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昨日、岩手県釜石市で開催された第71回国民体育大会
OWS 競技5kmで優勝し国体初代チャンピオンになりました。
高校1年生から大学3年生まで千葉県代表(当時は400m自由形、過去最高順位は3位)として国体に出場してきましたが、優勝は初めてです。
5年ぶりに味わった国体の雰囲気は独特でした。
僕は千葉で生まれ千葉の水泳で育った僕なので
優勝して千葉県水泳連盟大澤会長、加藤理事長、常務理事鵜原さん、スポーツ大使を務めさせて頂いている館山市金丸市長が
とっても喜んでくださり、何より、その事が1番嬉しかったです。
それが自分が今できる最大限のコントリビューションでした。
また、僕自身初めて岩手県に行き、東日本大震災での津波の被害のあった場所に行き、実際目で見て肌で感じ、すごく考えさせられました。優勝インタビューでお話させて頂いた通り、今、選手として僕に何かできる事を考え、競技生活中に取り組んでいきたいと思っています。
優勝の賞状を大地さんから頂き、東京オリンピックに向けて激励の言葉を頂き、さらにモチベーションが高まりました。
大地さん本当にありがとうございます。
昨晩、すぐに東京に戻り、今月25日にお台場で開催される
来年の世界水泳代表選考会を兼ねた日本選手権に向けてフォーカスしています。万全な状態で当日をむかえるように努力します。
数日前までヨーロッパにいました。
競泳W杯連戦のダメージ、移動の疲労などがあり、自分が予想していた以上に正直、身体は相当キツかったです。
優勝できたのは自分を応援、支えてくれる、サポートしてくれる
多くの人たちの応援があったからです。
力になりました。
皆さん、応援本当にありがとうございました。
感謝です。

It was the first time in the history of national games to have 5km Open Water Swimming; it was held yesterday at Kamaishi in Iwate. I feel extremely privileged to be the first ever winner in this event!
From when I was 16 until I was 21, I had represented Chiba prefecture (each athlete represent one of 47 prefectures to compete) and had always competed in 400m freestyle. The best result I had was 3rd place. So winning in national games was something I had never experienced before. Until now. It was quite a special moment to compete and be on the top of a podium.
I was born and raised in Chiba. President and chairmen of Chiba swimming association Mr. Oosawa, Mr Kato and Mr Uhara send me warm congratulations. It made me very happy and extremely proud to win and to win the race was the best thing I could do to show my appreciation to the association and to whole Chiba.
I also came to Kamaishi and the venue for another reason. Unfortunately, Kamaishi and Iwate was badly affected in the horrific earth quake in 2011. I went to the place where they had a big tsunami. I had never felt so much pain in my heart before to see some of buildings are still remain fallen. Just imagining how it was when it happened makes me sick. As I have said in the winning interview, I must think and act towards helping others in need as a professional athlete.
My winning prize was gifted by a Japanese swimming legend Mr Daichi Suzuki and I was moved by his words and he wished me good luck for Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Thank you very much Daichi san!
I came back to Tokyo last night. Now I put my focus on the world cup qualifying race which will be held on 25th this month in Odaiba Japan. I will do my best to bring my body to perfection!
I was in Europe a few days ago. After the Rio, I had races after races, world cup after world cup. Damage to my body is more than I was imagining. I struggled in the race I just had. But I pushed my body to the limit and won the race. This was only possible because of all the people who support me and cheer me on. Each one of your cheer made me push harder, and faster.
Thank you all for your wonderful support! I cannot thank you enough!

YASU.

http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2016/09/courtesy-of-wowsa-huntington-beach.html








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