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Keiichi Kimura of gold, Tomita of silver Interview with Shusaku Sugiuchi of copper

On the final day of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic swimming competition, Japan’s ace Keiichi Kimura and Tomita Uchu, who are making great strides in this tournament, confronted each other with the 100m butterfly S11, followed by Kimura’s long-sought gold medal and Tomita’s silver medal, achieving a one-two finish. Looking back on the race with Shusaku Sugiuchi, a bronze medalist at the Athens 2004 Games, and Takayuki Suzuki, the captain who won medals in all five events, the Japanese national team made a big leap with three gold medals, seven silver medals, and three bronze medals. I had you summarize the tournament.

The best race that the two of us have

There is a race like that drama. I thought it was something like this that made me happy to see it. I was excited. It was a good race that brought out the characteristics of the two of us. As Kimura said in the interview, the records and swimming content may not have been satisfactory, but I didn’t want a world record, “I want to get some money”, “One-two with two people”. I wanted to finish, “he said, so it was a victory for the two of them, who were devoted to the game and kept their style from beginning to end. It’s wonderful.

Tapping that gave momentum to Tomita in the second half

Looking back on the race a little, I found the good points of Kimura and Tomita. In terms of time, both 1’2.57 and 1’3.59 did not reach their personal bests, but Kimura went out from the first half as officially stated. I remember that I was about to reach 25m after jumping in, but I was moving to the left side in the direction of swimming, and Tomita was also moving to the right side at that timing. I thought I was on good terms (laughs). The two may have hit a little, at least they hit the slope, but as Kimura said after the qualifying, “I was able to keep calm even if I hit,” while dealing well with the slope in the final. I think I was able to do it. I turned in 1st place in the first half, and even in the last difficult part, I clenched my teeth and became sticky, and I also raised the pitch. On the other hand, Tomita is the latter half type. In the first half, Mr. Kazama (Midori) and Tomita who had tapping while entering at a moderate tempo without raising too much have been supporting since the beginning of para-swimming, but the tapping at the turn was decided well, The angle to kick the wall was very good. It was so sticky (to the wall) that I thought it was the best for him, so I was able to get momentum from the wall, and I got out of it and spurted from about 75m like Tomita who is strong in the second half, I cut off the silver medal that I caught up at the end. Kimura’s good points and Tomita’s good points came out. In terms of time, both 1’2.57 and 1’3.59 did not reach their personal bests, but Kimura went out from the first half as officially stated. I remember that I was about to reach 25m after jumping in, but I was moving to the left side in the direction of swimming, and Tomita was also moving to the right side at that timing.

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I thought I was on good terms (laughs). The two may have hit a little, at least they hit the slope, but as Kimura said after the qualifying, “I was able to keep calm even if I hit,” while dealing well with the slope in the final. I think I was able to do it. I turned in 1st place in the first half, and even in the last difficult part, I clenched my teeth and became sticky, and I also raised the pitch.

On the other hand, Tomita is the latter half type. In the first half, Mr. Kazama (Midori) and Tomita who had tapping while entering at a moderate tempo without raising too much have been supporting since the beginning of para-swimming, but the tapping at the turn was decided well, The angle to kick the wall was very good. It was so sticky (to the wall) that I thought it was the best for him, so I was able to get momentum from the wall, and I got out of it and spurted from about 75m like Tomita who is strong in the second half. , I cut off the silver medal that I caught up at the end.

Ethan Hansen

Ethan Hansen is executive vice president for finance and operations at Leilo Sports. Before joining PNC in 2021, he founded snewslog to help early-stage companies (Seed through Series B). Previously, Cohen worked in consulting (strategy and innovation), private equity (operationally focused investing) and investment banking (M&A).

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