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Hatase Sets Shot Put National Record, Murayama Over Osako on Last Day of National Track and Field Championships

by Brett Larner
click here for Day One and Day Two results 
photo by rikujolove, videos by 陸上競技動画集 and naoki620

Eight more athletes scored places on the Japanese team for August's Beijing World Championships on the last day of the National Track and Field Championships, and despite high winds and rain three records fell.  Satoshi Hatase (Gunma Alsok) set a men's shot put national record of 18.78 m, Ryohei Arai (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) following him with a meet record 84.13 m throw in the men's javelin that secured his place in Beijing.  Women's 3000 mSC junior national record holder Anju Takamizawa (Matsuyama Univ.) took more than 5 seconds off her own record with a new junior NR of 9:55.79 for the win.

Both the women's and men's 5000 m featured great races.  In the women's 5000, 2-time defending national champion Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) showed some uppage in her game by running down talented new young gun Azusa Sumi (Team Univ. Ent.) and #1-ranked Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post) for the win in 15:18.77, earning her Beijing spot in the process.  Sumi, who came back at the bell from falling off Onishi's attack, came up just short of the Beijing standard with a 15:21.07 PB for 2nd, Suzuki holding off Onishi's teammate Riko Matsuzaki (Team Sekisui Kagaku) for 3rd in 15:24.14.  Sumi will have to try to run the standard before Aug. 2, but Suzuki is a safe bet to be added alongside Onishi thanks to a 15:14.96 PB earlier this season.  With a 4th-place finish Matsuzaki will be staying home despite having run a qualifying time.

In the men's 5000 m Kota Murayama (Team Asahi Kasei), the only Japanese man to have broken the 13:23.00 Beijing standard so far, outkicked Suguru Osako (Oregon Project) in the last 100 m for the win in 13:37.22, a virtual replay of Osako's multiple losses to Yuki Sato (Team Nissin Shokuhin) in the 10000 m the last few years.  With a half dozen people taking turns at the lead up front Osako never engaged, sitting about a third of the way back in the field throughout the race before trying to kick away on the last lap.  Murayama, who holds better 1500 m and 5000 m PBs than Osako, went right with him and put enough ground between them to give the crowd a #1 sign well before the line.  Murayama will go on to Beijing, but Osako will still have to run a standard time if he hopes to join him.  3rd-placer Kazuya Deguchi (Team Asahi Kasei) ran just off his PB, outkicking Hiroyuki Ono (Team Nissin Shokuhin) and 10000 m champion Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Team Asahi Kasei) to round out the podium in 13:39.52.

Also guaranteeing themselves places in Beijing were men's 800 m winner Sho Kawamoto (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC), men's 400 m winner Yuzo Kanemaru (Team Otsuka) who barely survived a challenge from relative unknown Kentaro Sato (Josai Univ.) after having almost run a PB in the heats, men's long jump winner Yohei Sugai (Mizuno) and men's and women's 100 m champions Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC) and Kei Takase (Team Fujitsu). After running big in the 200 m, 16-year-old Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) did it again in the 100 m, taking 2nd in 10.40. Look for more from him in a few weeks at the World Youth Championships.

99th National Track and Field Championships Day Three
Big Swan Stadium, Niigata, 6/28/15
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Men's 5000 m
1. Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei) - 13.37.22
2. Suguru Osako (Oregon Project) - 13:37.72
3. Kazuya Deguchi (Asahi Kasei) - 13:39.52
4. Hiroyuki Ono (Nissin Shokuhin) - 13:40.03
5. Tetsuya Yoroizaka (Asahi Kasei) - 13:40.87
6. Shuho Dairokuno (Asahi Kasei) - 13:41.14
7. Ken Yokote (Meiji Univ.) - 13:41.74 - PB
8. Chiharu Nakagawa (Toenec) - 13:41.81 - PB
9. Kensuke Takezawa (Sumitomo Denko) - 13:42.57
10. Kaido Kita (Chugoku Denryoku) - 13:42.67

Women's 5000 m
1. Misaki Onishi (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:18.77
2. Azusa Sumi (Universal Entertainment) - 15:21.07 - PB
3. Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post) - 15:24.14
4. Riko Matsuzaki (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:25.54
5. Yuka Miyazaki (Kyudenko) - 15:26.18 - PB
6. Natsuki Omori (Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 15:28.32 - PB
7. Ann Karindi (Kenya/Toyota Jidoshokki) - 15:37.56
8. Kasumi Nishihara (Yamada Denki) - 15:37.73
9. Yuki Hidaka (Mitsui Sumitomo Kaijo) - 15:41.18
10. Sayaka Kuwahara (Sekisui Kagaku) - 15:45.04

Men's 800 m
1. Sho Kawamoto (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:49.02
2. Masato Yokota (Fujitsu) - 1:49.16
3. Shoei Tanaka (Morioka City Hall) - 1:50.60
4. Masahiro Nakamura (Evolu AC) - 1:50.94
5. Gen Tanaka (Waseda Univ.) - 1:51.84

Women's 800 m
1. Hana Yamada (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 2:08.20
2. Yume Kitamura (Nittai Univ.) - 2:08.62
3. Ryoko Hirano (Tsukuba Univ.) - 2:09.39
4. Kaede Oya (Nittai Univ.) - 2:09.82
5. Shoko Fukuda (Matsue Kita H.S.) - 2:09.90

Men's 400 m
1. Yuzo Kanemaru (Otsuka Seiyaku) - 46.10
2. Kentaro Sato (Josai Univ.) - 46.12 - PB
3. Tomoya Tamura (Sumitomo Denko) - 46.58
4. Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 46.67
5. Kosuke Horii (Josai Univ.) - 46.74

Women's 100 m -0.3 m/s
1. Chisato Fukushima (Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC) - 11.50
2. Yuki Miyazawa (Toyama Univ.) - 11.77
3. Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 11.83
4. Iyoba Edoba (Tokyo H.S.) - 11.86
5. Nodoka Seko (Crane) - 11.89

Men's 100 m -0.9 m/s
1. Kei Takase (Fujitsu) - 10.28
2. Abdul Hakim Sani Brown (Josai Prep H.S.) - 10.40
3. Sota Kawatsura (Mizuno) - 10.40
4. Asuka Cambridge (Nihon Univ.) - 10.41
5. Takuya Nagata (Hosei Univ.) - 10.42

Women's 3000 mSC
1. Anji Takamizawa (Matsuyama Univ.) - 9:55.79 - NJR
2. Chikako Mori (Sekisui Kagaku) - 10:04.12
3. Nana Sato (Starts) - 10:12.70 - PB
4. Moeno Shimizu (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 10:13.67 - PB
5. Misaki Mishima (Matsuyama Univ.) - 10:19.80

Men's 400 mH
1. Yuki Matsushita (Mizuno) - 49.76
2. Takayuki Kishimoto (Fujitsu) - 49.81
3. Yuta Konishi (Sumitomo Denko) - 50.06
4. Shotaro Tanabe (Chuo Univ.) - 50.44 - PB
5. Keisuke Nozawa (Mizuno) - 50.72

Women's 400 mH
1. Manami Yoshinara (Art Home) - 57.92
2. Sayaka Aoki (Toho Ginko) - 58.42
3. Ayaka Nishida (Kobe Univ.) - 58.57
4. Miku Fujiwara (Mukogawa Joshi Univ.) - 58.72
5. Haruka Shibata (Mizuno) - 59.01

Men's 110 mH -1.4 m/s
1. Shunya Takayama (Meiji Univ.) - 13.81 - PB
2. Takumu Furuya (Waseda Univ.) - 13.81 - PB
3. Genta Masuno (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 13.85
4. Yuta Notoya (New Mode) - 13.87
5. Tatsuya Wado (Wakayama Pref. Board of Education) - 13.90

Men's Long Jump
1. Yohei Sugai (Mizuno) - 7.88 m -0.1 m/s
2. Kota Minemura (Monteroza) - 7.81 m -1.8 m/s
3. Daiki Oda (Nihon Univ.) - 7.79 m +0.3 m/s - PB

Women's Hammer Throw
1. Masumi Aya (Maruzen Kogyo) - 66.05 m
2. Akane Watanabe (Maruwa) - 61.54 m
3. Wakana Sato (Toho Ginko) - 59.90 m

Men's Shot Put
1. Satoshi Hatase (Gunma Alsok) - 18.78 m - NR
2. Daichi Nakamura (Kokushikan Univ.) - 17.32 m - PB
3. Takanao Suzuki (Okuwa) - 17.08 m

Men's Javelin Throw
1. Ryohei Arai (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 84.13 m - MR
2. Yukifumi Murakami (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 77.84 m
3. Yuya Koriki (Tottori T&F Assoc.) - 76.25 m

text (c) 2015 Brett Larner, all rights reserved
photo (c) 2015 M. Kawaguchi, all rights reserved


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