May 8, 2010: While many of the world's top track and field stars are preparing for the start of the Diamond League season next week in Doha, a small contingent of top athletes made the trip to the Orient for the Osaka Grand Prix, the first of the spring meets on the IAAF World Challenge Tour, a series of Grand Prix meets one notch below Diamond League status. While most of those stars fulfilled expectations and came away with victories, here is a quick look at what we learned from their performances. ...more
May 8, 2010: Canadian Jared Connaughton earned the most impressive result of his senior athletics career on Saturday in Japan, finishing second in the 200 metres at the Osaka Grand Prix. ...more
May 9, 2010: A week before her 28th birthday and starting her 100-metre season a week earlier than last year, Veronica Campbell Brown opened up at the Osaka Grand Prix in Japan yesterday to win the shorter outdoor sprint in 11.02 seconds, the third fastest time this year.
"I didn't get the start I wanted," said Campbell Brown, who is stacked with World Championships and Olympic medals. ...more
May 8: OSAKA; Japan – Two-time Olympic 200m champion Veronica Campbell-Brown and Michael Frater were Jamaican winners at Saturday's (8 May) Osaka Grand Prix. ...more
May 8, 2010: Third meet of the new series IAAF World Challenge at Nagai Stadium in Osaka was held in solid weather, 24 degrees, 49 percent of humidity and east and north-east wind. Top stars fulfilled the expectations and won their events. Veronica Campbell-Brown the 100 m in third fastest time of the year 11.02, Christian Cantwell the shot put with 21.34 and Australian Dani Samuels with last round effort the discus achieving new meet record 63.75. ...more
May 8, 2010: Tajikistan´s national federation president Dilshod Nazarov won the first ever men IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge competition. At Nagai stadium he achieved 78.84 what is fourth best career mark for Berlin 11th placer. Second Belarus Yuriy Shayunov (77.95) and third in his first international meet since September 2008 was Olympic gold medalist 2004 and Japanese star Koji Murofushi (77.86). ...more
May 8, 2010: World Champion Christian Cantwell remains unbeaten this summer, after Drake and Kingston also win the men´s shot put in Osaka with 21.34 m. All three meets so far clearly over 21 meters. Next in Doha to clash with main rivals. Another world champion Dani Samuels of Australia also fulfilled her favorite role with excellent new meet record 63.75 in discus. She came from behind in last round. Former meet record 63.68 by Chinese Xiao Yanling in 1997. ...more
May 8, 2010: Australian Lauren Boden again improved her personal best and won in Osaka with 55.25 what is fourth fastest time of the year. Quality times also for US 2007 Worlds participant Nicole Leach 55.52 and third Japanese Miyabi Tago who registered life-time best 55.99. Only fourth national record holder Satomi Kubokura (56.29, her national mark is 55.46 from 2008)..
May 7, 2010: Stephanie Trafton writes about Osaka meeting on her web pages: I had a unusually good nights rest after my 16 hour trip from SFO to Osaka. I flew on ANA airlines from SFO to Tokyo and my economy seat was awesome...I'm not kidding, the best economy seat on the plan. ...more
This Saturday Night at the Osaka Grand Prix in Japan, reigning World discus champion, Dani Samuels, commences the international component of her 2010 season. Six days later, Samuels will again be in action at the inaugural IAAF Diamond League Meet in Doha. ...more
OSAKA, April 30 - New star for May 8 Osaka Grand Prix (IAAF World Challenge) is Australian world champion Dani Samuels for discus. Australia will also have a strong men 4x400 m line-up in Japan headed by fresh national champion Ben Offereins. Samuels afterwards continues to Doha Diamond League meet.
BEIJING, April 28, China Daily - With five straight Grand Prix crowns and a world title, Osaka has been a happy hunting ground for star Chinese hurdler Liu Xiang. After missing last year's 110m hurdles race due to injury, Liu had been scheduled to battle for his sixth straight title to start his 2010 season. ...more
BEIJING, April 28, LIU Xiang is focussing all his attention on his clash with rival Dayron Robles after announcing he will not be competing in next month's Osaka Grand Prix. ...more
OSAKA, April 6 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Men's javelin world bronze medalist Yukifumi Murakami said Tuesday he has set his sights on a new personal best throw at next month's Osaka Grand Prix.
"My target this season is to throw 85 meters," Murakami told a press conference for the May 8 meet at Nagai Stadium.
Murakami nailed a second throw of 82.97 meters to become the first Japanese to medal in the event at the world championships in Berlin last August. He reached the final with a personal best throw of 83.10.
Meanwhile, Beijing Olympic men's hammer bronze medalist Koji Murofushi, who is training in the United States, has not returned to Japan due to fatigue but is hopeful of appearing in Osaka, according to his father Shigenobu.
"He (Koji) is doing the training now that he couldn't because he was injured and is positive about appearing in this meet," said Shigenobu, himself a former hammer thrower. The Osaka Grand Prix, an IAAF World Challenge event, doubles up as a qualifier for Japanese athletes for the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China in November.
TOKYO - Beijing Olympic hammer throw bronze medalist Koji Murofushi will compete in his competition of the season at the Osaka Grand Prix on May 8, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations said Thursday. The Osaka Grand Prix at Nagai Stadium is part of the IAAF World Challenge series of one-day invitational meetings launched earlier this month. ...more
OSAKA (Kyodo) Men's javelin world bronze medalist Yukifumi Murakami said Tuesday he has set his sights on a new personal-best throw at next month's Osaka Grand Prix. "My target this season is to throw 85 meters," Murakami told a press conference for the May 8 meet at Nagai Stadium. ...more
Osaka (大阪, ) is Japan's second largest city, and the heart of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with nearly 20 million people. Located at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay, in the Kansai region of the main island of Honshū, Osaka is a City in Japan and also is a designated city under the Local Autonomy Law and the capital city of Osaka Prefecture.
Under Koppen's climate classification, Osaka has a humid subtropical climate. Osaka features four distinct seasons. Its winters are typically chilly but not very cold. The city usually sees some snowfall during the winter. Springs in Osaka starts off mild, but ends up being hot and humid. It also tends to be Osaka's wettest season, with May being the wettest month of the year. Summers in Osaka tends to be very hot and humid. In the months of July and August, the average daily high temperature approaches 35°C, while average nighttime temperatures typically hovers around 25°C. Fall in Osaka sees a cooling trend, with the early part of the season resembling summer while the latter part of fall resembling winter.