Athletics/Ekiden – Kokugakuin University captain Hiroto Nakanishi, 2nd in the Japan Intercollegiate 5000m, enters Ekiden’s season with confidence | 4 years. #Student Sports

Special Report: The 91st Japan Student Athletics Championships

Nakanishi did a “2” pose and finished in 2nd place (photographed by Misa Fujii)

91st Japan Interuniversity Athletics Championships Men’s 5000m Final

September 11 @ Takebishi Kyoto Stadium
1st place Kotaro Kondo (Aoyama Gakuin University 4th year) 13 minutes 50 seconds 37
2nd place Hiroto Nakanishi (Kokugakuin University 4th year) 13 minutes 53 seconds 40
3rd place James Mutuk (Yamanashi Gakuin University 1st year) 13 minutes 58 seconds 39
4th Jiju Jungong (1st year at Central University) 13:59.21
5th place Leaky Kamina (2nd year Soka University) 13 minutes 59 seconds 72
6th place Toshiya Hanaoka (Tokai University 1st year) 13 minutes 59 seconds 73
7th place Ken Tansho (Tokyo International University 4th year) 14 minutes 04 seconds 05
8th place Yoshiteru Takatsuki (Tokyo University of Agriculture 3rd year) 14 minutes 07 seconds 52

On September 11, the last day of the Japan Intercollegiate, the men’s 5000m final took place at 10:39 am. Kotaro Kondo (4th year, Toyokawa Engineering) from Aoyama Gakuin University won the race which took place under the scorching sun. Kokugakuin University captain Hiroto Nakanishi (Taiga, 4th year, Kanazawa Ryukoku) came in second.

New Kokugakuin University captain Hiroto Nakanishi A team that “transforms”, shoots their way and shows results

Aggressively forward from the start

It was a sunny, cloudless day and the temperature was 32 degrees when the competition started at 9:00 a.m. The race started in bright sunshine. Immediately after the start, Leeky Kamina (2nd year, Chome) from Soka University, Bonifes Murua (4th year, Kitumura) and James Mutuku (1st year) from Yamanashi Gakuin University took the lead, Nakanishi just behind . Anida Saleh (4th year) from Daiichi Institute of Technology came forward from behind, and the race went on with Nakanishi and Kondo right behind the four international students.

Nakanishi (number 27) and Kondo (number 31) fit in well with international students.

The first 1000m lasted 2 minutes 44 seconds, followed by 2 minutes 48 seconds and 2 minutes 53 seconds, a pace that didn’t feel the effects of the heat. As a large group, they made it to 3000m, and after passing 3000m, Yoshiteru Takatsuki (3rd year, Gakuho Ishikawa) from Tokyo University of Agriculture took the lead and picked up the pace. The group immediately split up and the leaders were reduced to five people: Mutuku, Kamina, Kondo, Nakanishi and Takatsuki. The lap from 3000m to 4000m is 2 minutes 46 seconds. Kondo, who was leading the field before the 4000m mark, launched another push and was left alone. Nakanishi chased with Mutuku and Kamina, and the final round was a one-on-one battle with Mutuku. In the final push, he pulled away from Mutuk and made a two-handed “2” to finish.

According to the race plan, “Become a more aggressive player”

“I made a race plan that if I started racing aiming for the best Japanese driver and ran the race aggressively, which is my characteristic, then the people behind me would walk away, so that market. I was disappointed with Kondokun, but I’m happy I was able to finish number 2.”

It was hot, but I expected it to be a high pace as there were exchange students. Either way, he decided to push forward aggressively and as a result he was able to continue the race with plenty of leeway.

Before the race, manager Yasuhiro Maeda said, “It’s important to aim for the best Japanese team and win at least one prize.” On July 13, Nakanishi updated his personal best with a time of 13:38.45 at the Hokuren Distance Challenge Abashiri 5000m event. Kokugakuin recordings have also been updated. Also at that time, it was impressive that he kept up with the fast pace of the group and ran aggressively without slowing down until the end. “I was told that if I could race with the image of racing at that time, I would definitely be able to race well.”

Nakanishi (left) ran without slowing down until the end

Asked about the problems he had to overcome to not be able to take first place among the Japanese, he said: “I am still weak in my offensive runs after the 4,000m. I realized that the level that I was expected to rise and I felt once again that I had to compete at a higher level.

I was able to show results as captain

Kokugakuin University held a team training camp in Hokkaido until September 12. Nakanishi and Ayumu Yamamoto (2nd year, Jiyugaoka) cut the training camp halfway and returned to the dorm on the 8th in order to participate in this race. While the other members trained three times a day and practiced hard points, the two trained twice a day in preparation for the race. “I wasn’t slacking off, but I felt a little guilty,” he says. “That’s why I was able to show my results in that race, and I think I was able to make my teammates think, ‘I have to work harder in training camp.’ It was my first podium on a national (track) stage, so I’ll show you as captain. I think it’s good that we were able to do that.” As captain, he says he faces the pressure of having to produce results in every game.

Nakanishi’s monthly mileage in August was 1070 km. Climb the distance firmly, improve your speed from here and enter the Ekiden season. This time too, he ran until the last minute, so he felt he couldn’t regain his speed.

Feel the pressure in every game

The team’s goal for the Ekiden season is to be in the top three with a view to winning the Hakone Ekiden overall. Early in the spring, Yamamoto won the 60-minute bar in the corporate half-marathon in February, Kiyosumi Hirabayashi (2nd year, Mikata) and Nakanishi in the student half-marathon in March, and Kenzo Ijichi (3rd year, vice-captain ) at Kanto Intercollegiate in May (Matsuyama) won the championship.

Nakanishi, when I spoke to him at student halftime in March, said the team’s rising middle class level was a problem. When I asked him about it, he said, “I did very well. The number of athletes running in the 28-minute 10,000m range has increased within the team, and there’s an atmosphere that the middle class can take it a step further from here. “The juniors are strong in training, and I have a feeling we can face the Ekiden season with the most athletes ever,” he said.

Starting next week, the Japan Intercollegiate team will head to a training camp, and finally, on October 10, the first round of the Ekiden season, the Hinode Ekiden, will take place. “Izumo is also aiming to win the championship, and I want to make sure I get 3rd place or higher. With this result as a confidence boost, Nakanishi leads the team in Ekiden’s final season.

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