August 26, 2015,08:35 +0900(JST) Mr. Tamura Also to Compete in the World Athletics Championships!
I have already let you know that Yuta Konishi, a member of our athletics club, was selected as a representative of Japan for the World Athletics Championships being held from August 22 in Beijing, China. Now, I'm pleased to announce that Tomoya Tamura has also been selected as a representative of Japan for the event. He is listed in the 4 × 400 m relay member of Japan. I'm truly proud that two members of our athletics club represent Japan at the world's most prestigious meet.
Mr. Tamura, who joined Sumitomo Electric this year, finished third in the men's 400 m at the Japan National Championships (in June). In addition, he represented Japan at the Japan-China-Korea Friendship Athletics Meeting (in July), and as the first runner in the men's 4 × 400 m relay, he contributed to Japan winning the title. At the beginning of August, he was selected as a candidate to represent Japan at the World Athletics Championships.
However, as of August 8, when we held a pep rally, the right for Japan to compete in the 4 × 400 m relay at the championships had not been secured yet. Accordingly, it had not been formally settled whether Mr. Tamura could compete in the event or not. Actually, the encouragements for him from many people contained the conditional phrase "if he competes in the meet...." Now that his participation has been finally settled officially, I'm sure that he is preparing for the race with a clear mind.
At the pep rally, Mr. Tamura greeted participants, saying that he was actually surprised that everything was going ahead without a hitch. But I feel that it is important for him to accelerate his momentum. It might be too demanding if I tell him to stay calm when he competes against the world's top ranked athletes whom we often see on TV. However, I hope that he will fully demonstrate his capabilities in good condition.
▲ Left: Mr. Konishi; right: Mr. Tamura