Take the silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly final at Rio de Janeiro Olympics
3rd year student at the School of Sport Sciences
Masato Sakai, a third year student at the School of Sport Sciences, won the silver medal for the 200-meter butterfly final in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
He swam against world-renowned swimmers, including Michael Phelps (the United States), who has won 19 gold medals in total, and London Olympics gold medalist Chad Le Clos (South Africa). Daiya Seto (Japan), a fellow student from Waseda University, also entered this competition. In 6th place at the last turn, Sakai showed an amazing comeback in the last 50 meters as he closed the gap between him and Phelps, which ended in a close call with only a 0.04 second difference. He overcame his weakness of lacking stamina and made this incredible achievement, embodying the University’s Swimming Club’s slogan, “PRIDE.”