Fresh off a month of Boulder training, Toyota’s Yuriko Kobayashi (Toyota/Mizuno) chopped 30-seconds off her 10,000m PB this evening at the All-Japan Corporate Track Championships, taking 2nd overall behind Kenya’s Sally Chepyego (31:33.76) and finishing as top Japanese in the event. It was only the second 10,000m of Yuriko’s career, following her 32:21.03 debut at a Hokuren meeting this summer in Japan. Earlier in her career, Yuriko was the world’s fastest 1500m junior in 2006 (with her 4:07.86 PB) and has been slowly moving up in distance since her graduation from college.
In her first race since the Olympics and also on the heels of a Boulder training camp, Kayoko Fukushi (Wacoal/adidas) finished a half-second back in third in 31:52.54. Kayoko was announced this week as part of the invited field for the November 4th ING New York City Marathon, which has assembled a spectacularly deep field of many of the world’s top women.
Fukushi’s fellow 5000m/10000m Olympian, Mika Yoshikawa of Panasonic, another recent Boulder trainee, took 5th overall in 32:09.10.
Off of her pair of second place finishes at this weekend’s Japanese national championships, the JAAF announced today that Kayoko Fukushi (Wacoal/adidas) has been selected to represent Japan in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at this summer’s London Olympic Games. On Friday night, Kayoko ran 31:43.25 for second place behind Panasonic’s Mika Yoshikawa. Kayoko brought a qualifying mark of 30:54.29 from last year’s Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. She is the second-fastest Japanese woman ever at 10,000m, with a PB of 30:51.81
In yesterday’s 5000m, Kayoko, who is the national recordholder in the event with a 14:53.22 mark, took second in 15:25.74 behind Universal Entertainment’s Hitomi Niiya’s 15:17.92.
Over the past year, Kayoko has also been building her road resume, with an impressive 3rd place finish at the 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and a 4th-place finish at last month’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Bolder Boulder 10K. She did the bulk of her training for this year’s Japanese championships at altitude, spending most of April and May in Boulder, Colorado, with head coach Tadayuki Nagayama and coach Yukio Mihara.
Although Boulder Wave does not officially represent Mika Yoshikawa or Hitomi Niiya, who also were both selected today to represent Japan in both the 5,000m and 10,000m, we are annually hired by their clubs to support their altitude training. Panasonic head coach Toshiaki Kurabayashi has brought his team to Boulder for altitude training camps each of the past four years, including this Spring to prepare for the national championships; while Niiya trains under Coach Yoshio Koide, who annually brings his athletes to Boulder for several months in the late summer and autumn.
Kayoko is the 9th Boulder Wave athlete so far to become a 2012 Olympian.