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TOKYO---Last weekend, 48-year-old
Japanese football player Kazuyoshi
Miura broke his own record as the J-
League s oldest scorer with a goal for
second division club Yokohama FC.
Not to be outdone, 100-year-old
Mieko Nagaoka became the first woman
to complete a 1,500-metre freestyle
swim in the 100 to 104 age category.
In a country that prides itself on
longevity and a gung-ho spirit, an
increasing number of ageing athletes
in Japan are turning back the clock
while breaking some world records in
Japan is aging at a faster pace than
any other developed country and also
has the longest life-expectancy of 86.2
years, according to the World Health
The combination of the two is pro-
ducing some impressive athletic feats.
Japanese professional baseball player
Masahiro Yamamoto is attempting this
season to become the oldest pitcher on
either side of the Pacific to win a game.
It s an honour currently held by
American Jamie Moyer, who at the age
of 49 years, 180 days, became the oldest
winning pitcher in Major League Base-
ball with the Colorado Rockies in 2012.
Entering his 29th season as a pro, all
with the Chunichi Dragons, Yamamoto
turns 50 on August 11.
"It s an exceptional example of ded-
ication to your craft being able to pitch
professionally at his age," said American
Trey Hillman, who managed in Japan
"It does shock me that anyone can
do that with all the years of wear and
tear on the arm."
Yamamoto, currently rehabbing from
a knee injury, became the oldest pitcher
in Japanese baseball to win a game last
season at 49 years, 25 days when he
pitched five scoreless innings in a 6-
0 win over the Hanshin Tigers on Sept.
5. The veteran left-hander says inspiring
people of his generation helps keep him
"I deal with a lot of aches and pains
and there are days I don t want to get
out of bed," Yamamoto said in an inter-
view at the Japan National Press Club.
"But if I can be an inspiration to people
of my generation that keeps me going."
Ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, who is 42,
became the oldest World Cup winner
in history when he finished first at an
event at Ruka, Finland, on November
29.Kasai has been on the global circuit
He has appeared at seven Winter
Olympics, most recently winning a
large hill individual silver medal at Sochi
Kasai holds the records for most indi-
vidual starts (463), team starts (49),
and the most seasons performing in
the World Cup (26).
Tennis player Kimiko Date-Krumm,
44, has won more than 200 tournament
matches. She came out of retirement
in 2008 and became the oldest player
to beat a Top 10 player when she defeat-
ed Samantha Stosur in 2010 aged 40.
As impressive as these feats are, none
of them can match Nagaoka.
The centenarian swimmer finished
in what is now a world-record time of
1 hour, 15 minutes and 54 seconds,
according to the Japan Masters Swim-
Agnieszka Radwanska of
Poland beat Belgian An-Sophie
Mestach 6-3, 6-1 at the Katow-
ice Open yesterday.
Radwanska will face Klara
Koukalova of the Czech Repub-
lic in the quarterfinals today.
Earlier, Elizaveta Kulichkova
of Russia defeated fifth-seeded
Kaia Kanepi 6-1, 6-2, and is
now set to face Camila Giorgi.
Schmiedlova of Slovakia need
three sets to see off Katerina
Siniakova of the Czech Republic,
6-1, 3-6, 6-3, and plays her
next match against Alize Cor-
Belgium s Kirsten Flipkens,
the seventh-seed, also took
three sets to rout Monica
Niculescu of Romania, 6-7 (6),
Radwanska defeats Mestach in Poland
pion Andrea Petkovic kept up her
perfect run at the Family Circle,
improving to 10-0 and advancing
to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-
4 win over American Madison
The third-seeded Petkovic is the
highest-ranked player left after No.
1 seed Eugenie Bouchard lost
Wednesday night only hours after
No. 2 seed Ekaterina Makarova
withdrew with a stomach illness.
Petkovic rallied from 2-1 deficits
in both sets to move on. She ll face
either No. 6 seed Jelena Jankovic
or qualifier Danka Kovinic, who will
play Thursday night.
American Lauren Davis, who
ousted Bouchard, advanced into the
quarterfinals after Mona Barthel
retired while trailing 6-4, 3-0.
Eight-seeded Carolina Garcia lost
to qualifier Lucie Hradecka in three
sets. Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber
also advanced with a 6-3, 6-0 win
over Lara Arruabarrena.
Petkovic improves to 10-0 at Family Circle
Guillermo Garcia Lopez of
Spain was upset by wild card
Lamine Ouahab of Morocco in
the second round of the Grand
Prix Hassan II yesterday.
The 313th-ranked Ouahab
produced the biggest win of his
career in front of his home
crowd with a 6-3, 6-3 win over
the defending champion to
book his spot in the quarterfi-
nals of the clay-court event.
Ouahab will next face Daniel
Gimeno-Traver, who led 6-1,
4-1 when seventh-seeded
Mikhail Kukushkin retired.
Top-seed loses to wild card in Morocco
Ageing athletes in
Japan turn back clock
In this April 4 photo, 100-year-old Japanese swimmer Mieko Nagaoka, centre,
reacts after successfully swimming 1,500 metres in a masters swimming
competition in Matsuyama, western Japan. Nagaoka became the first woman to
complete a 1,500-metre freestyle swim in the 100 to 104 age category. AP PHOTO
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