Toyota On Fire – Weekend Road Race Roundup
Everything at the moment in Japanese distance is set qualifying for September’s MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials. On the lads’s aspect Toyota recently leads the best way, Yuma Hattori working 2:07:27, Taku Fujimoto 2:07:57 and Chihiro Miyawaki 2:08:45 ultimate 12 months to qualify. Five extra Toyota runners ran large lately to arrange some thrilling ultimate-shot bids at qualifying in Tokyo and Lake Biwa.
The National Corporate Half Marathon males’s race went out reasonably conservatively with a pack of 30 rolling via 10 km in 29:28. A chain of runners together with 35-year-previous complete-time-running novice Takahiro Nakamura (Kyocera Kagoshima) took turns seeking to get it transferring ahead of Amos Kurgat (Chudenko) took off for excellent to win unchallenged in 1:01:06. Along with Kenyans Paul Kuira (Konica Minolta) and Patrick Muendo Mwaka (Aisan Kogyo) Toyota’s trio of Hideyuki Tanaka, Tsubasa Hayakawa and Minato Oishi emerged on the entrance of a chase workforce of 14.
As the tempo picked up during the last five km that shook all the way down to a core workforce of 11, all on sub-62 tempo. In a 5-approach dash end at the monitor Kuira was once second in 1:01:32, with Oishi, Mwaka, Tanaka and Hayakawa all completing inside 2 seconds of him. Nine Japanese males together with Nakamura broke 62 mins, bringing the 12 months’s overall to a report 16 to this point. As in Beppu-Oita ultimate week and 1,000,000 different races ahead of that, when the stipulations are proper and a large workforce of folks make a decision to in reality opt for it, particular issues can occur.
Just a little additional again, MGC qualifier Kenji Yamamoto (Mazda), 2:08:48 in Tokyo ultimate 12 months, ran a managed 1:02:34 after pronouncing pre-race that he deliberate to run a good three:00/km in prep for a shot for a 2:06 at Lake Biwa subsequent month. 2:08:09 marathoner Kohei Matsumura, a part of the similar MHPS workforce that has produced MGC qualifiers Hiroto Inoue, 2:06:54, Ryo Kiname, 2:08:08, and Yuji Iwata, 2:09:30, returned from a protracted duration of harm with a PB 1:02:37, throwing his hat into rivalry for the pains. Another qualifier, Kentaro Nakamoto (Yasukawa Denki), likewise returned from harm with a top quality 1:02:58. One different MGC qualifier, Yoshiki Takenouchi (NTT Nishi Nihon) additionally dropped a brand new PB, completing 33rd in 1:03:13. One conspicuous absence was once nationwide report holder Yuta Shitara (Honda), who had introduced the National Corporate Half as his comeback race from post-Fukuoka influenza and gave the impression in TV ads for the race within the week main into it.
The girls’s box was once break up between part marathon and 10 km. Sub-70 part marathons through Japanese girls have turn out to be a rarity, a minimum of outdoor December’s Sanyo Ladies Half, however with speedy instances through Reia Iwade (Under Armor) and Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post) on the Osaka Half and Marugame Half the ultimate two weekends it gave the impression sure to occur lately. A lead workforce of 4 made up of Kaori Morita (Panasonic), Ayumi Hagiwara (Toyota Jidoshokki), Sayaka Sato (Sekisui Kagaku) and the debuting Shiori Yano (Canon AC Kyushu) went out frequently proper heading in the right direction for sub-70.
Morita pale off in the second one part, however the different 3 stayed in combination till Sato dropped an excellent surge with 2 km to move. Running underneath three:10/km she put just about 30 seconds on Yano and over 45 on Hagiwara to win in 1:09:27, a PB through nearly four and 1/2 mins. Yano additionally cleared 70 in her first strive, second in 1:09:53. Hagiwara, some other runner making a return from harm, simply overlooked at 1:10:16 for third. In the 10 km, Ethiopian Husan Zeyituna (Denso) destructive splitted a 32:36 for the win, with Morita’s teammate Yuka Hori (Panasonic) losing Miku Daido (Iwatani Sangyo) for second in 32:54.
At nearly the similar time because the National Corporate Half, ultimate 12 months’s runner-up Yusuke Nishiyama (Toyota) scored the win this time on the Karatsu 10-Miler in 46:27. He needed to outsprint relative unknown Takahiko Ito (Tokyo Kokusai Univ.) and Ryota Matono (MHPS) to do it, however Nishiyama walked away with the 5th-quickest successful time within the match’s 59-year historical past. Matono’s MHPS teammate Hiroto Inoue, contemporary again from a Boston Marathon-oriented coaching camp in New Zealand the place he did one 50 km and two 40 km runs in 3 weeks, was once sixth in 46:42, a time that will have gained maximum years in Karatsu.
Simon Kimunge (Tokai Prep Fukuoka H.S.) gained Karatsu’s highschool boys’ 10 km in 29:42, with 3 Japanese prime schoolers clearing 30 mins led through 17-year-previous Go Ennyu (Oita Tomei H.S.) in 29:54. Marathoner Yuka Takashima (Shiseido) had a very easy win within the girls’s 10 km in 32:49, simply quicker than Hori at Nationals, with Shoko Tsujita (Chikushi Joshi Gakuen H.S.) taking the highschool ladies’ five km identify in 16:25.
At the Nobeoka Nishi Nippon Marathon a lead males’s workforce of ten went via midway in 1:04:44, however as quickly because the pacers stepped off at 25 km the tempo cratered into 2:11 territory. Hiroki Sugawa (Sunbelx) was once the one to drag it off, surging with five km to visit win in 2:11:46, a PB through nearly 13 mins and the 3rd-quickest successful time in 57 editions. Yuichi Yasui (Toyota) ran a five and 1/2 minute PB of two:12:39 for second so as to add to Toyota’s haul for the day. Takehiro Gunji (Komori Corp.) was once third in 2:12:55. Winner Sugawa’s more youthful sister Saori Sugawa, one among 3 runners at the tiny new Autobank company workforce, gained the ladies’s race, simply off CR tempo at midway ahead of fading to two:44:40. The siblings’ wins needed to were some of the absolute best brother-sister performances in one race in historical past.
The Ehime Marathon was once reasonably low-key this 12 months, with native financial institution workforce Ehime Ginko teammates Yoshiki Nakamura and Yui Oshiro taking the highest spots. Nakamura gained the lads’s race in a PB 2:19:44 and Oshiro the ladies’s race in a superbly-paced 2:49:24.
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