Suguru Osako

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Suguru Osako
Suguru Osako - Rio 2016.jpg
Osako at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Born (1991-05-23) 23 May 1991 (age 25)
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 10,000 metres

Suguru Osako (大迫傑 Ōsako Suguru?, born 23 May 1991) is a Japanese long-distance runner. He won the 10,000 metres gold medal at the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen and holds the Asian junior record for the half marathon.

Born in Machida, Tokyo, he attended Saku Chosei High School and began to establish himself nationally in 2010. He was the fastest in his stage at the Japanese High School Ekiden Championship and came second in the junior race at the Chiba Cross Country.[2] This gained him a place on the Japanese junior team for the 2010 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where he went on to finish in 32nd place. On the track that year he set a personal best of 28:35.75 minutes in Tokyo then finished eighth at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[3] He graduated high school and enrolled at Waseda University in late 2010. In November he ran at the Ageo City Half Marathon and set a Japanese and Asian junior record time of 1:01:47 hours to win the race.[4]

In 2011 he ran a 5000 metres track best of 13:31.27 minutes and came second over 10,000 metres at the Hyogo Relays.[3] Osako was chosen to represent his country at the 2011 Summer Universiade, where he defeated Stephen Mokoka in the 10,000 m to take the gold medal, becoming the first Japanese since Yasuyuki Watanabe to win that title.[5] At the start of the 2012 season he was the top Japanese finisher at the Chiba Cross Country (fourth overall) and had a narrow win at the Fukuoka Cross Country, beating Yuki Sato.[6][7] Osako improved his track bests in 2012, running 3:42.68 minutes for the 1500 metres, 7:54.68 minutes for the 3000 metres and 27:56.94 minutes for the 10,000 m.[3]

He was runner-up to Charles Ndirangu at the 2013 Fukuoka Cross Country.[8]

He is currently a member of the Nike Oregon Project


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Japan
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 8th 10,000 m 29:40.14
2011 Summer Universiade Shenzhen, China 1st 10,000 m 28:42.83
2012 Fukuoka International Cross Country Fukuoka, Japan 1st 10 km 30:27
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 21st 10,000 m 28:19.50
2014 Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 2nd 10,000 m 28:11.94
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 22nd (h) 5000 m 13:45.82
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 28th (h) 5000 m 13:31.45
17th 10,000 m 27:51.94


  1. ^ Rio 2016 bio
  2. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2012-02-14). Karoki, Mathathi, and Katsumata prevail at Chiba Cross Country. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-05.
  3. ^ a b c Osako Suguru. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-05.
  4. ^ Larner, Brett (2011-11-21). Freshman Suguru Osako 1:01:47 Jr. National Record at 2010 Ageo City Half Marathon. Japan Running News. Retrieved on 2012-03-05.
  5. ^ Coover, Paul (2011-08-22). World University Games Results. Running Times. Retrieved on 2012-03-05.
  6. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2012-02-12). Kenyan high schoolers dominate at Chiba Cross Country. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-05.
  7. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2012-02-25). Sato beaten by Osako in Fukuoka. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-05.
  8. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2013-02-23). Ndirangu and Thuku continue winning streak in Fukuoka. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-03-02.

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