Former Gold Medalist All Smiles Despite 23rd Place Finish In Nagoya Women's Marathon

Former gold medalist all smiles despite 23rd place finish in Nagoya Women's Marathon2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi, 37, shed tears but was all smiles as she finished in 23rd place at the Nagoya Women's Marathon here on March 13.
Noguchi had said herself the marathon, which also served as a final qualifier for the women's national Olympic team, was her "last attempt at the Olympics," and a 23rd place finish leaves her no chance to compete in the Rio de Janeiro games.

Soccer : Japan Captain Miyama Named To Inaugural Women's World Xi

Soccer : Japan captain Miyama named to inaugural women's World XINadeshiko Japan captain Aya Miyama has been named to the first women's World XI, FIFPro, the global players' union, said Thursday.
Miyama, who captained Japan to a runner-up finish at last year's Women's World Cup in Canada, was the only Asian player in the team, which is selected by female footballers worldwide.

Swimming: 15-year-old Sets Japan Women's 100 Free Record

Swimming: 15-year-old sets Japan women's 100 free recordFifteen-year-old Rikako Ikee set a Japan record in the women's 100-meter freestyle on Sunday at the Tokyo swimming championships.
A third-year junior high school student, Ikee beat Haruka Ueda's 2012 time of 54.00 seconds by 0.01. Ikee also set a record in the 100 butterfly in October, an event she also won on Sunday.

Judo: Arai Edges Ono For Women's 70-kg At Tokyo Grand Slam

Judo: Arai edges Ono for women's 70-kg at Tokyo Grand SlamChizuru Arai came back from three shido penalties down to defeat Yoko Ono in the women's 70-kilogram division on Saturday on the second day of the Tokyo Grand Slam.
The 22-year-old Arai won her second championship after Ono squandered the advantage by receiving three shidos herself to take the tie to the "golden score" extra time, before Ono received her fourth at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in one of the qualifying competitions for the Olympics next summer.

Tennis : Date-krumm Falls In 2nd Round Of Japan Women’s Open

Date-Krumm falls in 2nd round of Japan Women’s OpenVeteran Kimiko Date-Krumm’s bid for a fifth title at the Japan Women’s Open — and first since 1996 — ended with a loss Wednesday to a player almost exactly half her age.
Seventh seed Ajla Tomljanovic ousted Date-Krumm 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 in the second round at Tokyo’s Ariake Tennis Forest Park.

Women's World Cup: Sasaki Hails Heartbroken Japan Players

Women's World Cup: Sasaki hails heartbroken Japan playersJapan coach Norio Sasaki said he was proud of his side's performances at the Women's World Cup but admitted the Nadeshiko were no match for the United States after a 5-2 thrashing in the final on Sunday wrecked their hopes of retaining the title they won four years ago in Germany.

Kawasaki : With Fifth French Women’s Mx Title, Lancelot Focuses On World Crown!

Kawasaki : With fifth French women’s MX title, Lancelot focuses on World crown!Despite a recently broken rib, top Women’s MX rider Livia Lancelot has taken a fifth French National title, with the Women’s World Championship firmly next in her sights!
The Kawasaki racer managed to achieve pole position at the testing circuit of Louignac, recently despite sitting out much of the practice sessions with pain from an injury, ironically sustained at the French Grand Prix. She then went on to ‘dig deep’ with a determined display, resulting in two race wins.