Michiko Fukushima

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Michiko Fukushima
Personal information
Birth nameTomoko Hasegawa
Full nameMichiko Hasegawa-Fukushima
Nationality Japan
Born (1963-08-23) 23 August 1963 (age 55)
Kumaishi, Hokkaidō, Japan
Height1.64 m (5 ft 4 12 in)
Weight50 kg (110 lb)
Sport
SportShooting
Event(s)10 m air pistol (AP40)
25 m pistol (SP)
ClubKunitomo Gunsmith[1]

Michiko Hasegawa-Fukushima (長谷川-福島 實智子, Hasegawa-Fukushima Michiko, born August 23, 1963 in Kumaishi, Hokkaidō) is a Japanese sport shooter.[2] Fukushima had won a total of nine medals (four golds, three silver, and two bronze) for both air and sport pistol at the ISSF World Cup series. She also captured two medals (silver and bronze) in the same events at the 1986 Asian Games in Seoul, South Korea.[1]

Fukushima emerged as one of Japan's most prominent shooters in its Olympic history. She won the silver medal in the women's 25 metre pistol at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul by four points behind winner Nino Salukvadze of the Soviet Union (now representing Georgia), with a total score of 686 targets (587 in the preliminary rounds and 99 in the final).[3] Twelve years later, Fukushima achieved a fifth-place finish each in the air and sport pistol at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Beijing, accumulating scores of 483.7 and 684.8 points, respectively. She also competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, but she neither reached the final round, nor claimed an Olympic medal.

Twenty years after competing in her first Olympics, Fukushima qualified for her fourth Japanese team, as a 44-year-old, at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by placing second in the sport pistol from the ISSF World Cup series in Sydney, Australia, with a record-breaking score of 785.7 points.[3] She placed thirty-eighth out of forty-four shooters in the women's 10 m air pistol by two points behind United States' Brenda Shinn from the final attempt, with a total score of 373 targets.[4] Three days later, Fukushima competed for her second event, 25 m pistol, where she was able to shoot 288 targets in the precision stage, and 293 in the rapid fire, for a total score of 581 points, finishing only in tenth place.[5]

Olympic results[edit]

Event 1988 2000 2004 2008
25 metre pistol 2nd, silver medalist(s) Silver
587+99
5th
585+99.8
13th
577
10th
581
10 metre air pistol 11th
379
5th
383+100.7
25th
378
38th
373

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ISSF Profile – Michiko Fukushima". ISSF. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Michiko Hasegawa-Fukushima". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Fukushima qualifies for Olympics". The Japan Times Online. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Women's 10m Air Pistol Qualification". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Women's 25m Pistol Qualification". NBC Olympics. Archived from the original on 16 August 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.

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