National Corporate Half Marathon, Nobeoka Marathon and More
It’s a reasonably quiet weekend forward in the midst of Japan’s busiest highway racing season, however there are nonetheless 4 necessary races happening within the southern a part of the rustic. The largest is the National Corporate Half Marathon and 10 km Championships in Yamaguchi. Men’s nationwide document holder Yuta Shitara (Honda) is entered in what could be his first race since catching the flu post-Fukuoka and leads the home part of a box that comes with 9 males with contemporary sub-1:02 occasions. If he runs his major festival is sub-60 guy Paul Kuira (Konica Minolta). 61:30ish runners Keisuke Nakatani (Nissin Shokuhin) and Kengo Suzuki (Fujitsu) will likely be having a look to make comebacks after lengthy sessions of damage.
The ladies’s box is divided between the part marathon and 10 km. Only 3 ladies within the part have damaged 70 mins ahead of, Miho Shimizu (Hokuren) doing it probably the most not too long ago with a 1:09:27 at Nationals in 2016. Shiori Yano (Canon AC Kyushu) is probably the most thrilling newcomer within the box, one of the most six ladies who cleared the Doha World Championships 10000 m qualifying same old in Yamaguchi in December. Two of the opposite qualifiers, Harumi Okamoto (Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) and Yuka Hori (Panasonic) lead the 10 km, the place perpetual winner Yui Fukuda (Toyota Jidoshokki) is a DNS. The males’s and ladies’s part will likely be broadcast on extend on TBS beginning at 14:00 native time Sunday.
The Nobeoka Nishi Nippon Marathon is the weekend’s highest-level complete, a developmental-level race that noticed its most sensible 4 end seconds aside in 2:12 closing yr. With a large number of 2d and Third-tier males having taken a swing at Olympic trials qualification closing weekend in Beppu-Oita the Nobeoka access checklist is a little bit skinny this yr, however two-time winner Ryoichi Matsuo (Asahi Kasei) is slated to be again once more to take a look at to win Nobeoka for the 3rd time. Next-best at the access checklist after Matsuo is Shingo Igarashi (Josai Univ. Staff), 2d closing October on the Osaka Marathon in 2:14:19, precisely two mins at the back of Matsuo’s runner-up mark in Nobeoka closing yr.
The Ehime Marathon may be Sunday, a longstanding mass-participation race with a sub-elite box that every so often produces occasions within the most sensible 25 preferrred Japanese marks for the season. 2:15:05 newbie Naoki Inoue (Tokyo T&F Assoc.) leads the lads’s box, with Hiroki Shoi (Ehime Ginko) main the ladies’s box at 2:33:04.
The Karatsu 10-Miler rounds out the primary motion, with a captivating matchup between Jakarta Asian Games marathon gold medalist Hiroto Inoue (MHPS) and Ibusuki Nanohana Marathon winner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov’t) forward in their duel at April’s Boston Marathon. Sub-62 part marathoners Ken Yokote (Fujitsu) and Takuya Fujikawa (Chugoku Denryoku) and 2:08:59 marathoner Takuya Noguchi (Konica Minolta) also are within the combine. Opting for Karatsu over Nationals, Yuka Takashima (Shiseido) leads the ladies’s 10 km box with a monitor preferrred of 31:33.33.
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