Koyama storms to victory in Sapporo

Posted: November 6, 2020 in News
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Takaaki Koyama took first place at the first edition of the Sapporo TV Tower Vertical Run in Japan.

The new event, which had been rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions, involved two runs up 442 steps.

The experienced Koyama showed impressive consistency as he clocked 1:50 in his first run, followed by 1:49 in his second for a total winning time of 3:39.

Takaaki Koyama at the start line

Koyama finished narrowly ahead of Koki Tanaka (3:43), who clocked the fastest single run of the day, a time of 1:48 with his second attempt. But with his initial run a slightly slower 1:55, it left him four seconds behind overall.

A section of the stairs at the Sapporo TV Tower

The battle for the final podium spot was very closely contested. In the end it was Yusuke Tanaka who sealed it with his 3:59 total. Fourth spot went to Hirokazu Uesugi (4:01) and Hitotsubashi Seiya (4:02) was in fifth place.

Sapporo TV Tower

In the women’s division, Japanese international triathlete Airi Sawada proved herself a force on the stairs, taking victory in 5:23 (2:45 and 2:38). She was 20 seconds faster overall than second-placed Moeko Yasugahira.

Airi Sawada and Takaaki Koyama celebrate winning the Sapporo TV Tower Vertical Run 2020

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