Track Beauty of the Week: Kana Ichikawa 市川 華菜 

Kana Ichikawa 市川 華菜 is this week’s track beauty!

The upcoming Japanese sprinter has steadily improved the past few years. From 2006 to 2011, she shaved almost a second off her 100m dash personal best (11.43s) and almost two seconds in the half-lap (23.63s). As an 18-year old and barely out of high school, Ichikawa barged into the 200m finals at the 2009 Japanese national championships.

   

Photos from Jaaf,rakuten.co.jp and 4ki4.cocolog-nifty.com

Ichikawa placed fifth at the 2010 Japanese National Championships 200m final. That same year, she ran 24.09s at the World Junior Championships final in Moncton, three-hundredths of a seconds off her 23.73s season’s best.

The Aichi-born Ichikawa, despite her young age, was part of the Japanese 4x100m relay squad that rewrote the national mark early this year. The Japanese quartet stopped the clock in 43.39s in front of a passionate home crowd at the Oda Memorial International Meet.

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