On July 2, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations announced further informal athlete selections for athletics at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and Waseda University alumni Rikuya Ito (affiliated with Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, graduated from the School of Sports Sciences in 2021) and Asuka Terada (affiliated with JAPANCREATE, LTD., graduated from the School of Human Sciences’ e-school in 2017) were among those selected.
Ito also competed in Silesia 21 (World Athletics Relays) in May this year, and was thought to be a likely candidate for the Olympics. Sure enough, he was then informally selected to represent Japan as a member of the men’s 4×400m relay team.
Although Terada set a new Japanese record of 12.87 seconds at the Michitaka Kinami Memorial Meet in June, she missed the qualifying standard (12.84 seconds) by 0.03 seconds. However, it was announced that she was among the second group of informally selected athletes based on her current world ranking, and that she has been informally selected to represent Japan in the women’s 100m hurdles.
This will be the first Olympics for both Ito and Terada.
Born in Chiba Prefecture in 1998, he graduated from Waseda University’s School of Sports Sciences in 2021. His personal best for the 400m is 45.79 (September 2018, Japan University Student Championships). In 2019, he competed at the World Championships. In May 2021, he represented Japan in the men’s 4×400m relay at Silesia 21 (World Athletics Relays), and won a silver medal. He also ran the men’s 400m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Test Event (“Ready Steady Tokyo”), and placed second.
She was born in Hokkaido in 1990, and graduated from Waseda University’s School of Human Sciences’ e-school in 2017. She started participating in athletics competitions when she was a fourth grader in elementary school. She competed in the World Championships in 2009. Although she temporarily retired from athletics in 2013, she made a comeback in 2018, and achieved a new Japanese record of 12.97 seconds in the women’s 100m hurdles in September the following year. Her personal best is 12.87 for the 100m hurdles (June 2021, Michitaka Kinami Memorial Meet).