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Osaka Women's Marathon Announces Faster New Course

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/flash/KFullFlash20100927097.html
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/other/100927/oth1009272040025-n1.htm
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/other/100927/oth1009272039024-n1.htm

translated and edited by Brett Larner

The organizers of the Osaka International Women's Marathon have announced that in its 30th edition, scheduled for Jan. 30, 2011, the race will for the first time in 20 years feature a new course designed to facilitate faster times. Gone is the race's most distinctive feature, the hilly, twisting middle section through Osaka Castle. In its place the marathon will now cover a longer distance on Osaka's flat major roads, allowing for more crowd support throughout the race.

1984 Los Angeles Olympic marathoner Akemi Masuda commented, "With the elimination of the hilliest sections the Osaka course is now one where we can expect to see extremely fast times." Considering that the old course was already the site of the fastest women's …

210th Nittai University Time Trials 5000 m Results

210th Nittai University Time Trials 5000 m Heats
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Men - Heat 39
1. Edward Waweru (Kenya/Team NTN) - 13:18.22
2. Paul Kuira (Kenya/Team Konica Minolta) - 13:22.38
3. Caleb Ndiku (Kenya/Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:26.03
4. Patrick Mwaka (Kenya/Team Aisan Kogyo) - 13:27.14
5. Alex Mwangi (Kenya/Team YKK) - 13:31.12
6. Masato Kikuchi (Meiji Univ.) - 13:49.36
7. Samuel Kariuki (Kenya/Team Konica Minolta) - 13:49.57
8. Ikuto Yufu (Komazawa Univ.) - 13:50.53
9. Kazuya Watanabe (Team Shikoku Denryoku) - 13:50.93
10. Takuya Noguchi (Nittai Univ.) - 13:51.42

Women - Heat 29
1. Kayo Sugihara (Team Denso) - 15:48.16
2. Miki Sakakibara (Hamakita Nishi H.S.) - 15:54.36
3. Risa Kikuchi (Team Hitachi) - 16:01.18
4. Michi Tanaka (Team Sekisui Giken) - 16:02.82
5. Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Giken) - 16:04.71
6. Yuri Tokushige (Team Starts) - 16:06.12
7. Miki Ohira (Team Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) - 16:07.01
8. Kaori Akagawa (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 16:07.71
9. Asami Furuse (Team Kyocera) - 16:08.61

Hakodate and Ichinoseki International Half Marathon - Top Results

2010 Hakodate Half Marathon
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Women
1. Kaori Yoshida (Amino Vital AC) - 1:12:48
2. Eri Hayakawa (Amino Vital AC) - 1:16:24
3. Erina Muta (Team Noritz) - 1:16:49

Men
1. Yuko Matsumiya (Team Konica Minolta) - 1:04:06
2. Takehiro Arakawa (Asahi Kasei) - 1:04:11
3. Daisuke Matsufuji (Kanebo) - 1:04:13

2010 Ichinoseki International Half Marathon
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Women
1. Kana Nomura (Team Nihon ChemiCon) - 1:19:31

Men
1. Akinori Iida (Komazawa Univ.) - 1:04:37
2. Masaru Yamaki (Josai Univ.) - 1:04:42
3. Hideaki Tamura (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 1:04:44

Toronto Waterfront Marathon Results (updated with photos)

all photos (c) 2010 Brett Larner
all rights reserved


The start.

Minoru Okuda (Team Honda)














Ayumi Nakayama (Team Yamada Denki)

Maki Suzawa (Team Yamada Denki)













The team award ceremony.

2010 Toronto Waterfront Marathon
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Men
1. Kenneth Mungara (KEN) - 2:07:58 - PB, CR
2. Jafred Chirchir (KEN) - 2:08:10 (CR)
3. Daniel Rono (KEN) - 2:08:15 (CR)
4. Nixon Machichim (KEN) - 2:08:22 (CR)
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16. Minoru Okuda (Team Honda) - 2:18:53 - debut

Women
1. Sharon Cherop (KEN) - 2:22:43 - PB, CR
2. Tirfi Tsegaye (ETH) - 2:22:44 - PB (CR)
3. Merima Mohammed (ETH) - 2:23:06 - PB (CR)
4. Koren Yal (ETH) - 2:24:33 - PB (CR)
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9. Ayumi Nakayama (Team Yamada Denki) - 2:38:26
13. Maki Suzawa (Team Yamada Denki) - 2:42:08 - debut

Maki Suzawa and Ayumi Nakayama where all Japanese people must go before they die.

Berlin Marathon - Results (updated with photos)

all photos (c) 2010 Thomas Jung
all rights reserved
photos courtesy of Dr. Helmut Winter


Tomo Morimoto (Team Tenmaya)

Masakazu Fujiwara (Team Honda)

Fujiwara in no-man's land.

Akinori Shibutani (Team Kurosaki Harima)









2010 Berlin Marathon
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Men
1. Patrick Makau (KEN) - 2:05:08
2. Geoffrey Mutai (KEN) - 2:05:10
3. Bazu Worku (ETH) - 2:05:25 - PB
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9. Masakazu Fujiwara (Team Honda) - 2:12:00
22. Akinori Shibutani (Team Kurosaki Harima) - 2:22:09

Women
1. Aberu Kebede (ETH) - 2:23:58
2. Bezunesh Bekele (ETH) - 2:24:58
3. Tomo Morimoto (Team Tenmaya) - 2:26:10

National Corporate Championships 5000 m and 3000 m Final Results

2010 National Jitsugyodan T&F Championships - Top Results
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Men's 5000 m - Final
1. Jonathan Ndiku (Kenya/Team Hitachi Cable) - 13:45.69
2. Yusuke Takabayashi (Team Toyota) - 13:48.26
3. Josephat Ndambiri (Kenya/Team Komori Corp.) - 13:49.06
4. Micah Njeru (Kenya/Team Toyota Boshoku) - 13:51.13
5. Hideyuki Anzai (Team Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:52.14
6. Tomoyuki Morita (Team Kanebo) 13:52.48
7. Kenta Murotsuka (SDF Academy) - 13:53.13
8. Takaya Iwasaki (Team Shikoku Denryoku) - 13:53.68
9. Naoki Okamoto (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:56.84
10. Hiroyuki Yamamoto (Team Konica Minolta) - 13:57.61

Women's 5000 m - Final
1. Ann Karindi (Kenya/Team Toyota Jidoshoki) - 15:25.40
2. Doricah Obare (Kenya/Team Hitachi) - 15:27.89
3. Tomoka Inadomi (Team Wacoal) - 15:29.56
4. Yuko Shimizu (Team Sekisui Giken) - 15:29.58
5. Kaori Urata (Team Tenmaya) - 15:31.47
6. Risa Shigetomo (Team Tenmaya) - 15:45.80
7. Christine Muyanga (Kenya/Team Panasonic) - 15:46.61
8. Shoko Mori (Team Otsuk…

Fujiwara Aiming for 2:06 in Berlin as Fall Marathon Season Gets Underway

by Brett Larner

This weekend marks the real beginning of the fall marathon season. With no major domestic women's marathon on the fall calendar and a relatively wide window in which to qualify for next summer's World Championships, a larger than usual number of Japanese marathoners are lining up overseas.

First and foremost, 2010 Tokyo Marathon winner Masakazu Fujiwara (Team Honda) will be running tomorrow's Berlin Marathon as he aims to fulfill his post-Tokyo promise of delivering Japan its fourth 2:06. Fujiwara holds the Japanese collegiate and debut marathon records thanks to his 2:08:12 run at the 2003 Biwako Mainichi Marathon. For the next six years he suffered a continuous series of overtraining-induced injuries, but his Tokyo win signals that he is back to full capactiy. Fujiwara's coaches Kiyoshi Akimoto and Yosuke Osawa told JRN that he plans to go through halfway in 1:03:15 and then if all goes well to take a shot at the Japanese national record of 2:06:16. Als…

Ibrahim Jeilan 27:12.43 at Nittai Time Trials 10000 m

by Brett Larner

In his first serious race since joining Saitama-based Team Honda in April, 2008 World XC Junior Champion Ibrahim Jeilan (Ethiopia) ran a virtually solo 27:12.43 for 10000 m at the 210th Nittai University Time Trials in Yokohama. Accompanied partway by countryman Dejene Asefa (Ethiopia/Team Kurosaki Harima), Jeilan ran the second half of the race solo to clock the 6th-fastest time of the year worldwide. Although not a PB, it was Jeilan's fastest time since running just off the world junior record in 2006 when he recorded his 27:02.81 best. It was also 10 seconds faster than Kenyan Paul Tanui (Team Kyudenko) ran a day earlier to win the 2010 National Jitsugyodan Track and Field Championships.

Honda assistant coach Yosuke Osawa told JRN, "Ever since he ran 27:02 as a teenager Jeilan has lost a bit of ground each year, but since arriving in Japan in April he has been making a comeback. This result shows what potential he's still got. The New Year Ekiden this yea…

National Corporate Championships - 5000 m and 3000 m Results

by Brett Larner

2010 National Jitsugyodan T&F Championships - Top Results
click here for complete results
Men's 5000 m Heat Three
1. Josephat Ndambiri (Kenya/Team Komori Corp.) - 13:56.08
2. Kenta Murotsuka (SDF Academy) - 13:56.13
3. Yuki Matsuoka (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 13:56.61
4. Hiroki Kadota (Team Kanebo) - 13:56.62
5. Takamasa Uchida (Team Toyota) - 13:56.79
6. Naoki Okamoto (Team Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:57.01
7. Tsubasa Maeda (Team YKK) - 13:58.44
8. Hidehito Takamine (Team Fujitsu) - 13:58.73
9. Yoshikazu Kawazoe (Team Asahi Kasei) - 13:59.28
10. Hitoshi Nishi (Team Sagawa Express) - 14:03.99

Women's 5000 m Heat One
1. Ann Karindi (Kenya/Team Toyota Jidoshoki) - 15:59.42
2. Kaori Urata (Team Tenmaya) - 16:00.14
3. Shoko Mori (Team Otsuka Seiyaku) - 16:00.20
4. Mika Yoshikawa (Team Panasonic) - 16:00.38
5. Tomoka Inadomi (Team Wacoal) - 16:00.38
6. Yuko Shimizu (Team Sekisui Giken) - 16:00.43
7. Felista Wanjugu (Kenya/Team Universal Ent.) - 16:02.72
8. Hiroko Shoi (Team Nihon ChemiCon) -…

Paul Tanui, Ryoko Kizaki Top National Corporate 10000 m

http://www.chugoku-np.co.jp/NewsPack/CN2010092401001013_Sports.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

On the first day of the 2010 National Jitsugyodan Track and Field Championships, Sept. 24 at Niigata's Big Swan Stadium, Kenyan ace Paul Tanui (Team Kyudenko) emerged victorious in the men's 10000 m with an excellent time of 27:22.32, outkicking sub-27 man Josephat Ndambiri (Kenya/Team Komori Corp.) by less than second. Top Japanese honors went to former Toyo University captain Tomoya Onishi (Team Asahi Kasei) who ran a massive PB to finish 5th in 27:50.72, the best time of the year by a Japanese man and the fastest ever by a Japanese man at the Jitsugyodan Championships. Masato Kihara (Team Kanebo) and Takuya Fukatsu (Team Asahi Kasei) joined Onishi in going under 28 minutes for the first time, Kihara's time of 27:52.75 also under the previous Japanese meet record. Altogether nine men ran in the 27-minute range.

In the women's 10000 m, November's Asian Games 1000…

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Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon - Women's Results

2010 Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon - Women's Results
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1. Meseret Defar (Ethiopia) - 1:07:44 - debut, CR
2. Lineth Chepkurui (Kenya) - 1:07:46 - PB
3. Werknesh Kidane (Ethiopia) - 1:08:30 - PB
4. Shalane Flanagan (U.S.A.) - 1:08:36 - PB
5. Kim Smith (New Zealand) - 1:08:39
6. Caroline Rotich (Kenya) - 1:10:24 - PB
7. Katie McGregor (U.S.A.) - 1:12:04
8. Stephanie Herbst Lucke (U.S.A.) - 1:12:15 - PB
9. Chaofeng Jia (China) - 1:12:46 - debut
10. Derartu Tulu (Ethiopia) - 1:13:01
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14. Mari Ozaki (Team Noritz) - 1:14:32
17. Yuri Kano (Second Wind AC) - 1:15:27
24. Eri Okubo (Second Wind AC) - 1:17:51

Super Meet in Kawasaki 2010 - Top Results (updated with video)

by Brett Larner



On what will no doubt be one of the last summery days of the season, the 2010 Super Meet in Kawasaki took place under sunny skies on Sept. 19. Many of the major international stars including high jumper Blanka Vlasic (Croatia) and sprinter Christophe Lemaitre (France) duly picked up late-season wins, while all but two of the top Japanese entrants fell short of 1st. A summary of the results:

2010 Super Meet in Kawasaki - Top Results
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click event headers for video
Women's 800 m
1. Elena Kofanova (Russia) - 2:00.46
2. Tetiana Petliuk (Ukraine) - 2:01.01
3. Ruriko Kubo (Team Deodeo) - 2:03.09

Men's 400 m
1. Nery Brenes (Costa Rica) - 46.14
2. Sean Wroe (Australia) - 46.27
3. Yusuke Ishitsuka (Team Mizuno) - 46.30

Men's 100 m
1. Christophe Lemaitre (France) - 10.26
2. Wallace Spearmon (U.S.A.) - 10.47
3. Ramil Guliyev (Azerbaijan) - 10.50

Women's 100 m
1. Tianna Madison (U.S.A.) - 11.32
2. Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido HiTec AC) - 11.48
3. Gloria As…

Days Shy of 100, Miyazaki Targeting Triple Gold at Masters Championships (updated)

http://osaka.yomiuri.co.jp/news/20100914-OYO1T00801.htm?from=top

translated by Brett Larner

Hidekichi Miyazaki. Click to enlarge photo.

Competing among the age groupers at this weekend's National Masters Track and Field Championships in Tokyo, 99 year old Hidekichi Miyazaki of Kyoto stands out from the competition with 12 masters gold medals to his name. At the Masters meet, which gets underway 5 days before his 100th birthday on the 22nd, Miyazaki will be competing in the 60 m, 100 m and shot put. His goal is to add three more golds to his collection. "There's a lot of talk about all the disappeaing older people nowadays," he says, referring to the current scandal affecting Japan's census, "but I'd like to show how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle when you are older."

A native of Shizuoka prefecture, Miyazaki moved to Kyoto after retiring from his job at an agricultural cooperative to live with his daughter's family. To meet new friends …

Kono Named to 7th Term as Rikuren Head

http://www.jiji.com/jc/zc?k=201009/2010091100119

translated by Mika Tokairin and Brett Larner

Rikuren sources have confirmed that Yohei Kono, 73, is to be named to a 7th term as the Japanese federation's director at an executive committee meeting on Sept. 28. The new term, which will last two years, begins next April. This fall Rikuren will apply to the government for a new status as a semi-privatized corporate entity. Advisors on the move recommended that Kono's leadership be maintained through the transition period. With the exception of the director's position, Rikuren officials are currently required to retire at age 70. Under the new privatized regulations retirement rules will be significantly tighter, meaning Kono's 7th term is likely to be his last.

Son of Yamanashi Gakuin Coach Ueda Breaks 30 Year-Old 2000 m Record

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/news/20100913-OYT1T00255.htm
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/e-japan/yamanashi/news/20100913-OYT8T00829.htm

translated and edited by Brett Larner

At the Yamanashi Prefectural Track and Field Championships on Sept. 11, Kofu North Municipal J.H.S. third-year Kenta Ueda, 15, son of Hakone Ekiden powerhouse Yamanashi Gakuin University's head coach Masahito Ueda, 51, ran 5:34.41 to break the junior high school 2000 m national record 30 years after the previous mark of 5:40.02 was set in 1980 by Hiro Takeuchi (Hiroshima Takamiya J.H.S.). The younger Ueda's time also broke the best time his father ran in junior high school. "I'm happy, but I think this was just a checkpoint along the way," he said afterwards. "I'm already looking toward the next step. I want to run the Hakone Ekiden someday." His father commented, "Kenta still has a long way to go ahead of him, but more than anything else I want him to enjoy his years as an athle…

Osaka and Kobe Announce Dates of New Mass-Participation Marathons

http://osaka.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/marathon/20100911-OYO8T00247.htm?from=sub
http://mainichi.jp/area/hyogo/news/20100909ddlk28050304000c.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Following recent news that the Nagoya International Women's Marathon will drop its elite-only format to become a mass-participation race beginning in March, 2012, the cities of Osaka and Kobe have announced the dates for the first runnings of their new mass-participation marathons. Osaka will hold the first Osaka Marathon on Oct. 30, 2011 with a field limit of 30,000 on par with London and the world's four other great marathons, a seven-hour time limit, and wheelchair and family run divisions. The first edition of the Kobe Marathon will take place three weeks later on Nov. 20, 2011 with a field size of 20,000 and a time limit of seven hours. Applications for Kobe, which will also feature quarter-marathon (app. 10 km) and 1-3 km family run divisions, will open in April.

Osaka's course will be publicall…

Mitsuoka Schools Hakone Stars, Nishihara and Takahashi Score Meet Records, Iizuka Flat on Final Day of Japanese University Nationals

by Brett Larner


The final day of the 2010 Japanese National University Track and Field Championships wrapped up with some of the best action of the meet's three days. Despite missing its three top-ranked runners Kiragu Njuguna (Kenya/Daiichi Kogyo Univ.), Taku Fujimoto (Kokushikan Univ.) and Akinobu Murasawa (Tokai Univ.), the men's 5000 m field included 18 men with PBs under 14 minutes. The conditions, 32 degrees, sunny and windy, meant that the race would be slow and allow some of the slower men to have a chance.

With the early leaders taking it out on track for a 14:10, Hiroki Mitsuoka (Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) took full advantage of the situation. One of the only men in the field from outside the Kanto region, with just the 15th-best PB in the field, 13:57.67, Mitsuoka patiently waited until the final 800 m to get into the race. With no warning he suddenly kicked from 700 m out and dropped a 59-second 400 m. Pursued partway by Waseda University ace Yo Yazawa, Mitsuoka broke away …

Juntendo and Shigakkan Score Surprise 4x100 m Wins - Japanese National University Champs Day Two

by Brett Larner

Sprints were the main attraction on the second day of the 2010 Japanese National University Track and Field Championships on Sept. 11 at Tokyo's National Stadium. 2009 women's 100 m open national champion Momoko Takahashi (Heisei Kokusai Univ.) took 0.07 seconds off her own meet record, winning in 11.55 and announcing that she will join Team Fujitsu following her graduation next March. Two-time men's 100 m open national champion Masashi Eriguchi (Waseda University) had no trouble picking up the university title, coasting to the win in 10.62. It was his fourth straight year winning the 100 m at national university championship, making Eriguchi only the second Japanese man and the first in 77 years to accompish the feat.



Both champions returned a few hours later for the 4x100 m relays. Takahashi ran a solid anchor leg but was outdone by the virtually unknown Shigakkan University's Saori Imai, who brought Shigakkan home for an unexpected win in 45.45. Shiga…

Tanaka Wins 10000 m Debut, Gando Adds National Title to His Collection - National University Championships Day One

by Brett Larner



On the first day of the 2010 National University Track and Field Championships Kenyan Benjamin Gando (Nihon Univ.) added a national 10000 m title to his 10000 m win at May's Kanto Regional University Championships. With the fastest PB in the field by over 10 seconds there was little doubt that Gando would go on to exactly the type of runaway victory he scored, winning in 28:26.72 by a margin of nearly 20 seconds. It was left to teammates Akinobu Murasawa and Tsubasa Hayakawa of Tokai University and 2009 Ageo City Half Marathon winner Shota Hiraga (Waseda Univ.) to battle it out in a chase pack. Despite being one of three athletes over the course of the day to stumble at the same point on the track, possibly due to an obstruction which meet officials were examining immediately after the men's 10000 m, Murasawa took the runner-up spot with Hayakawa 3rd. Tanzanian Jackson Kwarai (Nara Sangyo Univ.) shook things up by overtaking Hiraga for 4th, the only runner from …

Iizuka, Fujimoto, Yoshimoto and More - National University Championships Preview

by Brett Larner

It's one of the peculiarities of the Japanese scene that the national university and corporate championship track and field meets come in September, sandwiched between the end of the summer gasshuku training camps and the start of the fall ekiden season three months after the regional meets and open Nationals. For once, the focus of the National University Track and Field Championships, to be held this weekend at Tokyo's National Stadium, will be on the sprints rather than the distance races. That's because scheduled to run both the 200 m and the 4 x 100 m is Chuo University frosh Shota Iizuka. Iizuka's surreal anchor leg for Chuo's relay squad at May's Kanto Regionals got attention around the world as he singlehandedly gave Chuo a one-second margin of victory and the national collegiate record of 38.54. With expectations high he followed up in the 200 m with Japan's first-ever world-level track gold medal at July's IAAF Junior World Cham…

Shimahara Withdraws From Philadelphia Half

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/etc/news/20100905-OHT1T00267.htm

translated by Brett Larner

Nov. 27 Asian Games marathon team member Kiyoko Shimahara (33, Second Wind AC) has cancelled her planned altitude training camp beginning Sept. 5 in Boulder, Colorado due to illness. She has also withdrawn from her scheduled appearance in the Sept. 19 Philadelphia Half Marathon.

Shimahara spent August training in Hokkaido, but after returning home to Nagano she came down with a fever. Exhibiting symptoms similar to those of dehydration, she was advised to spend at least a week allowing for total recovery. Departing for Boulder Sept. 5 with Shimahara's Asian Games teammate Yuri Kano (31) and other Second Wind runners, coach Manabu Kawagoe (48) commented, "Shimahara overtrained in Hokkaido. If she feels back to normal in time then she'll join us in Boulder (for the last part of the training camp)." He indicated that the situation is not a major setback for Shimahara's prepara…

Ogi Wins Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach, Japan-Trained Africans Take Great Scottish Run

by Brett Larner

In the absence of any serious competition, Madoka Ogi (Team Juhachi Ginko) won the women's race at the Rock 'n' Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Sept. 5. Ogi's time of 1:14:17 was unremarkable but good enough to win by a margin of nearly a minute and a half over a field which included Beijing Olympics marathon gold medalist Constantina Dita (Romania) and world trail running champion Fiona Docherty (New Zealand). Along with Seattle winner Mari Ozaki (Team Noritz), Ogi is the second Japanese woman to win a Rock 'n' Roll-brand half marathon this year. Japanese men also fared decently in Virginia Beach, taking five of the top ten spots led by 5000 m and 30 km national record holder Takayuki Matsumiya (Team Konica Minolta) in 1:03:57 for 4th behind Kenyan Yusuf Songoka's 1:02:46 winning performance. Click here to read the official press release on Songoka and Ogi's wins.

Across the ocean, formerly Japan-based Africans took both of the top spot…

Tokyo Marathon Applications Hit Record 335,000

http://www.nikkei.com/news/headline/article/g=96958A9C81818A9997E2E1E2EA8DE2E0E2EBE0E2E3E2E2E2E2E2E2E2

translated by Brett Larner

Following the end of the application period on Aug. 31, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation announced on Sept. 2 that applications for next year's fifth running, scheduled for Feb. 27, hit a record 335,147 for the combined full marathon and 10 km divisions, 9.6 times the number of spots available and exceeding last year's numbers by 20,000.

294,469 people applied for the 32,000 marathon positions, 9.2 times the maximum field size, while 46,678 people applied for the 3000 places in the 10 km, 13.6 times the field limit. 77.3% of marathon applicants were male and 22.7% female, while in the 10 km 49.7% were male and 50.3% female. Results of the lottery for entry will be anounced beginning Oct. 12.

Translator's note: To compare to the past four years' numbers click here.

Nagoya to Become World's Largest Women-Only Marathon in 2012

http://www.chunichi.co.jp/s/article/2010083190225214.html
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=spo_30&k=2010083100992

translated and edited by Brett Larner

A key selection race for Olympic and World Championships teams held each March, the Nagoya International Women's Marathon will from 2012 abandon its traditional elite-only format in favor of a mass-participation format. The new race, tentatively titled the Nagoya Women's Marathon, will be open to women only and, with a field limit of 10,000, is expected to become the world's largest women-only full marathon. Designed for both elites and amateurs, the new race will have a cutoff time of 7 hours.

Along with the change in format, November's Nagoya City Half Marathon will change dates following this year's running to become incorporated into the new event along with 10 km and 4 km races to allow both men and women, adults and children to take part. The total number of runners in the race weekend is expected to exceed 30,000. …