November 7, 2016,16:00 +0900(JST) 5th Sumitomo Athletics Festa
On October 16, we held the Sumitomo Athletics Festa at the Sumitomo Multi-Purpose Sports Field in Itami, Hyogo. The event mainly consisted of an athletics workshop for elementary and junior high school students in the morning, and the Sumitomo Electric Cup, which also served as a meet to challenge Japanese records, in the afternoon. In addition, the event adopted the theme "health festa" for the first time, and contained physical fitness tests and a yoga workshop. Although the wind was a little strong, the weather was nice, helping to attract many more visitors than usual.
Moreover, some Olympians participated in the event, such as Yoshihide Kiryu, Yuzo Kanemaru, Julian Walsh, Suguru Osako, Anna Doi, Kayoko Fukushi, and Tomoya Tamura, who is a member of our athletics club. These Olympians were so appealing that a crowd of people who wanted to catch even a glimpse of them formed around them in an autograph session.
For new records, Hideki Omuro of Otsuka Pharmaceutical equaled the Japanese record in the 200 m hurdles. Also, Hyuga Endo of Ishikawa High School, whom we have decided to employ, broke the Japanese high school student record that he had set in the 3,000 m. Furthermore, Yuki Takeshita of Sumitomo Electric won victories in the 60 m and 100 m, beating the meet record and his own record in the latter event. Thus, the festa greatly wowed the spectators. Watching the athletes sprinting in front of me, I cheered for them loudly despite myself and thoroughly enjoyed a fine autumn day of sports.
I would like to conclude by expressing my sincere appreciation to the Kansai Industrial Track and Field Association and other parties involved in this event, Itami City, the Board of Education of Itami City, companies that cooperated with the event, athletes who competed or participated in the meet and their coaches, and Sumitomo Electric employees who helped behind the scenes.