Tokyo Olympics Athletics Day Five Japanese Results
Written by tokyoclub on August 3, 2021
One of Japan’s hopes for a top 8 placing in track and field, women’s javelin NR holder Haruka Kitaguchi got off to a good start at the Tokyo Olympics with a season best opening throw of 62.08 m in the qualifying round, just short of the 63.0 m auto-qualifying mark. She wasn’t able to improve on that in subsequent throws but advanced to Friday’s final with ease, placing 3rd in her group and 6th overall.
Mirroring the lackluster performances in the men’s 100 m, none of the three Japanese men in the 200 m moved on past the first round heats. Jun Yamashita came closest at 20.78 for 5th in the third heat, 0.25 off qualifying on time. In his third Olympics Shota Iizuka was 6th in the opening heat in 21.02, with Abdul Hakim Sani Brown 6th in the second heat in 21.41.