JAAF names marathon squad for world championships

/ Mar 17, 2017

JAAF names marathon squad for world championships

Yuka Ando, who clocked Japan’s fourth-best time in her debut race on Sunday, was named among six marathon runners by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations on Friday to compete at this summer’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. The 23-year-old, one of the ...

Escorts for blind runners keeping pace amid Japan's marathon boom

Dec 20, 2016

Escorts for blind runners keeping pace amid Japan's marathon boom

The current marathon boom in Japan has brought into focus the men and women who accompany visually impaired runners, facilitating their participation in such events. The escorts, who require no specific qualifications, are organized into nine groups throughout the country and regularly hold training ...

Hornets sting over 110 runners in Gifu marathon

Sep 11, 2016

Hornets sting over 110 runners in Gifu marathon

Medical personnel said 115 people taking part in a marathon Sunday in Hida, Gifu Prefecture, were stung by hornets, but no one suffered serious allergic reactions. The runners were treated by doctors and ambulance attendants who were on standby along the marathon route, according ...

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Aug 24, 2016

Silver medalist Lilesa skips flight to Ethiopia

Olympic marathon silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa failed to return to Ethiopia Monday night despite assurances he would not be punished for his Rio protest over political repression in his country. An AFP journalist at the airport in Addis Ababa said Lilesa was not onboard ...

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 ...