• Kyodo


Keiichiro Nagashima won his first title with a meet-record points total at the national sprint championships Wednesday and joined world record holder Joji Kato and veteran Hiroyasu Shimizu among Japanese speed skaters bound for the Winter Olympic Games in Turin.

Sayuri Yoshii preserved her overnight lead to claim her second straight crown in the women’s event while 34-year-old veteran Tomomi Okazaki finished runnerup and secured her spot in the Olympics for the fourth straight time.

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