Speed Skating: Sakai Wins Women's 1000 World Cup Short Track Title

Speed skating: Sakai wins women's 1000 World Cup short track titleYui Sakai won the women's 1,000 meters in the World Cup short track season despite finishing sixth in the last meet on Sunday.   The 24-year-old Sakai is the first Japanese to win a title on the World Cup circuit, the Japan Skating Federation said.   "It's not something I was aiming for so I'm a little surprised myself," said Sakai, who had come in fourth a day earlier.

Japan's High-speed Rail System

Japan's high-speed rail system The Shinkansen (???, new trunk line) is a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan operated by four Japan Railways Group companies. Starting with the T?kaid? Shinkansen (515.4 km) in 1964, the network has expanded to currently consist of 2,387.7 km (1,483.6 mi) of lines with maximum speeds of 240–320 km/h (150–200 mph), 283.5 km (176.2 mi) of Mini-shinkansen lines with a maximum speed of 130 km/h (81 mph), and 10.3 km (6.4 mi) of spur lines with Shinkansen services. The network presently links most major cities on the islands of Honshu and Kyushu, with construction of a link to the northern island of Hokkaido underway.

Speed Skating: Nagashima Takes 2nd In World Cup

Speed skating: Nagashima takes 2nd in World CupVancouver Olympic silver medalist Keiichiro Nagashima made his second podium finish in as many days Sunday, placing second in the men's 500 meters following his victory in the same event at a World Cup meet in Salt Lake City.   Nagashima, who claimed his first title of the season on Saturday, timed 34.57 seconds to finish 0.03 behind Dmitry Lobkov of Russia. American Tucker Fredricks came third in 34.60.