Congrats to Jason Lehmkuhle for winning the Ome 30k in Japan with a time of 1:32:08 (4:56 pace). It’s great to see a local guy win such a huge race, keep on killing it Jason! The following information is from Japan Running News.
“Jason Lehmkuhle won a tight sprint finish over Team NTT Nishi Nihon’s Toyoyuki Abe at the 2011 Ome 30 km Road Race to become the first American to win the prestigious race since Greg Meyer‘s 1983 victory. Lehmkuhle was aggressive throughout the race, leading the field of over 15000 through the early kilometers and remaining at the head of the pack over the difficult ups and downs through the middle 20 km.
The pack, initially nine-strong, whittled down to a core of five by halfway. With roughly 5 km to go Lehmkuhle surged, first dropping eventual 4th-placer Atsushi Ikawa (Team Otsuka Seiyaku), then frequent leader Ryotaro Nitta (Team Konica Minolta). Local boyDaisuke Shimizu (Team Kanebo) was the next to fall, leaving only Abe at Lehmkuhle’s side. The pair rounded the final righthand corner together with Lehmkuhle on the inside, and in the last sprint to the finish Lehmuhle emerged a step ahead in 1:32:08 to take the win over Abe’s 1:32:09. Shimizu hung on to 3rd in 1:33:15 with Ikawa just behind after having overtaken a fading Nitta.”