The Japanese athletes will be part of the extensive Asian representation in this year’s Transvulcania
The pull of the Transvulcania Naviera Armas in Asia has been proven again with the confirmation of the participation of two of the most distinguished Japanese runners nowadays. Sota Ogawa, who will make his debut in the race and Yuri Yoshizumi, who will participate again in the event, will put that Japanese accent to one of the most international events in the Skyrunning calendar.
Ogawa premieres in La Palma. The Japanese runner will have two main goals in the coming race in the Isla Bonita. One goal will be to fight until the end in order to try to win the Transvulcania Naviera Armas. His second goal, and probably the most important one, is to make an impact among the elite runners in Europe, as he normally competes only in Asia. This is why the participation of Ogawa in La Palma is that kind of special, as the Japanese runner will compete at the Transvulcania almost on an exceptional basis.
On the other hand, Yuri Yoshizumi is almost a legend in La Palma. The Japanese runner, who will run the Marathon and the Vertical Kilometre, has made an impression among the fans in La Palma. In 2017, after winning the Vertical Kilometre, Yuri became a recognised athlete in Europe, as she made an unbelievable race in La Palma. Yoshizumi has some great results in her career, as she won the Asian Vertical Kilometre Skyrunning Championship, after winning every race of the Championship. Furthermore, the Japanese runner entered the Top 15 in the Skyrunning World Championship in Portugal, being the best Asian athlete qualified in this tournament.
“The international impact of the Transvulcania Naviera Armas is reflected on the list of runners from different nationalities who will participate in the race in La Palma. We are constantly reaching more continents and countries, especially in Asia, where we have the pleasure of being one of the races in Europe with more athletes travelling from Asia. There are a lot of elite runners who will join us in Mai in order to compete in our race”, said Ascensión Rodríguez, the sports counsellor of La Palma.