Keio Students and Alumni at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games
August 25, 2016
Several Keio University students and alumni had outstanding performances at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, which came to a close on 22 August.
Ginga Munetomo (3rd year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies), who competed in the trampoline gymnastics event, advanced to the final on 13 August, where he came in 4th place with a score of 59.535. Although just missing out on a medal, Munetomo put on an impressive performance in his first Olympic appearance.
Manami Doi (4th year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies) participated in her second Olympic Games for sailing in the women’s laser radial event. She raced ten times—the final race on 17 August—and fought valiantly, including winning the eighth race. She finished in 20th place.
The highly-anticipated athletics men’s 100m event featured Keio alumnus Ryota Yamagata (Faculty of Policy Management), and for the second straight Olympics, he advanced to the semifinals. Unfortunately he did not advance to the final, however, he recorded a personal best of 10.05s with the world looking on.
Yamagata was also the first runner in the Japanese 4x100m relay team which, in the final on 20 August, got off to a blistering start. The Japanese team, which had set a new Japan and Asian record in the heats, bested that record in the final with a time of 37.60s on their way to winning a silver medal in a race that will go down in history.
Also, Assistant Professor Hisashi Mizutori of the Faculty of Policy Management was the coach of the Japanese men’s gymnastics team that won gold in the team competition. (Mizutori himself was a gold medal-winning gymnast at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.)
At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, which will start on 8 September, Saki Takakuwa (alumnus of the Faculty of Policy Management) will take part in the long jump event in the T44 class.
Event & Result
4th year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies
Women’s Laser Radial 20th place
3rd year, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies