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.
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.
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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