Luke Phillips
For Luke Phillips's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Gold medalists Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar on the podium following the men's high jump competition, at National Stadium in Tokyo in 2021.
Apr 26, 2024
Iconic shared Olympic gold moment will not be repeated, Qatari jumper says
In 2021, Barshim embraced his old friend Tamberi at the end of the men's high jump as the judges confirmed the double gold for the Qatari and the Italian.
La Rochelle's Gregory Alldritt (left) runs with the ball during a match between Sale Sharks and Stade Rochelais (La Rochelle) in Salford, England, on Jan. 21. Alldritt will captain France for the upcoming Six Nations tournament.
Jan 30, 2024
France eyes Six Nations boost after World Cup despair
France will have to play without Antoine Dupont, however, the combative scrum-half having chosen to play for the national rugby sevens team.
South Africa's Siya Kolisi in action during the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand on Saturday in Saint-Denis, France
Oct 29, 2023
Siya Kolisi happy to escape 'dark place' for World Cup glory
Despite losing hooker Bongi Mbonambi in only the third minute, the Boks reorganized and battled through for a record fourth title.
South Africa players huddle ahead of the second half of the team's semifinal game against England in the Rugby World Cup, in Saint-Denis, France, on Saturday.
Oct 27, 2023
Springboks expect 'grind' against All Blacks in World Cup final
South Africa has never lost a World Cup final, winning the 1995, 2007 and 2019 editions.
Fiji's outside center and captain Waisea Nayacalevu (left) is tackled by England fly-half and captain Owen Farrell during the France 2023 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match between England and Fiji.
Oct 16, 2023
Borthwick backs England to rise once more for World Cup semis
"A lot of people said we wouldn't get out of the pool. We got out of the pool, now we got out of the quarterfinal," said the England coach.
France's Antoine Dupont receives medical attention after sustaining an injury during the team's 96-0 victory over Namibia in the 2023 Rugby World Cup, in Marseille, France, on Thursday.
Sep 22, 2023
France's Dupont has 'suspected broken jaw' after Namibia thrashing
The loss of 26-year-old Dupont, widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, would be a severe blow to host nation France's chances.
Noah Lyles of the U.S. celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the Men's 4x100m final at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest on Saturday.
Aug 28, 2023
Noah Lyles takes tentative steps into Usain Bolt's big shoes
The question now is whether Lyles will be able to continue his fine form into next year's Paris Olympics.


Things may look perfect to the outside world, but today's mom is fine with some imperfection at home.
How 'Reiwa moms' are reshaping motherhood in Japan