Fukushi captures 10,000-meter national title


Kayoko Fukushi won the women’s 10,000 meters for the first time in three years at the National Athletics Championships on Friday.

Fukushi timed 31 minutes, 47.56 seconds for her seventh overall title. Ryoko Kizaki came second in 32:31.64, while third place went to Yukiko Akaba in 32:36.32.

Kensuke Takezawa took the men’s 10,000 title for the first time in 28:43.08, followed by Satoru Kitamura and Yuki Sato in second and third with times of 28:44.16 and 28:44.59, respectively, at Marugame Stadium.

Yuka Murofushi, younger sister of Beijing Olympics bronze medal-winning hammer thrower Koji Murofushi, captured her third straight title in the women’s hammer throw with an effort of 63.50 meters, while Tomomi Abiko won the women’s pole vault with a leap of 4.25 meters.

Yoshihiro Suzuki emerged the winner of the men’s triple jump with a leap of 16.17 meters and Shigeo Hatakeyama took the men’s discus with a toss of 58.90 meters.

Chisato Fukushima booked a spot in Sunday’s final in the women’s 200 with the top time in preliminaries of 23.66 seconds. She also produced the fastest time of 11.55 to reach the semifinals in the women’s 100 on Saturday.

Kenji Fujimitsu clocked the fastest time of 20.74 in qualification for the men’s 200.