Kajihara wins women's omnium track cycling silver for Japan. Alma Mater Juniors cheered

2021.8.8 15:18
On August 8 at the Tokyo Olympics, track cyclist Kajihara Yumi from Wako City, Saitama Prefecture, participated in the Women's Cycling Omnium and won the silver medal. The cycling club of Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba, where Kajihara started the competition, was abolished at the end of last year. The last members were expecting the success of a great senior.

Kajihara Yumi , who won the national tournament in her first year of high school(Photo provided by Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba)

The cycling club was established in 2000 and has produced many athletes who participate in national competitions. Kajihara, who entered the school in 2013 and started cycling, won the 2015 Junior Asian Championships.
However, due to the retirement of the coach, the cycling club stopped recruiting members in 2019 and decided to abolish it at the end of 2020. Even after the coach was left, the members continued to practice while teaching each other. Presence of "Senior Kajihara" gave them a lot of emotional support.

Machida Eichi (left) and Tomita Osamu, the last members of the cycling club , at Senior High School at Sakado, University of Tsukuba

A sticker with the words "KAJIHARA" was affixed to the bicycle used at the competition. Tomita Osamu, a 17-year-old member, said, "Every time I saw the sticker, I thought I couldn't show a bad run in the race."
Tomita hopes that Kajihara's won would "inform the world that the cycling club of" Tsukusaka ",a nickname of their school, was strong." He intends to resume the competition after going to college.

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