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Jan 2, 2014

Twins help Toyo take ekiden lead

Twin brothers Yuta and Keita Shitara helped Toyo University grab the lead in the first half of the Tokyo-Hakone men’s collegiate ekiden road relay on Thursday. The Shitaras and their three teammates traversed the 108-km course from Tokyo’s Otemachi district to the spa resort ...

Fukushi, Kiryu honored by JAAF

Dec 17, 2013

Fukushi, Kiryu honored by JAAF

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Veteran long-distance runner Kayoko Fukushi received the athlete of the year trophy and high school sensation Yoshihide Kiryu also grabbed the spotlight with two accolades at the annual JAAF Athletic Awards on Tuesday. Fukushi, who nabbed the award for the first time, claimed a ...

Kiryu reflects on special year

Dec 4, 2013

Kiryu reflects on special year

by Kaz Nagatsuka

It feels like track phenom Yoshihide Kiryu has been in the spotlight longer than he has been. But his breakout year was 2013, which is, of course, this year. Yes, it was only seven months ago that many first heard this teenager’s name. Kiryu, ...

Dec 1, 2013

Mathathi wins Fukuoka Marathon

Kenya’s Martin Mathathi won the Fukuoka International Marathon on Sunday. The Japan-based Mathathi, who runs for the Suzuki Hamamatsu Athletics Club, finished in 2 hours, 7 minutes, 16 seconds, ahead of countryman and defending champion Joseph Gitau. Gitau took the tape in 2:09:00. Yuki ...

Oct 16, 2013

Farah to skip Commonwealth Games

Mo Farah said Tuesday he does not plan to compete at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The reigning Olympic 5,000- and 10,000-meter champion, would be eligible to run for England at an event where the United Kingdom is split into its four constituent ...

Farah fires back at Wilshere over residency row

Oct 15, 2013

Farah fires back at Wilshere over residency row

Double Olympic and world champion Mo Farah hit back on Monday at Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s comment that only English people should play soccer for England. The 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter champion, who was born in Somalia, told ITV’s “The Agenda” program that he was ...

Sep 21, 2013

Seven failed drug tests at worlds

The IAAF says seven athletes who competed at the world championships in Moscow last month failed doping tests and have been sanctioned or provisionally suspended. Three competitors tested positive for EPO: Race walkers Ayman Kozhakhmetova of Kazakhstan and Ebrahim Rahimian of Iran, and marathon ...

Sep 14, 2013

Gebrselassie tips hat to champ Farah

Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie admits he was wrong to cast doubt on Mo Farah’s credentials as a potential world-beater as the pair prepare to join Kenenisa Bekele in a fascinating battle in Sunday’s Great North Run. The trio meet in a competitive environment for the ...

Sep 4, 2013

Rodgers beats Gatlin in Zagreb

World silver medalist Justin Gatlin of the United States was beaten by compatriot Mike Rodgers in the 100 meters at the World Challenge meet in Croatia on Tuesday. Rodgers, who won silver in last month’s world championships alongside Gatlin in the 4×100 relay, clocked ...

Aug 20, 2013

Athletics: Marathoner Yoshida to get longer ban

The Japan Sports Arbitration Agency on Tuesday announced it had accepted a plea by the Japan Anti-Doping Agency to have Japanese marathoner Kaori Yoshida’s suspension increased from one year to two. Yoshida tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) after finishing fourth at ...