Naoko “Q-chan” Takahashi’s great disappointment (circa 2008)

Here’s the recap of the 2008 Nagoya International Women’s Marathon as it appeared in The Japan Times.


A conversation with Kip Keino

This feature on Kenyan track legend Kip Keino appeared in The Japan Times in September 2007, just as the IAAF World Athletics Championships wrapped up.

Usain Bolt’s gold-medal dash in the 200 at the 2008 Beijing Games

Usain Bolt cemented his status as a track star by winning the 200 meters at the 2008 Beijing Olympics at the BIrd’s Nest.

I filed the report below after his pulse-rising victory.

Bernard Lagat’s 5,000-meter title at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Championships

This article on Bernard Lagat’s riveting triumph in the men’s 5,000 meters at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Championships in Osaka appeared in The Japan Times on Sept. 3, 2007.

‘Extraordinary talent is obvious. We’re in the rarefied presence of an immortal here. Edwin’s a crowd unto himself.’ – LeRoy Walker, on Edwin Moses

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (June 29, 2015) — This feature on 400-meter hurdles legend Edwin Moses appeared in The Japan Times on Aug. 19, 2007.

Remembering Ron Clarke, the legendary runner

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (June 21, 2015) — Ron Clarke, Australian running legend, is the subject of my Sunday Olympic Notebook.

Clarke’s death a few days ago at age 78 was prominent news around the world, with major coverage in newspapers and on websites, as well as broadcast reports.

Here’s what I wrote:

Clarke is featured in numerous YouTube videos, including: (documentary) (1964 Tokyo Olympics’ 10,000-meter final) (’64 Olympics’ 10,000 final lap) (interview with Billy Mills’ about his 10,000 triumph (ABC News Australia “Ron Clarke: The Road to Tokyo”)

‘To watch him run was to witness music, dance and song’

By Ed Odeven
TOKYO (June 14, 2015) — Today’s Olympic Notebook, featured in The Japan Times, begins with a look at Henry Carr’s remarkable accomplishments as a track sprinter.

One of his 1964 Olympic teammates, 10,000-meter gold medalist Billy Mills, gave an unforgettable summary of Carr’s running style: ““To watch him run was to witness music, dance and song.”

Carr left Tokyo with gold medals in the 200 meters and the 4×400 meter relay.

The former Arizona State track star passed away on May 29 at age 73.

The surviving members of the winning 4×400 relay, Ollan Cassell and ex-Sun Devils teammate Ulis Williams, reflect on Carr’s life, his personality, their friendship with him and some details about the lineup change for the 4×400 final that are not widely known.

Here’s the link to the article:

Here’s YouTube footage of the 200-meter final in Tokyo: