Suzuki and Shitara Lead Kumanichi 30 km Field
On Jan. 17 the organizers of the Kumanichi 30 km Road Race introduced the elite box of 15 males and five girls for this 12 months’s 64th operating on Feb. 16. 2020 Olympic girls’s marathon workforce member Ayuko Suzuki (Japan Post) and part marathon nationwide file holder Yuta Shitara (Honda) are scheduled to steer the ladies’s and males’s fields.
Suzuki gained the 10000 m on the 2013 World University Games and ran the 5000 m on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In simply her 2d marathon she completed 2d ultimately September’s MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials to protected her position at the Olympic workforce. Kumanichi will probably be a key a part of her pre-Olympic arrangements.
Other girls within the race come with closing 12 months’s Third-placer Chika Ihara (Higo Ginko) and Sixth-place Minori Goto (Canon AC Kyushu). Both are aiming for the win.
Shitara ran the 10000 m in Rio, set the part marathon nationwide file in 2017, and broke the marathon nationwide file for the primary time in 16 years with a mark of two:06:11 on the 2018 Tokyo Marathon. He completed simplest 14th on the MGC Race however led the race solo for the primary 37 km.
Along with Shitara, MGC Race entrant Kohei Ogino (Fujitsu) and 1:01:45 part marathoner Akito Terui (ND Software) and different stars from January’s New Year Ekiden constitute the company leagues. Hakone Ekiden First Stage winner Rei Yonemitsu (Soka Univ.) and 3 individuals of the total Hakone champion Aoyama Gakuin University workforce, Keita Yoshida, Yuta Kanbayashi and Shuya Iwami, constitute the college set.
Besides the invited elite box, a complete of 147 individuals are entered in Kumanichi’s common department. Since the race merged with the brand new Kumamoto Castle Marathon in 2012, it’s the best collection of entrants in match historical past, breaking closing 12 months’s file of 137 entries. Both the ladies’s and males’s races get started at nine:00 a.m. in entrance of Torimachi Sujidentei in central Kumamoto, completing in entrance of Bipuresu Kumanichi Kaikan.
translated and edited via Brett Larner