Part 3 in a sequence of republished characteristic interviews. Born Nov. 27, 1972 in Kisii, Kenya, Stephen Mayaka got here to Japan in 1990 to run for Yamanashi Gakuin University Prep High School as the primary Kenyan highschool runner in Japanese historical past. He went directly to Yamanashi Gakuin University, then the Daiei company workforce following commencement. In 1998 he modified to the Hitachi Cable workforce the place he remained till his retirement.
In 1999 he married 1995 World Championships marathoner Sachiyo Seiyama and in 2001 the couple’s first kid, a daughter, was once born. They later had a son. Mayaka gained Japanese citizenship in 2005 and was a trainer with Sozo Gakuen University’s monitor and box workforce in 2006. In 2009 he was the workforce’s head trainer, then moved to his present place as head trainer at Obirin University. In addition to training, he serves as mentor for lots of the most sensible Kenyan athletes in Japan.
In section one in every of JRN’s interview with Mayaka, he talks about being found out and the demanding situations he confronted adjusting first to lifestyles in a Japanese highschool after which in a school. He compares and contrasts this with the reports of one of the crucial most sensible Japan-based Kenyans together with Samuel Wanjiru and Martin Mathathi.
In section two of the interview he talks about lifestyles on Japan’s company groups and the difficulties Kenyans and different international runners face in becoming into the transferring calls for of the device.
5000 m: 13:28.45 10000 m: 28:00.25 half-marathon: 1:01:15
1997 World University Games Half-Marathon: silver medal
1997 Sapporo International Half-Marathon: 1:03:57, 1st
1996 Sapporo International Half-Marathon: 1:02:02, 1st
1995 Sapporo International Half-Marathon: 1:01:43 – CR, 1st
1995 World University Games 10000 m: silver medal
1995 Tokyo City Half-Marathon: 1:01:15 – PB
1995 National University T&F Championships 10000 m: 28:49, 1st
1994 Hakone Ekiden 2d Stage: 1:07:34 – CR, 1st
1994 National University T&F Championships 10000 m: 28:27 – MR, 1st
1994 National University Ekiden Championships 1st Stage: 42:38 – CR, 1st
1994 Gold Coast Half-Marathon, Australia: 1:01:48, 1st
1993 National University T&F Championships 10000 m: 28:58, 1st
1993 National T&F Championships 10000 m: 28:25, 1st
1993 National University Ekiden Championships third Stage: 27:05 – CR, 1st
1992 National University Ekiden Championships eighth Stage: 57:48 – CR, 1st
1991 National Junior T&F Championships 10000 m: 1st
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