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Kiryū Becomes First Japanese to Break 10-Second 100-Meter Barrier (News)

Fukui, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)—Kiryū Yoshihide, 21, of Tōyō University became the first Japanese sprinter to run 100 meters in less than 10 seconds on Saturday. Kiryū poses with the board showing his Japan-record time following the finals of the 100-meter dash at Japan's intercollegiate track and field championships. Taken on September 9, 2017, at the Fukui Ken'ei Field. (© Jiji) Kiryū marked …
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Go Gateball! Enthusiastic High Schoolers Revive a Fading Sport

Most people think of gateball as a leisurely sport for the elderly to while away a lazy afternoon. Yet even as older Japanese turn increasingly to more diverse pursuits, the popularity of this “made in Japan” competitive game has been edging up among younger Japanese, particularly high-school students. We visited Aomori Yamada High School, known for its strong sports program and world-class alumni athletes, to look in on one of its most recent additions, the Aomori Yamada Gateball Club.
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Japan Punches Ticket to Russia (Japan in Photos)

Japanese midfielder Ideguchi Yōsuke celebrates after netting Japan’s second goal in its 2–0 win against Australia at Saitama Stadium on August 31, 2017. The victory against the Socceroos assured the men’s national soccer team a spot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia with one game remaining in the qualifying round. Japan has now qualified for six consecutive World Cup finals. (© Jiji)
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Saitama Team Wins First Summer High School Baseball Crown (Japan in Photos)

Hanasaki Tokuharu players celebrate after winning the ninety-ninth National High School Baseball Championship on August 23, 2017. The Saitama team crushed Kōryō of Hiroshima 14-4 at Kōshien Stadium in Hyōgo Prefecture. It is the first time a team from Saitama Prefecture has won the enduringly popular tournament. (© Jiji)
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Japan’s Sani Brown Shatters Bolt’s Record—Becomes Youngest-Ever Men’s 200m Finalist (Japan in Photos)

On August 9, Japanese sprinter Sani Brown Abdul Hakim raced into the record books at the IAAF World Championships in London, topping legendary racer Usain Bolt to become the youngest-ever finalist in the men’s 200m. The 18-year-old Sani Brown will be 198 days younger than Bolt was when the Jamaican set the previous record of 18 years and 355 days at the 2005 championships in Helsinki, Finland.…
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Hakuhō Equals Kaiō’s Record 1,047 Career Wins (News)

Nagoya, July 20 (Jiji Press)—Yokozuna sumō grand champion Hakuhō on Thursday picked up the 1,047th win in his professional career in the Japanese national sport, equaling former ōzeki champion Kaiō’s record victories. Hakuhō holds a board to mark his 1,047th win on July 20, 2017. Kaiō appears on the left. (© Jiji) “I felt very focused in the ring today,” Hakuhō, 32, said after the day’s bou…
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In the Swim: Triathletes Tussle in Castle Moat Contest (Japan in Photos)

Triathletes swim in the moat around Osaka Castle on June 25, 2017. The Triathlon Asian Cup event featured the unusual venue for what organizers said was the first time in Japan. “It was fun, because it’s rare to have the chance to compete right in the middle of Osaka,” commented one of the participants in the 750-meter leg of the competition. (© Jiji)
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Women’s Participation to Hit Record 48.8% in Tokyo Olympics (News)

Lausanne, Switzerland, June 9 (Jiji Press)—The International Olympic Committee said Friday it expects women to account for 48.8% of the athletes in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the highest in Olympic history. The percentage, up from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics' 45.6%, is based on the list of 33 sports and 339 events for the Tokyo Games, which was finalized at an Executive Board meeting of the …
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Satō Becomes First Japanese Driver to Win Indy 500 (News)

Indianapolis, May 28 (Jiji Press)—Satō Takuma won the 101st Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, becoming the first Japanese driver to win one of the three most prestigious auto races in the world. Satō, 40, achieved the victory in his eighth attempt at the 200-lap race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, regarded as "The Greatest Spectacle of Racing." "It's unbelievable," Satō told reporters. "It's the …
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Office Workers Pull Together in Tokyo Tug-of-War Contest (Japan in Photos)

Office workers test their strength in a tug-of-war contest in Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district on May 15, 2017. The lunchtime competition is drawing in employees from nearby areas for exercise and fun, with the winning team set to be crowned on May 19. Crowds gathered to cheer on the exertions of participants still dressed for work in business suits and service industry uniforms. (© Jiji)
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