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Maeda makes strong bid for worlds in Nagoya Women's Marathon

Sairi Maeda likely sealed a spot on Japan’s team for this year’s world athletics championships with a strong third-place finish at Sunday’s Nagoya Women’s Marathon, won by Asian Games champion Eunice Kirwa of Bahrain. Kirwa won in a race-record time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, 8 seconds. She picked up ...

Mar 15, 2015

Suzuki breaks world race walk record

Yusuke Suzuki broke the men’s 20-km race walk world record in a meet on Sunday. The 27-year-old Suzuki marked 1:16:36 at the All-Japan Race Walking meet in his hometown of Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture. The previous record was 1:17:02, set a week earlier in Arles, ...

Mar 15, 2015

Bolt wins first solo race of season

World 100- and 200-meter record holder Usain Bolt was pleased with his fitness improvement Saturday after winning a 400-meter heat in his first individual race of the year. The 28-year-old Jamaican sprint star won in 46.37 seconds at the Foster Classic in Kingston and ...

Mar 11, 2015

Imai, Maeda make marathon team

Marathoners Masato Imai and Sairi Maeda were named Wednesday to compete for Japan for the first time at the 2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be held in August in Beijing. Japan will send three men and three women to Beijing. Joining Imai in ...

Mar 1, 2015

Ndungu wins Lake Biwa Marathon

Kenya’s Samuel Ndungu outpaced the field in driving rain to win his second Lake Biwa Marathon on Sunday. Ndungu, who also won the 2012 edition, ran uncontested for most of the latter part of the race and cut the tape at 2 hours, 9 ...

Feb 26, 2015

Don't boot Russia from athletics: Coe

Track legend Sebastian Coe, campaigning for the presidency of world athletics, said Wednesday that Russia should not be kicked out of the sport because of its doping scandal. Coe told AFP in an interview that Russia has been through “a difficult time” but it ...

Ethiopia's Negesse wins Tokyo Marathon

Feb 22, 2015

Ethiopia's Negesse wins Tokyo Marathon

Ethiopia’s Endeshaw Negesse held off world and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda to win Sunday’s Tokyo Marathon, part of the six-race World Marathon Majors series. The 26-year-old Negesse took the tape in 2 hours, 6 minutes flat ahead of Kiprotich (2:06:33) and defending ...

Feb 17, 2015

IAAF plans to toughen drug testing

The IAAF, athletics’ global governing body, is to launch a doping crackdown on elite marathon runners after scandals involving top Kenyan and Russian stars. Organizers of the top races in London, New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo and Berlin have agreed to finance extra testing ...

Feb 6, 2015

Bolt to start season with 400 meters

Six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt is to open his 2015 world championships season on Valentine’s Day at the Camperdown Classic, where he’s expected to run the 400 meters. Bolt will compete at the meeting at Jamaica’s National Stadium, organized by his personal coach Glen ...

Feb 1, 2015

Estifanos triumphs at Beppu-Oita

Eritrea’s Tewelde Estifanos triumphed while Hiroki Kadota came runnerup for the top finish for Japan in the Beppu-Oita Marathon on Sunday. Estifanos, who broke away from Kadota ahead of the 33-km mark, crossed the tape in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 18 seconds on the ...

Jan 30, 2015

Kenyan marathoner Jeptoo gets two-year doping ban

Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, winner of the Boston and Chicago marathons, has been banned for two years after failing a drugs test, Athletics Kenya said on Friday. The biggest doping scandal to hit the East African country in recent years, Jeptoo’s case has focused attention ...

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 ...