translated by Brett Larner
Appearing at an event in Kurosaki as part of a campaign to revitalize the area through better health, London Olympics men's marathon 6th-placer Kentaro Nakamoto and other members of the local Yasukawa Denki corporate team spoke on the theme of "From Kurosaki to the World." "My goal is to make the Rio Olympics," Nakamoto said with determination.
The event took place in the Yasukawa Denki Headquarters Auditorium. Appearing alongside Nakamoto were 2015 Sydney Marathon winner Hisanori Kitajima and 2012 Fukuoka International Marathon 5th-placer Bunta Kuroki, a graduate of Tsutsui Elementary School. The trio spoke about the appeal of the marathon, their training, and their future goals.
All three plan to run March's Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon, which will serve as the final Olympic selection race. Nakamoto commented, "The three of us are working hard together to achieve our goal of making the Olympics." Kuroki told the crowd, "The local support here gives us strength. We want to make Kurosaki the source of a new wave of excitement in Japanese athletics." Kitajima said, "I hope to follow the two of them to the Olympics."