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Japan Announces 38-Member Team for Taiwan Universiade

The IUAU has announced a 38-member team for the Aug. 23-28 Summer Universiade in Taiwan, with 24 men and 14 women representing 26 universities. Rio Olympian Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) leads the team in men's long distance, with newly sub-10.10 Shuhei Tada (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) an expected favorite in men's sprints. Javelin throw and heptathlon collegiate record holders Haruka Kitaguchi (Nihon University) and Meg Hemphill (Chuo University) lead the women's team. The complete team roster:

Men

Sprints

Shuhei Tada (Kwansei Gakuin University)
Yusuke Tanaka (Nihon Wellness University)
Jun Yamashita (Tsukuba University)
Sho Kitagawa (Juntendo University)
Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo University)
Shusei Nomoto (Waseda University)
Taio Kanai (Hosei University)
Ryo Kajiki (Josai University)

Long Distance

Wataru Tochigi (Juntendo University)
Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo University)
Takato Suzuki (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Kengo Suzuki (Kanagawa University)
Naoki Kudo (Komazawa University)
Kei Katanishi (Komazawa University)

Walks

Tomohiro Noda (Meiji University)
Fumitaka Oikawa (Toyo University)
Toshikazu Yamanishi (Kyoto Univresity)

Hurdles

Masaki Ejima (Nihon University)
Ryoma Yamamoto (Juntendo University)
Yuki Hashioka (Nihon University)
Natsuki Yamakawa (Nihon University)

Throws

Kunihiro Sumi (Chukyo University)
Takuto Kominami (Kokushikan University)
Kenji Ogura (Nihon University)

Women

Sprints

Mizuki Nakamura (Osaka Seikei University)
Miyu Maeyama (Niigata Iryo Fukushi University)
Sayaka Takeuchi (Keio University)
Ichiko Iki (Ritsumeikan University)

Long Distance

Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka University)
Ai Hosoda (Nittai University)
Yuki Munehisa (Tokyo Nogyo University)
Saki Fukui (Josai University)
Kanade Furuya (Matsuyama University)
Kasumi Yamaguchi (Daito Bunka University)
Maki Izumida (Rikkyo University)

Throws

Marina Saito (Kokushikan University)
Haruka Kitaguchi (Nihon University)

Combined Events

Meg Hemphill (Chuo University)

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