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250,000 Causes to Run Nagoya, the Nationwide College Males’s Half Marathon, and Extra


It is the final huge weekend of highway racing on the Japanese calendar this season. However even earlier than it kicks off, there is a little bit of monitor motion Saturday. Tokyo Olympics steepler Kosei Yamaguchi and some different Japanese athletes are making the most of Australia’s borders opening up two weeks in the past to run the Sydney Monitor Basic. Yamaguchi is operating within the males’s 3000 m nationwide championships, a tuneup for the 3000 mSC at subsequent week’s Melbourne Monitor Basic, each with help from JRN. Streaming and reside outcomes right here.

Again at house on Sunday, the Nagoya Girls’s Marathon wraps up three straight weekends of huge metropolis marathon motion in Japan. Kenyan-born Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter properly averted defending her 2:17:45 CR at the Tokyo Marathon final weekend, the place world file holder Brigid Kosgei received in 2:16:02, opting as a substitute to go after the largest profitable payout within the sport, Nagoya’s $250,000 USD. It is nice to see the largest women-only marathon on the earth stepping up with the largest payday, particularly as most different races worldwide lower their prize purses again over COVID-era finances points. Final yr Nagoya was the primary main race in Japan to go forward with each an elite and mass-participation subject, and it is nonetheless main the way in which.
Warmth might be an element, with sunny skies and temps forecast to hit 20˚C by the tip of the race. However except Salpeter blows up there’s not likely anybody else within the race who matches her on latest time. 2019 world champion Ruth Chepngetich is the next-best within the subject, however her greatest time within the final 3 years is sort of 4 and a half minutes slower than Salpeter’s and it could take a return to previous kind to be within the race for the win. Japan’s Yuka Ando is subsequent in line, and with one of many fastest-ever Japanese girls’s half marathons behind her finally month’s Nationwide Company Half Marathon Ando seems match sufficient to provide her teammate Mao Ichiyama‘s women-only NR of two:20:29 a critical shot. Former middle-distance runner Kaena Takeyama, a coaching accomplice of Osaka Worldwide Girls’s Marathon winner Mizuki Matsuda, is a high-potential first-timer with a 1:09:12 half marathon final yr, however essentially the most attention-grabbing debut comes from Yuka Suzuki. The gold medalist within the half marathon on the 2019 Napoli World College Video games, Suzuki’s objective is to interrupt the two:26:46 collegiate file in her final race earlier than graduating from Daito Bunka College this month.
Nagoya elements into each choice for the Oregon World Championships crew and qualification for the 2024 Olympic trials. For Oregon, there’s just about no probability anybody in Nagoya will have the ability to exchange Ichiyama on the prime of the JMC rankings, however a very good run from Ando or a fair higher run by another person must be sufficient to hitch Ichiyama and Matsuda on the crew. And that might be a fairly stable lineup. For the Olympic trials, anybody within the prime 3 Japanese and underneath 2:28, 4th-Sixth Japanese and underneath 2:27, underneath 2:24 no matter place, averaging underneath 2:28 between their efficiency in Nagoya and a earlier marathon within the window, or within the JMC prime 8 post-Nagoya will qualify for the trials race in September subsequent yr. 34 males and 15 girls certified for the 2020 trials, and as of proper now 28 males and 9 girls have certified this time round. Trying on the entry listing, a full slate of 6 qualifiers appears real looking if the climate is nice.
Official streaming of Fuji TV’s broadcast might be on Locipo, with the race beginning at 9:10 a.m. No phrase on whether or not will probably be geoblocked, however you probably have a VPN it should not be an issue. A separate stream from 5 mounted cameras together with at first and end might be streamed right here beginning at 8:45. We’ll even be masking the race on @JRNLive
Additionally Sunday morning is the Nationwide College Males’s Half Marathon in Tokyo. The ladies’s race, held individually in Matsue, has been canceled this yr, however the males’s race is again to its typical course by means of the streets of Tachikawa and ending in Showa Kinen Park. Each it and Nagoya may also function their typical mass-participation half marathons. Sub-61 is the brand new sub-62 for the highest Japanese college males lately, and whereas the second half of the Nationals course is hard sufficient {that a} profitable time that quick is not possible, the entry listing is extraordinarily deep with plenty of top-tier expertise. The precise begin listing is at all times one other story, however A-listers on the entry listing embody:
  • Kazuki Matsuyama (Toyo Univ.) – 1:00:43 half PB
  • Ayumu Yamamoto (Koku Gakuin Univ.) – 1:00:43 half PB
  • Yusaku Nomura (Juntendo Univ.) – 1:01:51 half PB
  • Ryuto Igawa (Waseda Univ.) – 27:59.74 10000m greatest
  • Ken Tansho (Tokyo Kokusai Univ.) – 1st, ’22 Hakone Ekiden third Stage
  • Hironori Kishimoto (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 1st, ’22 Hakone Ekiden seventh Stage
  • Yuito Nakamura (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 1st, ’22 Hakone Ekiden ninth Stage
  • Hironobu Nakakura (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 1st, ’22 Hakone Ekiden tenth Stage
  • Aoi Ota (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 2nd, ’22 Hakone Ekiden third Stage
  • Kazuki Ishii (Juntendo Univ.) – 2nd, ’22 Hakone Ekiden 4th Stage
  • Kazuma Takeda (Hosei Univ.) – 2nd, ’22 Hakone Ekiden Sixth Stage
  • Shunpei Tomita (Meiji Univ.) – 2nd, ’22 Hakone Ekiden seventh Stage
  • Issei Sato (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 2nd, ’22 Hakone Ekiden eighth Stage
  • Kiyoto Hirabayashi (Koku Gakuin Univ.) – 2nd, ’22 Hakone Ekiden ninth Stage
  • Taiga Seino (Toyo Univ.) – 2nd, ’22 Hakone Ekiden tenth Stage
  • Tatsuya Iyoda (Juntendo Univ.) – third, ’22 Hakone Ekiden third Stage
  • Takayuki Iida (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – third, ’22 Hakone Ekiden 4th Stage
  • Hiroki Wakabayashi (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – third, ’22 Hakone Ekiden fifth Stage
  • Takumu Kudo (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) – third, ’22 Hakone Ekiden Sixth Stage
  • Haruta Koshi (Tokai Univ.) – third, ’22 Hakone Ekiden seventh Stage
  • Yudai Nakazawa (Chuo Univ.) – third, ’22 Hakone Ekiden eighth Stage
  • Jin Yuasa (Chuo Univ.) – third, ’22 Hakone Ekiden ninth Stage

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