Sunday, July 29, 2007

Takayuki Matsumiya Sets Japanese 5000m National Record

written by Brett Larner

World 30km record holder and 2007 Rotterdam Marathon runner-up Takayuki Matsumiya ran a new Japanese national record of 13:13.20 for 5000m at a track meet in Heusden, Belgium. Matsumiya placed 5th overall.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Wataru Okutani Withdraws From World Championships Marathon Due to Surgery

translated by Brett Larner

Wataru Okutani, the top member of Japan`s World Championships Marathon team, has been forced to withdraw from the team due to complications arising from an appendectomy. Okutani was the top Japanese finisher and 4th overall at last year`s Fukuoka International Marathon in a PB time of 2:08:49. He was also the third scoring member of Japan`s gold medal-winning team at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki. Okutani has been replaced by alternate Tomoyuki Sato who was the top Japanese finisher and 2nd overall in this year`s Tokyo Marathon where he ran 2:11:22. Sato also ran Fukuoka, finishing as 5th Japanese and 10th overall in 2:12:29.