Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Osaka International Women's Marathon Establishes New Development Program

translated by Brett Larner

The Osaka International Women's Marathon organizing committee announced on Sept. 17 that it has established a new "Next Heroine" program for the race's next edition on Jan. 25, 2015.  Targeting high-potential university runners and young corporate league women, the "Next" program will differ from Osaka's conventional elite athlete program in providing a training framework for the race itself.

In the past the Osaka International Women's Marathon served as the site for the marathon debuts of 1992 Barcelona Olympics silver medalist and 1996 Atlanta Olympics bronze medalist Yuko Arimori, 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist Naoko Takahashi, and many other top-level athletes who went on to make Olympics and World Championships teams also started their marathon careers in Osaka.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Köln Marathon and Usti nad Labem Half Marathon - Japanese Results

by Brett Larner

Following up on a disappointing showing at last weekend's Great North Run and Prague Grand Prix 10 km, Japan's corporate league runners underwhelmed again at Sunday's Köln Marathon and Usti nad Labem Half Marathon.  In a race won by Kenya's Anthony Maritim in 2:10:26 in Köln, 2:09:18 marathoner Yuko Matsumiya (Team Hitachi Butsuryu), the twin brother of 5000 m and 30 km national record holder Takayuki Matsumiya (Team Konica Minolta), could do no better than 2:18:41 for 3rd.  2:15:05 man Kenta Iinuma (Team Sagawa Group) fell well below the professional level, running only 2:23:12 for 4th.  Formerly Japan-based Kenyan Julia Mumbi took the women's race in 2:28:00.

Further east, Japanese results at the Czech Republic's Usti nad Labem mirrored those at the Great North Run, with 1:02 half marathoners Yuya Ito (Team Toyota) and Masamichi Yasuda (Team Aichi Seiko) and their 1:03 counterpart Atsushi Yamazaki (Team Subaru) all clocked leisurely 1:05 times nearly 5 minutes behind winner Adugna Takele (Ethiopia) a week after running around the 30:00 level at the Prague Grand Prix 10 km.  As at the Great North Run the Japanese women in the race performed slightly more seriously, 1:10:26 woman Misato Horie (Team Noritz) running 1:12:29 for 5th and Ayaka Inoue (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) making her European debut in 1:14:59 for 8th.

But taken altogether the results of the four races over the last two weekends show evidence of a troubling attitude in the corporate leagues, particularly among the men, that it's enough to just show up at an overseas race, that how you run when you race internationally doesn't matter in the slightest and that races outside Japan are simply for getting experience, doing laundry, and sightseeing.  Consistent amateur-quality performances certainly don't do much for your country's reputation.  Times have changed, but some things are slow to adapt. 

Köln Marathon
Köln, Germany, 9/14/14
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1. Anthony Maritim (Kenya) - 2:10:26
2. Marcel Brautigam (Germany) - 2:17:55
3. Yuko Matsumiya (Japan/Team Hitachi Butsuryu) - 2:18:41
4. Kenta Iinuma (Japan/Team Sagawa Group) - 2:23:12
5. David Cherop (Uganda) - 2:24:20

1. Julia Mumbi (Kenya) - 2:28:00
2. Shasho Insermu (Ethiopia) - 2:35:36
3. Simret Restle-Apel (Germany) - 2:50:19

Usti nad Labem Half Marathon
Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, 9/14/14
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1. Adugna Takele (Ethiopia) - 1:00:45
2. Azmeraw Bekele (Ethiopia) - 1:00:58
3. Gefrey Kusuro (Uganda) - 1:01:04
4. Richard Kiprop Mengich (Kenya) - 1:01:19
5. Festus Talam (Kenya) - 1:01:47
8. Yuya Ito (Japan/Team Toyota) - 1:05:13
9. Masamichi Yasuda (Japan/Team Aichi Seiko) - 1:05:27
11. Atsushi Yamazaki (Japan/Team Subaru) - 1:05:44

1. Correti Jepkoech (Kenya) - 1:09:35
2. Helah Kiprop (Kenya) - 1:10:48
3. Esther Chemtai Ndiema (Kenya) - 1:10:51
4. Flomena Chepchirchir (Kenya) - 1:11:14
5. Misato Horie (Japan/Team Noritz) - 1:12:29
8. Ayaka Inoue (Japan/Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 1:14:59

Prague Grand Prix 10 km
Prague, Czech Republic, 9/6/14
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1. Geoffrey Ronoh (Kenya) - 27:28
2. Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) - 27:32
3. Nicholas Kipchirchir Bor (Kenya) - 27:38
4. Simon Cheprot (Kenya) - 27:41
5. Richard Kiprop Mengich (Kenya) - 27:48
14. Masamichi Yasuda (Japan/Team Aichi Seiko) - 29:44
16. Atsushi Yamazaki (Japan/Team Subaru) - 29:58
17. Yuya Ito (Japan/Team Toyota) - 30:04
18. Yuta Shitara (Japan/Team Honda) - 30:09
19. Shota Hattori (Japan/Team Honda) - 30:20

1. Correti Jepkoech (Kenya) - 31:05
2. Esther Chemtai Ndiema (Kenya) - 31:51
3. Flomena Chepchirchir (Kenya) - 32:30
4. Helah Kiprop (Kenya) - 32:33
5. Lucy Liavoga (Kenya) - 33:12

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Forced to Do Federation 40 km Run Nine Days After Perth Marathon, Kawauchi Furious as Half of National Team Skips it

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Incheon Asian Games men's marathon team member and civil servant runner Yuki Kawauchi (27, Saitama Pref. Gov't) ran in a 40 km time trial and biometric measurement run in Shibetsu, Hokkaido on Sept. 9 as part of the Marathon National Team's official training camp.  The Japanese Federation launched the National Team project in April, naming twelve men to the team.  The 40 km run, designed so that Federation officials could measure each member's biometric data before and after a race and examine the changes, was the climax of the National Team's first group training camp which has gone on since late August in Hokkaido. 

On Aug. 31 Kawauchi ran the Perth Marathon in Australia, winning in a course record 2:12:55 before returning to Japan and joining the National Team training camp on Sept. 6.  "The Federation people told me, 'You're damn well going to run this 40 km, whether you just ran Perth or anywhere else!'" he said.  Despite it being only nine days since he ran a full marathon, Kawauchi finished 2nd in the 40 km run in 2:14:52, running with the others in the lead group through 35 km before dropping his 5 km split 1:40~1:50 for the final 5 km.  His fellow Asian Games marathoner Kohei Matsumura (Team Mitsubishi Juko Nagasaki) ran 2:15:32, saying, "There's less than a month left, so I'd like to use the momentum from this run to pick up the pace."

However, of the twelve members of the National Team, only seven ran.  Kawauchi expected the elite members of the team to be honored to have been chosen and to work hard while coping with the pressure of selection, but he was shocked and disappointed to see nearly half of them skip the 40 km run because they weren't feeling good or had recently run marathons.  "I want to see the media really hit these shameless people hard.  'Is that really good enough?  Is that all you've got?'  'Next year your neck should be on the chopping block,' that sort of thing." Kawauchi said, calling for directly critical articles unusual in the Japanese media and urging greater overall awareness.  "Please, question this, bring the power of the pen into play to prod our athletes into becoming stronger.  If only half can coordinate their training to be ready for an important measurement race like this then there is a major problem.  People like that will have disappeared by next year."

At the 2011 and 2013 World Championships Kawauchi struggled to deal with the pressure of running under the weight of the Rising Sun.  "There was a lot of attention, and the criticism of me was very direct," he said.  "I had problems with depression, but in the end it toughened me mentally.  The pressure of being on the National Team is just a little bit less than that, but I know it will end up being a positive, stimulating experience."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Asian Games Marathoner Hayakawa Hoping to "Bring Back Good News"

translated by Brett Larner

Sanitary and housing equipment manufacturer Toto held a sendoff meeting Sept. 11 at its offices in Shiodome, Tokyo for company workers to voice their support for Incheon Asian Games women's marathon team member Eri Hayakawa, 32, and other Toto-sponsored athletes.  Three athletes were feted including members of the Asian Paralympics team.  Hayakawa vowed to supporters that she would go for the gold medal, telling them, "As a national representative I am aware of my responsibility, and I will do my best to produce results that will let me finish with the best kind of smile and bring you all back good news."

The Toto-sponsored athletes competing in the Paralympics are women's wheelchair basketball player Chihiro Kitada, 25, and women's wheelchair tennis player Miho Nijo, 33.  Using language chock full of Kansai slang, Takada made the full house laugh as she said, "I'm totally surprised to see the place packed like this.  Sometimes I get caramels at work too, so Toto is really the best place to work.  I didn't end up here by accident."  Nijo commented, "I've been lucky to have been sponsored by Toto for the last seven years.  I believe I can bring home a medal."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

'International Distance-Running Greats to Challenge Defending Champions at 2014 TCS New York City Marathon'

Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and Masato Imai (Team Toyota Kyushu) return to New York this November for the TCS New York City Marathon.  Kawauchi appears with support from JRN.

2014 TCS New York City Marathon Elite Men's Field
Wilson Kipsang (Kenya) -  2:03:23
Geoffrey Mutai (Kenya) - 2:04:15 (2:03:02a)
Stanley Biwott (Kenya) - 2:04:55
Peter Kirui (Kenya) - 2:06:31
Michael Kipyego (Kenya) - 2:06:48
Micah Kogo (Kenya) - 2:06:56
Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) - 2:07:20
Abderrahime Bouramdane (Morocco) - 2:07:33
Gebre Gebremariam (Ethiopia) - 2:08:00 (2:04:53a)
Yuki Kawauchi (Japan/Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 2:08:14
Lusapho April (South Africa) - 2:08:32
Meb Keflezighi (U.S.A.) - 2:09:08 (2:08:37a)
Urige Buta (Norway) - 2:09:27
Masato Imai (Japan/Team Toyota Kyushu) - 2:09:30
Ryan Vail (U.S.A.) - 2:10:57
Nick Arciniaga (U.S.A.) - 2:11:30
Josphat Boit (U.S.A.) - 2:13:14 (2:12:52a)
Tim Ritchie (U.S.A.) - 2:14:50
Zac Hine (U.S.A.) - 2:16:40
Stephan Shay (U.S.A.) - 2:16:48
Chris Siemers (U.S.A.) - 2:18:48
Ted Callinan (U.S.A.) - 2:21:22
Alistair Cragg (Ireland) - 2:23:05
Luke Puskedra (U.S.A.) - debut - 1:01:36 (half)

Monday, September 8, 2014

Osako Sets 3000 m National Record in Rieti

by Brett Larner

Already on the edge of national records for 3000 m, 2 miles, 5000 m and 10000 m, Suguru Osako (Team Nissin Shokuhin) stepped up in his last race on the summer European circuit, the 3000 m at Italy's Rieti Meeting 2014.  Partially based in the U.S. since graduating from Waseda University this spring, Osako has been training with the Alberto Salazar-coached Nike Oregon Project.  Before the race NOP assistant coach Pete Julian told JRN, "He's been hitting all the workouts with Mo Farah and Galen Rupp, so he's pretty worn out at this point.  With a couple weeks of rest he'll be stronger but we don't expect much for this race."

Despite the fatigue Osako went with the 2:29.24 opening 1000 m in Rieti, hanging on to the leaders through some ups and downs in the pacing and crossing the line in 7:40.09 to break marathon national record holder Toshinari Takaoka's 15-year-old 3000 m record by almost two seconds.  Among distances officially recorded by the JAAF it was the first Japanese men's long distance national record since Takayuki Matsumiya and Atsushi Sato set 5000 m and half marathon records in 2007, and with Osako already ranked all-time Japanese #6 for 5000 m and #4 for 10000 m it was an encouraging sign of good things to come in the next couple of years.  In the short term he now returns to Japan to get ready for the Incheon Asian Games 10000 m later this month.

Rieti Meeting 2014
Rieti, Italy, 9/7/2014
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Men's 3000 m
1. Abdelaati Iguider (Morocco) - 7:34.99
2. Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa (Kenya) - 7:35.28
3. Lawi Lalang (Kenya) - 7:36.44
4. Ryan Hill (U.S.A.) - 7:38.64
5. Lopez Lomong (U.S.A.) - 7:39.81
6. Suguru Osako (Japan/Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 7:40.09 - NR
7. Imane Merga (Ethiopia) - 7:43.59
8. Cornelius Kangogo (Kenya) - 7:44.17
9. Florian Orth (Germany) - 7:44.65
10. Jesus Espana (Spain) - 7:45.06

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Keitany, Farah and Cramond Make History at Great North Run

by Brett Larner

The Great North Run celebrated three-part history Sunday, with the great Mary Keitany breaking marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe's course record and Mo Farah bringing home the first British men's win in 29 years to set the stage for the millionth finisher in GNR history, the first race in the world to hit that mark.

In beautiful conditions with a comfortable tailwind heavy favorite Keitany soloed the race the entire way on track for Radcliffe's 1:05:40 record, only appearing to falter near the end.  Bearing down in the home straight she looked to hit the line dead on, but when official results were posted it was announced that she had made it by a second with a new record of 1:05:39.  Nearly a kilometer back, the U.K.'s Gemma Steel was shockingly strong, going head-to-head with London Olympics gold medalist Tiki Gelana, Commonwealth Games silver medalist Caroline Kilel and two-time World Championships gold medalist Edna Kiplagat before dropping them all to beat her legal course best by over two minutes for 2nd in 1:08:13.  Gelana took 3rd in 1:08:45 with Kilel, Kiplagat and Polline Wanjiku spread out over the two minutes behind her.

Former Ritsumeikan University captain Risa Takenaka (Team Shiseido) ran close behind the lead pack through the first half of the race before falling off, taking 7th in 1:11:11.  In her international debut Haruna Takada (Team Yamada Denki) ran much of the way against the U.K.'s Charlotte Purdue and Susan Partridge, finishing 9th not far off her PB in 1:12:20.

The men's race saw a large lead pack led by the field's two fastest men, Mike Kigen and Farah, run through the first mile before splintering.  On the Tyne Bridge the pack split again, with a small group consisting of Brazil's Paulo Paula and Japanese runners Keisuke Tanaka (Team Fujitsu), Takamitsu Hashimoto (Team Komori Corp.) and Sho Matsueda (Team Mitsubishi Juko Nagasaki) peeling off the back.  Japan's top man Masato Kikuchi (Team Konica Minolta) was the next to lose contact at 3 km, followed shortly by British Euro medalist Andy Vernon to leave a pack of seven going through 5 km in 14:04, 59:21 pace through the toughest part of the course.

As Kigen, the only sub-60 man in the field, pushed the pace, the pack dwindled one by one, first Hiroaki Sano (Team Honda) losing touch, then Tariku Bekele and Ezrah Sang, and finally Olympic and World Championships gold medalist Stephen Kiprotich to leave only Kigen, Farah and Kiprotich's fellow Ugandan Thomas Ayeko in the front.  Early dropoff Vernon continued on a strong and steady pace, tightly running the tangents to quickly overtake Sano and shortly Sang, who later dropped out.

Kigen's relentless frontrunning was too much for Ayeko, who fell back from the lead in the second half and ultimately dropped to 5th.  Farah lost ground more than once, but with his untouchable-except-by-Ethiopians last kick in store he never got far enough out first to be in real danger of losing.  Doing the Mobot just before the line he crossed in 1:00:00 to renew the Great North Run's British legacy.  Closer than Farah may have realized as he showboated, Kigen also clocked 1:00:00 for 2nd.  Kiprotich, only a 1:01:15 runner, hung on for 3rd in 1:01:35 just ahead of Bekele who was clearly suffering after arriving near midnight the night before the race due to a flight delay.

Vernon and Sano moved up through the field in the second half with an almost steady gap between them, Vernon beating his best by two minutes in 1:02:46 for 6th and Sano 15 seconds back in 7th.  From the early chase pack Paula dropped all three Japanese runners and moved up to overtake Kikuchi for 8th.  Kikuchi, likewise run down by the U.K.'s Jonny Hay, was a disappointing 10th in 1:04:18.  Tanaka, Hashimoto and Matsueda all unperformed, finishing down the field in the 65-minute range.  Although slower than hoped, Sano, a former Hakone Ekiden teammate of Yuki Kawauchi, was still faster than his Honda teammates Shota Hattori and Yuta Shitara, who jogged the Prague Grand Prix 10 km together a day earlier in over 30 minutes.

Many of the elites were on-hand for the celebrations around the Great North Run's millionth finisher two hours later.  A countdown clock built the moment up, and when it ticked over the million mark confetti and cheers shot over the mass of amateur runners finishing in over three hours.  A group of around twenty who finished as the 1,000,000 sign lit up were pulled aside, and after consultation of their timing chips Tracy Cramond was plucked from their midst for recognition alongside greats Brendan Foster and Sebastian Coe.  With historic marks on three levels and major success at both the elite and mass races, the 2014 Great North Run both marked one of the biggest days in British distance running history and demonstrated its health for the years to come.

2014 Great North Run
Newcastle-South Shields, U.K., 9/7/14
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1. Mary Keitany (Kenya) - 1:05:39 - CR
2. Gemma Steel (Great Britain) - 1:08:13
3. Tiki Gelana (Ethiopia) - 108:45
4. Caroline Kilel (Kenya) - 1:09:10
5. Edna Kiplagat (Kenya) - 1:10:37
6. Polline Wanjiku (Kenya) - 1:10:46
7. Risa Takenaka (Japan/Team Shiseido) - 1:11:11
8. Charlotte Purdue (Great Britain) - 1:11:43
9. Haruna Takada (Japan/Yamada Denki) - 1:12:20
10. Susan Partridge (Great Britain) - 1:12:28

1. Mo Farah (Great Britain) - 1:00:00
2. Mike Kigen (Kenya) - 1:00:00
3. Stephen Kiprotich (Uganda) - 1:01:35
4. Tariku Bekele (Ethiopia) - 1:01:39
5. Thomas Ayeko (Uganda) - 1:02:13
6. Andy Vernon (Great Britain) - 1:02:46
7. Hiroaki Sano (Japan/Team Honda) - 1:03:01
8. Paulo Paula (Brazil) - 1:03:58
9. Jonny Hay (Great Britain) - 1:04:09
10. Masato Kikuchi (Japan/Team Konica Minolta) - 1:04:18
13. Keisuke Tanaka (Japan/Team Fujitsu) - 1:05:11
14. Takamitsu Hashimoto (Japan/Team Komori Corporation) - 1:05:24
17. Sho Matsueda (Japan/Team Mitsubishi Juko Nagasaki) - 1:05:55

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Omwamba Over Kitonyi for National University Track and Field Championships Distance Double

by Brett Larner
videos by aoshin0507 and ekiden news

The 2014 Japanese National University Track and Field Championships wrapped up Sunday with a pair of new meet records and some great races.  The day started with early morning men's and women's 5000 m postponed from Saturday after a thunderstorm hit the area.  1500 m champion Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) faced off against 10000 m champ Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.) in the men's race, battling each other all the way to the end with Omwamba getting the double by less than a second in 13:40.21.

The women's 5000 m was equally close, Natsuki Omori (Ritsumeikan Univ.) winning in 15:46.94 with both Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) and Saori Noda (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) within a second of her.

Daito Bunka University had better luck in the women's 3000 mSC, where it took three of the top four places and its top runner Chikako Mori beat national university record holder Mayuko Nakamura (Tsukuba Univ.) and outran Anju Takamizawa (Matsuyama Univ.) by 0.30 seconds to win in a meet record 10:00.69.

The other meet record of the day came in the men's 10000 m race walk, where Eiki Takahashi of the relatively minor Iwate Univ. clocked 39:44.78 to win by a comfortable margin.

Star first-year sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) won his first national university title, winning the 200 m in 20.59 (-0.1) after skipping the 100 m.  In the men's 800 m, national record holder Sho Kawamoto (Nihon Univ.) faltered badly, finishing only 4th in 1:51.97 behind Daisuke Sakurai (Kyoto Univ.), the winner in 1:51.34.  The race of the day, however, came in the men's 4x400 m, where 100 m National University Champion and London Olympian Ryota Yamagata ran a fantastic second leg that put Keio University's team into the lead over favorite Waseda University.  Waseda looked set to pick them off on the anchor leg, but Keio anchor and 200 m specialist Yuki Koike somehow summoned up the strength to hold off Waseda's 2014 World Junior Championships 400 m silver medalist Nobuya Kato, falling across the line to win by 0.04 in 3:04.58.

2014 National University Track and Field Championships Day Three
Kumagaya, Saitama, 9/7/14
click here for complete results

Men's 5000 m
1. Enock Omwamba (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 13:40.21
2. Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.) - 13:40.91
3. Shota Shinjo (Chuo Univ.) - 13:52.40
4. Yuma Hattori (Toyo Univ.) - 13:53.84
5. Shinnosuke Ogino (Nihon Univ.) - 13:54.20
6. Hikaru Kato (Nittai Univ.) - 13:54.35
7. Makoto Mitsunobu (Waseda Univ.) - 13:54.46
8. Daiki Taguchi (Waseda Univ.) - 13:54.71
9. Yusuke Nishiyama (Komazawa Univ.) - 13:57.04
10. Kenya Sonota (Komazawa Univ.) - 14:02.64

Women's 5000 m
1. Natsuki Omori (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 15:46.94
2. Sakurako Fukuuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) -15:47.88
3. Saori Noda (Osaka Gakuin Univ.) - 15:47.90
4. Rina Koeda (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 15:50.68
5. Yuko Kikuchi (Hakuoh Univ.) - 15:52.41
6. Mai Shoji (Chukyo Univ.) - 15:55.12
7. Manaka Kobori (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 15:55.52
8. Sayaka Sato (Toyo Univ.) - 15:58.85
9. Nanako Kanno (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 16:00.57
10. Yukiko Okuno (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) - 16:09.97

Men's 800 m Final
1. Daisuke Sakurai (Kyoto Univ.) - 1:51.34
2. Yota Mizuma (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 1:51.79
3. Tomonori Tanaka (Kinki Univ.) - 1:51.82
4. Sho Kawamoto (Nihon Univ) - 1:51.97
5. Koki Murakami (Keio Univ.) - 1:52.07
6. Ryunosuke Okada (Nihon Univ.) - 1:52.14
7. Shota Arakawa (Nittai Univ.) - 1:52.89
8. Noriaki Kaida (Kansai Univ.) - 1:53.13

Women's 800 m Final
1. Fumika Omori (Nihon Univ.) - 2:08.22
2. Miho Ito (Juntendo Univ.) - 2:08.45
3. Mariko Takeuchi (Chukyo Univ.) - 2:08.55
4. Hana Yamada (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 2:08.62
5. Miho Shingu (Fukushima Univ.) - 2:09.13
6. Rina Ono (Fukushima Univ.) - 2:09.66
7. Akiho Fukuzato (Yokohama Kokuritsu Univ.) - 2:09.82
8. Mayuka Kitane (Juntendo Univ.) - 2:11.52

Men's 200 m Final (-0.1)
1. Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) - 20.59
2. Shota Hara (Jobu Univ.) - 20.71
3. Akiyuki Hashimoto (Waseda Univ.) - 20.82
4. Yuki Koike (Keio Univ.) - 20.91
5. Kotaro Tanguchi (Chuo Univ.) - 21.02
6. Yushi Terada (Heisei Kokusai Univ.) - 21.05
7. Shoichi Kobayashi (Toyo Univ.) - 21.16
8. Kento Terada (Chukyo Univ.) - 21.94

Women's 200 m Final (+2.8)
1. Tomoka Tsuchihashi (Iwate Univ.) - 24.12
2. Anna Fujimori (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 24.30
3. Arisa Niwa (Chukyo Univ.) - 24.38
4. Akira Koyama (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 24.40
5. Yuki Jinbo (Tsukuba Univ.) - 24.53
6. Saya Kitazawa (Kyoto Kyoiku Univ.) - 24.71
7. Mizuki Nakamura (Osaka Seikei Univ.) - 24.81
8. Aimi Yamashita (Fukushima Univ.) - 27.31

Men's 3000 mSC
1. Shuya Tsuda (Tsukuba Univ.) - 8:49.71
2. Hiroshi Yanokura (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 8:52.45
3. Kazuma Watanabe (Toyo Univ.) - 8:54.77
4. Takumi Murashima (Juntendo Univ.) - 8:57.15
5. Takuma Imai (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 8:57.21

Women's 3000 mSC
1. Chikako Mori (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 10:00.69 - MR
2. Anju Takamizawa (Matsuyama Univ.) - 10:00.99 (MR)
3. Atsumi Miyamoto (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 10:11.89
4. Soyoka Segawa (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 10:12.14
5. Mayuko Nakamura (Tsukuba Univ.) - 10:12.51

Men's 400 mH Final
1. Takaoki Hashimoto (Nihon Univ.) - 50.72
2. Seiya Kato (Tsukuba Univ.) - 50.91
3. Atsushi Yamada (Tokai Univ.) - 51.11
Women's 400 mH Final
1. Misa Yamada (Higashi Osaka Univ.) - 58.81
2. Ayaka Nishida (Kobe Univ.) - 58.95
3. Manaho Sugiyama (Fukuoka Univ.) - 59.28

Men's 110 mH Final (-1.3)
1. Genta Masuno (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 14.10
2. Hiroki Fudaba (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 14.12
3. Gen Yada (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 14.24

Women's 100 mH Final (-0.3)
1. Miku Fujiwara (Mukogawa Joshi Univ.) - 13.66
2. Masumi Aoki (Int'l Pacific Univ.) - 13.67
3. Aya Ito (Fukushima Univ.) - 13.75

Men's 4x400 m Final
1. Keio Univ. - 3:04.58
2. Waseda Univ. - 3:04.62
3. Nihon Univ. - 3:04.93
4. Chukyo Univ. - 3:05.57
5. Chuo Univ. - 3:06.25
6. Nittai Univ. - 3:07.51
7. Tsukuba Univ. - 3:08.14
8. Int'l Pacific Univ. - 3:08.63

Women's 4x400 m Final
1. Tsukuba Univ. - 3:40.73
2. Higashi Osaka Univ. - 3:40.92
3. Aoyama Gakuin Univ. - 3:41.40
4. Konan Univ. - 3:41.41
5. Fukushima Univ. - 3:42.11
6. Nittai Univ. - 3:42.94
7. Tokyo Gakugei Univ. - 3:43.45
8. Tsuru Bunka Univ. - 3:44.53

Men's 10000 m Race Walk
1. Eiki Takahashi (Iwate Univ.) - 39:44.78 - MR
2. Kai Kobayashi (Waseda Univ.) - 40:22.77
3. Daisuke Matsunaga (Toyo Univ.) - 40:56.35
4. Yuga Yamashita (Toyo Univ.) - 41:09.29
5. Yosuke Kimura (Juntendo Univ.) - 41:12.45

Men's High Jump
1. Takashi Eto (Tsukuba Univ.) - 2.22 m
2. Kazuhiro Ota (Kanazawa Seiryo Univ.) - 2.16 m
3. Daisuke Nakajima (Nihon Univ.) - 2.13 m

Women's Long Jump
1. Hitomi Nakano (Tsukuba Univ.) - 6.08 m
2. Mao Igarashi (Fukushima Univ.) - 6.07 m
3. Kaede Miyasaka (Yokohama Kokuritsu Univ.) - 6.07 m

Men's Pole Vault
1. Ryohei Yamakata (Setsunan Univ.) - 5.30 m
2. Shota Enoki (Chukyo Univ.) - 5.20 m
3. Fumitaka Ishikawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 5.10 m

Men's Shot Put
1. Ikuhiro Miyauchi (Nittai Univ.) - 17.48 m
2. Daichi Nakamura (Kokushikan Univ.) - 16.52 m
3. Hiroki Nishimiya (Nihon Univ.) - 16.50 m

Women's Shot Put
1. Erina Fukutomi (Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ.) - 15.13 m
2. Shoko Matsuda (Kokushikan Univ.) - 14.99 m
3. Eriko Saga (Tokai Univ.) - 14.59 m

Men's Discus Throw
1. Kengo Anbo (Tokai Univ.) - 53.73 m
2. Hiroya Kobayashi (Juntendo Univ.) - 52.94 m
3. Masateru Yugami (Chukyo Univ.) - 52.56 m

Women's Discus Throw
1. Eriko Nakata (Chukyo Univ.) - 49.10 m
2. Maho Taira (Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 47.90 m
3. Natsumi Fujimori (Juntendo Univ.) - 47.67 m

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