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London World Championships - Day Eight Japanese Results

Finishing 4th in her opening round heat, national champion Ayako Kimura became the first Japanese woman to make a World Championships 100 m hurdles semifinal, running 13.15 to auto-qualify. In Semifinal 2 she was unable to match that performance, finishing last in 13.29. National Championships runner-up Hitomi Shimura ran 13.29 in her heat and did not move on to the semifinals.

In the men's 1500 m semifinals, Japan-based junior world record holder Ronald Kwemoi struggled with a recent injury and failed to advance to the final. Running in the same heat, American Johnny Gregorek, who ran last year's Izumo Ekiden as part of the Ivy League Select Team, moved up from last place over the last 300 m to snag the last spot in the final, the only U.S. man to make the 1500 m final.

In the men's high jump, national champion Takashi Eto cleared 2.22 m for 9th in his qualification group and did not advance. In the decathlon, at the end of the first day of competition Japan's Akihiko Nakamura and Keisuke Ushiro held the last two places among the 27 athletes to have completed the first five events.

London World Championships Day Eight Japanese Results

London, England, 8/11/17
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Women's 100 m Hurdles Heat 2 (-0.9 m/s)
1. Megan Simmonds (Jamaica) - 12.78 - Q
2. Nia Ali (U.S.A.) - 12.93 - Q
3. Phylicia George (Canada) - 13.01 - Q
4. Ayako Kimura (Japan) - 13.15 - Q

Women's 100 m Hurdles Heat 4 (-0.6 m/s)
1. Sally Pearson (Australia) - 12.72 - Q
2. Dawn Harper Nelson (U.S.A.) - 12.88 - Q
3. Rushelle Burton (Jamaica) - 12.94 - Q
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6. Hitomi Shimura (Japan) - 13.29

Women's 100 m Hurdles Semifinal 2 (+0.5 m/s)
1. Christina Manning (U.S.A.) - 12.71 - Q
2. Alina Talay (Belarus) - 12.85 - Q
3. Yanique Thompson (Jamaica) - 12.88
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8. Ayako Kimura (Japan) - 13.29

Men's High Jump Qualification Group B
1. Danil Lsenko (ANA/Russia) - 2.31 m
2. Mateusz Przybylko (Germany) - 2.31 m
3. Majal Eddin Ghazal (Syria) - 2.29 m
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9. Takashi Eto (Japan) - 2.22 m

Men's Decathlon Day One
1. Kevin Mayer (France) - 4478
2. Kai Kazmirek (Germany) - 4421
3. Rico Freimuth (Germany) - 4361
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26. Akihiko Nakamura (Japan) - 3925
27. Keisuke Ushiro (Japan) - 3685

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