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News08 May 2021

Japan’s finest target national records in Tokyo

To say that Japan’s leading athletes will be inspired by competing at Tokyo’s National Stadium on Sunday (9) is something of an understatement.

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Previews07 May 2021

Barshim ready for return to international action in Tokyo

World high jump champion Mutaz Barshim will make his first appearance outside of his home country for two years at the Ready Steady Tokyo meeting, part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series, in the Japanese capital on Sunday (9).

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Report04 Dec 2020

Niiya and Aizawa smash Japanese 10,000m records in Osaka

Hitomi Niiya and Akira Aizawa smashed the Japanese national 10,000m records at the National distance running championships in Osaka on Friday (4).

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Feature09 Mar 2020

Back from retirement and faster than ever, Niiya fully focused on Tokyo

It is a little hard to fathom, but Hitomi Niiya – potentially one of Japan’s strongest track hopes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – hates running.

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Report19 Jan 2020

Niiya breaks Japanese half-marathon record in Houston, marathon debutant Hurisa breaks Indian all-comers’ record in Mumbai

Ethiopia’s Derara Hurisa wasn’t considered among the favourites for the Tata Mumbai Marathon but the late addition to the field upset the odds to win the World Athletics Gold Label road race in a course record of 2:08:09 on Sunday (19).

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Report13 Dec 2018

Niiya and McSweyn take Zatopek: 10 victories in Melbourne

There is a long tradition of distance running in Japan. There is a long tradition of distance running in Australia. But the twain had scarcely met before Hitomi Niiya won this year’s annual Zatopek 10,000m race in Melbourne on Thursday (13) night.

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Report09 Jun 2013

Murofushi wins 19th national title

One might think that having won a record 18 consecutive national titles, Japanese hammer star Koji Murofushi would have had nothing to be nervous about when attempting to capture No.19.

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News28 Feb 2013

Junior women carry Japan’s hopes for World Cross medal

Thirty three athletes for the upcoming IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz have this week been named by the Japanese Athletics Federation.

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Report23 Feb 2013

Ndirangu and Thuku continue winning streak in Fukuoka

Kenyans Charles Ndirangu and Jeremiah Thuku, both winners at the Chiba International Cross Country two weeks ago, were victorious again – this time at the 27th edition of the Fukuoka Cross Country, one of the qualifying races for the upcoming IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

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Report13 Jan 2013

Kanagawa wins Inter-Prefectural Women’s Ekiden in Kyoto with course record

For the first time in 26 years, Kanagawa prefecture won the 31st annual Inter-Prefectural Women’s Ekiden – a nine-stage marathon distance (42.195km) ekiden – in Kyoto on Sunday (13).

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