In July on the Hokuren Distance Problem Chitose Meet 1500 m Sato ran 3:37.18, breaking the highschool nationwide report of three:38.49 set in 1999 by Kiyoharu Sato (Saku Chosei H.S.) and setting a brand new U18 report. He adopted up in January with an 8:00.09 for 3000 m, additionally a brand new U18 nationwide report and fewer than a second off the highschool NR.
Sunday was one other historic day on his resume. Ultimately December’s Nationwide Excessive College Ekiden Championships Sato was the highest Japanese finisher at fifth on the Third Stage, serving to Rakunan H.S. to complete third general. After profitable the Fourth Stage and this spring’s Ina Ekiden in Nagano he mentioned, “My purpose this yr is to interrupt the highschool NR for 1500 m, 3000 m and 5000 m.” He is now checked off #2 on his listing, and all that is still is the 3000 m highschool report of seven:59.18 set by Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) in 2016.
However he isn’t simply serious about quick occasions. He desires to be #1 in Japan within the ekiden as effectively. “On the Nationwide Excessive College Ekiden, I need all my teammates to work collectively to get the win,” he mentioned. And he’s additionally pondering additional down the street. “Sooner or later I wish to run the 5000 m and 10000 m on the Olympics and World Championships. As a step towards that, I wish to make an impression on the Hakone Ekiden,” he mentioned. And he has Suguru Osako‘s 5000 m nationwide report of 13:08.40 in his sights. “I wish to be the primary Japanese runner to interrupt 13 minutes for 5000 m.” Control this one.
Translator’s be aware: Additionally in Warmth 20 at Nittai, Hiroto Yoshioka (Saku Chosei H.S.) ran 13:38.96 and Yuki Murao (Saku Chosei H.S.) 13:58.04. In Warmth 18, Itta Tameiki (Rakunan H.S.) ran 13:55.97.
translated and edited by Brett Larner