SENDAI, Japan (AP) _ Dave Kirk of Canada won the men’s race and compatriot Julia Deck took the women’s race Sunday in the Japan Triathlon Series Sendai meet.
The 24-year-old Kirk swam 0.93 miles in 19 minutes, 35 seconds; bicycled 24.8 miles in 54:11; and ran 6.2 miles in 36:29 for a total time of one hour, 51 minutes, 37 seconds.
Paul Saldanha of Canada finished second with a total time of 1:53:05, followed by Japan’s Toshiyuki Nakayama in 1:57:51.
Deck covered the same distance as the men’s race in 2:04:32. Elizabeth Downing of the United States came in second in 2:05:38 and American Susan Slagie finished third in 2:07:04.
CHICHIBU, Japan (AP) - Nayoko Yoshikawa beat Aiko Takasu in the second hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday to win the women’s Stanley golf tournament, her fourth victory of the season.
Yoshikawa and Takasu parred the first extra hole, the 197-yard, par-3 18th hole. Yoshikawa sank a 16-inch putt for a birdie while Yoshikawa parred it on the second extra hole, the 476-yard, par-5 17th hole.
Yoshikawa earned $46,200 for her 26th career triumph.
Yoshikawa forced the sudden-death playoff as she birdied the 17th hole en route to a 68, while second-round leader Takasu blew a three-shot lead when she triple-bogeyed on the 18th hole on the way to a 71 and tied with Yoshikawa.
Takasu and Yoshikawa finished the regulation round at 207, 9-under-par over the 6,197-yard, par-72 Saitama Kosaido Golf Club.
Taiwan’s Tu Ai-yu shot a 71 for 208 and placed third.
Next at 210 were Hiromi Takamura, Tomiko Ikebuchi and Fusako Nagata.
HIROSHIMA, Japan (AP) - Unheralded Hajime Matsui came from behind Sunday with a bogey-free 68 and won the $308,000 Hiroshima Open golf tournament.
The 34-year-old Matsui, who won only one minor tournament, birdied on the 7th, 12th, 14th and 17th holes. She posted a 14-under-par 274 over the 6,865- yard, par-72 Hachihonmatsu course of the Hiroshima Country Club.
Katsuyoshi Tomori who posted four birdies in a row from the 10th hole en route to a 69 and a 275 total, finished second. Tomori had three birdies and four bogeys.
Tadao Nakamura, who shot a 69 Sunday, was third at 276.
Tsuneyuki Nakajima shot a 71 for 278 and was among nine players tied for sixth place.
Veteran Teruo Sugihara, winner of 51 tournaments and leader of the second and third rounds, shot a disappointing 74 for 279 and shared 15th place with Masanobu Kimura.
No foreign players competed in the final rounds Saturday and Sunday.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - Taiwan’s Chen Liang Hsi fired a 4-under-par 68 Sunday for a four-day total of 279 and first prize money of $21,967 in the Malaysian Open Masters golf championship.
Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Kyi Hla Han of Burma were two strokes back at 281 to share second place. They won $11,556 each at the tournament played over the 6,925-yard Royal Selangor Golf Club course.
Pakistani Ghulam Nabi was third at 282 after a 72. He earned $6,685.
Chen had a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine and a 2-under 34 on the back nine for his 68.
″I didn’t expect to win the tournament and I must say that I’m lucky and very happy to win,″ Chen said.