Track Beauty of the Week: Asuka Terada 寺田 明日香

Asuka Terada 寺田 明日香 is this week’s track beauty!

Terada is the reigning Japanese national junior record holder in the 100m hurdles. The pint-sized speedster ran 13.05s in Hiroshima back in 2009 to rewrite the aforesaid mark. Terada was a mere five-hundredths of a second away from Yvonne Kanazawa’s 金沢 イボンヌ 11-year old senior record.

   

Photos from 4ki4.cocolog-nifty.com and 47news.jp

Terada’s age belies her talent. As an 18-year old, the Hokkaido-born athlete won the first of  her three Japanese national titles. In 2008, she went as far as the semifinals of the World Junior Championships in Beijing.

However, Terada has yet to translate her tremendous potential into major international success, despite winning an Asian Athletics Championship silver medal in 2009.

At the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Terada narrowly got left out of the medal standings as she clipped the tenth hurdle. Nevertheless, the Japanese was the youngest among the eight finalists. Terada is still just 21-years old. There is plenty of room for improvement for Japan’s next big sprint hurdles sensation.

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