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Fukushima takes women’s 200 meters for double at nationals

Kyodo

Chisato Fukushima completed a double with a victory in the women’s 200 meters Sunday, and this time it was no contest as she blew away the field a day after winning the 100 by the slimmest of margins at the national championships.

Yuki Ebihara, meanwhile, cleared the A qualifying standard in the women’s javelin for a ticket to the London Games in what will be her first Olympic appearance. The five-time national champ set a Japan record of 62.36 meters for her first victory in two years.

Fukushima clocked 23.35 seconds in the 200, beating out Kana Ichikawa, who timed 23.62 for second at Nagai Stadium.

Fukushima’s performance was head-and-shoulders above her race in the 100 on Saturday, where she finished just 0.06 seconds ahead of high school student Anna Doi to book her spot to London.

Kei Takase secured an automatic Olympic berth — his first ever — surpassing the A qualifying standard with a time of 20.42 seconds for his first victory in the men’s 200.

Shota Izuka and Shinji Takahira were second and third, in 20.45 and 20.56, respectively.

Hitomi Niiya won the women’s 5,000 meters with an A qualifying time of 15 minutes, 17.92 seconds. Satomi Kubokura captured her sixth straight title in the women’s 400 hurdles, also clinching her Olympic spot with a time of 55.98.

Ten athletes at the meet won titles to automatically book tickets to London after clearing the A qualifying standard. The remaining Olympic team members will be formally selected in a board meeting of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations on Monday.