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9月8日号 アジア大会・競泳 池江選手が6冠MVP

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haul
獲得数(後出 take も同意、claim は獲得する)
record-tying
最多記録に並ぶ(後出 equal ~は~に並ぶ)
Asian Games
アジア大会(後出 meet もここでは同意)
weight of expectations
(ここでは)期待の大きさ
cap
締めくくる
remarkable
驚くべき
win
優勝(する)、獲得する
competitor
選手(写真説明の competition は競技)
shooter
射撃選手
final
決勝
willpower
精神力
hold off ~
~を退ける
clock in at ~
~を記録する
organizers
組織委員会などのこと
promote
鼓舞する
build-up to the games
五輪の準備期間(後出 Tokyo Games は東京五輪)
ambitious
野心的な
favorite
本命選手
roll one's eyes
目をくるりと回す
reinforce
勢いをつける
gain
得る
Most Valuable Player (MVP)
最優秀選手
delegation
代表団

Golden Girl   

Ikee Rikako's haul of record-tying medals at the Asian Games will increase the weight of expectations on her at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 18-year-old swimmer capped a remarkable week in Jakarta by winning the 50-meter freestyle on Aug. 24 to claim her sixth gold. It was also her eighth medal, including two silvers, overall at the meet, equaling the total for a single Asian Games competitor set in 1982 by North Korean shooter So Gin Man.

"I really hate losing," Ikee said after the final. "I think it was just my willpower that helped me win."

Ikee held off China's Liu Xiang and Wu Qingfeng to clock in at 24.53 seconds, after her wins in the 100 freestyle, the 50 and 100 butterfly, 4x100 freestyle relay and 4x100 medley relay.

Ikee could very well be the smiling face of the Tokyo Olympics, a star that organizers are sure to promote during the build-up to the games. Japan is hoping to win 30 gold medals overall at the next Olympics, an ambitious target and more than double its gold-medal take in Rio de Janeiro.

Asked if she felt pressure as the home-country favorite, she said no, but then rolled her eyes and paused to explain why. She said success reinforced more training, which led to more medals. "I don't feel the pressure too much," she said. "For me, I gain strength from the cheering and pressure."

The Asian Games ended on Sept. 2, and Ikee was named Most Valuable Player. It was the first time a female athlete won the award since it was established in 1998. Among Japan's 75 gold medals - 28 more than the previous Asian Games - women took 35 and men 34. Six were awarded in mixed events.

The head of Japan's delegation Yamashita Yasuhiro commented, "The achievements of women really stood out. We can expect Japan's female athletes to also shine at the Tokyo Games." (Compiled from AP and Mainichi reports)

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