July 15, 2016,14:00 +0900(JST) The 100th Japan National Championships
Last week, I went to watch the Japan National Championships, held in Nagoya.
On reaching the major milestone of its 100th anniversary, the event included the presentation of flower bouquets to winners by Japanese record holders and other legends from the Japanese athletics world, and the establishment of a centennial historical exhibition section. Partly because this year's meet doubled as a qualitative competition for the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, I felt that the championships were much more exciting than usual.
On the second day of the event, the day before I went, the championships were unfortunately held in the rain. But on the third day, the weather became fine and I watched the games with the temperature climbing up sharply.
Some members of our athletics club also competed in the championships, prompting supporters from our company to root for the athletes even more enthusiastically. With this as the background, Tomoya Tamura was selected to represent Japan in the 4 × 400 m relay. Although we need to wait until mid-July to find out whether or not the Japanese relay team can compete in the Olympic Games, I sincerely hope to watch him sprinting at the global event.
Now, only a half month remains before the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games are held. I look forward to watching athletes representing Japan doing their very best not only in the athletic events but also in other sporting events at the games.