The men's 400m relay, which Japan is aiming for the first gold medal in history at the Tokyo Olympics and track and field events, will qualify on the 5th.

In this tournament, the six sprinters that Japan is proud of who participated in the 100 meters and 200 meters were all eliminated in the qualifying, and in a difficult situation where they could not demonstrate their original strength so far, what kind of members and running order will be faced. The selection is continuing to see if it is the best.

8 candidate players from Japan

The members of the 400m relay will be decided based on the condition of the tournament from eight candidates.

[8 candidates]

▽ Shuhei Tada (Men's 100m qualifying defeat time 10 seconds 22)

▽ Ryota Yamagata (Men's 100m qualifying defeat time 10 seconds 15)

▽ Yuki Koike (Men's 100m qualifying defeat time 10 seconds 22 this year) )

▽ Sani Brown Abdul Hakim (Men's 200m qualifying defeat time



Shota Iizuka (Men's 200m qualifying defeat time



▽ Jun Yamashita (Men's 200m qualifying defeat time 20.78)

▽ Yoshihide Kiryu (relay specialist member)

Day Day

Bruno (relay specialist member) There

are 1680 patterns of members and running order in the calculation.

However, coach Hiroyasu Tsuchie, a short-distance sprinter for boys, revealed in an interview with NHK before the tournament that "it is limited to about 2 / 1680."

Who are the Japanese members

[1st and 2nd runs]

Considering the members based on the interviews so far, Tada, who is good at starting the 1st run, and Yamagata, who was the 1st run at the Rio de Janeiro Games, are candidates.

However, Yamagata has "excellent speed endurance", so it is most likely to be appointed in the two runs with the longest running distance.

With that in mind, the most likely run order is Tada for the first run and Yamagata for the second run.

[3 runs] For the

3 runs, experienced Kiryu and Koike, who are good at 200 meters, are candidates.

Coach Tsuchie has long said, "Three runs are the only one of the four to receive a baton from a player who runs in a straight line, so it is difficult to measure the sense of distance at the start. The section where experience is most important." Since 2016, Kiryu has been appointed on the big stage of the Olympic Games and World Championships.

Kiryu, who has not participated in individual events this year, was worried about the pain of his right Achilles ken, but he appealed for a smooth recovery by posting "I am running at full power" on my SNS two weeks ago. There seems to be no problem in using it.

[4 runs (anchor)]

Koike, Sani Brown, and Day Day are candidates for the anchor, but Sani Brown is in the 21-second range in the 200-meter qualifying on the 3rd. Is far from the situation.

It seems likely that Koike, who missed the semi-final advance in the 100-meter qualifying with a difference of 10 seconds 22 and 1/100 second, or Day Day, who finished second in the Japan Championships and has momentum, will be appointed.

What are your rivals ??

Japan's rivals include the United States, which lost the gold medal in the adult world championship, the United Kingdom, which has a silver medal, and China, which has Su Bingtian, who set an astonishing Asian record of 9.83 in the 100 meters of this tournament. Countries such as Italy with Lamont Marcel Jacobs, who won the gold medal at 9:80.

Japan entered the same tough group as Britain, Jamaica aiming for the third consecutive Olympic title in the qualifying on the 5th, South Africa, Brazil and France, which have strong talents.

High-speed races that require a 37-second run from qualifying are also expected to advance to the finals.

The Japanese record was 37.43 when he won the bronze medal at the adult world championship, but this year, Japan set a high goal of 37.10 to win the gold medal.

It will be a race where the true value of Japan will be questioned as to how far the baton pass, which has been modified and refined after the individual event, can be used to rewind.