OSAKA – Long distance runner Kayoko Fukushi completed a double by winning the women’s 5,000 meters on the final day of the athletics national championships on Sunday.
Fukushi added to her victory in the 10,000 on Friday by beating Kayo Sugihara and Yoko Shibui to cross the finish line at Osaka’s Nagai Stadium in 15 minutes, 27.41 seconds for her fourth straight 5,000 crown.
Fukushi’s win means she will be representing Japan in both the 10,000 and 5,000 at the IAAF World Athletics Championships which will be staged in Osaka Aug. 25 to Sept. 2.
In other events, Yuka Murofushi, the younger sister of Athens Olympic hammer throw gold medalist Koji Murofushi, launched a 53.81 throw to win the women’s discus for the sixth time in a row.
Her older brother won his 13th consecutive title at the national championships on Saturday, with a throw of 79.24 meters. That topped the record of 12 consecutive title which was held by their father, Shigenobu.
A jump of 2.21 meters gave Naoyuki Daigo the men’s high jump title for the third year in a row and earned him a berth at the worlds along with Yoshitaka Iwamizu and Yuzo Kanemaru, who won the 3,000 meters steeplechase and 400 meters, respectively.