Figure skater Mao Asada, the Grand Prix Final and world junior champion this year, and Chiba Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine have been selected as the top Japanese and foreign sports figures for 2005 in voting by the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan.

Fifteen-year-old Asada, who won the Grand Prix event in Paris last month, took first place in balloting by members of the FSAJ in the Japanese category, outpolling golfer Ai Miyazato, who finished second, and gymnast Hiroyuki Tomita, who came in third, for the honor.

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