Takano sees Murofushi as only hope


Japan’s athletics team head coach Susumu Takano said Monday that newly crowned hammer throw world champion Koji Murofushi is the country’s only serious medal candidate at next year’s London Olympics.

“From what we saw in Daegu, I have to admit that only Murofushi is an Olympic medal candidate,” Takano said at a press conference summing up Japanese athletes’ performance at the world championships that ended Sunday.

Athens Olympic champion Murofushi won his first world title on Aug. 29 for Japan’s only medal in Daegu.

Yukifumi Murakami, the 2009 world javelin throw bronze medalist in Berlin, failed to qualify for the 12-man final.

“I don’t feel a sense of defeat over our performance, but I don’t feel a sense of achievement either,” Takano said.