translated by Brett Larner
On May 11 Rio Olympics men's marathon team member Suehiro Ishikawa (36, Team Honda) visited city hall in Sayama, Saitama, home ground of the Honda corporate team. "My goal is to make top eight," he said with determination. "I'm overjoyed and utterly thrilled. Making the Olympics is a dream come true and I hope that I can enjoy it at least a little."
Mayor Tsuyoshi Koyano offered Ishikawa words of support, saying, "On behalf of the city, I offer you our congratulations and best wishes. We are all looking forward to cheering you on on race day."
Ishikawa turns 37 in September. In Rio he will become the oldest-ever Japanese man to make an Olympic marathon team, surpassing the record set at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics by Hiromi Taniguchi, recently turned 36 at the time. "I want to prove that you can still do it even at this age," Ishikawa said.