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Aoyama Gakuin leads Tokyo-Hakone ekiden

Aoyama Gakuin University got a leg up in the pursuit of the Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden championship on Friday, when the school’s team won the first day of the grueling road race for the first time ever. Aoyama Gakuin finished the five-segment, 107.5-km route between Tokyo’s Otemachi business district and the ...

Jan 3, 2015

Aoyama Gakuin takes ekiden title

Overnight leader Aoyama Gakuin University won the 91st running of the Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden on Saturday, earning the school’s first championship in the classic road race. A day after winning the opening leg for the first time in the school’s history, Aoyama Gakuin clocked ...

Dec 17, 2014

IAAF notifies Kipsang of missed test

Kenya’s former world marathon record-holder Wilson Kipsang has been notified of a missed doping test by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), Athletics Kenya (AK) said on Tuesday. The notification followed the failure by Kipsang, the 2012 Olympic medalist and New York marathon ...

Coe alarmed by doping scandal

Dec 15, 2014

Coe alarmed by doping scandal

The current doping crisis engulfing track and field is as damaging to the sport as the scandals involving Ben Johnson and Marion Jones, IAAF vice president Sebastian Coe said Sunday. “In the 40 or so years in athletics, there have been big moments. Ben ...

Dec 8, 2014

Bubka 'shocked' by doping claims

Pole vault great Sergei Bubka says he is “shocked” by claims of widespread doping in Russian sports. Bubka, who also heads the International Olympic Committee’s Entourage Commission, told The Associated Press on Sunday that he expects the strongest possible sanctions if the IAAF ethics ...

Kenya's Makau wins Fukuoka International Marathon

Dec 7, 2014

Kenya's Makau wins Fukuoka International Marathon

Former world record holder Patrick Makau of Kenya won the Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday. Makau, who set a world record of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 38 seconds at the 2011 Berlin Marathon, crossed the tape at Heiwadai Stadium in 2:08:22, 26 seconds ahead ...

Coe details vision for future of athletics in manifesto

Dec 4, 2014

Coe details vision for future of athletics in manifesto

Pitching his vision to overhaul the sport that has shaped his life, Sebastian Coe is apprehensive. Although track and field is not facing an imminent crisis, according to the IAAF presidential hopeful, it is “precariously placed.” Embrace youth, make events more accessible and transform ...

Nov 27, 2014

Coe plans to run for IAAF presidency

Sebastian Coe confirmed on Thursday he plans to run for the position of president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). The double Olympic champion released a statement also saying he would unveil his election manifesto and vision for athletics and the IAAF ...

Tanaka wins Yokohama Marathon

Nov 16, 2014

Tanaka wins Yokohama Marathon

Tomomi Tanaka held off Philes Ongori of Kenya in a last-ditch sprint before the finish line to win the Yokohama International Women’s Marathon on Sunday. The 26-year-old Tanaka, appearing in her second full marathon after running as a pacemaker in last year’s event, ran ...

Nov 16, 2014

Tanaka wins Yokohama Marathon

Tomomi Tanaka held off Philes Ongori of Kenya in a last-ditch sprint before the finish line to win the Yokohama International Women’s Marathon on Sunday. The 26-year-old Tanaka, appearing in her second full marathon after running as a pacemaker in last year’s event, ran ...

Oct 25, 2014

Runner Mulaudzi killed in car crash

Former 800-meter world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was killed in a car crash on Friday while traveling to an athletics meet, the spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma said. He was 34. Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said Mulaudzi was killed in an accident while ...

Sato shines as role model

Oct 4, 2014

Sato shines as role model

by Kaz Nagatsuka

With her clumsy but emotional and breathtaking presentation at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid in September 2013, Mami Sato became a household name in Japan. Sato stepped to the podium to lead off Tokyo’s bid ...