August 31, 2016,10:30 +0900(JST) End of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
The curtain fell on the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, which featured many touching moments. As I wrote in my blog previously, Mr. Tomoya Tamura, a member of our athletics club, competed in the games as the second runner in the men's 4 x 400 meter relay.
On the day of the event, we held a public viewing at the Itami Works. Although I could not participate in the event, it drew many board members and employees of Sumitomo Electric. The event was also attended by Mr. Tamura's family from Aichi Prefecture and Mr. Shinji Aoto from Chukyo University, who instructed him during his university days. I heard that everyone at the venue cheered their hearts out and yelled out to Mr. Tamura on the screen as loudly and enthusiastically as they could.
The result of the Japanese team was 3:2.95, 7th place in the first elimination heat and 13th of 16 competing teams overall. In a TV interview after the race, Mr. Tamura showed his disappointment with the result, commenting that he could not demonstrate his best performance.
This was the first Olympic Games for Mr. Tamura, and he was the first employee of Sumitomo Electric to ever compete in an Olympic Games. I guess the pressure that he felt as a representative from Japan was beyond imagination, but he made it through to the finish line. I hope that he will learn a lot from this invaluable experience and the frustration that he felt, in order to demonstrate an excellent performance at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Thank you very much for the generous support you gave him.