Koike Runs Japan’s Third Sub-10, Niiya Clears Doha 5000 m Standard
Japanese athletes had been busy at the observe in another country this weekend. At Friday’s Stumptown Twilight meet in Portland, indoor mile Asian report holder Nanami Arai (Honda) took 2d within the males’s 1500 m in three:39.58, his 2nd time this season breaking three:40. It was once a rarity to look a Japanese guy transparent three:40, one thing that took place as soon as each and every couple of years, however thus far this season 4 Japanese males have finished it a complete of six occasions. If the gap had even a fragment of the status of the Hakone Ekiden, or of that it has within the U.S., there is no doubt there’d be extra.
Speaking of distances with status, at the first day of London’s Muller Anniversary Games Diamond League impressive Yuki Koike (Sumitomo Denko) become the 3rd Japanese guy to sign up for the sub-10 membership, operating nine.98 (+zero.five m/s) for 4th within the males’s 100 m ultimate. Koike additionally ran 2d at the Japanese males’s 4×100 m relay staff, which clocked a season absolute best 37.78 for 2d regardless of that includes best two regulars, Shuhei Tada (Sumitomo Denko) and Yoshihide Kiryu (Nihon Seimei). Making his debut on anchor as a past due sub for 100 m nationwide report holder Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Univ. of Florida), Kirara Shiraishi (Cerespo) introduced the staff house safely to sign up for the rising ranks of possible contributors of the squad’s roster for subsequent 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics. Koike additionally returned on Day 2 of London to 20.24 (+zero.nine m/s) for 4th within the 200 m, the 2d-fastest through a Japanese guy thus far this 12 months and simply off his PB.
Having skipped June’s National Championships 5000 m to concentrate on the London Diamond League, Hitomi Niiya (Nike Tokyo TC) switched to Saturday’s KBC Nacht van de Atletiek meet in Belgium on the closing minute after feeling that she would not have the ability to achieve her function in London. In Belgium she ran 15:20.03 for sixth, changing into the fourth Japanese lady to transparent the Doha World Championships same old and simply lacking the 15:19.99 year-leading Japanese time held through Tomoka Kimura (Shiseido). Nanaka Kuraoka (Denso) and Mai Shoji (Denso) took ninth and 11th in 15:33.45 and 15:35.54, with 3000 mSC U20 nationwide report holder Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) dealing with pacing tasks within the early going.
One of the 4 males to have damaged three:40 for 1500 m thus far this 12 months, Hideyuki Tanaka (Toyota) got here up agonizingly in need of becoming a member of Niiya below the Doha 5000 m same old in Belgium, operating an all-time Japanese #11 13:22.72 however lacking the Doha same old through zero.22. Hazuma Hattori (Toenec) completed closing in 13:58.49. Tanaka has proven super vary this 12 months, operating three:39.98 for 1500 m, this 13:22.72 for 5000 m, and a 1:01:33 part marathon. All that is left is a forged 10000 m for him to seal up the identify of Japan’s absolute best non-marathon guy.
800 m and 1500 m nationwide champion Ran Urabe (Nike Tokyo TC) adopted up a Third-place end a couple of days in the past within the 1500 m on the Meeting to Liege with every other 1500 m at KBC Nacht. Unable to regain her shape after having stuck a chilly post-Nationals, Urabe was once best 4th in four:21.01. Runner-up at Nationals, males’s 800 m nationwide report holder Sho Kawamoto (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) gained the 800 m B-Heat in 1:46.93 after having long gone zero.60 quicker a couple of days in the past in Barcelona.
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