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Japan sweeps podium in men’s T20 1500m in Dubai

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Daisuke Nakagawa Japan. Image credit: IPC Athletics

Earlier today in Dubai at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships, Japanese runners swept the podium in men’s T20 1500m event. Daisuke Nakagawa won gold in a time of 04:08.03, while Yusuke Yamanouchi claimed silver in a time of 04:11.20 and Yuya Kimura claimed bronze in a time of 04:15.40.

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Yusuke Yamanouchi of Japan. Image credit: IPC Athletics

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The six competitor deep race saw Saudi Arabia’s Thamer Ahmed finish fourth in a time of 4:18.40, Malaysia’s Muhd Nurdin Ibrahim finish fifth in a time of 4:21.25 and Macau’s Wai Fong Lo finish last in a time of 4:59.87.

The 2016 Paralympics A-Qualifying time in the event is  4:04.00, while the B-Qualifying time is 4:12.00.  Only Nakagawa and Yamanouchi managed to get B-Qualifying times. This was not an issue for Kimura, who had set a B-Qualifying time last July in Osaka when he ran 4:06.08. Yamanouchi’s time in Dubai was slower than his already earned B-Qualifying time of 4:08.33 set in Tokyo last July.  Nakagawa’s time in Dubai was faster than his already set B-Qualifying time of 4:10.37 at the same Tokyo event Yamanouchi competed  in.  So far, Japan has 5 runners who have met the B-Qualifying time in a country that has a lot of high quality men and women’s T20 runners.

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Yuya Kimura of Japan. Image credit: IPC Athletics

The Japanese runners times are also significantly slower than one of the best times set so far this year, the time of 03:57.70 set by Portugal’s Cristiano Pereira at the Camp. Portugal Pista Coberta on February 20.

25-year-old Nakagawa’s and 32-year-old Kimura races in Dubai are finished, having only had the 1,500 meters on their personal programs. 27-year-old Yamanouchi still has the 800 meter event to go.

 

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Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
<p>Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.</p>

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