News : A Media breaks the bank in Japan and ‘surpasses’ the World Cup in Gdynia


News : A Media breaks the bank in Japan and ‘surpasses’ the World Cup in Gdynia

Lemeteki, winner of a crazy college Half Marathon in Japan

Yes, they read it well. For years and years we have referred to Japan as a land where long-distance events (especially half marathons and marathons) have many more followers than in the rest of the world and that the level of Japanese athletes is incredible. This school based on discipline, work, dedication, but also increasingly on talent continues to give us simply brutal figures and marks every year (there is its greatest exponent, Yuki Kawauchi).

The last one arrived this past weekend coinciding with the Gdynia World Half Marathon and in which, by the way, the Japanese team did not bring any representative due to the context of the health uncertainty of the coronavirus. To ‘counter-program’ the test held in Poland in Japan, a university qualifying Half Marathon was held, the Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai Half Marathon, which brought together more than 500 athletes looking for a ticket for the University Championships next January.

Facts that take your breath away

Well, the test left us some data that even surpassed the tremendous records that occurred in Gdynia on a Saturday for the history of athletics. And it is that in this race fought in the Tachikawa neighborhood of Tokyo (a closed circuit of 2.6km to which several laps were given) up to 60 athletes dropped from 63 ′, while in Gdynia ‘only’ 58 did it. The winner it was the kenyan Joseph Razimi Lemeteki, who stopped the clock at 60:13 despite the rain. Second was his compatriot Raimoi (60:21) and third the also Kenyan Noah Kiplimo (60:23).

One of the great protagonists was the 18-year-old Ryuji Miura, who achieved the National Sub’20 Record of the distance with a mark of 61:41. Almost nothing. For leaving several strokes of the barbarity that was lived in Tokyo. The 50th classified did 62:48 (there were up to 173 sub 64 ′), the 100º 63:23, the 150º 63:48. If you had made for example a 66:41 mark, you would only have been number 350 in the test. There is nothing.

Top Individual Results

1. Joseph Razini Lemeteki (2nd yr., Takushoku Univ.) – 1:00:13 – PB

2. Vincent Raimoi (3rd yr., Kokushikan Univ.) – 1:00:21

3. Noah Kiplimo (2nd yr., Nihon Yakka Univ.) – 1:00:23 – PB

4. James Bunuka (3rd yr., Surugadai Univ.) – 1:00:34 – PB

5. Ryuji Miura (1st yr., Juntendo Univ.) – 1:01:41 – U20 NR, debut

6. Takumi Saruhashi (4th yr., Tsukuba Univ) – 1:01:43 – PB

7. Yohei Ikeda (4th yr., Nittai Univ.) – 1:01:44

8. Shunya Kikuchi (4th yr., Josai Univ.) – 1:01:45 – PB

9. Kento Nishi (4th yr., Tsukuba Univ.) – 1:01:46 – PB

10. Yamato Yoshii (1st yr., Chuo Univ.) – 1:01:47 – debut


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