Championship Ekiden Week is Here
Championship ekiden week is right here, 4 days of street relay motion unfold throughout 5 days from Dec. 30 to Jan. Three, all broadcast are living to tens of millions of lovers around the country.
Last yr Nagoya’s Meijo University beat five-time champ Ritsumeikan University to win the Mount Fuji Women’s Ekiden, the National University Women’s Ekiden Championships invitational, in route report time. This season Meijo regarded beautiful neatly unbeatable on the mid-season Morinomiyako Ekiden, beating runner-up Daito Bunka University by way of over two and a part mins and Ritsumeikan by way of greater than 3 over Morinomiyako’s six-stage, 38.1 km route. Mount Fuji’s is extra not easy, seven hilly levels totaling 43.four km in the course of the foothills of Mount Fuji. Last yr Meijo, Daito Bunka and Ritsumeikan completed inside two and a part mins of one another, and with Meijo taking a look even higher this season it will be exhausting for both of its primary rival groups, or any others, to near that hole up. Watch the Mount Fuji Women’s Ekiden on Fuji TV from nine:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. on Dec. 30, Japan time.
After a spoil for New Year’s Eve the motion resumes on the New Year Ekiden, the National Corporate Men’s Ekiden Championships. Asahi Kasei involves the New Year Ekiden in the middle of a threepeat, and with its satisfaction smarting from having didn’t qualify even a unmarried runner for September’s MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials it will be extra-motivated to with a fourth-straight nationwide identify. No crew has pulled that off since Asahi Kasei gained it six instances in a row from 1990 to 1995, across the time maximum of its present lineup was once born.
third ultimate yr, Japan’s #1 marathon program Toyota was once the ultimate crew to win ahead of Asahi Kasei’s present dynasty. It seems like the primary contender to prevent the Asahi Kasei streak this time round, its A and B groups taking 1st and third on the Chubu area qualifier ekiden in November and giving it greater than sufficient intensity to take on the New Year Ekiden’s seven-stage, 100 km route. Last yr’s runner-up MHPS was once Fifth at the back of Asahi Kasei on the Kyushu area qualifier, with ultimate yr’s 4th-place Fujitsu failing to make the minimize this yr on the East Japan area qualifier. Fifth ultimate yr, Konica Minolta broke the East Japan route report and is also a danger on the nationwide stage. Likewise for the Mazda crew, seventh ultimate yr however breaking the Chugoku area qualifier route report in November.
Watch the New Year Ekiden and pre-race display on TBS from 7:30 a.m. to two:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. JRN affiliate editor Mika Tokairin will likely be with the Konica Minolta crew all through the day to hide the race from the interior, with are living protection in English additionally on JRNLive.
And then it is time for the king of all of them, celebrating its 100th anniversary within the yr the Olympics go back to Japan, the sector’s greatest and perfect street race, the Jan. 2-Three Hakone Ekiden. Due to the warfare it is not Hakone’s 100th operating, however it is a particular yr for a different race the entire similar. Tokai University is the transparent favourite, following up its first-ever Hakone identify ultimate yr with a win at November’s National University Ekiden Championships with out the usage of a lot of its key gamers. No different college can contact Tokai’s intensity of high quality, and with ten levels of a couple of part marathon apiece over the route of 2 days to paintings with it is most commonly a query of Tokai preserving it in combination.
The earlier Hakone champ, four-time winner Aoyama Gakuin University is down on power this yr, underperforming at Nationals and the season-opening Izumo Ekiden. At the similar time it unloaded a crate of latest 10000 m PBs on the Kanto Region Time Trials meet on the finish of November, suggesting it is in a position to height for Hakone and its longer distances. Komazawa University has the makings of a perfect crew and generally is a risk if both Tokai or AGU get into bother. If now not, search for it to step up over the following two years.
That’s about it for actual contenders over the second one day of Hakone, however this is a unprecedented yr the place the primary day appears to be like in reality unpredictable. Along with the 3 favorites, ultimate yr’s Day One winner Toyo University, Izumo winner Koku Gakuin University, ultimate yr’s Fifth-placer Teikyo University and one or two different groups have a shot at taking the Day One trophy. In KGU it is explicitly announcing that is its objective this time. Throw in wonder Yosenkai qualifier winner Tokyo Kokusai University and it will have to be probably the most action-packed first day at Hakone in years.
The Hakone Ekiden broadcast, the most productive within the game, is on NTV from 7:00 a.m. to two:05 p.m. on Jan. 2 and is again tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. to two:20 p.m. JRNLive will duvet each days of their entirety, as all the time. Here’s to the most productive days of the yr coming simply over the horizon.
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