Masumi Fuchise

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Masumi Fuchise
Personal information
Born (1986-09-02) September 2, 1986 (age 28)
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Weight 50 kg (110 lb)
Country  Japan
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 20km Race Walk

Masumi Fuchise (渕瀬 真寿美?) (born 2 September 1986) is a Japanese racewalker. She was seventh at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics and is a two-time Asian Race Walking Champion. In 2009 she set the Japanese record for the 20 kilometres race walk event. She also won the silver medal at the 2009 Summer Universiade.


Born in Japan's Hyogo Prefecture, she first enjoyed success at college level when she won the 10,000 metres track walk at the 2005 Japanese Inter-Collegiate Championships.[1] She made her global debut on national turf at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, held in Osaka. Fuchise finished in 27th place in the women's 20 km walk, somewhat behind compatriot Mayumi Kawasaki who was tenth.[2] The following year she took part in the Asian Race Walking Championships and although Kawasaki won the title, Fuchise reached the podium to win the bronze medal and also achieved the Olympic "A" standard time.[3] She did not compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing that year.

Fuchise proved herself as the country's top walker at the national 20 km walk championships in January 2009 – she won the event and also broke the Japanese record for the distance with her time of 1:28:03.[4] She stepped up at continental level also, winning the gold medal at the 2009 Asian Race Walking Championships, ahead of compatriot Kumi Otoshi.[5] She took to the IAAF World Race Walking Challenge circuit and made the top eight at the Coppa Città di Sesto San Giovanni in Italy.[6] In July that year she attended the 2009 Summer Universiade where she won the silver medal in the walk behind Olga Mikhaylova (who broke the Games record).[7] Having qualified through her national win, she competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. She finished seventh overall in the women's race – the second best performance by an Asian walker after bronze medallist Liu Hong of China.[8]

She won the 2010 Asian Race Walking Championships in Nomi City in March, taking her second continental title in a time of 1:29:35.[9] Later that year she placed 24th at the 2010 IAAF World Race Walking Cup.[10] At the 2011 All-Japan Race Walking Championships she was runner-up to Kumi Otoshi,[11] and she was the fastest Japanese finisher at the event in Nomi the following year.[12]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Time (h:m:s) Venue Date
5000 m track walk 22:36.59 Osaka, Japan 14 March 2006
10,000 m track walk 44:52.90 Tokyo, Japan 10 June 2007
10 km walk 44:23 Kobe, Japan 28 January 2007
20 km walk 1:28:03 NR Kobe, Japan 25 January 2009
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2005-07-06). Japan - National Inter-Collegiate Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  2. ^ 2007 World Championships - 20 Kilometres Race Walk - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  3. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2008-03-20). Asian Race Walking Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  4. ^ Nakamura, Ken (2009-01-26). Fuchise sets 1:28:03 national 20km Race Walk record. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  5. ^ Heel and Toe Online Newsletter No.26. Victorian Race Walking Club (2009-03-23). Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  6. ^ Sampaolo, Diego (2009-05-01). Fernandez and Plätzer take Sesto San Giovanni titles – IAAF Race Walking Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  7. ^ Landells, Steve (2009-08-09). Women's 20 Kilometres Race Walk - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  8. ^ 2009 World Championships - 20 Kilometres Race Walk - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  9. ^ Deepmala Devi wins bronze in Asian meet. The Hindu (2010-03-16). Retrieved on 2010-08-08.
  10. ^ Fuchise Masumi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
  11. ^ 2011 Women's 20km Racewalk. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.
  12. ^ Krishnan, Ram. Murali (2012-03-12). China clinch Asian Race Walking titles in Nomi. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-03-22.

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