Murakami’s season best not enough

KAWASAKI (Kyodo) World bronze medalist Yukifumi Murakami posted his best throw of the season Sunday but it was only good enough for second place in the men’s javelin at the Super Track and Field Meet.

Murakami launched an 82.52-meter effort at Todoroki Stadium to finish behind Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki, who won the gold medal with a throw of 83.12.

Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Teemu Wirkkala (76.85), also of Finland, was a distant third.

Chisato Fukushima also had to make do with a runnerup finish after posting a time of 11.48 seconds in the women’s 100 meters won by American Tianna Madison in 11.32.

In the men’s 100, French sprinter Christophe Lemaitre, the first male athlete of non-African heritage to break the 10-second barrier, beat Wallace Spearmon of the U.S. with a winning time of 10.26.