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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 team, perhaps an unexpected role for ...

Oct 21, 2014

Czech high jump gold medalist dies

Miloslava Rezkova-Hubnerova, who won the Olympic gold in the women’s high jump for Czechoslovakia in 1968 at age 18, has died. The Czech athletics federation said Monday that Rezkova-Hubnerova died overnight after battling a serious long-term disease. She was 64. In a surprising victory, ...

Oct 19, 2014

Former miler Scott battling cancer

Former miler and Olympian Steve Scott has prostate cancer — 20 years after beating testicular cancer. The 58-year-old track and cross-country coach at Cal State San Marcos was diagnosed in June. Scott is undergoing proton therapy, a form of radiation treatment that kills cancer ...

Japanese pair miss out to Mahboob

| Oct 3, 2014

Japanese pair miss out to Mahboob

by Dave Hueston

Kohei Matsumura and Yuki Kawauchi lost a footrace against Bahrain’s Ali Hasan Mahboob in the final stage of the men’s marathon and had to settle for the silver and bronze medals, respectively, at the Asian Games on Friday. Mahboob, a specialist at 5,000 and ...

| Oct 1, 2014

Tanii captures gold in 5-km walk

Takayuki Tanii broke the Chinese stranglehold on Asian Games race walking on Wednesday, taking gold in the men’s 50-km race in an event-record time. The 31-year-old finished in three hours, 40 minutes and 19 seconds, the fifth-fastest time in the world this year and ...

| Sep 29, 2014

Asian sprinters admit shortcomings

The prospect of an Asian-born athlete breaking the 10-second barrier for the 100 meters is still a long way off, according to two top sprinters. Kei Takase and China’s Su Bingtian admitted they had a lot of work to do to reach the landmark, ...

Kenyan Kimetto breaks marathon world record

Sep 28, 2014

Kenyan Kimetto breaks marathon world record

Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto set a new world record in the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, becoming the first man to break the 2-hour, 3-minute barrier with a run of 2 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds. It was the second year running that the record had ...

| Sep 28, 2014

Disqualified Jebet gets gold back on appeal

Teenage steeplechaser Ruth Jebet had her Asian Games gold medal restored on appeal Sunday as dominant China passed 100 wins with a week’s competition still to go. Kenya-born Jebet, 17, was left in tears when she was stripped of her big victory late on ...

Kiryu absence gives Japan headache

| Sep 22, 2014

Kiryu absence gives Japan headache

by Dave Hueston

Right out of the starting gate, Japan will face its biggest hurdle in one of the main attractions it had set sights on in the athletics competition at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. With 18-year-old rising sprinting star Yoshihide Kiryu pulling out ...

Sep 14, 2014

Merritt shines at Continental Cup

LaShawn Merritt romped to victory in the 400 meters at the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakech, Morocco, on Saturday as the Americans opened the defense of the title they won four years ago. The American clocked 44.60 seconds for victory while compatriot Francena McCorory ...

| Sep 9, 2014

Sprinter Kiryu withdraws from Asian Games

Japan’s teenage sprint sensation Yoshihide Kiryu has withdrawn from this month’s Asian Games in South Korea with a torn left hamstring, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said on Tuesday. A scan confirmed the worst for the 18-year-old gold medal prospect, who sustained the ...

Star sprinter Kiryu doubtful for Asian Games

| Sep 8, 2014

Star sprinter Kiryu doubtful for Asian Games

Teen sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu is doubtful for the Asian Games after suffering a torn left hamstring, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Monday. The 18-year-old Kiryu, carrying the hopes of becoming the first Japanese to run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds, ...

Sep 4, 2014

Australia track coach steps down

Eric Hollingsworth has bowed to the inevitable and resigned as head coach of Athletics Australia after being sent home from the Commonwealth Games for releasing a statement critical of Olympic 100-meter hurdles champion Sally Pearson. Athletics Australia, which confirmed the controversial Englishman’s departure in ...