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Sanyo Ladies Road Race

Sunday December 23rd, 2018
Okayama, Japan
Distance: Half Marathon · 10K

The Sanyo Ladies Road Race is held at the Okayama City circle course on december 23, also known as the Sanyo Women's Road Race, is an annual road running competition for women held in December in Okayama, Japan. It features both a 10k runand Half Marathon race. Sanyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper, is the title sponsor for the event.

The day's events previously included an inter-prefecturalcompetition (1985 to 1999) and a junior 3km race in the 1990s. The half marathon race attracts top level Japanese and Japan-based foreign runners, as well as a smaller number of other international runners. The race is occasionally used as the Japanese women's selection race for the IAAF world Half Marathon Championships. Japanese entrants in both events are mostly collegiate athletes or members of corporate running teams.

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Race Date: 12/23/2017 Distance: Half Marathon
Division Time Name Age Home
Female 1:08:04 Pauline Kamulu 37 Great Britain
2nd Female 1:09:13 Miyuki Uehara 18 Philadelphia, PA
3rd Female 1:09:14 Mao Ichiyama 21 Japan
4th Female 1:09:21 Azusa Sumi 22 Japan
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Sanyo Ladies Road Race

Japan-based KenyanPauline Kamulu(Route Inn Hotels) outran defending championRei Ohara(Tenmaya) and three of Japan's best upcoming young talents to cut 13 seconds off the course record as she won the 36th edition of theSanyo Ladies Road Racehalf marathon.

Kamulu, Ohara and 2017 national cross country championMao Ichiyama(Wacoal) set off near 1:08-flat pace, a time no Japanese woman has cleared in almost 12 years. Behind them, Rio OlympianMiyuki Ueharaand the debutingAzusa Sumi(Univ. Ent.) went at a more conservative pace while keeping the leaders in sight. After 5 km Kamulu through in a surge to drop her Japanese competition, going through 10 km in 32-flat and pushing on alone to finish in 1:08:04, a new course record and a PB by well over a minute and a half.

Behind her, Ohara and Ichiyama fought to keep it on sub-1:09 pace. Ohara began to fade, and as Ichiyama pulled away Uehara and Sumi began to come up from behind. Uehara, who memorably frontran her way to the 5000 m final in Rio, surged hard to get rid of Sumi, passing Ohara and then Ichiyama on the last lap of the track to take 2nd in 1:09:13. Ichiyama was right behind in 1:09:14. Behind them, Sumi likewise caught Ohara on the track to take 4th in a solid debut of 1:09:21. Ohara was only 9 seconds off her PB in 1:09:26, but as the 4th Japanese woman her chances of being picked up for the 2018 Valencia World Half Marathon Championships team look slim.

Further back,Charlotte Purdue(Great Britain) took 13th in a PB of 1:11:29, the fastest time this year by a British woman.Camille Buscomb(New Zealand) dropped out partway through the race.

The half marathon has been a major area of weakness for Japanese woman in recent years, with none under 1:09 since 2013 and a sub-1:10 time almost a surprise at this point. With four women under 1:09:30, three of them young runners making the all-time Japanese top 25 in their first serious half marathons, it was a welcome positive note on which to end a mostly disappointing year.

The Sanyo Women's Road Race Tournament which runs through the Okayama Road. Known as a gateway for young runners, he has produced numerous players such as Masato Yamaguchi and Mizuki Noguchi.

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