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Emmanuel Kiplagat of Kenya won the Hachioji Long Distance meet at Kanagawa’s Gion Stadium on Saturday running 27:07:59. Doing so, he finished under the qualifying standard for the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships.

Taking second place was Benson Kiplangat who finished in the time of 27:09.83. Taking third was Samwel Masai in 27:10.06. Kiplangat’s sub-27:10 also gets him under the Budapest standard, but not so for Masai. Kiplangat is just 19, while Masai is 21. Both performances were also personal bests — as The Who sang, “The kid’s are alright.”

The 20-year-old Kiplagat ran at least his third personal best of 2022. He also clocked a 13:11.73 5000m as a nineteen-year-old on May 4, the day before his 20th birthday. Two months later he set a new road 10K best of 27:50 in Spain.

Some may argue that using the Wavelight technology at the meet is an artificial aid that shouldn’t be present. Regardless, the depth of the meet was staggering.

Thirty-four men ran sub-28, and 116 broke 29 minutes. The first 11 of the section that included Kiplagat were Kenyan, and 22 of 25 total during race number 7 were Kenyan.

Results

1. Emmanuel Kiplagat (Mitsubishi Juko) – 27:07.59 – MR

2. Benson Kiplangat (Subaru) – 27:09.83 (MR)

3. Samwel Masai (Kao) – 27:10.06 (MR)

4. Philemon Kiplagat (Aisan Kogyo) – 27:11.52 (MR)

5. Evans Keitany (Toyota Boshoku) – 27:11.88 (MR)

6. Sitonik Kiprono (Kurosaki Harima) – 27:14.76 (MR)

7. Cosmas Mwangi (Chugoku Denryoku) – 27:15.58 (MR)

8. James Muoki (Konica Minolta) – 27:21.13 (MR)

9. Macharia Ndirangu (Aichi Seiko) – 27:24.36

10. Titus Wambua (SID Group) – 27:25.70

11. Evans Kipkemoi (JFE Steel) – 27:27.33

12. Takuya Hanyu (Toyota Boshoku) – 27:27.49 – all-time JPN #4

13. Charles Kamau Wanjiku (Musashino Gakuin Univ.) – 27:33.46

14. Justus Soget (Honda) – 27:36.01

15. Joseph Karanja (Aichi Seiko) – 27:40.50

16. Davis Kiplangat (Asahi Kasei) – 27:42.73

17. Philip Mulwa (Soka Univ.) – 27:43.96

18. Tomoki Ota (Toyota) – 27:47.76

19. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (NTT Nishi Nihon) – 27:47.95

20. Benuel Mogeni Magoma (Asahi Kasei) – 27:48.20

21. Kazuya Shiojiri (Fujitsu) – 27:49.88

22. Cleophas Kandie (Mitsubishi Juko) – 27:50.32

23. Jackson Kavesa (Honda) – 27:56.23

24. Dan Kiplangat (JFE Steel) – 27:57.67

25. Simon Muthio Saidim (Chuo Hatsujo) – 28:06.24

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