translated by Brett Larner
Named to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic team in the women's 3000 m steeplechase, Matsuyama University third-year Anju Takamizawa, 20, held a public practice session this week at the school's Kumanodai Field. Takamizawa ran the steeplechase at the National Championships late last month, clearing the 9:45.00 Olympic standard to win in a meet record 9:44.22 and guarantee herself a place on the Olympic team.
At the public training session, after some light jogging and other warmups Takamizawa ran a series of 400 m intervals. "This will be my first Olympics," she said. "I'll be targeting my PB and hope to have the kind of run that will get me through to the final."