Hakone Ekiden Preliminary Round with No Audience Obtained participation rights in the top 10 schools such as Juntendo University October 17, 15:47

The annual Hakone Ekiden qualifying round was held in Tachikawa, Tokyo, with no spectators, and the top 10 schools, including Juntendo University, won the right to participate.

The Hakone Ekiden qualifying session was held in a way that the spectators could not watch the game, changing the conventional course to prevent the infection of the new coronavirus and circling the Ground Self-Defense Force Tachikawa station in Tachikawa City, Tokyo.

Forty-six universities in the Kanto region participated in the qualifying session, running a half marathon distance of 21.0975 kilometers and competing for the total time of the top 10 students from each school.

As a result, Juntendo University won the right to participate in the Hakone Ekiden next year with a time of 10 hours 23 minutes 34 seconds.

Other qualifications were 2nd Chuo University, 3rd Josai University, 4th Kanagawa University, 5th Kokushikan University, 6th Nippon Sport Science University, 7th Yamanashi Gakuin University, and 8th. It was Hosei University, 9th place Takushoku University, and 10th place Senshu University.

Ryuji Miura, a first-year student at Juntendo University, who has the second highest record in Japan for the 3000m steeplechase, was the top individual Japanese player with a time of 1 hour 1 minute 41 seconds.

The Hakone Ekiden, which will be held on January 2nd and 3rd next year, will be held at the seed schools up to 10th place such as Aoyama Gakuin University and Tokai University, which won the overall championship in the previous tournament, and 10 schools that passed the qualifying session on the 17th. A total of 21 teams will participate, including the Student Union.

The Kanto Student Athletics Federation has said that the tournament will be held without spectators as a countermeasure against the new coronavirus, and is calling for refraining from supporting along the road.