translated by Brett Larner
At the June 7 Fuse Relay Carnival at Tottori's Coca-Cola West Sports Park, Beijing Olympian Chisato Fukushima (20, Hokkaido Hi-Tec AC) set a Japanese national record of 11.24 in the women's 100 m. The event was conducted in two rounds. In her first run, Fukushima clocked 11.28 with a legal tailwind of 0.8 m/s to break the national record of 11.36 set in 2001 by Hideko Nihei and which she had tied in April last year. In her second run she set the new 11.24 national record with a 1.9 m/s tailwind just under the legal limit. In the first run Fukushima appeared solid and focused, but in her second she had a slow start and did not fully get into her stride until halfway.
When Fukushima ran in the Beijing Olympics 100 m it was the first time an individual female Japanese sprinter had made the Olympics in 56 years. In May this year at the Shizuoka International meet she set a women's 200 m national record of 23.14.