot temperatures in the mid-30's notwithstanding. Nao Kanai (Kawasaki Tachibana H.S.) got things started in the boys' 110 m hurdles with a record 13.85, the only boy to go under 14 seconds despite a strong +1.4 m/s tailwind.  Chihiro Nozaki (Rakunan H.S.) followed up in the boys' triple jump with a 15.80 m meet record jump to win by almost 75 cm.  Shinichi Yukinaga (Seiko Gakuen H.S.) rounded out the action in the boys' discus throw with a mark of 55.59 m for the win, like Kanai short of his PB but enough for a new National High School Championships record.



The girls' 3000 m had an unexpected turn of events when favorite Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.), the 2014 Youth Olympics 3000 m gold medalist, losing a shoe in a two-part fall at the start of the race, stopping to take off the other one and run in socks but never managing to regain contact with the pack, dropped out at 1200 m.  In her absence, with six girls still together at the bel the race turned into a duel between Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) and Miho Shimada (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.), qualifying round leader Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) unable to stay with them over the last 250 m.  Kuraoka had the strongest finish, breaking away from Shimada for the win in 9:09.89 with Shimada just under a second behind.  Mukai took 3rd far back in 9:14.73.  Kenyan Joel Mwaura (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) had an easy win in the boys' 3000 m steeplechase, the only boy to break 9 minutes with a new PB of 8:52.57.



In the girls' 4x400 m relay, Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) returned from a busy schedule that saw her set junior and high school national records in the 400 mH, a meet record in the 400 m, take 2nd in the 800 m and anchor the Keiai girls' 4x100 m relay team to do it again, anchoring the Keiai 4x400 m to the win in 3:40.76.  The boys' 4x400 m was a tight race, with the top four teams finishing within less than a second of each other.  Kyushu Gakuin H.S. won the title in 3:10.18.



In overall team scoring, Ishizuka's Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S. repeated as national champion, its 63 points nearly doubling the score of runner-up Shigakukan H.S. of Aichi.  Kyoto's Rakunan H.S., alma mater of sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.), took the boys' national title with a score of 49 points, Tokyo H.S. moving up from 3rd last year to take 2nd this year with 24 points.

68th National High School Track and Field Championships 
Day Five Highlights
Wakayama, Aug. 2
click here for complete results

Girls' 3000 m Final
1. Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) - 9:09.89
2. Miho Shimada (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 9:10.63
3. Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) - 9:14.73
4. Shinobu Koyoshigawa (Sera H.S.) - 9:15.14
5. Rika Kaseda (Narita H.S.) - 9:15.64
6. Fukiko Ando (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 9:16.42
7. Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 9:17.38
8. Kana Tsuchida (Niigata Meikun H.S.) - 9:27.21
9. Kanami Sagayama (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 9:27.52
10. Yuki Munehisa (Saikyo H.S.) - 9:29.35
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DNF - Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.)
DQ - Mary Sipuko Manela (Kaishi Kokusai H.S.)

Boys' 110 m Hurdles Final +1.4 m/s
1. Nao Kanai (Kawasaki Tachibana H.S.) - 13.85 - MR
2. Hayao Tagami (Rakunan H.S.) - 14.10 - PB
3. Papudenpa Hiramatsu (Roka H.S.) - 14.19 - PB
4. Rei Igarashi (Aizu Gakuho H.S.) - 14.36 - PB
5. Masaki Toyoda (Rakunan H.S.) - 14.38
6. Takuma Kato (Niigata Shibata H.S.) - 14.50
7. Rui Takahashi (Miyagi Shibata H.S.) - 14.57
8. Hiroki Toyama (Kannabe Asahi H.S.) - 14.69 (14.49 PB in semifinals)

Girls' 100 m Hurdles +0.9 m/s
1. Yumi Tanaka (Kansai Prep Daiichi H.S.) - 13.87
2. Ten Sasaki (Morioka Daiichi H.S.) - 13.93
3. Sakiko Kamata (Koryo H.S.) - 13.98
4. Reina Nakamura (Osaka H.S.) - 14.00 - PB
5. Marumi Kanai (Yokohama Minami H.S.) - 14:03 - PB
6. Rika Okamoto (Otokuni H.S.) - 14.07 - PB
7. Natsuki Nakatsuka (Otsuka H.S.) - 14.12 (14.00 PB in semifinals)
8. Mariko Negi (Kunori Gakuen H.S.) - 14.13
9. Saaya Kato (Ogaki Shogyo H.S.) - 14.25 (14.12 PB in semifinals)

Boys' 3000 m Steeplechase Final
1. Joel Mwaura (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 8:52.57 - PB
2. Taisei Ogino (Kato Gakuen H.S.) - 9:00.05
3. Kota Oki (Narita H.S.) - 9:01.78 - PB
4. Hikaru Makino (Kobayashi H.S.) - 9:04.85 - PB
5. Hiromu Endo (Koku Gakuin Prep Kugayama H.S.) - 9:06.63

Boys' 4x400 m Relay Final
1. Kyushu Gakuin H.S. - 3:10.18
2. Morioka Minami H.S. - 3:10.66
3. Soyo H.S. - 3:10.87
4. Narita H.S. - 3:10.93
5. Tokyo H.S. - 3:11.69
6. Uji Yamada Shogyo H.S. - 3:13.97
7. Kansai Prep Hokuyo H.S. - 3:14.17
8. Osaka H.S. - 3:14.95
9. Miyazaki Kogyo H.S. - 3:17.85

Girls' 4x400 m Relay Final
1. Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S. - 3:40.76
2. Soyo H.S. - 3:42.74
3. Narita H.S. - 3:43.09
4. Shigakukan H.S. - 3:44.61
5. Hachioji H.S. - 3:44.62
6. Tokyo H.S. - 3:46.61
7. Chukyo Prep H.S. - 3:48.37
8. Municipal Funabashi H.S. - 3:49.24

Boys' Triple Jump Final
1. Chihiro Nozaki (Rakunan H.S.) - 15.80 m -0.2 m/s - MR, PB
2. Shota Inagawa (Niigata H.S.) - 15.06 m -0.4 m/s
3. Shinya Kobayashi (Suge H.S.) - 14.98 m -0.2 m/s

Girls' Shot Put Final
1. Nanaka Kori (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 14.96 m
2. Yuri Saito (Kochi Otemae H.S.) - 14.20 m - PB
3. Sae Sakamoto (Mita Kokusai Gakuen H.S.) - 13.84 m - PB

Boys' Discus Throw
1. Shinichi Yukinaga (Seiko Gakuen H.S.) - 55.59 m - MR
2. Hiroshi Nakamoto (Wakayama Kogyo H.S.) - 47.19 m
3. Satoshi Tobimatsu (Kyushu Sangyo Prep H.S.) - 47.17 m

Girls' Final School Standings
1. Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S. (Osaka) - 63
2. Shigakukan H.S. (Aichi) - 35
3. Tokyo H.S. (Tokyo) - 25
4. Soyo H.S. (Kanagawa) - 25
5. Okazaki Josai H.S. (Aichi) - 22
6. Kurashiki Chuo H.S. (Okayama) - 20
7. Morioka Daiichi H.S. (Iwate) - 17
8. Osaka H.S. (Osaka) - 16

Boys' Final School Standings
1. Rakunan H.S. (Kyoto) - 49
2. Tokyo H.S. (Tokyo) - 24
3. Osaka Toin H.S. (Osaka) - 21
4. Kyushu Gakuin H.S. (Kumamoto) - 21
5. Gakuho Ishikawa H.S. (Fukushima) - 20
6. Narita H.S. (Chiba) - 19
7. Josai Prep H.S. (Tokyo) - 18
8. Seiko Gakuen H.S. (Tokushima) - 16

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Sani Brown Scores 200 m Title, Mukai Over Ishizuka at National High School Track and Field Championships Day Four

by Brett Larner
videos by naoki620



After taking 2nd in the 100 m and 6th in the 4x100 m, 2015 World Youth Championships double 100 m and 200 m gold medalist Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) scored his first national title at the 2015 National High School Track and Field Championships in Wakayama, winning the boys' 200 m final.  Facing a strong 1.5 m/s headwind Sani Brown took 1st in 20.82, well ahead of runner-up Jun Yamashita (Fukushima H.S.), 2nd in 21.21.  100 m champion Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.) was only 5th in 21.44.  With an even stronger 3.4 m/s in the girls' 200 m, Oshima's teammate and fellow 100 m champion Iyoba Edoba was likewise unable to pick up a double, Tomomi Kawamura (Morioka Daiichi H.S.) taking 1st in 24.57 with Edoba 3rd in 24.71.



The showdown of the day came in the girls' 800 m, where 1500 m champion Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) faced 400 m and 400 m hurdles winner and record-setter Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.).  Ishizuka tried to lead start-to-finish, but biding her time a late surge from Mukai was enough to get clear and away to a second national title, winning in a PB 2:06.29.  It was all Ishizuka could do to hold off chasers Airi Ikezaki (Funairi H.S.) and Ayane Tokihisa (Shigakukan H.S.), all three finishing within 0.12 seconds of each other in new PB times, Ishizuka getting second over Ikezaki in 2:07.20.

Boys' 1500 m champion Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa) fell short of following Mukai to the double, 3rd in a close race that saw the top five finish within 0.39 seconds, Rikuto Iijima (Midorigaoka H.S.) winning in a PB 1:51.47.  The boys' javelin was similarly close, only 29 cm separating the top three as Rikinari Ishizaka (Kurayoshi Sogo Sangyo H.S.) and Shunsuke Yamamoto (Kaho H.S.) both clearing 66 m for the first time to challenge favorite Gen Naganuma (Takada H.S.), who ultimately proved too much for them with a winning throw of 66.75 m.



The boys' 5000 m final was held at 7:00 p.m., escaping some of the mid-30's heat throughout this year's Championships.  Kenyans Silas Kingori (Sendai Ikuei H.S.), John Kariuki (Aomori Yamada H.S.) and defending champion Paul Kamais (Sera H.S.), holder of a 13:21.52 PB, went out front, with Japanese favorite Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.), 13:50.51 last month at age 16, leading a four-man chase group.  With two laps to go Kamais, appearing to have taping around his right knee, abruptly lost touch with the leaders and slowed.  Over the final lap Kingori dropped Kariuki to give Sendai Ikuei yet another 5000 m title in 13:47.42, Kariuki 2nd in 13:50.94.  Kicking hard with 200 m to go, Hyuga easily escaped from his Japanese competition, and with just a few meters to go he overtook the struggling Kamais for 3rd in 14:02.72.  Kamais fell to the track after finishing and needed assistance standing and walking off, later absent from the award ceremony.  To his credit Endo came over to ask if everything was OK, a sign that sportsmanship is alive and well in Japan.

68th National High School Track and Field Championships
Day Four Highlights
Wakayama, Aug. 1
click here for complete results

Boys' 200 m Final -1.5 m/s
1. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 20.82
2. Jun Yamashita (Fukushima H.S.) - 21.21
3. Wataru Inuzuka (Hamana H.S.) - 21.25
4. Kazuma Higuchi (Matsusho Gakuen H.S.) - 21.41 - PB
5. Kenta Oshima (Tokyo H.S.) - 21.44
6. Maiku Koike (Koku Gakuin Prep Kugayama H.S.) - 21.54
7. Kenta Katsuse (Saku Yakonohana H.S.) - 21.57
8. Ryohei Saito (Kunori Gakuen H.S.) - 21.68 (21.41 PB in heats)
9. Manaki Ibuka (Risumeikan Keisho H.S.) - 21.71 (21.43 PB in heats)

Girls' 200 m Final -3.4 m/s
1. Tomomi Kawamura (Morioka Daiichi H.S.) - 24.57
2. Sumire Sugiyama (Soyo H.S.) - 24.60 - PB
3. Iyoba Edoba (Tokyo H.S.) - 24.71
4. Amika Miyazaki (Hitsuyukan H.S.) - 24.74
5. Noe Shibata (Saitama Sakae H.S.) - 24.79 (24.69 PB in semifinals)
6. Marina Miyake (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 24.81
7. Kanako Yuasa (Hiroshima Minami H.S.) - 24.89
8. Ami Saito (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 25.30

Boys' 800 m Final
1. Rikuto Iijima (Midorigaoka H.S.) - 1:51.47 - PB
2. Haruki Nishimura (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 1:51.57 - PB
3. Kazuyoshi Tamogami (Gakuho Ishikawa) - 1:51.69
4. Tomoya Ogawa (Soyo H.S.) - 1:51.74 - PB
5. Tatsuya Nishikubo (Seibo Gakuen H.S.) - 1:51.86
6. Yuki Ono (Sendai Tohoku H.S.) - 1:52.91 (1:52.64 PB in semifinals)
7. Yoshiaki Motoi (Otani H.S.) - 1:52.96
8. Soichiro Sawada (Kansai Prep Hokuyo H.S.) - 1:58.32

Girls' 800 m Final
1. Chika Mukai (Shigakukan H.S.) - 2:06.29 - PB
2. Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 2:07.20 - PB
3. Airi Ikezaki (Funairi H.S.) - 2:07.28 - PB
4. Ayane Tokihisa (Shigakukan H.S.) - 2:07.32 - PB
5. Shoko Fukuda (Matsue Kita H.S.) - 2:08.20 (2:08.12 PB in semifinals)
6. Hina Takahashi (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 2:08.93 (2:08.88 PB in semifinals)
7. Atsumi Toya (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 2:09.03 (2:07.63 PB in semifinals)
8. Haruka Arai (Honjo Higashi H.S.) - 2:10.25 (2:10.08 PB in semifinals)

Boys' 5000 m Final
1. Silas Kingori (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 13:47.42
2. John Kariuki (Aomori Yamada H.S.) - 13:50.94
3. Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 14:02.72
4. Paul Kamais (Sera H.S.) - 14:03.11
5. Kiseki Shiozawa (Iga Hakuho H.S.) - 14:05.61
6. Tomoki Ota (Hamamatsu Nittai Prep H.S.) - 14:05.92
7. Kazuya Nishiyama (Tokyo Nogyo Prep Daini H.S.) - 14:06.51
8. Rei Hasegawa (Toyokawa H.S.) - 14:13.97
9. Taiji Nakashima (Sera H.S.) - 14:19.18
10. Ryunosuke Omori (Sano Nittai Prep H.S.) - 14:33.10

Girls' 3000 m Qualifiers
9:21.07 - Yuka Mukai (Sera H.S.) - 1st, H2
9:21.25 - Rika Kaseda (Narita H.S.) - 2nd, H2
9:22.97 - Fukiko Ando (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 3rd, H2
9:23.68 - Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 4th, H2
9:25.00 - Yuki Shibata (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) - 5th, H2
9:25.38 - Nana Kuraoka (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) - 1st, H3
9:25.54 - Nozomi Musembi Takamatsu (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 2nd, H3
9:25.60 - Miho Shimada (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 3rd, H3
9:26.85 - Helen Ekarare (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 1st, H1
9:26.99 - Kana Tsuchida (Niigata Meikun H.S.) - 6th, H2
9:27.24 - Mary Sipuko Manela (Kaishi Kokusai H.S.) - 7th, H2
9:27.70 - Yuki Munehisa (Saikyo H.S.) - 4th, H3
9:28.17 - Kanami Sagayama (Osaka Kunei Joshi Gakuin H.S.) - 2nd, H1
9:28.30 - Ryo Koido (Suijo H.S.) - 5th, H3
9:28.65 - Wakana Kabasawa (Tokiwa H.S.) - 3rd, H1
9:28.73 - Shinobu Koyoshigawa (Sera H.S.) - 4th, H1
9:28.74 - Yumika Miura (Yamanashi Gakuin Prep H.S.) - 5th, H1
9:28.96 - Kaede Mikata (Hanawa H.S.) - 6th, H1

Boys' High Jump Final
1. Keitaro Fujita (Hokuyo Kansai Prep H.S) - 2.16 m - PB
2. Atsunori Kitagawa (Niigata Meikun H.S) - 2.10 m
3. Riku Hashimoto (Kawasaki Tachibana H.S.) - 2.10 m

Girls' Long Jump
1. Maya Takeuchi (Setsu H.S.) - 6.09 m -0.9 m/s - PB
2. Kaori Takahashi (Kunori Gakuen H.S.) - 5.98 m +0.1 m/s - PB
3. Asuka Sasaki (Sanuma H.S.) - 5.87 m -0.6 m/s

Boys' Javelin Throw Final
1. Gen Naganuma (Takada H.S.) - 66.75 m
2. Rikinari Ishizaka (Kurayoshi Sogo Sangyo H.S.) - 66.65 m - PB
3. Shunsuke Yamamoto (Kaho H.S.) - 66.46 m - PB

Girls' Heptathlon Final Scores
1. Maya Kawaguchi (Otsuka H.S.) - 5097
2. Maya Shreshta (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 5011
3. Sayaka Ueda (Tsuru Gakehi H.S.) - 5004

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