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Fukushima eyes sprint double

Kyodo

Double Asian Games women’s sprint champion Chisato Fukushima qualified fastest Friday for both the 100-meter semifinals and the 200-meter final at the national championships.

Fukushima clocked 11.50 seconds in the 100 and 23.59 in the 200 in the preliminaries on the opening day of the three-day meet at Kumagaya Athletics Stadium.

The 22-year-old national record-holder is looking for her first 100-200 double at the championships. She won both at last November’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

In the men’s 400-meter hurdles, two-time world bronze medalist Dai Tamasue advanced to Saturday’s final with a time of 50.32 seconds, the fastest in Heat 3.

Other winners included Kayo Sugihara (women’s 10,000), Yuki Sato (men’s 10,000) and Masumi Aya (women’s hammer throw).

The meet also serves as a selection event for the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 4.