Some athletes just keep on going, and Miura Kazuyoshi is one of them. He has just signed a contract to play another year of professional soccer. That makes him the oldest professional soccer player in history, not just in Japan but in the whole world. He went to Brazil when he was 15 years old because he wanted to play soccer, and he made his debut at the age of 19. He was already playing professional soccer when the J League started. He has been playing professionally for more than 30 years! It must be rough playing with so many young players, but I hope he has a great season.
Osaka Naomi, the daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, won the U.S. Open on Saturday in New York City. It was a big victory for the 20-year-old. She is the first Japanese athlete to win a tennis Grand Slam title, and she was playing her idol, Serena Williams, in the final. Williams is one of the greatest players in the history of tennis. She has more singles titles than anyone else except Margaret Court. However, Williams had to take time off last year when she had a baby. Williams played hard as usual, but she couldn’t keep up with Osaka, who is 16 years younger than her.
the mixed relay triathlon トライアスロンミックスチームリレー;
The 18th Asian Games have come to an end. China, Japan and Korea were the three big winners, but Indonesia, the host country, came in fourth with a total of 98 medals. Japan got two gold medals on the last day, one for the mixed relay triathlon and the other for men’s hockey. That brought their total to 75 golds. There were many great performances, but Ikee Rikako’s was the best. She was chosen as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for her six gold medals and two silver medals in swimming. She is the first female athlete to receive the MVP award in the Asian Games.(by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)
When I got home last night, I turned on the TV and was happy to see Japan in the lead. Kagawa had scored the first goal of the game on a penalty kick, so the score was 1-0. Then, with 6 minutes left in the first half, Colombia scored on a free kick. Quintero kicked the ball low, and it went under the wall of players when they jumped. Kawashima, the Japanese goalie, caught the ball, but it was already inside the goal. In the second half, Japan got a goal with Osako’s header from Honda’s corner kick. That put Japan ahead again, and they won 2-1. (by Prof. Douglas Jarrell)