Fukushima, Murofushi nab titles


Asian champion Chisato Fukushima stormed to her third 100-meter victory in four years and Athens Olympic gold medalist Koji Murofushi extended his hammer throw title streak to 17 at the national athletics championships Saturday.

Fukushima stopped the clock at 11.39 seconds, 0.22 ahead of runnerup Kana Ichikawa, to book a place at the world championships starting Aug. 27 in Daegu, South Korea.

“My time isn’t bad at all,” Fukushima said. “I’m pleased with the way I upped my speed each race through the final. At the world championships, I’d like to run as many races as possible.”

Murofushi won with a throw of 77.01 meters. Hiroshi Noguchi was a distant second with 70.13 at Kumagaya Athletics Stadium.

Asked to comment on his 17th consecutive national crown, the 36-year-old Murofushi said, “I feel fortunate that I’ve had a long career like this. I’ll try to hit my peak in the summer (at the world championships).”