17/03/2019   Nomi (JPN): Toshikazu Yamanishi (JPN - 1:17:15) and Ma Zhenxia (CHN - 1:28:28) are the winners of 20km Asian Championships


A fairly cold morning (at the start it was only 3° Celsius) with an annoying drizzle and an equally annoying wind spoiled the races:


20km Asian Championships
20km men
We had already said this when presenting the tender that the undisputed favorite would be Toshikazu Yamanishi (JPN) and in fact the strong athlete of Japan won the race without any difficulty.
What was perhaps not so sure was the splendid performance achieved: 1:17:15 which puts him in first place today in the seasonal world distance list. Yamanishi also gets the new personal best improving by 26" the previous of 1:17:41 obtained in Kobe (JPN) on Feb. 17, 2019.
Always in the lead from start to finish with these split times every 5km:

- 5km: 19:18

- 10km: 38:27 (19:09)

- 15km: 58:00 (19:33)

- ultimi 5km in 19:15

Second place to Georgy Sheiko (KAZ) in 1:20:21
Third place for Byeongkwang Choe ((KOR) in 1:20:40



20km women
Also in this race there was no doubt about the victory of Ma Zhenxia (CHN).
Sandro Damilano and Wang Yinhang's pupil dominated the test.
Always in the lead from start to finish with these split times every 5km:
- 5km: 22:09
- 10km: 43:54 (21:45)
- 15km: 1:05:51 (21:57
- last 5km in 22:37
to end the race in 1:28:28 which also represents for her the new personal best, knocking down exactly the previous one obtained in Xi'An last September
Victory then for Ma Zhenxia in 1:28:28
Second place to Kaori Kawazoe (JPN) in 1:32:48
Third place to Siu Nga Ching (HKG) in 1:34:17





All Japan 20km
20km men
It would seem that Toshikazu Yamanishi has also competed for All Japan as he ranks first in the final standings.
The race was certainly exciting as the first three athletes stayed together for over 18km, while at the 15 km mark (58:00) there were still five (Toshkazu Yamanishi, Koki Ikeda, Masatora Kawano, Isamu Fujisawa and Yusuke Suzuki).
In the last two km Yamanishi has stretched and won with a gap of only 9 seconds on Masatora Kawano (JPN) in 1:17:24. For him too this is the new personal best; previous of 1:19:52 obtained in Kobe (JPN) on Feb 17, 2018.
Only in third place was the first athlete in the world ranking, Koki Ikeda (JPN), who finished in 1:17:25. For him too this is the new personal best; previous of 1:18:01 obtained in Kobe (JPN) on Feb 17, 2019.
Fourth place to Yusuke Suzuki (JPN) in 1:17:47 which represents his second all-time performance after the World Record of 1:16:36 established here in Nomi on Feb. 16, 2015.
Suzuki unfortunately after that season remained injured for over two seasons following inguinal problems.
Fifth place, and last of the athletes under the wall of 1:18:00, Isamu Fujisawa (JPN), in 1:17:52 which represents his new personal best (previous of 1:18:23 established in Kobe, JPN on Feb. 19, 2017).


20km women
In the lead four athletes up to 5km (22:52): Chiaki Asada (JPN), Kaori Kawazoe (JPN), Ai Michiguchi (JPN) and Masumi Fuchise (JPN).
Shortly after Chiaki Asada begins to force the pace and pass in the head both at 10km and 15km with the following split times:
- 10km: 45:20 (22:28)
- 15km: 1:08:15 (22:55)
In the last 5km she slows down the pace by setting a time of just 24:08, which however is sufficient for victory in 1:32:23.
Second place to Kaori Kawazoe (JPN) in 1:32:48
Third place to Ai Michiguchi (JPN) in 1:34:13




20km Asian Open Championships

20km men
Great performance by the young Zhang Jun (CHN), trained by Sandro Damilano and Wang Yinhang.
The not yet twenty-one-year-old Chinese (will be his birthday on Jul. 20, 2019) won the open race with a time of 1:20:17 that would have placed him in sixth place overall after the battleship of Japan.
These are his split times:
- 5km: 20:10
- 10km: 40:17 (20:07)
- 15km: 1:00:19 (20:02)
- last 5km in 19:58 to finish in 1:20:17
This performance represents his new personal best that lowers the previous time of 1:22:52 obtained in Huangshan (CHN) on March 3, 2018 by 2:35.
Second place for Hyunsub Kim (KOR) in 1:21:01
Third place for Devender Singh (IND) in 1:21:25
20km donne


Victory to Qui Zhuoma (CHN) in 1:29:06

These are her split times:

- 5km: 22:09

- 10km: 44:22 (22:13)

- 15km: 1:06:28 (22:06)

- last 5km in 22:38


Second place to Gesang Zhuoma (CHN) in 1:29:28

Third place to Lee Daseul (AUS) in 1:37:51

20km women


Victory to Katie Haward (AUS) in 1:29:31

These are her split times:

- 5km: 22:50

- 10km: 45:19 (22:29)

- 15km: 1:07:26 (22:07)

- last 5km in 22:05


Second place to Jemima Montag (AIS) in 1:31:53

Third place to Alana Barber (AUS) in 1:33:01

(photo by Akihiro Sugimoto - JPN)





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