Atsumi Yashima

Atsumi Yashima (Japanese: 八嶋 あつみ; born 28 June 1975) is a Japanese former long-distance runner who competed in track and cross country running.

Atsumi Yashima
Personal information
Birth name八嶋あつみ
Born (1975-06-28) 28 June 1975 (age 46)
Country Japan
Event(s)5000 metres
Cross country running
Achievements and titles
National finals5000 m Japanese champion (1995)

Yashima received her first internaitonal medal at the 1994 World Junior Championships in Athletics, where she placed third in the women's 1500 metres closely behind Anita Weyermann and Marta Domínguez.[1] She entered the senior ranks the following year and led the Japanese team to victory at the 1995 Asian Cross Country Championships, with Yashima and her team mates Michiko Shimizu and Yasuko Kimura sweeping the podium at the event on home turf in Chiba.[2] This performance earned her selection for the 1995 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, where she finished 69th overall.[3]

She won her first national title at the Japan Championships in Athletics in 1995, topping the podium in the 5000 metres with a time of 15:14.77 minutes,[4] which was a Japanese record for the event.[5] Yashima was chosen to represent Japan in the 5000 m at the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, but she failed to maintain her level of performance and was eliminated in the first round after finishing sixth in a slow, tactical heat.[6]

Yashima also represented her country in ekiden road relays, winning on two occasions: she won her leg at the International Chiba Ekiden in 1994 and finished second in her leg of the 1995 Beijing International Women's Ekiden. She did not compete again at a high level after the 1995 season.[7]

International competitions

Representing  Japan
1994 World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 3rd 1500 m 4:15.84
1995 Asian Cross Country Championships Chiba, Japan 1st Senior race 19:24
1st Senior team 6 pts [8]
World Cross Country Championships Durham, United Kingdom 69th Senior race 21:55
4th Senior team 102 pts Non-point scoring member[9]
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 23rd 5000 m 15:40.02 6th in heat 1

National titles

See also


  1. World Junior Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  2. Asian Cross Country Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  3. Magnusson, Tomas (July 4, 2007), IAAF World Cross Country Championships - 6.5km CC Women - Durham University of Durham Date: Saturday, March 25, 1995, Athchamps (archived), archived from the original on October 16, 2007, retrieved October 25, 2013CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. 歴代最優秀選手 (in Japanese). JAAF. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  5. JPN Record Progressions- Track. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  6. Women 5000m World Championship 1995 Goteborg (SWE) - Saturday 12.08. Todor66. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  7. Atsumi Yashima. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  8. Team of Yashima, Michiko Shimizu, Yasuko Kimura
  9. Team of Yukiko Okamoto, Kanako Haginaga, Naomi Sakashita, Yuko Kawakami, Masako Saito and Yashima
  10. Japanese Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved 2021-05-29.