Ogiwara to retire from international Nordic meets

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ogiwara won the individual title at the 1993 and 1997 World Championships and claimed an unprecedented three straight World Cups from the 1992-93 season.He anchored the Japanese Olympic team to its first-ever Nordic combined gold medal in Albertville in 1992 and again in Lillehammer four years later, although he failed to capture an individual Olympic medal.His best finish in individual Olympic events is fourth in Lillehammer and at the 1998 Nagano Games. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Former world champion Kenji Ogiwara, who led the Japanese Nordic combined skiing team to a pair of Olympic gold medals, will retire from international competition, informed sources said Wednesday.Ogiwara, 32, has told team officials at his Nagano-based Kitano Construction skiing team that he will not participate in next season’s major international meets and wants to shift his focus to domestic events with an eye to launching a coaching career.last_img read more

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Japan stays perfect at worlds

first_imgJapan cruised to its second straight victory by brushing aside Egypt 3-0 at the women’s volleyball World Cup on Sunday.After a 3-0 victory over Argentina in its opener Saturday, Japan maintained its 100 percent start to the Athens Olympic qualifying tournament as it overwhelmed the internationally inexperienced Africans 25-10, 25-15, 25-21 to the delight of 10,000 fans at Yoyogi Gymnasium. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Japan’s captain Tomoko Yoshihara and Kana Oyama led the charge and reinforced the defense at the net while all the Egyptians could manage were some courageous attempts at sustaining the rallies and occasional spikes that found their mark.In other games Sunday, Italy scored a key 3-0 victory against South Korea after a huge start in their first set paved the way for a confident win while the United States also produced a crisp straight sets win over Argentina.In Kagoshima, Asian and World Grand Prix champion China continued its impressive start with a supreme display of teamwork to down defending champion Cuba 3-0 for its second consecutive win at Site B. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Miyazato adds to family trophy case

first_imgMiyazato, older brother of Japan LPGA star Ai Miyazato, made a birdie-birdie start to begin his final-round charge and picked up five more strokes to find himself tied on top of the leaderboard. He hit a 7-iron into a greenside bunker on the par-4 16th on his way to his only dropped shot of the day but quickly made up for it by holing a 30-footer on the par-3 next hole for his eighth birdie that proved decisive. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img KOCHINDA, Okinawa Pref. – Kiyoshi Miyazato, who was eight shots off the lead after three rounds, played scintillating golf before his hometown galleries Sunday to pull off an impressive come-from-behind victory at the Asia-Japan Okinawa Open for his first career title. Miyazato made eight birdies against one bogey in a round of 64 on the par-71 Naha Golf Club course to finish at 14-under-par 270, one shot ahead of six players, including overnight leader Jeev Milkha Singh of India. last_img read more

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Take reaches 204 wins for season

first_imgOSAKA – Jockey Yutaka Take matched a career best with his 204th victory this season after winning three races at the Hanshin Racecourse on Saturday.Take, who is scheduled to take part in 11 races Sunday, won the second, fifth and 11th races to tie his record before finishing in fifth atop Big Smash in the 12th race. Take hopes to break the single-season record he established last year when he became the first jockey to reach 200 wins in races organized by the Japan Racing Association. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Onda banned after blood test

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES OBERSTDORF, Germany – Japan’s Yuichi Onda, who was scheduled to compete in the men’s cross country, failed a blood test and is facing a five-day suspension from the ongoing Nordic World Ski Championships, skiing sources said Thursday.Onda is suspended from the Feb. 17-27 competition until Monday due to a high hemoglobin count in a routine blood testing procedure held by the International Ski Federation on Wednesday. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img He strongly denied any connection with blood doping.“I honestly don’t know why the count is so high,” said the 24-year-old Onda, who placed eighth twice in World Cup events.“I haven’t done anything wrong so I’m not worried.”He will take a second test Monday and if his hemoglobin count is within the FIS limit, he will be able to compete in the 1.2-km sprint race the following day.OBERSTDORF, Germany (Kyodo) Top Japanese Nordic combined skier Daito Takahashi said Friday he will sit out the individual event of the world championships due to a back problem. Takahashi said he felt acute pain after Thursday’s ski-jumping practice and decided to withdraw from Friday’s individual event. last_img read more

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Russian Ishchenko wins solo title

first_imgEmiko Suzuki, meanwhile, finished third behind Ishchenko and runnerup Gemma Mengual of Spain to become the first Japanese soloist in four years to finish on the medals podium in major international competitions. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img YOKOHAMA – World silver medalist Natalia Ishchenko lived up to her billing as the title favorite Friday to win the solo event at the synchronized swimming World Cup. Emiko Suzuki performs during the solo event at the synchronized swimming World Cup in Yokohama onFriday. KYODO PHOTOlast_img read more

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Kobayashi claims 5,000-meters win

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOS Winning feeling: Yuriko Kobayashi celebrates her 5,000-meters win in Kawasaki on Sunday. | KYODO PHOTOcenter_img Kobayashi, 19, made big improvements as a runner this season.“I really struggled last year and it was the biggest turnaround for me to have won this race,” Kobayashi said. “I entered the race trying to have particular emotions as I could compete with such star runners (including Shibui and Fukushi).“In last year’s tournament (nationals), I was like, ‘I definitely had to go to the World Championships,’ and then I failed. But this year, I wasn’t thinking that way and thinking like, ‘If I could go to the Olympics, that’d be a bonus.’ I guess it’s good for me to run relaxed.”Shibui, who led for much of the race, felt pressure from the runners who chased her and then overtook her. “I felt the will to win from behind me today,” Shibui admitted. “I thought (the timing of their spurt) would come in the last five laps, but nobody came. Then, it might be two laps, and it was two laps. I wanted to win but my movement wasn’t very sharp today.”In the always-popular men’s 100-meter final, Naoki Tsukahara triumphed for the third straight year. He won the race in 10.31 seconds, a solid time on a wet, chilly afternoon. Three-time Olympian Nobuharu Asahara, 36, was the No. 2 finisher, clocking 10.37 seconds.“I’m pleased, frankly speaking,” Tsukahara said after his win. “I watched my semifinal race and figured my start wasn’t very good. But I was able to enter the final having fixed it. I and my coach were talking that the race would be decided in the last 10 meters. Considering the ability I have for now, I think I could put out everything I had.”Other women’s winners on Sunday were Asami Tanno (400, 52.68 seconds), Chisato Fukushima (100, 11.48), Mika Yoshikawa (1,500, 4:12.79) and Yuka Murofushi, who picked up her seventh-straight national championships title in the discus with a top toss of 53.36 meters.On the men’s side, Yuzo Kanemaru took the top spot in the 400 (45.69), Fumikazu Kobayashi was victorious in the 1,500 (3:49.96), while Yasuhiro Tago was 5 hundredths of a second behind him.Yoshitaka Iwamizu won the 3,000 steeplechase in 8:29.75. Hikaru Tsuchiya triumphed in the high jump (2.18 meters). KAWASAKI — Yuriko Kobayashi zoomed to the finish line for a victory in the meet-concluding women’s 5,000-meter race on Sunday in the Japan Athletics National Championships.On a rainy evening at Todoroki Stadium, the Hyogo Prefecture native separated herself from the front of the pack over the final two laps, extending her lead as the finish line approached. Her winning time was 15 minutes, 11.97 seconds. Nanae Kuwashiro placed second in 15.13.96. Other well-known runners, Kayoko Fukushi and Yoko Shibui, finished third and fourth, respectively.last_img read more

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Nagashima places second in 500

first_imgCHANGCHUN, China (Kyodo) Keiichiro Nagashima finished second Saturday in the men’s 500 meters at a speedskating World Cup meet in China.Nagashima, winner of the season-opening 500-meter race a month ago in Berlin, timed 35.08 seconds to place behind China’s Yu Fengtong, who won in 34.97, while South Korean Lee Kyou Hyuk was third in 35.27. Yuya Oikawa was back in fifth in 35.38 and former world record-holder Joji Kato trailed in eighth in 35.68.In the men’s 1,000 meters, Lee emerged the winner in 1 minute, 9.68 seconds. Nagashima could only manage 14th in 1:12.05. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more

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Swimmer Sakai cuts record further

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Shiho Sakai rewrote her short-course world record in winning the women’s 100-meter backstroke at a World Cup meet in Berlin on Sunday.Sakai touched the wall in 55.23 seconds, shaving 0.92 off her previous mark and added to her 200 backstroke short-course world record she set a day earlier here.center_img In other action, Rie Kaneto, Junya Koga and Nanaka Tamura set new national records.Kaneto timed 2 minutes, 16.73 seconds to finish second in the women’s 200 breaststroke, while Koga came in third in the men’s 50 backstroke (22.88). Tamura placed sixth in the women’s 50 breaststroke (30.47). last_img read more

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Selfish players hurt Jets: McElroy

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES The Jets lost their final three games to finish the NFL season with an 8-8 record. The team missed the playoffs after reaching the AFC Championship Game in coach Rex Ryan’s first two seasons in charge. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img NEW YORK – The New York Jets had their worst season since 2007 because players cared more about their own performances than winning, backup quarterback Greg McElroy said.“It’s the first time I’ve ever been around extremely selfish individuals,” McElroy told the “Eli Gold and Stan White Show” on radio station 97.3 The Zone in Birmingham, Alabama. “There were people within our locker room that didn’t care whether we won or lost as long as they had good games individually. And that’s the disappointing thing.”last_img read more

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