Japanese team sets out selection process for home Olympics in Tokyo
As the host of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Japan receives a full six-athlete quota for the archery competitions. The names of the archers that will fill those places will be decided over the next six months.
Japan has had three individual medallists – all men – in its Olympic archery history.
The Japanese recurve women also came third at London 2012.
The trials for Japan’s Olympic archery team begin this week. Thirty-two athletes – 16 men and 16 women – have been selected to start the three-part process.
(Dates subject to change.)
Phase one (November 2019)
- 13 November: 2 x 70-metre rounds (top 12 archers advance)
- 14 November: 2 x 70-metre rounds (top eight advance)
Phase two (March 2020)
- 21 March: 2 x 70-metre rounds (top six advance)
- 22 March: 2 x 70-metre rounds (top five advance)
Phase three (April 2020)
- 11 April: 1 x 70-metre round
- 12 April: 1 x 70-metre round (top three selected)
The Japanese team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be selected purely on 70-metre ranking round scores.
It’s an unusual approach in the World Cup-era of international archery because, while qualification is still important, events are won in matchplay. The ability to shoot head-to-heads and stay calm under the pressure of tiebreaks is often what separates winners from the rest.
Japan is banking on top performers across the three-phase selection process translating strong qualifying scores into Olympic-winning matches.
The institution or team the archer represents is provided.
- Hiroki Muto, Keio University
- Takaharu Furukawa, Kindai University Staff
- Daisuke Tomatsu, Nippon Sport Science University
- Hideki Kikuchi, Edion
- Junya Nakanishi, Kindai University
- Yuki Kawata, Nippon Sport Science University
- Wataru Oonuki, Sagami
- Yoshito Kuwae, Kindai University
- Rei Kaneko, Mie Prefectural Government Office
- Kazuki Ohi, Mitsubishi Electric
- Shohei Tsuji, Kindai University
- Yuta Ishii, Nippon Sport Science University
- Mau Tateno, Nippon Sport Science University
- Hiroshi Yamamoto, Nippon Sport Science University Staff
- Ayumi Iwata, Edion
- Yoshiki Kuwae, Nagasaki International University Staff
- Tomomi Sugimoto, Miki House
- Chinatsu Kubara, Fukui Shinkin Bank
- Waka Sonoda, Adachi Shinden High School
- Ren Hayakawa, Denso Solution
- Rina Sugibayashi, Sun Messe
- Yu Irie, CDW Life Science
- Miki Nakamura, Hard Off Corporation
- Risa Horiguchi, Edion
- Tomoka Ohashi, Kindai University
- Mao Watanabe, Adachi Shinden High School
- Utano Agu, Doshisha University
- Chiharu Matsushita, Nippon Sport Science University
- Aoi Kojo, Nippon Sport Science University Graduate School
- Yuki Hayashi, Horiba
- Azusa Yamauchi, Kindai University
- Juri Shibuya, Adachi Shinden High School
The 16 men and 16 women that will begin the Olympic selection process were named just after the 61st All-Japan National Championships on 25-27 October in Kakegawa. Athletes submitted their best scores from the season and had to make the last 32 at the nationals to be considered.
And while the championships themselves won’t have an impact on the outcome of the team, they could be an indicator of who we can expect to take to the field for Japan next summer.
Yu Irie beat Mao Watanabe to recurve women’s gold at the event. Both Yu and Mao are in high school. The recurve men’s national title went to Yuki Kawata, a former student of two-time Japanese Olympic medallist Hiroshi Yamamoto.
(Although, perhaps it would be more poetic if he returned for Paris 2024. That would make three Olympic appearances, each 20 years apart!)
Whoever makes the Japanese team for Tokyo 2020, we’ll see them compete at the Hyundai Archery World Cup stages in Shanghai and Berlin – before that once-in-a-life-time opportunity of a home Olympic Games.
Thanks to George Tekmitchov, Yoshi Komatsu and Phil Knall.
The archery competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games begin on 24 July.