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Aoyama Gakuin takes first leg of Tokyo-Hakone ekiden

Jan 2, 2017

Aoyama Gakuin takes first leg of Tokyo-Hakone ekiden

Aoyama Gakuin University won the first leg of the two-day Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay Monday, taking the outward half of the race for the third straight year. Five runners from Aoyama Gakuin, aiming for its third consecutive overall title, clocked a combined 5 ...

Dec 29, 2016

Bolt to focus on 100 meters in final season

Jamaican track superstar Usain Bolt plans to concentrate on the 100 meters in the 2017 season, which will bring the curtain down on a glorious career in which he has captured nine Olympic gold medals. “Right now, it’s my last season and I have ...

Dec 17, 2016

1972 Olympic discus champion Melnik dies at 71

Faina Melnik, the 1972 Olympic women’s discus champion from the Soviet Union, has died, the Russian track and field federation said Friday. She was 71. Melnik won her Olympic gold medal in an event in which the top eight finishers all threw further than ...

Bolt adjusting training regimen in final season

Nov 29, 2016

Bolt adjusting training regimen in final season

Nine-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt dedicated what is set to be his last track season to his fans, with the Jamaican sprint star saying his training regimen was now “more relaxed.” However, the 30-year-old insisted Monday that his will to win was undimmed. “It’s ...

Nov 26, 2016

Hall of Fame coach Huntsman dies

Former U.S. Olympic track coach Stan Huntsman, whose men’s team won seven gold medals in the 1988 Games in Seoul, has died. He was 84. University of Texas women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky said the family told the university that Huntsman died Wednesday in ...

Nov 14, 2016

Japan to join Bolt for Australian track meet

China, Japan and England on Monday signed on for an innovative team athletics event in Melbourne in which sprint superstar Usain Bolt will make his first Australian appearance. Nine-time Olympic champion Bolt launched the inaugural Nitro Athletics and will captain the ‘Bolt All-Stars’ in ...

Nov 10, 2016

Sprinter Tsukahara set to retire

Naoki Tsukahara, a member of Japan’s men’s 4×100-meter relay team that won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will retire from competition after this season, his corporate team at Fujitsu Ltd. said Thursday. The 31-year-old sprinter, who has a personal-best time of ...