UI.Event: Japan's Ntional Unicycle Meet

Alberto Ruiz wrote:
|> Jack, Can you give us a brief report on the results of the Nationals
|> in Japan?

|> Who was Racing Champion? Who was Artistic Champions? Any amazing new tricks?

“Skill”, if you don’t mind :slight_smile:

I was planing to do an article on this, but did not get the results yet. Here is
a brief decsription.

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The 1995 Japan National Unicycle Meet was held on August 5 and 6 1995 at the
Edogawa Stadium and Gym in Tokyo, the exact same places where UNICON III was
held in 1987. Artistic unicycling events were held on August 5 and racing events
on August 6.

The winners of the 100 meter race expert class were:

    Handa Noriaki (male) 12.67 seconds (24" unicycle 4" cranks) Risa Shofuku
    (female) 13.1? seconds (24" unicycle)

It is important to note that in Japan as of last year the expert class has no
restrictions on crank length. For reference, here are some previous records.

    Yuichiro Kato 12.68 seconds 24" uni 5" cranks at Japanese Nationals in
    August 1993

    Yuichiro Kato 12.29 seconds 24" uni 4" cranks at Funabashi Meet on
    March 6, 1994

Yuichiro is a well known figure at UNICONs. His father tells me that he can he
can probably do 100 in under 12 seconds, but he keeps falling at those speeds.
Risa Shoofuku has also attended UNICONs and many readers of Unicycling
International have met her.

The winners of the artistic individual freestyle events were:

    Daiki Izumida 1995 Individual Freestyle Male Champion Miyuki Koyama 1995
    Individual Freestyle Female Champion

They have both attended UNICONs in the past. Miyuki was world champion in the
standard artistic event at UNICON VI in Quebec in 1992. She amazed everyone by
doing backwards coasting (could she be the only female rider to do that?) and
gliding while standing on the fork crown. Yuichiro Kato performed another
amazing feat – perhaps a world’s first: coasting on a two-wheeler!

Many of Japan’s champion riders, including Yuichiro and Miyuki, are planning to
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