JRN’s Ten Most-Read Stories of 2019
The New Year and Hakone Ekidens had been giant information amongst JRN readers as all the time. But in Japanese lengthy distance, this 12 months used to be all in regards to the 2020 Olympic marathon, and particularly in regards to the Sept. 15 MGC Race, Japan’s first fashionable strive at a one-shot Olympic trials layout for opting for its Olympic marathon lineup. Five of this 12 months’s ten most-read tales had been in regards to the MGC Race, its qualifying races, and in regards to the Olympic marathon itself. The entire most sensible ten tales of the 12 months in Japanese distance as observed by way of JRN readers:
Tokai University Wins First-Ever Hakone Ekiden Title – Jan. 2-Three
After Toyo University held off four-time protecting champion Aoyama Gakuin Unviersity to steer the Hakone Ekiden on the finish of its first day, Tokai University got here on robust on Day Two to overhaul Toyo and stay AGU at bay for its first-ever win at Japan’s maximum prestigious race.
Nakamura and Maeda Win Japanese 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials – Sept. 15
Abandoning its black field multi-race nationwide crew variety procedure in want of a uncomplicated one-race trials layout, Japan noticed an exhilarating males’s race the place Shogo Nakamura closed in what could have been the fastest-ever Japanese break up after 40 km to win over 2018 Fukuoka champ Yuma Hattori and nationwide file holder Suguru Osako. 2017 Hokkaido winner Honami Maeda threw it down early and floor the remaining of the sector into the pavement to win the ladies’s race over favourite Ayuko Suzuki and Maeda’s teammate Rei Ohara. Preview 1. Preview 2.
Running the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Marathon Course Part One – Women’s Marathon Test Run – Aug. 2
For the second one 12 months in a row, JRN ran the Tokyo Olympics marathon direction at precisely the time the development will happen in 2020, taking temperature and humidity readings each part hour alongside the best way. Part Two featured 2018 European marathon champion Koen Naert of Belgium, with Part Three taking place on the time of the lads’s marathon.
61-Year-Old Mariko Yugeta Becomes First 60+ Woman to Go Sub-Three – Nov. 27
At the Nov. Three Shimonoseki Kaikyo Marathon, 61-year-old Mariko Yugeta since the first girl 60 or older to ever destroy Three hours for the marathon. Two weeks later in Bangkok she ran the 100th marathon of her occupation. Per week after that she unfavorable break up a PB 2:56:54 in Saitama to raised her Shimoseki time by way of over 2 mins.
Sado Over Ohara at Osaka Women’s Marathon, Fukushi DNF After Bad Fall, Iwade and Tanihara Take the Half – Jan. 27
With puts at Japan’s new MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials at the line, Ethiopian Fatuma Sado took the highest spot on the Osaka International Women’s Marathon. Rio Olympian Kayoko Fukushi fell early within the race and attempted to stay going, however in the end she dropped out and regrouped to take a look at once more in Nagoya. Preview.
Beppu-Oita Marathon to Review Staff Training After Interpreter Refers to African Athletes as “Chimpanzees” – Feb. 15
A neighborhood girl operating as an interpreter on the Beppu-Oita Marathon brought about an outcry when she referred to invited elite African athletes on the race as “chimpanzees” and “primitive people” on a public weblog. The race promised to strengthen its body of workers coaching.
Legese and Aga on Top, El Abbassi and Osako at the Sidelines at 2019 Tokyo Marathon – Mar. Three
Already certified for the MGC Race Olympic marathon trials, nationwide file holder Suguru Osako, Shogo Nakamura and Yuki Sato went via midway in 1:02:04 on the Tokyo Marathon sooner than the chilly rain were given to them. Ethiopians Birhanu Legese and Ruti Aga gained the lads’s and girls’s race total. Preview 1. Preview 2.
Shitara Rocks Fastest-Ever Marathon in Australia Two Months Out From Olympic Trials – July 7
Despite announcing he used to be there for a coaching run, former nationwide file holder Yuta Shitara went head-to-head with fellow dual Zane Robertson of New Zealand for the win on the Gold Coast Marathon, pulling away within the ultimate kilometers to win in an Australian all-comers file 2:07:50. Rodah Tanui (Kenya) gained the ladies’s race in 2:27:56, whilst a big quantity of Japanese males tuning up for the MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials took at the part marathon. Preview.
MHPS Just Misses Stopping an Asahi Kasei New Year Ekiden Threepeat – Jan. 1
The marathon-oriented MHPS crew got here up simply brief of preventing old-school ekiden powerhouse Asahi Kasei from claiming a third-straight New Year Ekiden nationwide name, with MHPS anchor Yuji Iwata dropping out to AK’s Shuho Dairokuno within the ultimate 100 m of the 100 km race.
Keitany Leads 12 Under 28 Minutes at Hachioji Long Distance Meet, 138 Go Sub-29 – Nov. 25
Less than every week after nearly 150 males broke 1:05:00 on the Ageo City Half Marathon, two Tokyo-area meets produced 138 males beneath 29 mins for 10000 m. Evans Keitany (Toyota Boshoku) used to be the quickest, main 12 males beneath 28 mins on the Hachioji Long Distance Meet, with Tomoya Nakamura (Aoyama Gakuin University) main the Kanto Region meet in 28:31.68.