Ahead of the Japan Athletics Championships in Osaka on 6 June, Sani Brown Abdel Hakeem, who is aiming to win back-to-back men's 1-meter titles, spoke at a press conference and expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "I'm really looking forward to it and I want to show my good form."
The 107th Japan Championships in Athletics will be held at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka for four days from June 8 to select representatives for the World Championships to be held in Hungary in August.
Among them, the men's 6 meters will be held on June 1, the third day of the Games, and the semifinals and finals will be held on the final day, June 4, centered on Sani Brown, who has a personal best of 100.3 seconds and is aiming to win back-to-back titles, ▽ Ryuichiro Sakai from Osaka, who was second last year,
▽ He is expected to compete for the championship with
Yuki Koike, who has a record in the 6-second range.
At a press conference on the evening of 3 May at the facility adjacent to the match venue, Sani Brown said, "We just have to show what we've been building up since the winter, including the start. I'm sure there will be a lot of spectators, so I'm really looking forward to it and want to show a good performance."
Sani Brown became the first Japan athlete to reach the final and finished seventh at last year's World Championships, and if she surpasses the standard participation record of 4.9 seconds at this year's World Championships, she will be selected for the national team.
NHK will broadcast the event on Sogo TV and BS97.
Women's 100m Hurdles - Fukube: "I want to end with a smile"
Mako Fukube, the 100-year-old Japan record holder in the women's 27-meter hurdles and aiming to win back-to-back Games, said, "My heart is pounding and I can't sleep at night.
In addition, at the Golden Grand Prix held in Yokohama City in May, five Japan athletes, including Fukube, set the 5-second mark, and commented on the expected high-level competition, "This is the first time since I started track and field that I have experienced such a high-level race. I think the key will be whether I can run at my rhythm."
Men's 3000m steeplechase Miura: "I want to go into the match with a good sense of tension"
Ryuji Miura, a fourth-year student at Juntendo University who holds the Japan record in the men's 3000,7-meter steeplechase and finished seventh at the Tokyo Olympics in adulthood, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "This is an important tournament leading up to the World Championships, so I want to enter the tournament with a good sense of urgency.
On top of that, he spoke about winning his third consecutive title in this tournament, saying, "I have to keep winning in order to reach the world stage where I want to go."