【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue】

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics from July 23, 2021 onward.
In Hokkaido, Sapporo will host the marathon, race walking, and football events.
These articles bring you the feelings and reactions of Hokkaido residents.

Aug. 11, 2021

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【Tokyo Olympics, Coverage from Hokkaido Venue (10)】Sapporo "hot races", residents show support

The Tokyo Olympics women’s and men’s marathons were held in Sapporo on August 7 and 8. Though both marathons unfurled under intense heat, top runners from around the world still put their hearts into inspiring running performances. Also, Sapporo residents and people involved in the marathon helped out in many different ways. This article takes a photographic journey looking back on the two days.

“Keeping athletes safe”
– workers shore up the marathon course by laying in tubing in the Sapporo streetcar rails at the Susukino intersection in Chuo Ward. The marathons were held in the morning to help alleviate the brutal heat of the day, meaning staff members had to work early in the morning. (4:45 a.m. August 7)

“From our hearts to the runners”
-A banner exclaims support for the runners from all of the students in the Kita- ward located Hakuyo Elementary School, which is situated right along the marathon course. Across the Kita Ward marathon area, other banners to help motivate the runners were also displayed at Hokushin Junior High School, Kitakujo Elementary School, and Kohoku Elementary School, which are all situated along the course as well. (7:40 a.m. August 7)

“World flags”
– Male competitors running in front of a water supply point featuring flags of the world along Soseigawa Dori Avenue in Chuo Ward. A tough race unfurled across the Sapporo cityscape. (7:40 a.m. August 8)

“Cooling off”
– At a water supply point inside the Hokkaido University campus in Kita Ward, a male runner pours water on himself to help fight the heat. The humid heat sapped away strength from the runners on the 8th as well. (8:05 a.m. August 8)

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