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Mar 29, 2012

A’s beat Seattle 4-1 to split Tokyo series

TOKYO (Reuters) – Yoenis Cespedes drilled a two-run home run as the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-1 on Thursday to split their two-game MLB season-opening series in Tokyo.

The Cuban defector crunched a line drive to left centre in the bottom of the seventh for his first home run in the majors after Justin Smoak had blasted a solo homer in the top of the inning to give Seattle the lead.

Mar 28, 2012

Ichiro inspires Mariners to win over A’s in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Seattle Mariners rode a wave of ‘Ichiro-Mania’ in Tokyo to beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 in extra innings on Wednesday in the opening game of the Major League Baseball season.

Seattle’s victory means Oakland have now begun the last eight MLB seasons with a loss, the longest active opening day losing streak in the league.

Mar 20, 2012

Japanese wrestler Yoshida confident of hat trick

TOKYO (Reuters) – Despite her small stature and penchant for fluffy socks, Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida could be the most intimidating athlete in any sport at this year’s London Olympics.

Yoshida, the gold medallist in the 2004 and 2008 women’s 55-kg division, has never tasted defeat at an Olympics or a world or Asian championships and believes no-one can stop her in her quest for a hat-trick of Olympic titles.

Mar 20, 2012

Olympics-Japanese wrestler Yoshida confident of hat trick

TOKYO, March 20 (Reuters) – Despite her small stature and
penchant for fluffy socks, Japanese wrestler Saori Yoshida could
be the most intimidating athlete in any sport at this year’s
London Olympics.

Yoshida, the gold medallist in the 2004 and 2008 women’s
55-kg division, has never tasted defeat at an Olympics or a
world or Asian championships and believes no-one can stop her in
her quest for a hat-trick of Olympic titles.

Mar 1, 2012

Tokyo gets economics lesson from London Olympics chairman

TOKYO (Reuters) – Once-bitten Tokyo received some words of advice from London Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe about sustainable economics and legacy during his visit to the Japanese capital this week.

Tokyo bidders have thrown their hat into the ring for the 2020 Olympics, despite getting burned last time around when the city lost out to Rio de Janeiro in the race for 2016.

Mar 1, 2012

Tokyo gets economics lesson from Coe

TOKYO (Reuters) – Once-bitten Tokyo received some words of advice from London Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe about sustainable economics and legacy during his visit to the Japanese capital this week.

Tokyo bidders have thrown their hat into the ring for the 2020 Olympics, despite getting burned last time around when the city lost out to Rio de Janeiro in the race for 2016.

Mar 1, 2012

Olympics-Tokyo gets economics lesson from Coe

TOKYO, March 1 (Reuters) – Once-bitten Tokyo received
some words of advice from London Olympics chairman Sebastian Coe
about sustainable economics and legacy during his visit to the
Japanese capital this week.

Tokyo bidders have thrown their hat into the ring for the
2020 Olympics, despite getting burned last time around when the
city lost out to Rio de Janeiro in the race for 2016.

Feb 29, 2012

Bolt could run 9.4 in London says Coe

TOKYO (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, could possibly run 9.4 seconds over 100 metres at this year’s London Olympics, Games organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

Asked about media reports that Bolt was planning an assault on his world record of 9.58 in London, Coe told Reuters that Bolt had the ability to tear up the laws of physics.

Feb 29, 2012

Olympics-Bolt could run 9.4 in London says Coe

TOKYO, Feb 29 (Reuters) – Usain Bolt, the world’s
fastest man, could possibly run 9.4 seconds over 100 metres at
this year’s London Olympics, Games organising committee chairman
Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

Asked about media reports that Bolt was planning an assault
on his world record of 9.58 in London, Coe told Reuters that
Bolt had the ability to tear up the laws of physics.

Feb 26, 2012

Kipyego triumphs in Tokyo, Gebrselassie flops

TOKYO (Reuters) – Kenya’s Michael Kipyego tore up the script to win the Tokyo Marathon with former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie left floundering in fourth on Sunday.

The former 3000m steeplechase specialist Kipyego clocked a winning time of two hours, seven minutes and 37 seconds in chilly conditions for his first marathon victory.