Kayoko Fukushi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Kayoko Fukushi
Kayoko Fukushi Moscow 2013.jpg
Fukushi at the 2013 World Championships
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Japan
World Championships
Bronze 2013 Moscow Marathon
Asian Games
Gold 2006 Doha 10,000 m
Silver 2002 Busan 5000 m
Silver 2002 Busan 10,000 m
IAAF World Cup
Bronze 2006 Athens 5000 m

Kayoko Fukushi (福士 加代子 Fukushi Kayoko?) (born 25 March 1982 in Itayanagi, Aomori) is a Japanese long-distance runner, who specializes in the 5000 and 10,000 metres. Fukushi represented Japan at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Fukushi won two silver medals at the 2002 Asian Games and then won the 10,000 m gold medal at the 2006 edition. She is a former world record holder in the 15 km road race and is the Japanese record holder in the 5000 m, 10,000 m, and 10K road distance. Fukushi is also a six-time national champion over the 5000 m.[1]

She was chosen as the torch lighter for the 2003 Asian Winter Games which was held in Aomori Prefecture, her home region.

Career[edit]

Fukushi was fourth over 5000 m at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics and had a breakout year two years later. After a fifteenth-place finish in the senior section of the 2002 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, she broke national junior records (over 3000 m, 5000 m and 10,000 m) and then went on to record an out-right national record of 8:44.40 minutes in the 3000 m that July.[2] At the 2002 Asian Games she took a silver medal double in the 5000/10,000 m, finishing behind Sun Yingjie on both occasions.[3]

Continuing to focus on track running, she ran at her first senior global track competition in 2003. She was eleventh in the 5000 m at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, but had less success on her Olympic debut as she finished 26th in the 10,000 m at the 2004 Athens Games. She doubled up at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, coming near the top ten in both long-distance track events.

On February 5, 2006 at the Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon she broke the 15-kilometre road running record by running the distance in 46:55 minutes. Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia improved the record to 46:28 minutes in 2009.[4] During the race in Marugame she also set the Asian record in the half marathon. She had more success on home turf soon after with a win at the Fukuoka International Cross Country.[5] She competed at the 2006 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, also held in Fukuoka, and took sixth place in the long race – one of only two non-East African runners to make the top ten.[6] Her finish also led the Japanese women to the bronze medal in the team competition. She claimed a bronze on the track at the 2006 IAAF World Cup, coming third over 5000 m and took the 10,000 m gold medal at the 2006 Asian Games – her first major championship win.[7]

Despite her continental success, she failed to break through on the global scene, just finishing in (or near) the top ten at the World Championships in 2007 and 2009, and an eleventh-place finish at 2008 Beijing Olympics. She made her marathon debut at the 2008 Osaka Ladies Marathon and led the race up to the 30 km mark. However, her pacing collapsed soon after that point and she ended up in 19th place with a time of 2:40:54 hours, over fifteen minutes adrift of the winner.[8]

She came back to the half marathon in July 2010 and won at the Shibetsu Half Marathon, although her time of 1:12:25 was below her best.[9] Fukushi's track form deteriorated somewhat that year – she attempted to defend her Asian title at the 2010 Asian Games but came fourth over 10,000 m and fifth in the 5000 m. She anchored the Kyoto team to victory at the Inter-Prefectural Women's Ekiden in January 2011, increasing her team's lead in the final 10 km leg of the race.[10]

Her 2011 season began with a third career win at the Marugame Half Marathon.[11] Her main competition that year was the 2011 Chicago Marathon, where she was among the leaders at the halfway point and went on to take third place in a new personal best time of 2:24:38 hours.[12] In her first race of 2012, she was the pre-race favourite for the Osaka Ladies Marathon but finished seventh after a slow second half.[13] Having missed out on Olympic selection for the marathon, she focused on the track instead. She was runner-up in both the 5000 m and 10,000 m at the Japanese Championships and was selected to run both events at the 2012 London Olympics. She placed tenth in the 10,000 m final, but failed to progress beyond the heats in the shorter distance.[14]

Fukushi returned to the marathon at the start of 2013 and she was leading with two kilometres to go at the Osaka Women's Marathon. She faltered badly in the final stages, turning a 19-second lead to 23-second deficit behind Tetyana Hamera-Shmyrko. Still, her runner-up finish in 2:24:21 hours was a personal best.[15]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Japan
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 4th 5000 m 16:25.01
2002 Asian Games Busan, South Korea 2nd 5000 m 14:55.19
2nd 10,000 m 30:51.81
2003 World Championships Paris, France 23rd (h) 5000 m 15:16.53
11th 10,000 m 31:10.57
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 26th 10,000 m 33:48.66
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 12th 5000 m 14:59.92
11th 10,000 m 31:03.75
2006 World Cross Country Championships Fukuoka, Japan 6th Long race Individual
3rd Team competition
World Cup Athens, Greece 5th 3000 m
3rd 5000 m
World Road Running Championships Debrecen, Hungary 6th 20 km 1:05:32
Asian Games Doha, Qatar 1st 10,000 m 31:29.38
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 14th 5000 m 15:19.40
10th 10,000 m 32:32.85
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 18th (h) 5000 m 15:20.46
11th 10,000 m 31:01.14
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 9th 10,000 m 31:23.49
2010 Asian Games Guangzhou, China 5th 5000 m 15:25.08
4th 10,000 m 31:55.54
2011 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 3rd Marathon 2:24:38
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 17th (h) 5000 m 15:09.31
10th 10,000 m 31:10.35
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd Marathon 2:27:45

National championships[edit]

Year Venue Result Event
2002 Kanazawa 1st 5000 m
2004 Tottori 1st 5000 m
2005 Tokyo 1st 5000 m
2006 Kobe 1st 5000 m
2007 Osaka 1st 5000 m
2010 Marugame 1st 5000 m

Personal bests[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ota, Shigenobu (2010-06-06). National Outdoor 5000m Championships for Japan. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  2. ^ Japanese team for the Asian Games. IAAF (2002-10-01). Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  3. ^ Chua Chong Jin (2002-11-07). China’s Sun eclipses Japan’s rising star. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  4. ^ IAAF, November 15, 2009: Dibaba shatters 15Km World record in Nijmegen! - UPDATED
  5. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2006-03-05). Fukushi takes runaway win far ahead of Ndereba - Fukuoka XC - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
  6. ^ 2006 World XC Championships Long Race - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  7. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2006-12-08). Zhang throws Asian Hammer Record - Asian Games, Day Two. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  8. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2008-01-27). Britain’s Yamauchi wins Osaka Ladies Marathon in 2:25:10. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  9. ^ Ota, Shigenobu (2010-07-29). Shibetsu Half Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  10. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-01-17). Kyoto takes women’s Inter-Prefectural Ekiden title in Kyoto. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-20.
  11. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-05-06). Ndungu and Fukushi take victories at Marugame Half Marathon. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  12. ^ Ferstle, Jim (2011-10-09).Mosop and Shobukova scorch to Chicago titles - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-10-16.
  13. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2012-01-29). Shigetomo takes Osaka as favourite Fukushi falters. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-02-01.
  14. ^ Kayoko Fukushi. London2012. Retrieved on 2013-02-23.
  15. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2013-01-27). Ukraine's Gamera-Shmyrko leaves it late to come from behind and win in Osaka. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-02-23.

External links[edit]