Ichiyama and Shitara Top 2019 Japanese Distance Rankings
Mao Ichiyama (Wacoal) and Yuta Shitara (Honda) crowned JRN’s 2019 Japanese distance scores as the total feminine and male athletes of the 12 months in spite of neither succeeding in qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic staff.
Just 21 years previous, Ichiyama debuted at March’s Tokyo Marathon in 2:24:33, then got here again the following month with a 2:27:27 in London to qualify for the MGC Race Olympic marathon trials. En path to the MGC Race she gained July’s Hakodate Half Marathon in an all-time Japanese #eight time of one:08:49 earlier than taking the Olympic trials out at nationwide report tempo. She fell wanting making the staff, however after bouncing again in time for ekiden season she wrapped the 12 months with a PB of 31:34.56 at December’s National Corporate Time Trials meet.
Struggling with harm ever since his marathon nationwide report on the 2018 Tokyo Marathon, Shitara returned with a 1:01:36 tuneup at April’s Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon earlier than losing the quickest Japnaese 10000 m of the 12 months, 27:53.67, every week later, and the quickest Japanese marathon time of the 12 months, 2:07:50, in Australia in July. Both instances have been wins. Like Ichiyama he went out close to nationwide report tempo at September’s MGC Race, and like her he could not maintain it lengthy sufficient to make the Olympic marathon staff. Post-race Shitara mentioned he would opt for the nationwide report on the 2020 Tokyo Marathon, one thing that will each put him at the Olympic staff instead of the Third-placer on the MGC Race and ranking him a 100-million bonus, nearly 1,000,000 U.S. greenbacks. He was once transparent about his motivations to the media, pronouncing, “I care about the 100 million yen more than the Olympics.”
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