Yoshihiko Ishikawa JPN

Yoshihiko Ishikawa, a titan in the world of endurance running, has consistently proven himself as a force to be reckoned with. Born in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan in 1983, Ishikawa's journey to becoming a renowned athlete has been nothing short of remarkable. Ishikawa has made a name for himself through his exceptional achievements in ultramarathons, earning him global recognition and numerous accolades. He is 2017 IAU Athlete of The Year award winner. 

Ishikawa's passion for running was evident from an early age. He completed his first full marathon at just 20 years old, foreshadowing the exceptional career that lay ahead. By the age of 24, he had already secured his first victory in a 100km race, demonstrating his prodigious talent and dedication to the sport.

Notably, Ishikawa has achieved the top global ranking in the 24-hour race on three separate occasions, underscoring his consistent dominance in the sport. His triumphs include victory at the 2017 IAU 24 hour World Championship, Spartathlon (IAU Gold Label), and the Badwater Ultramarathon, showcasing his versatility across different terrains and distances.

Throughout his career, Ishikawa has continued to push the boundaries of his own capabilities, setting personal bests and breaking records in various race categories. His remarkable performances in events such as the Okinoshima 100km Ultra Marathon, Hong Kong Ultra Marathon, and the Badwater Ultramarathon have solidified his status as a true trailblazer in the world of ultrarunning.

Ishikawa's unwavering dedication and consistency have been key factors in his enduring success. His ability to triumph in diverse race formats, from 50km to 200km, and across varying terrains, demonstrates his exceptional adaptability and mental fortitude. His personal bests, including a 24-hour distance of 279.427km, stand as a testament to his unparalleled endurance and determination.

As Ishikawa continues to make strides in his career, his recent victories at the Badwater Ultramarathon and Spartathlon in 2022, along with his impressive performance at the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji, signal that his prowess shows no signs of waning. His relentless pursuit of excellence and unwavering spirit are sure to inspire future generations of athletes.

Personal Bests

  • 50km: 3:54:08 (2019)
  • 50mi: 6:22:41 (2019)
  • 100km: 6:52:45 (2015)
  • 100mi: 12:56:57 (2022)
  • 6 hours: 76km (2019)
  • 12 hours: 150.400km (2022)
  • 24 hours: 279.427km (2019)

Yoshihiko Ishikawa's extraordinary journey from humble beginnings to global acclaim is a testament to his exceptional talent, perseverance, and unwavering dedication to his craft. His unparalleled achievements in ultrarunning have solidified his status as a true icon in the world of endurance sports. As he continues to defy expectations and set new benchmarks, Ishikawa's legacy is destined to endure as an inspiration to athletes and enthusiasts alike, showcasing the limitless potential of the human spirit.

Mr. Takazu

IAU Communication Committee


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