Three Japanese athletes ran Sunday’s Tartan Ottawa Worldwide Marathon in an effort to attain qualifying marks for the 2023 MGC Race, Japan’s marathon trials for the 2024 Paris Olympics. Within the males’s race, Yuta Shimoda (GMO) and Takumi Oishi (Suzuki) went with the leaders all the way in which till eventual winner Andualem Shiferaw (Ethiopia) made his transfer earlier than 30 km. Shiferaw, the favourite with a greatest of two:05:52, was stellar over the second half, going 1:03:52 / 1:02:12 to set a brand new course document 2:06:04 for the win.
When Shiferaw attacked, Oishi, coached by 2010 Ottawa winner Arata Fujiwara, instantly dropped off, finally ending eighth in 2:15:50. Shimoda, who ran 2:08:35 at March’s Tokyo Marathon and wanted to run 2:11:25 right here to qualify for the trials, held on to third, overtaken by Abdi Ali Gelchu (Bahrain) and dropping to 4th at one level however working down Leonard Langat (Kenya) simply earlier than the end to retake third.
Yamaguchi went out in a pack of 6 ladies that ignored early leaders Juliet Chekwel (Uganda) and Rebecca Chesire (Kenya), each of whom finally dropped out. By midway that group was down to only Yamaguchi and Kinsey Middleton (Canada), however when Middleton surged on the climb throughout a bridge close to 25 km Yamaguchi misplaced contact. Middleton went on to win in 2:30:09, however Yamaguchi struggled to maintain it collectively and light to fifth in 2:35:57.
In his victory interview Shiferaw stated by means of an interpreter, “Except the inconvenience attributable to the visa utility course of, every thing was nice after I arrived right here in Ottawa.” This yr’s elite race was hard-hit by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s new on-line visa utility system, which resulted in not less than 12 males and 13 ladies from Mongolia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Bahrain not receiving their visas or visa-containing passports again from the IRCC in time to journey for the race.
Malcolm Anderson, head of the Moyo Sports activities company, stated 5 folks from his group, 3 athletes and a pair of pacers, had been affected. “The passports had been within the Addis processing centre with visas authorized, however we couldn’t get them to be launched in time for journey,” Anderson stated. “Immensely irritating for all.” Solely 8 African athletes within the two races, not together with pacers, did get their visas in time for the race. Elite athlete coordinator Dylan Wykes had assembled what would have been the strongest elite fields ever on Canadian soil to run within the nation’s capital, however regardless of gladly taking almost $200 per athlete in utility and processing charges the IRCC apparently had different priorities than letting that occur.
2022 Tartan Ottawa Worldwide Marathon
Ottawa, Canada, 29 Could 2022
1. Andualem Shiferaw (Ethiopia) – 2:06:04 – CR
2. Abdi Ali Gelchu (Bahrain) – 2:09:24
3. Yuta Shimoda (GMO) – 2:09:50
4. Leonard Langat (Kenya) – 2:09:56
5. Teshome Mekonen (Ethiopia) – 2:13:27 – debut
6. Justin Kent (Canada) – 2:13:34
7. Albert Kangogo (Kenya) – 2:13:57
8. Takumi Oishi (Suzuki) – 2:15:50
9. John Mastandrea (U.S.A.) – 2:17:28
10. Ben Kendell (U.S.A.) – 2:18:28
1. Kinsey Middleton (Canada) – 2:30:09
2. Elissa Legault (Canada) – 2:33:27
3. Katja Goldring (U.S.A.) – 2:33:58
4. Anne-Marie Blaney (U.S.A.) – 2:34:38
5. Haruka Yamaguchi (AC Kita) – 2:35:57
6. Dayna Pidhoresky (Canada) – 2:36:22
7. Lanni Marchant (Canada) – 2:39:42
8. Megan O’Neil( U.S.A.) – 2:39:55
9. Isabel Vazquez (Mexico) – 2:43:54
10. Chirine Njeim (Lebanon) – 2:46:08
Shimoda picture © 2022 Mika Tokairin, all rights reserved
Oishi and Yamaguchi pictures © 2022 Carole Fuchs, all rights reserved
textual content © 2022 Brett Larner, all rights reserved