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Tanii wins 50-km walk national title

Apr 17, 2016

Tanii wins 50-km walk national title

World bronze medalist Takayuki Tanii won the 50-km walk on Sunday at the national championships, the final qualifier for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Tanii, who has already qualified for Rio, clocked 3 hours, 44 minutes, 12 seconds in Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture for ...

Athens gold medalist Noguchi ends career

Apr 15, 2016

Athens gold medalist Noguchi ends career

Mizuki Noguchi, the winner of the women’s marathon gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, announced her retirement on Friday. Noguchi’s announcement comes after she finished 23rd at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon last month and failed to qualify for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro ...

Marathon runner Noguchi ready to announce retirement: sources

Apr 14, 2016

Marathon runner Noguchi ready to announce retirement: sources

Mizuki Noguchi, the winner of the women’s marathon gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, has decided to retire, athletics sources said Thursday. The 37-year-old Noguchi, who failed to qualify for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics after finishing 23rd at the Nagoya Women’s ...

Apr 9, 2016

Despite scandal, no charges: Mutko

No one will face criminal charges over the worst doping scandal in Russia’s history, the country’s sports minister said Friday. A report in November by a World Anti-Doping Agency commission alleged systematic, state-sponsored drug use in Russian track and field and a widespread cover-up ...

Apr 2, 2016

Kenyan Rudisha fears Olympic ban

David Rudisha fears his hard work preparing for this year’s Olympics will go “down the drain” with Kenya expected to miss another World Anti-Doping Agency deadline, moving it a step closer to being declared non-compliant with global rules. That might lead to the IAAF, ...

Mar 29, 2016

Tokyo Marathon finish line moving to Tokyo Station

Starting next year, runners at the Tokyo Marathon will cross the finish line at historic Tokyo Station, race organizers decided Tuesday. The finish line through this year’s edition in February had been at the bayside Tokyo International Exhibition Center, popularly known as Tokyo Big ...

JAAF picks six runners for Rio de Janeiro marathons

Mar 17, 2016

JAAF picks six runners for Rio de Janeiro marathons

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Former world championship bronze medalist Kayoko Fukushi headlines Japan’s marathon squad for this summer’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics as the Japan Association of Athletics Federations revealed its six representatives on Thursday. Satoru Sasaki, Hisanori Kitajima and Suehiro Ishikawa will head to Brazil on the ...

Mar 16, 2016

World record holder Suzuki pulls out of Rio qualifier

Japan’s 20-km race walk world record holder Yusuke Suzuki will miss the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer after pulling out of Sunday’s qualifier, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old has been suffering from a groin injury, and although he ...

Kirwa defends crown at Nagoya Marathon

Mar 13, 2016

Kirwa defends crown at Nagoya Marathon

Bahrain’s Eunice Jepkirui Kirwa successfully defended her title at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on Sunday. Kirwa, the Asian Games champion, came home in a time of 2 hours, 22 minutes, 40 seconds, while Tomomi Tanaka took second place in the race that was also ...

IAAF says too soon for Russia to return

Mar 12, 2016

IAAF says too soon for Russia to return

Russia still has “significant work” to do to repair its anti-doping program before its track and field athletes can be considered for reinstatement ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, the IAAF said Friday. The sport’s world governing body said Russia has made ...

Pound says Russia wasting time on doping reform

Mar 10, 2016

Pound says Russia wasting time on doping reform

The man who headed the doping investigation that led to Russia’s suspension from global track and field sees little evidence that the country is doing enough to win reinstatement in time for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Former World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick ...