Official Report: 1st Asian IAU 100K Championship Race

The following is the official report submitted by Hilary Walker, Secretary General of the IAU, as the Official Result of the 1st Asian IAU 100K Championship Race held in Jeju Island, South Korea on March 27, 2010.

Dong Mun and Mai win the Inaugural Asian 100km Championship   (Nadeem Khan, 29 Mar)
  Please find the attached report by Hilary Walker from the 100km Asian Championships held this weekend.Nadeem Khan

Director of Communications

Early Saturday morning about 500 runners set off from the Tapdong Beach Stage in Jeju, a scenic island at the southern tip of South Korea.  The athletes were competing in a number of ultramarathon events ranging from 50K to 200K in distance together with a 148K tough trail event over the mountainous interior of the island.  There was a total of 143 runners from  23 countries around the world as well as the local Korean athletes.

Amongst these, an elite competition was being held for the inaugural IAU 100Km Championship. Athletes representing the IAU member countries of Japan, Korea, Mongolia, The Philippines and Chinese Taipei were taking part in the championship with other Asian countries, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam being represented in the open 100K race.

The 100K course was a scenic one, undulating around the west  coast to finish outside the Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo City on the south side of the island. The second half of the course would be tougher for the runners with some long inclines and descents.  The weather fortunately  was calm but cool.  This was a relief to the runners as previous days had been very windy which could have presented a harsh headwind around exposed areas of the course.

The pre-race favourite was Yasukazu Miyazato of Japan, the 2009 IAU 100Km World Cup champion with a personal best of 6:40:43  and so, not surprisingly,  he was part of the early leading pack of runners.  Also in the forefront was the leading Korean athlete Dong-Moon Lee whose personal best was 7:45:13.  The other members of the Japanese team, Yasutoshi Oshima and Toru Sakuta, and another Korean runner, Yong-bee Shin completed the leading group. 

Mai Fujisawa (JPN) showed early in the ladies event. She and her compatriot, Yoko Yamazawa had personal bests at 100K of 7:55:48 and 7:58:01 respectively so a close competition was expected.

After 20K  ( 1hr 28 min) Kwang-Yul Lee (KOR) had joined the leading group and Sodnompil Dondogdorj ( MGL) was close behind.  Alquin Bolivar from the Philippines was only 4 minutes adrift at this stage.   Fujisawa  had pulled away from her fellow Japanese runners passing this point in 1 hr 42 mins.  The next two ladies, Yamazawa (JPN), Takako Asano (JPN)  were running together about 4 minutes behind. Siou-Yu Da (TPE) was running with them

The leading pack had split apart slightly with Miyazato (JPN), and Dong Moon Lee( KOR) coming through the drinks station together in 2:52. Just behind were Shin (KOR) and Kwang-Yul Lee (KOR)  with Sakuta (JPN).  Oshima (JPN) was one minute adrift and Dondogdorj (MGL) and Bolivar (PHI) were a further minute behind.

There had been no change in the first few positions in the ladies’ race.  Fujisawa (JPN) had increased her lead to nine minutes passing through 40K in 3:12 with her Japanese colleagues and Da (TPE) still running together in second place ( 3:23).

At 70K, the hillier second half of the course had started to take its toll and the field was now split well apart. Dong-Moon Lee (KOR) and Miyazato (JPN) came through together in 4:57 but the Japanese runner was obviously struggling and retired before the next checkpoint. It was 10 minutes before the third runner Yasutoshi (JPN) appeared, followed two minutes later by his team mate Sakuta (JPN) with Kwang-Yul Lee (KOR). There was a further interval of 16 minutes before the next championship runner, Shin (KOR), passed 70k.  The leading lady Fujisawa (JPN) ran through comfortably in 5:31.

At the finish outside the World Cup stadium, there was a longer wait than might have been expected for the first runner to come into sight.  The last sections of the course had some testing climbs and descents which took further toll on the runners.  However , the wait was worth it for the local crowd as the first IAU 100K Asian Champion was the Korean Dong-Moon Lee who finished in 7:23:20, taking a massive 22 minutes off his personal best for the distance.  This was even more commendable considering the difficulty of the course. 

Closing the gap considerably by the finish, the silver medallist Yasutoshi Oshima (JPN)  crossed the line in 7:26:45 with his compatriot Toru Sakuta  finishing in third with 7.37.36. 

Mai Fujisawa (JPN) became the first IAU 100K Asian Ladies Champion with an excellent 8:01:32 performance, only 6 minutes outside her best.  Japan took a clean sweep of the medals with Takako Asano (JPN) and Yoko Yamazawa (JPN) taking silver and bronze in times of 8:44:59 and 8:53:11 respectively.

Of particular note in the concurrent open race was the performance of the Japanese  female runner Mami Kudo who finished as the first lady in the open event with a superb performance of 7:56:06.  In 2009, she had completed world beating performances  at longer ultradistances but hadn’t qualified for the Japanese team at 100k. 

 The leading performances are detailed below.

Hilary Walker

IAU General Secretary

Ist IAU 100K Asian Championships        
1 Dong Mun Lee KOR 07:23:20
2 Yasutoshi Oshima JPN 07:26:20
3 Toru Sakuta JPN 07:37:36
4 Kwang Yul Lee KOR 07:43:03
5 Young Bee Shin KOR 08:30:36
6 Alquin Bolivar PHI 09:03:06
1 Mai Fujisawa JPN 08:01:32
2 Takako Asano JPN 08:44:59
3 Yoko Yamazawa JPN 08:53:11
4 Siou-Yu Da TPE 09:41:59
5 Hee Kyoung Chung KOR 09:55:04
6 Na Rae Park KOR 10:01:00
7 Shu-Min Huang TPE 10.34.34
8 Yen-Ling Huang TPE 10:37:29
Open Race  Women        
1 Mami Kudo JPN 07:56:06
Open Race Men        
1  Joseph Thompson USA  09:06:00

3 thoughts on “Official Report: 1st Asian IAU 100K Championship Race

  1. fanaticinformant

    Again, congratulations on an outstanding performance! We may not have won but to be part of the Top 10! Amazing! I do hope that in the future, your team will also train women ultramarathoners!


  2. gingerbreadrunning

    You did us all proud Sir BR, Alquin and Frank! Congratulations! It still drives me crazy how people can finish 100k in 6:40 though 🙂


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