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Track Beauty of the Week: Chisato Fukushima 福島 千里
January 16, 2011Posted by on
Chisato Fukushima 福島 千里 is this week’s track beauty!
The 22-year old sprinter is Japan’s premiere speedster. At such a young age, Fukushima owns both the 100m and 200m dash national records, with respective times of 11.21s and 22.89s. The Hokkaido-born Fukushima’s international exposure is extensive, being a veteran of the World Youth and World Junior Championships, the World Championships and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Fukushima’s first major regional achievements occurred in 2009, where the Japanese ruled the century dash and the 4x100m relay. A year later in the Guangzhou Asian Games, the 22-year old cemented her role as Asia’s fastest woman by notching a 100m-200m double. Fukushima’s 100m dash gold was Japan’s first in the event in 44 years!
In the 100m dash in Guangzhou, Fukushima came from behind to pip Uzbekistan’s Guzel Khubbieva, 11.33s to 11.34. The Japanese started half a stride behind the powerfully-built Uzbek. Fukushima turned on her afterburners at the last 30m, edging out Khubbieva by a hundredth of a second.
Prior to her twin Asiad crowns, Fukushima rewrote the Japanese record books by setting new marks in the two events. 2010, indeed, was sprinter’s breakout year.
Judging from here less-than-perfect sprinting form, Fukushima is still a raw, yet glistening gem. In the coming years, sub-11 100m dash times are within range for the talented Japanese.