Staying with the Tokyo Olympics, here are a few more Team Japan athletes to watch out for:
- Japan has a new fastest man ever: Ryota Yamagata ran 100 meters in 9.95 seconds Sunday, shaving 0.02 off the previous national record. And the “sprinting philosopher” feels confident in his ability to peak at the games, Kaz Nagatsuka reports.
- The president of the Japan Wrestling Federation has set the ambitious target of 10 medals, including five golds, at the games. Kyodo takes readers through the qualification process, and points out the Olympians who could help the team to that perfect 10.
- With surfing making its Olympic debut, Kanoa Igarashi is looking to leave his mark on the event. Born and raised in California, Igarashi switched his competitive nationality to represent his parents’ home country for the Tokyo Games.
- This is a different type of board meeting. Two-time Olympic snowboard silver medalist Ayumu Hirano is set to compete in skateboarding in Tokyo. And in the women’s event, don’t miss preteen Kokona Hiraki, Japan’s soon-to-be youngest Olympian.
- Handball team captain Remi Anri Doi is using his millions-strong fan base on TikTok to promote his sport at home, with the men’s team appearing at the games for the first time since 1988. He explains to Kyodo why he will get a COVID-19 jab after all.