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Subject:      Unicycling World Records  
Date:         Mon, 15 Jan 1996 05:13:49 -0500 
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In a message dated 96-01-02 14:47:04 EST, Andy Cotter wrote: 
>What I looking for was how the Japanese did in both racing and standard. 
>Now with racing adding 3 additional races to become the World Champion 
>it opens up the playing field (not for me but possibly other USA 
>competitors). Since Unicon VI is the last Unicon where we have access 
>to Japenese racing records it would be nice to see how good the best 
>times were in the 6 official races and what country acheived that time. 
So.  I thought you wanted this information for humanitarian reasons.  To 
objectively share it witht the world, but NO!  You just want to see how you 
and your friends can get an edge on the competition next summer, heh heh heh. 
 Nothing wrong with that.  Any smart competitor should know what they're up 
against, so I'll share the results with all of you out there. 
This is only a partial compilation from World UNICON VI, 1992, Quebec, 
STANDARD SKILL, FEMALE  (only finishing scores are available): 
1.  Cindy Torres                 PR          231.42 
2.  Mika Hirasawa              JP           222.95 
3.  Gina Messamer            US          200.80  (whew) 
1.  Miho Suzukake             JP          215.45 
1.  Ayako Kurihara             JP          238.22 
2.  Michelle Herrera            DR         222.10  (Dominican Republic/New 
York City) 
3.  Tomomi Sakamoto        JP          220.98 
4.  Millca Terrero                DR         218.85 
5.  Kyoko Nakazato            JP         218.20 
1.  Yumiko Ichikawa           JP          236.32 
2.  Hiromi Hirasawa            JP          236.12 
3.  Akino Izumida               JP          219.72 
1.  Miyuki Koyama             JP          266.08 
2.  Margarita Ruiz              PR          258.50 
3.  Constance Cotter          US          233.63 
1.  Jun Kitazawa                JP           224.60 
2.  Kiroko Suzukake          JP           204.88 
1.  Takayuki Kanoo           JP            245.68 
2.  Seiji Ishii                     JP            237.42 
3.  Yuuta Kitazawa           JP            234.05 
4.  Daiki Izumida               JP           231.98 
1.  Manabu Misonoo          JP           264.38 
2.  Noriaki Handa              JP           242.18 
3.  Marc Bolduc                CA          234.95 
4.  Takashi Ashino            JP           233.72 
5.  Takayuki Nagayama     JP           226.62 
6.  Dale Granberry             US          224.32 
1.  Anthony Hernandez      PR          251.18 
2.  Andy Cotter                 US          248.62 
3.  Yoshiaki Handa           JP           247.70 
4.  Wanja Lindner             DE          233.80 
5.  Gilles LeBlanc             CA          229.20 
6.  Thomas Geib               DE          218.90 
1.  Bill Gilbertson              US          227.10 
2.  Seth Granberry            US          220.12 
3.  Nick Messamer            US         204.10 
1.  Jose Roman                 PR         272.90 
2.  Javier Ruiz                   PR         272.25 
3.  Carlos Medina              PR         268.52 
4.  Yuichiro Kato               JP          247.50 
5.  Yuuichi Ono                 JP          241.85 
6.  Ken Fuchs                   US         236.80 
These are the top three scores for male and female from competitions at 
UNICONs IV through VII, and USA competitions in '94 and '95 (I don't have 
full results from '94). The only thing not consistent over the years was the 
level of judge training.  UNICONs IV and V scores may not be as accurate. 
FEMALE  (all competed as experts) 
1.  Miyuki Koyama             JP          266.08    UNICON VI, 1992 
2.  Dana Schneider            US          259.25 (261.5)   NUC, 1995 
3.  Margarita Ruiz              PR          258.50    UNICON VI, 1992 
MALE   (all competed as experts) 
1.  Jose Roman                 PR          273.8     UNICON V, 1991 (and 
272.9 at U. VI) 
2.  Javier Ruiz                   PR          272.25    UNICON V, 1991 (and 
268.33 at U. VI) 
3.  Carlos Medina              PR          268.52    UNICON VI, 1994 
     Note: These three names, in the same order, occupy the same three places 
at the past three UNICONs! 
RACING:  In the past, the World Racing Champion was chosen from their 
combined results in 3 races; the 100m, 400m and 1500m.  At USA conventions, 
the champions are decided from combined results in almost all of the races. 
 At UNICON VIII, the World Racing Champions will be the riders who do the 
best in the 100, 400, 1500, One Foot, Walk the Wheel and Obstacle Course. 
 These last three races are not standard events in Japan (which has the 
fastest, and most, riders in standard track races).  Japan dominated at 
UNICON VI, partially because of the sheer size of the Japanese team, but 
mostly because they are GOOD RIDERS!  An awful lot of unicycle racing goes on 
in Japan, with over 20 meets per year that are all larger than the USA 
conventions.  Here are the UNICON VI results from the top 6 racing events: 
100m FEMALE 
1.  Yumiko Ichikawa     JP   14.9 (UNICON record with tailwind) 
2.  Tomomi Sakamoto  JP   15.0 
2.  Ai Yamada             JP   15.3 
100m MALE 
1.  Yuichiro Kato          JP   13.1 (UNICON record with tailwind) 
2.  Daisuke Kawamura JP   13.2 
3.  Yuuichi Ono           JP   13.4  (talk about photo finishes!) 
400m FEMALE 
1.  Ai Yamada             JP   1:11.4 
2.  Kyooko Nakazato   JP   1:12.0 (13-14) 
3.  Tomomi Sakamoto JP   1:13.9 
400m MALE 
1.  Daisuke Kawamura JP   1:01.6 
2.  Eri Funamizu         JP   1:02.0 
3.  Manabu Misonoo   JP   1:02.8 
1500m FEMALE 
1.  Kyooko Nakazato   JP   4:52.0 (13-14) 
2.  Tomomi Sakamoto JP   4:52.2 
3.  Miyuki Koyama      JP   4:53.5 
1500m MALE 
1.  Manabu Misonoo    JP   4:18.5 
2.  Daisuke Kawamura JP   4:22.7 
3.  Andy Cotter           US   4:23.3 
50m One Foot FEMALE 
1.  Margarita Ruiz       PR   10.8 
2.  Kyooko Nakazato   JP   11.0 
3.  Risa Somoda         JP   11.0 
50m One Foot MALE 
1.  Yuichiro Kato         JP   8.3 
2.  Yuuichi Ono           JP   8.6 
3.  Tadamasa Takagi   JP   8.7 
30m Walk the Wheel FEMALE 
1.  Miyuki Koyama      JP   9.2  (World Record) 
2.  Ai Yamada            JP   10.2 
3.  Tomomi Sakamoto JP   10.8 
30m Walk the Wheel MALE 
1.  Yuichiro Kato         JP   8.0  (World Record) 
2.  Yuuichi Ono           JP   8.1 
3.  Tadamasa Takagi   JP   9.0 
Obstacle Course FEMALE 
1.  Amy Edwards        US   23.59  (World Record) 
2.  Abby Cernkovich    US   24.26 (0-12) 
3.  Eri Funamizu         JP   24.89 
Obstacle Course MALE 
1.  John Foss             US   20.01 
2.  Dale Granberry       US   21.02 (15-18) 
3.  Anthony Hernandez PR   21.45 (19-29) 
Yes, very strong racing from the Japanese team.  I don't know how accurate 
these times were recorded. As you can see there are no hundredths of seconds, 
and lots of the names were also spelled wrong.  Below are the world records, 
to the best of my knowledge. I'm fairly positive that faster times than these 
have been set in Japan (in the 100m and 400m), but I don't know what those 
times are. 
100m FEMALE   14.9 (with tailwind) Yumiko Ichikawa   JP   1992   Quebec 
                         15.02 (no tailwind)  Tomomi Saisho     JP   1987 
  Tokyo (UNICON III) 
100m MALE   12.54 (Guinness; unknown crank length) Peter Rosendahl of Sweden 
                     12.1 (approx.)(cranks less than 5")  Yuichiro Kato, 
1994(?) Japan 
                     12.74 (previous Guinness; 5" cranks) Peter Rosendahl, in 
Las Vegas 
400m FEMALE   1:04.81   Tomomi Saisho   JP   1987   Tokyo (UNICON III) 
400m MALE         58.49   Tadamasa Takagi JP   1990   Tokyo (Japan Nationals) 
1500m FEMALE   4:36.30   Tomomi Saisho  JP   1987   Tokyo (UNICON III) 
1500m MALE       4:12.78   John Foss         US   1991  Hull, Canada (UNICON 
50m One Foot FEMALE   9.84   Risa Shohhuku   JP   1988   Puerto Rico (U. IV) 
50m One Foot MALE        7.98   John Foss         US   1988   Puerto Rico (U. 
30m Wheel Walk FEMALE   9.20   Miyuki Koyama  JP   1992   Quebec (U. VI) 
30m Wheel Walk MALE       8.0     Yuichiro Kato     JP   1992   Quebec (U.VI) 
Obstacle Course FEMALE   23.59   Amy Edwards   US   1992   Quebec (U. VI) 
Obstacle Course MALE       19.80   John Foss         US   1993   Adrian, MI 
I can't believe I STILL hold some of those records.  Now get out there (in 
the snow or whatever) and practice!  And make your plans to attend World 
UNICON VIII in England this August! 
John Foss