A Year to Go for Olympic Games Paris 2024! Don’t Miss our Hakumon Athletes Shining Globally
Left: Misaki Emura (Ⓒ Japanese Fencing Federation/Augusto Bizzi/FIE), Middle: Shunsuke Imamura, Right: Yuka Ueno (ⒸJapanese Fencing Federation /Augusto Bizzi/FIE)
As Olympic Games Paris 2024 is coming up next summer, many Hakumon Athletes (athletes who are alumni of or undergraduates of Chuo University) have participated in world championships which are key steps to gain tickets for the Olympic Games.
Check out the Hakumon Athletes who played an active role in the world stages with a national flag on their shoulders.
Hakumon Athletes in the limelight at
World Championships/ International Competitions
Kenta Nishimoto (Credits：JTEKT Stingers）
BWF World Championships 2023
Left: Masahiro Sekita (Credits: FIELD OF DREAMS), Middle: Yuki Ishikawa, Right: Shoma Tomita (Credits: Toray Arrows)
Asian Senior Men’s Volleyball Championship 2023
Left: Shota Iizuka (Credits:Mizuno), Right: Rino Goshima (Credits: SHISEIDO RUNNING CLUB)
BUDAPEST 2023 World Athletics Championship
Athletes: Shota IIZUKA, Rino GOSHIMA
The World Athletics Championship 2023 was held in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19th to 27th, with two Chuo University’s alumni athletes, Shota Iizuka (graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2014, currently belonging to Mizuno) and Rino Goshima (graduated from Faculty of Economics in 2020, currently belonging to Shiseido) achieving the results of the 7th place in Men 200m semifinal game and 20th place in Women 10000m race, respectively. Iizuka has participated in the World Athletics Championships for five times in total. After his fourth time semifinal game was over, he commented that “I think I was able to run with my own style. I will keep challenging to get myself revenge!” On the other hand, the second time participant, Goshima commented that “I will do my best to run faster”. They both promised to keep pushing themselves ahead in the future.
2023 Track Cycling World Championships
Racer: Shunsuke IMAMURA
From August 3rd to 9th, 2023 Track Cycling World Championships was held at Glasgow, Scotland, and Chuo University’s alumni athlete, Shunsuke Imamura (graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2020, currently belonging to Bridgestone Cycle Corporation) won a bronze medal in Men Omnium. Nobody has brought medals home in Japan before in Men Omnium which makes Imamura’s achievement remarkable. When he won 6th prize last year, he commented that “I will do my best to receive people’s support and accomplish a splendid kickoff in the year 2023, as it is a year of elimination races for Olympic Games Paris.” At the Nations Cup 2023 held from February to April, Imamura won 8th prize in Omnium, and 5th prize in Madison, as well as at the Asian Track Championships in June, he won gold medals in Team Pursuit and Madison, plus a silver medal in Sprint. What came next was his winning of a historic first bronze medal. Imamura is a man of his word achieving splendid results. His participation in Olympic Games Paris absolutely came closer.
Left: Misaki Emura (Japanese Fencing Federation/Augusto Bizzi/FIE, Right: Yuka Ueno (ⒸJapanese Fencing Federation/Augusto Bizzi/FIE）
World Championships in Fencing 2023
Fencers: Misaki EMURA, Yuka UENO
From July 22nd to 30th, World Championships in Fencing was held at Milano, Italy, with Chuo University’s alumni athlete Misaki Emura (graduated from the Faculty of Law in 2021, currently belonging to TACHIHI Holdings) accomplishing the second straight victory in the Women Individual Sabre. This achievement is noteworthy as it is a historic first in Japan among both men and women, Yuka Ueno, currently a senior at the Faculty of Law won 3rd prize in Women Group Fleuret. Both players flew around the world to participate in World Cups or Grand Prix in Season 2023. At the Asian Fencing Championships in June, Emura won 3rd prize in Women Group Sabre and Ueno won 1st prize in Women Group Fleuret. Emura and Ueno are making a great efforts to win twice in a row tickets for Olympic Games Paris,
Nagisa Ikemoto (Credits: Kyodo News)
World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 2023
Swimmer: Nagisa IKEMOTO
World Aquatics Championships 2023 was held in Fukuoka from July 23rd to 30th with Chuo University’s student Nagisa IKEMOTO (Faculty of Law) winning 8th prize in Women Relay 4x100m and 7th prize in Mixed Relay 4x100m.
Let’s give a big cheer for Hakumon Athletes who keep competing for tickets to play at Olympic Games Paris 2024!
Badminton player Nishimoto winning a gold medal at Madrid Spain Masters 2023 (Credits: JTEKT Stingers)
Boys won a bronze medal in FIVB Volleyball Nations League 2023. Three players, Ishikawa, Sekita and Tomita ascend the podium for the first time in 46 years for the Championships. (Credits: KYODO NEWS) ※Picture taken when winning 4 elimination games in a row.
Volleyball player Ishikawa plays at Italian League (©Alessandoro Pizzi / Powervolley Milano)
Volleyball player Tomita plays at V League (Credits:Toray Arrows)
Commander Player of Japanese team Sekita (Credits: JTEKT STINGS)
Athlete Iizuka participated the World Championships for fifth times (Credits: Mizuno)
Athlete Iizuka participated in semifinal game of World Championships 2023for fourth time (Credits: Mizuno)
Athlete Goshima made her appearance at World Championships in two consecutive years. Pictured at Japanese Athletics Championships 2023 (Credits: 陸上競技マガジン)
Track cycling racer, Imamura (middle) won a bronze medal in Omnium at UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Track cycling racer, Imamura (second from the left) won a historic first medal in Men Omnium at UCI Track Cycling World Championships
Unprecedented second straight victory for Japan in World Championships in Fencing 2023, both Men and Women. World Women Champion Emura (Right: Japan Fencing Federation/Augusto Bizzi/FIE)
Fencer Ueno won a bronze medal in World Championships in Fencing 2023 Women Group Fleuret (Left:ⒸJapan Fencing Federation/Augusto Bizzi/FIE）