| Aug 18, 2008

Japan secures medal in softball

Eri Yamada hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run fifth-inning rally Sunday as Japan beat Venezuela 5-2 in the preliminary round of the Beijing Olympic softball tournament, securing a medal for the third straight Olympics. Japan picked up its fifth win in six ...

Yoshida defends wrestling gold in Beijing

| Aug 17, 2008

Yoshida defends wrestling gold in Beijing

Saori Yoshida proved to be an indestructible force Saturday but countrywoman Chiharu Icho saw her dream of realizing Olympic gold with her younger sister Kaori dashed after having to settle for silver in women’s freestyle wrestling at the Beijing Games. Yoshida successfully defended her ...

| Aug 16, 2008

Japan's boxers lose in first round

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — Turkey’s Yakup Kilic outpointed Satoshi Shimizu 12-9 in a first-round featherweight (58 kg) match at Beijing Workers’ Gymnasium on Friday. Shimizu, 22, placed 33rd at the 2007 World Boxing Championships in Chicago. When his bout was finished, Shimizu disputed the result that ...

| Aug 15, 2008

Japan advances in table tennis

BEIJING (Kyodo) National champion Jun Mizutani played a pivotal role with singles and doubles wins to help Japan beat Hong Kong and earn a spot in the semifinals of the men’s table tennis team competition at the Beijing Olympic Games on Thursday. Chinese-born Yo ...

No gold for Japan badminton duo

| Aug 14, 2008

No gold for Japan badminton duo

Badminton pair Satoko Suetsuna and Miyuki Maeda fell short in their bid to reach the final of the women’s doubles at the Beijing Olympic Games, going down to South Korea’s Lee Kyung Won and Lee Hyo Jung in the semifinals Wednesday. Suetsuna and Maeda, ...

Japan duo stun defending champs

| Aug 12, 2008

Japan duo stun defending champs

by Jim Armstrong

Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna upset defending Olympic champions Yang Wei and Zhang Jiewen of China on Monday to advance to the women’s doubles semifinals in Olympic badminton. Maeda and Suetsuna, who are unseeded, took advantage of unforced errors by the top-seeded Chinese duo ...

| Aug 12, 2008

Nakayama misses out on trap medal

BEIJING (Kyodo) Shooter Yukie Nakayama missed out on a medal in the women’s trap on Monday, finishing fourth following a four-way shoot-off for the bronze at the Beijing Olympic Games. Nakayama, who placed sixth in the qualifying round to squeak into the six-shooter field ...

| Aug 10, 2008

Glory for Chinese lifter Chen

Hiromi Miyake’s bid to land Japan its first medal of the Beijing Olympics fell flat on Saturday after she finished sixth in the 48-kg class of the women’s weightlifting program. Favorite and 2007 world champion Chen Xiexia eased to victory, lifting an Olympic record ...

| Aug 9, 2008

Beijing joyfully steps forward

by Ed Odeven

BEIJING — There are numerous slogans plastered on walls and Web sites with equal frequency in Beijing. The “One World, One Dream” Olympic motto and “Light the passion, share the dream” theme for the torch relay are prominently featured. There’s an unofficial motto — ...

| Aug 8, 2008

Fans mob Fukuhara in airport lobby

Japanese table tennis player Ai Fukuhara received an enthusiastic, if somewhat rough, welcome in the Olympic host city Thursday, as she was mobbed by a crowd and had to be escorted from the airport by police and security officers. In an incident that reflected ...

| Aug 7, 2008

Japan reaching for new heights

With Japan’s stellar performance in Athens still fresh in its memory, the nation is hoping to reach new heights by raking in a record number of medals at the Beijing Olympics. Keiji Suzuki, attempting to become only the third man in history to win ...