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Mathenge Breaks National Corporate Half Marathon Course Record

Written by on February 16, 2021


Patrick Mathenge Wambui (NTT Nishi Nihon) ran a PB of nearly a minute to win the 2021 National Corporate Half Marathon Championships men’s race Sunday in Yamaguchi. Wambui had pressure until almost 20 km from 2016 national cross-country champion Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) before kicking away for the win, crossing the line in a world-leading 1:00:12 to take 6 seconds off the course record. Ichida was next in 1:00:19, a PB by almost two minutes, the fastest Japanese time on the corporate nationals course by 13 seconds, and the fourth-fastest ever by a Japanese man. 
Benard Kimani (Comody Iida) was the only other man under 61 minutes at 1:00:30 for 3rd, with the top 26 all breaking 62 minutes. Further back, 48-year-old Satoshi Emoto (Mitsubishi Okazaki) ran 1:06:28, bettering Martin Rees‘ age 48 world record by 1 second.

Last year’s Nagoya Women’s Marathon runner-up Yuka Ando (Wacoal) dominated the women’s race, running each 5 km split progressively faster to win in 1:09:54. Sakiho Tsutsui (Yamada) was 2nd in 1:10:10 with Ayari Harada (Daiichi Seimei) 3rd in 1:10:17. 14 women broke 71 minutes.

49th National Corporate Half Marathon Championships

Yamaguchi, 14 Feb. 2021

Men

1. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (NTT Nishi Nihon) – 1:00:12 – CR

2. Takashi Ichida (Asahi Kasei) – 1:00:19

3. Benard Kimani (Comody Iida) – 1:00:30

4. Kiyoshi Koga (Yasukawa Denki) – 1:01:13

5. Masashi Nonaka (Osaka Gas) – 1:01:14

6. Kyohei Hosoya (Kurosaki Harima) – 1:01:16

7. Yuki Muta (Hitachi Butsuryu) – 1:01:17

8. Sho Nagato (Hitachi Butsuryu) – 1:01:19

9. Shun Yuzawa (SGH Group) – 1:01:19

10. Wataru Tochigi (Hitach Butsuryu) – 1:01:21

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25. Yusuke Tamura (Kurosaki Harima) – 1:01:53

50. Yusuke Osumi (JR Higashi Nihon) – 1:02:38

75. Kazuya Yamaguchi (Chugoku Denryoku) – 1:03:15

100. Junpei Kanisawa (Toyota Boshoku) – 1:03:48

125. Ryunosuke Hayashi (SGH Group) – 1:04:41

150. Takuya Kumashiro (Sanyo Tokushu Seiko) – 1:05:33

174. Satoshi Emoto (Mitsubishi Okazaki) – 1:06:28

175. Hideaki Ishii (Fujitsu) – 1:06:32

200. Kazuto Arishige (JR Nishi Nihon) – 1:07:40

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DNF – Kota Murayama (Asahi Kasei)

DNF – Biyazen Yeneblo (Yachiyo Kogyo)

Women

1. Yuka Ando (Wacoal) – 1:09:54

2. Sakiho Tsutsui (Yamada) – 1:10:10

3. Ayari Harada (Daiichi Seimei) – 1:10:17

4. Natsumi Matsushita (Tenmaya) – 1:10:18

5. Ikumi Fukura (Otsuka Seiyaku) – 1:10:21

6. Yumi Yoshikawa (Uniqlo) – 1:10:23

7. Wakana Itsuki (Kyudenko) – 1:10:23

8. Kaori Morita (Panasonic) – 1:10:28

9. Saya Nishitani (Route Inn Hotels) – 1:10:38

10. Rei Ohara (Tenmaya) – 1:10:46

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25. Hanae Tanaka (Shiseido) – 1:11:50

50. Risa Yokoe (Otsuka Seiyaku) – 1:14:16

75. Kasumi Ogawa (Starts) – 1:19:03

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DNF – Miku Daido (Iwatani Sangyo)

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