Introduction of new athletes who joined the Athletics Club

The Sumitomo Electric Group aims to contribute to the development of sports and local communities through activities to support sports. Notably, the Athletics Club has been redoubling its efforts to produce world-class athletes. This year, four track and field athletes joined the Company. Your warm support is highly appreciated.

Yuma Maruyama

Sporting eventsdecathlon

Commitment and goal

The Athletics Club of Sumitomo Electric is known for sprinting and long-distance running. I will play an active role in raising the profile of the decathlon! I will make my dream come true by setting a Japan record!

Favorite aspects of track and field It is an individual sport, but it requires teamwork and gives a sense of unity.
Most impressive competition I participated in the Asian Junior Athletics Championships when I was a high school student. I won my event, and the national anthem that I heard on the dais was very impressive. I still remember the moment clearly.
Motto Jita-kyoraku (make efforts for one’s happiness and consider others’ happiness as well)
A ritual before a competition To clearly imagine myself winning my event and standing in the highest position on the dais
Specialty/hobby My specialty is to make my shoulder blades stick out remarkably. My hobby is amateur astronomy.
Favorite food Cream puffs
Favorite practice Pole vaulting. I am 194 cm tall, and I can make my large body jump to a height of about 5 m. This action makes me feel extremely excited.
Personal strength that deserves attention during competitions I enjoy competitions more than anybody else by involving spectators. I hope you will see me in a competition!
Inspiration/role model Usain Bolt
He is the athlete who motivated me to take up track and field. He has been a superstar for me all the time. I want to become a Usain Bolt in decathlon!

Atsushi Kato

Sporting eventslong-distance running

Commitment and goal

I took up track and field about 10 years ago, but I have not won a ticket to an international competition. I will make efforts to become a world-class track athlete. The first step is to become an athlete trusted by team members. At the New Year Ekiden (All-Japan Men’s Corporate Team Ekiden Championships), I will make a big effort so that my running leads the team to victory. I would appreciate your support.

Favorite aspects of track and field It is simple but profound.
Most impressive competition 2020 All-Japan University Men’s Ekiden
Motto Effort is a treasure.
A ritual before a competition Taking a deep breath
Specialty/hobby Watching baseball games
Favorite food Sushi
Favorite practice Running at a constant speed of about 200 sec./km
Personal strength that deserves attention during competitions Toughness when competing with other athletes
Inspiration/role model Hyuga Endo (Sumitomo Electric)

Shuya Iwami

Sporting eventslong-distance running

Commitment and goal

I will make efforts to produce results at large events by following the example of highly competitive senior athletes. My goal is to do well at the New Year Ekiden and participate in the JAAF Athletics Championships!!

Favorite aspects of track and field A sense of accomplishment after a good run
Most impressive competition Hakone Ekiden (Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race)
Motto At the critical moment, get the result
A ritual before a competition Taking a stroll
Specialty/hobby Watching TV
Favorite food Buta kimchi (stir-fried pork and kimchi)
Favorite practice Physical training/roadwork/practice in the morning
Personal strength that deserves attention during competitions Steady pace
Inspiration/role model Senior athletes in Sumitomo Electric Athletic Club

Keita Yoshida

Sporting eventslong-distance running

Commitment and goal

I will do my daily practice with a sense of appreciation because I can do track and field despite this difficult situation. My goal is to compete in international events. I will increase my speed in track events and then test my abilities in the marathon.
I will make a fresh start. I would appreciate your support.

Favorite aspects of track and field A sense of accomplishment when I surpass my personal best
Most impressive competition When my team won the overall title in the Hakone Ekiden (I was a junior at university.)
Motto Live a life that I choose with strong determination
A ritual before a competition Keeping up my usual practice
Specialty/hobby Mechanical puzzles, video games
Favorite food Omurice
Favorite practice Roadwork/practice in the evening
Personal strength that deserves attention during competitions Stability
Inspiration/role model Kazuki Tamura (Sumitomo Electric)