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Paris 2024 Olympics 10 new people selected to represent Japan! Wearing a new uniform, we talk about our thoughts on #unseen stages

[Paris 2024 Olympics] 10 new people selected to represent Japan! Wearing a new uniform, we talk about our thoughts on #unseen stages *Japan Athletics Federation*
Press release: July 3, 2024
[Paris 2024 Olympics] 10 new people selected to represent Japan! Wearing a new uniform, we talk about our thoughts on #unseen stages afro sports
On July 1st, the Japan Athletics Federation held a press conference at a hotel in Niigata City for the athletes who met the qualifications for the 108th Japan Championship held the day before and were selected to represent Japan at the Paris Olympics.

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Attending the press conference were four athletes who are also Japanese record holders in the unofficial events. Rashid Muratake (JAL; won the men’s 110m hurdles for the first time and was appointed to the national team) and Nozomi Tanaka (New
Balance: Won two titles in the women’s 1500m and 5000m, cleared the participation standard record in the 1500m in addition to the 5000m that had already been offered, and was offered an offer), won the women’s long jump and was offered an offer after exceeding the participation standard record. Misuzu Tahata (Sumitomo Electric) and Mako Fukube (Nihon Kensetsu Kogyo), who broke the participation standard record in the women’s 100m hurdles semifinals and earned a spot on the national team with their second win, took to the stage. The press conference was held in two parts and was held in the presence of eight fans who participated in the “Support Message Campaign for Players” held at the Japan Championship and were invited to the press conference by lottery.
The first part was the announcement of the new uniforms that Japan’s track and field athletes will wear at the Paris Olympics.
ASICS Co., Ltd., an official partner of the Japan Athletics Federation and a longtime provider of national team uniforms, has announced a new uniform that is lightweight and breathable, with the concept of “balancing performance and sustainability.” , was developed to realize the three themes of sustainability, and as before, the key color is “Sunrise Red”, which symbolizes the strength of the rising sun.The design is based on decisions and After introducing the use of the “YAGASURI graphic,” which incorporates Yagasuri, a traditional Japanese auspicious pattern that represents strength, the four players who had been unofficially selected were introduced to the new design. He appeared in a uniform.

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When Tanaka was first asked for his thoughts, he answered, “I thought, “I’m going to compete in Paris in this uniform,” and “The next time I put my sleeves on, I’ll be wearing it for the actual performance, and I’ll be nervous.” Regarding the arrow pattern used in the design, he said, “I did a little research and learned that it was a pattern used by Japanese samurai, and arrows, which could only point in a straight line, were used as lucky charms. I tend to be negative, so I felt like the message was that the arrow could only fly forward, and it stuck with me.”
Players Muratake, Hata, and Fukube also said, “I have a strong feeling that I have become a member of the national team.It feels so light that I feel like I can run in it even now (lol).The design is also sunrise red on the side. I really like the good arrangement of the gray and black colors.” (Muratake) “From now on, I’m going to look at it every day and get attached to it.In the jumping events, I make a variety of movements, but it has a firm hold, so… (It’s very comfortable to wear)” (Hata), “It’s a good fit and looks like it’s easy to run in.It’s a crisp, bright color, and I like bright colors, so I liked it” (Fukube). I shared my thoughts with each of them. In the second part, after a photo session, a press conference was held for the four players selected for the national team. Each athlete spoke about their current state of mind after being accepted into the national team, their goals and aspirations for the Paris Olympics, and then answered questions from the media.
The comments (summary) of each player at the press conference are as follows.

* Women’s long jump Misuzu Hata (Sumitomo Electric) *
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The goal in selecting representatives for each world tournament was to beat the standard participation record, win the Japan Championship, and receive an immediate offer. I am very happy that I was able to make an offer like this. I want to do my best to aim for a high ranking at the Olympics.

At the Paris Olympics, my biggest goal is to first pass the qualifying rounds and then compete in the finals. In order to pass the
preliminaries, in previous years, if I had to jump 6m in the low 70s, I would think, “Hmm, well, I guess I’m in the safe zone.” This time, there were quite a number of athletes who broke the standard participation record (6.86m) at the Olympics, and I really got the impression that the level of women’s long jump was rising, so even though I wasn’t sure what would happen, I decided to do my best jump in the preliminaries. I’m thinking, “I can’t wait until then.” After going to the finals, I no longer think specifically about this number (record goal). I think it would be good if I could value my feelings and flow at that moment and just go for it.

* Women’s 1500m/5000m Nozomi Tanaka (New Balance) *
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The rights for the 5,000m race had been decided before the Japan Championships, so when I attended these press conferences I thought he would be talking about his enthusiasm for the 5,000m race, but it turned out that he would also be talking about the 1,500m race. I had said that I would aim to make it to the national team in two events, but instead of waiting to see what the points would be (in the world rankings), I would do it on my own (by breaking the standard participation record in the 1500m as well). First of all, I’m very happy that I won the right to win the second event, and I’m looking forward to Paris.
On the other hand, when I purely look at my time and the power relationship with the world, I think that my current position is “I still have a long way to go to compete.” Instead of taking on the challenge with the mindset of a challenger like I did at the Tokyo Olympics, this time I will be in the position of having competed in the Olympics once and still chasing after (the world), so I feel a lot of fear. It may turn out to be a little disappointing, but I want to make this a tournament where I can truly feel the happiness of being able to (participate) in the second event.

My goals from the beginning for the Paris Olympics have been to “become the finals in both the 1500m and 5000m” and “do better than place in either event,” and if possible, “become the finalist in both events. Aiming to win a prize.” However, since spring, the world’s standards have been rising rapidly, and the gap between myself and myself has become very large. Lately, I’ve been able to feel that I’ve grown a lot, but the world is moving so fast that my steps feel like the steps of a turtle, and I feel more anxious now.
I myself think it’s not good to be passive and say negative things in a place like this, but I said it back in the spring when I didn’t know anything about this kind of situation. I feel that my goals have reached such a world-class level that I’m afraid to even talk about them.
However, if I were to give you specific numbers to compete, I would say 1500m in under 3 minutes 55 seconds and 5000m in under 14 minutes 20 seconds. When people in Japan hear this time, I think they think, “That’s impossible for Japanese people,” but I think that’s the only way to compete on the world stage. It means that. Even now, when I say that number, I find myself thinking, “Maybe it’s impossible,” or “I can’t do it with my current self,” but we have to move towards that. As I stand here now, I realize this once again.

* Men’s 110m hurdles Rashid Muratake (JAL) *
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I feel very honored to have been selected to represent the Paris Olympics, and I’ve been training with the goal of participating in the Paris Olympics, so I’m glad that things went as planned. . On the Olympic stage, I plan to race with the goal of advancing to the finals and winning a medal. I want to use the remaining period to perfect my body and do my best to give my best performance at the Paris Olympics.

As for the specific time, first of all it was in the 12 second range. At yesterday’s Japan Championship, I had a record of 13.07 seconds, but despite the bad weather and the hurdles (race), I wasn’t really satisfied with it, but I still managed to get a time in the 13.0 range. This record is a time that can be used at the World
Championships and the Olympics every year, and it is still the third race of this season at the Japan Championships, so there is still a lot of room for improvement, so even more. The time will come out. On the Olympic stage, it doesn’t matter if you don’t make it through the semi-finals, so I’d like to first improve my performance and motivation for that, advance to the finals, run a time under 12 seconds, and win a medal. thinking.

* Women’s 100m hurdles Mako Fukube (Nihon Kensetsu Kogyo) *
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The Paris Olympics is something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m really glad that I was able to break through the standard participation record and win the Japan Championship to secure my ticket to that stage. While I am enjoying the fact that I can run on that stage, I am also filled with the feeling that I want to do my best so that I can run shoulder to shoulder with athletes from around the world. Last year, I knew that I would not be able to advance to the finals unless I could break 12.50 seconds as my goal for the Olympics. At this stage, there are quite a few people who have broken the standard participation record (12.77 seconds), so I’m afraid that even if I run 12.4 seconds, I won’t make it to the finals. I hope to at least give my best performance and run with a time of 12.5 seconds to get as close to the finals as possible.
In track and field, the first round of athletes selected to represent Japan will be announced after July 3rd, and the second round of athletes selected to represent Japan will be announced after July 7th. These unofficially selected athletes are then recommended to the sending organization, the JOC (Japan Olympic Committee), and after receiving JOC approval, they are officially selected to represent Japan at the Paris Olympics.
*Each player’s comments are compiled from excerpts from each player’s statements at the press conference and the Q&A portion with the moderator.

Interview/Composition: Ikumi Kodama (JAAF Media Team)
Photo: Afro Sports

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