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Saito Breaks Javelin Collegiate Record for Silver - Taipei Universiade Athletics Day Three Japanese Results

Runner-up at June's National Championships, Marina Saito broke through with a women's javelin collegiate national record 62.37 m throw on her last attempt to take silver at the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade. On her second throw Saito marked 61.06 m, the only woman to clear 61 m under Poland's Marcelina Witek threw a PB of 63.31 m on her fifth attempt. Needing a massive throw to retake the top spot, Saito cleared the Japanese university national record by a meter with a PB of 62.37 m and moved up to all-time Japanese #2 but had to settle for silver. The woman whose record she broke, Haruka Kitaguchi, struggled on her first three throws and failed to advance to the top eight, her best throw only 56.30 m.

Another medal came in the men's triple jump. Ranked #1 in the qualifying rounds, Ryoma Yamamoto led off with a jump of 16.80 m (+1.7 m/s) that put him into 2nd behind Azerbaijan's Nazim Babeyev. Unable to improve on that, Yamamoto looked set for silver until Hugues Zango of Burkina Faso went one better with a 16.97 m (+0.9 m/s) on his final jump to knock Yamamoto down to bronze.

In heats and qualifying rounds, both Sho Kitagawa and Jun Yamashita won their men's 200 m heats to advance to tomorrow's semifinals.  Masaki Ejima also advanced to the men's pole vault final, clearing 5.30 m without trouble. In the women's 200 m Mizuki Nakamura and Sayaka Takeuchi were unable to match Kitagawa and Yamashita, both shut out of the semifinals. Ryo Kajiki made the men's 400 m hurdles semifinals but finished only 5th in his semi and did not move on to the final.

Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade Day Three Japanese Results

Taipei, Taiwan, 8/25/17
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Men's Triple Jump Final
1. Nazim Babayev (Azerbaijan) - 17.01 m
2. Hugues Zango (Burkina Faso) - 16.97 m - PB
3. Ryoma Yamamoto (Japan) - 16.80 m

Women's Javelin Throw Final
1. Marcelina Witek (Poland) - 63.31 m - PB
2. Marina Saito (Japan) - 62.37 m - NUR
3. Jenni Kangas (Finland) - 60.98 m - PB
10. Haruka Kitaguchi (Japan) - 56.30 m

Women's 200 m Heat Two (-1.9 m/s)
1. Irene Siragusa (Italy) - 24.56 - Q
2. Dania Aguillon Ramos (Mexico) - 24.80 - Q
3. Alexandria Bezekova (Slovakia) - 24.84 - Q
4. Mizuki Nakamura (Japan) - 25.17

Women's 200 m Heat Four (+0.4 m/s)
1. Anna Bongiorni (Italy) - 24.01 - Q
2. Cornelia Halbheer (Switzerland) - 24.14 - Q
3. Svetlana Golendova (Kazakhstan) - 24.22 - Q
7. Sayaka Takeuchi (Japan) - 24.68

Men's 200 m Heat Five (-2.4 m/s)
1. Sho Kitagawa (Japan) - 21.45 - Q
2. Joseph Millar (New Zealand) - 21.62 - Q
3. Aliffer Dos Santos (Brazil) - 21.84

Men's 200 m Heat Seven (+2.3 m/s)
1. Jun Yamashita (Japan) - 21.02 - Q
2. Skander Athmani (Algeria) - 21.21 - Q
3. Ugnius Savickas (Lithuania) - 21.66

Men's 400 m Hurdles Semifinal Three
1. Juander Santos Aquino (Dominican Republic) - 49.31 - Q
2. Chieh Chen (Taiwan) - 49.37 - Q
3. Jacob Paul (Great Britain) - 50.37
5. Ryo Kajiki (Japan) - 50.99

Men's Pole Vault Qualification Group B
1. Claudio Stecchi (Italy) - 5.30 m - Q
2. Angus Armstrong (Australia) - 5.30 m - Q
2. Masaki Ejima (Japan) - 5.30 m - Q

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