The top sports stories of 2017

General Dec 28, 2017

The top sports stories of 2017

The Japan Times newsroom selected these domestic sports stories as the most important of 2017. 1. Fall from grace: Yokozuna Harumafuji retired from sumo to take responsibility for assaulting fellow wrestler Takanoiwa at a restaurant in Tottori. Takanoiwa was left with a fractured skull and ...

Mao Asada completes Honolulu Marathon

More Sports / Track & Field Dec 11, 2017

Mao Asada completes Honolulu Marathon

Retired Japanese figure skater Mao Asada checked one item off her bucket list Sunday in Honolulu, giving herself a passing grade after completing her first full-distance marathon. The former world champion clocked 4 hours, 34 minutes, 13 seconds over the 42.195-km distance and was all ...

Mao to compete in Honolulu Marathon

More Sports / Track & Field Oct 12, 2017

Mao to compete in Honolulu Marathon

Mao Asada will run in the Honolulu Marathon on Dec. 10, the race's PR department announced on Thursday. It will be the first full marathon for the 27-year-old three-time world figure skating champion and 2010 Olympic silver medalist, who retired in April. "As a former athlete ...

Figure Skating Apr 28, 2017

Mao receives lifetime achievement award

Mao Asada was presented with a special lifetime achievement award at the Japan Skating Federation's annual awards ceremony Thursday. It was the first award of its kind given out by the JSF. Mao, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics silver medalist and three-time world champion, announced her ...

Figure Skating Apr 24, 2017

Mao to receive honorary citizen award from Aichi Prefecture

The Aichi prefectural government said Monday it has created an honorary citizen award and selected recently retired figure skater Mao Asada as the first recipient. The 26-year-old native of Nagoya and silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, who announced her retirement earlier in the ...