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1st-12 months Kiyoto Hirabayashi Wins Nationwide College Half Marathon


The twenty fifth Nationwide College Half Marathon passed off Sunday in western Tokyo alongside the Tachikawa Metropolis Half Marathon. The race that decides the #1 collegiate half marathoner within the nation was gained by 19-year-old Koku Gakuin College 1st-year Kiyoto Hirabayashi, who pulled away from the sphere after 14 km to win in 1:01:50. Constantly robust all through his rookie season, Hirabayashi made KGU’s beginning workforce for all of the Large Three College Ekidens and took 2nd on the Hakone Ekiden’s aggressive Ninth Stage. Taiga Nakanishi, KGU’s captain for the upcoming 2022-23 12 months, was 2nd in 1:02:02, simply beating Toyo College 2nd-year Kazuki Matsuyama on the line to make it a KGU 1-2. All three certified for the Japanese workforce for June’s Chengdu World College Video games.

On one of many first days of true spring heat, Hirabayashi shouted in pleasure as he crossed the end line. When Nakanishi got here in seconds later Hirabayashi hugged him, laughing. “This was my first half marathon, and I carried out,” Hirabayashi mentioned. “It was 21 km of pure enjoyable. So enjoyable that I needed to scream. I’ve nonetheless received numerous room to get higher so I need to have observe season after which deliver that to ekiden season this fall.”

Of his assault at 14 km Hirabayashi mentioned, “Once I regarded on the faces of the opposite guys round me all of them regarded like they had been working arduous, so I believed it was time to go.” When he did, no person might go along with him and he rode the momentum all the best way to the end line. Hirabayashi was motived by the success of his fellow KGU 1st-year Ayumu Yamamoto, who ran 1:00:43 for eighth at February’s Nationwide Company Half Marathon, the quickest time ever by a Japanese-born collegiate runner. “Ayumu’s race and time had been extremely inspiring,” he mentioned post-race.

Along with his win Hirabayashi has made his first nationwide workforce. “I’ve by no means raced internationally, so I actually need to deal with this one and hit it arduous,” he mentioned. “Japan has owned the rostrum on the World College Video games half marathon for a very long time, so I will be going there to medal too.”

For head coach Yasuhiro Maeda, who took over at KGU in 2009, this was the primary time to have athletes make a World College Video games workforce. “That was precisely what I used to be planning,” he mentioned fortunately. “Each Hirabayashi and Nakanishi had wonderful coaching. Going 1-2 to make the World College Video games workforce is an enormous deal. I advised them, ‘In the event you do not make a nationwide workforce, you will not make it to the subsequent stage.'”

Maeda revealed he additionally has huge plans for Hirabayashi and 2nd-year Kenzo Ijichi, who was eighth behind his teammates. “We’re speaking about them making an attempt to qualify for the MGC 2024 Olympic marathon trials subsequent 12 months. No one has run the MGC whereas they had been nonetheless a pupil but, in order that they need to go for it at both the Tokyo or Osaka Marathon subsequent 12 months. In the event that they make it then it’ll damage us on the 2023 Izumo Ekiden, however I nonetheless need them to go for it significantly. Hirabayashi is well-suited to the marathon, motivated, and hard-working. I am unable to wait to see how he does.”

Hirabayashi added, “Subsequent 12 months I am going for the MGC. Coach Maeda and I’ve been speaking about it since final 12 months. However I am solely midway there proper now, so I am going to want to essentially up my coaching load. I need to construct on what I did this 12 months and never get injured.”

2nd-placer Nakanishi, who will be part of Hirabayashi on the World College Video games, mentioned his run on the Nationwide College Half Marathon was an enormous confidence-builder. “My purpose right this moment was to make prime three so I might get a spot on the nationwide workforce. I did lose to a youthful teammate, however I am glad I ran effectively in my first race since being elected captain. I believe having two of us make the nationwide workforce will inspire all the opposite KGU runners. As captain this 12 months I need to lead by instance. Ijichi, Ayumu, Hirabayashi and I would be the core round which I need to assist make a workforce that may be aggressive on the Hakone Ekiden. Personally I believe we are able to make prime three there subsequent 12 months.”

Third-placer Matsuyama follows Akira Aizawa, gold medalist within the final World College Video games half marathon and present 10000 m nationwide document holder, to make it two-straight nationwide groups for Toyo athletes. “I used to be going for the win, so it is fairly disappointing to solely take Third,” he mentioned. “However my minimal purpose was making the nationwide workforce, so at the least that occurred. That’ll repay later.”

Finally month’s Nationwide Company Half Marathon Matsuyama additionally misplaced out in a photograph end with a KGU runner, ending in the identical 1:00:43 as Yamamoto. Having run effectively there, he discovered it arduous to peak once more simply 4 weeks later. “I might give this a few 60%,” he mentioned post-race. For the upcoming season he mentioned, “I am aiming for 27-something within the 10000 m. After that, the World College Video games might be my first worldwide race. I need to run it aggressively and make it to the highest.”

twenty fifth Nationwide College Males’s Half Marathon

Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo, 13 Mar. 2022

1. Kiyoto Hirabayashi (Koku Gakuin Univ.) – 1:01:50 – debut

2. Taiga Nakanishi (Koku Gakuin Univ.) – 1:02:02 – PB

3. Kazuki Matsuyama (Toyo Univ.) – 1:02:02

4. Shunpei Tomita (Meiji Univ.) – 1:02:10 – PB

5. Yoshiteru Takatsuki (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) – 1:02:19 – PB

6. Reishi Yoshida (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) – 1:02:21 – PB

7. Daiki Ozawa (Meiji Univ.) – 1:02:22 – PB

8. Kenzo Ijichi (Koku Gakuin Univ.) – 1:02:22 – PB

9. Shota Nishiwaki (Teikyo Univ.) – 1:02:25 – PB

10. Masahiro Mekata (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 1:02:36 – PB

11. Takuma Takemura (Tokai Univ.) – 1:02:42 – PB

12. Yuma Nishizawa (Juntendo Univ.) – 1:02:49

13. Haruki Abe (Chuo Univ.) – 1:02:54 – PB

14. Yuto Tanaka (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 1:02:55

15. Yugo Kashiwa (Toyo Univ.) – 1:02:55 – PB

16. Mahiro Sato (Toyo Univ.) – 1:02:55 – PB

17. Ryuichiro Ono (Teikyo Univ.) – 1:02:56 – PB

18. Kengo Sakamoto (Koku Gakuin Univ.) – 1:02:58 – PB

19. Tatsuya Kiyama (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) – 1:03:00 – PB

20. Sota Matsuda (Soka Univ.) – 1:03:01 – PB

21. Kaihei Kitano (Teikyo Univ.) – 1:03:01

22. Tetta Shiratori (Komazawa Univ.) – 1:03:13 – PB

23. Safumi Sugi (Meiji Univ.) – 1:03:16 – PB

24. Hiroki Wakabayashi (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 1:03:18 – PB

25. Rei Yamahira (Chuo Univ.) – 1:03:18 – PB

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translated and edited by Brett Larner



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