- Fantastic Four
- 積極的に突き進む（後出 aggressive は積極的な）
- つかみ取る（後出 clinch も同意）
- ３位の（後出 place ～ は～位になる）
- a string of ～
- twist in pain
- out of the corner of one's eye
- concentrate on ～
- clock in at ～
- preliminary round
- cut down ～
- come into play
- on the fly
- walking race
Hard‐charging Japanese runners grabbed the bronze in the men's 4×100‐meter relay at the world championships in London on Aug. 12, finishing in 38.04 seconds behind Britain and the U.S.
It was Japan's first ever world championships medal in the event, though the third‐place finish continued a string of medal‐winning success that began with a bronze at the London Olympics in 2012 and continued with a silver at Rio 2016.
When the baton was handed off to 31‐year‐old anchor Fuji‐mitsu Kenji, Japan was battling for the bronze with Jamaica. Then Jamaican star Usain Bolt's face twisted in pain. He slowed, and then fell.
"I saw it (Bolt's fall) out of the corner of my eye, but I just focused on the goal and concentrated on running," recalled Fuji‐mitsu, who crossed the finish line to clinch the bronze.
After Japan clocked in at 38.21 seconds to place sixth in the preliminary round, Fujimitsu replaced Cambridge Aska as anchor, who had run poorly and fumbled the baton. The team also changed the timing at which the baton receiver began running.
"We were truly aggressive with the baton, to the point where it became a gamble that would either result in first or eighth place," explained Kiryu Yoshihide, 21. The baton passes were indeed smooth, helping to cut down the team's time.
While Bolt's injury did come into play in the race's result, Japan also demonstrated its ability to make changes on the fly and join the ranks of medal‐winning teams, despite two runners from the Rio squad being replaced.
"I was able to run my best," said smiling 21‐year‐old Tada Shuhei, who was making his first relay appearance, while 26‐year‐old team leader Iizuka Shota commented, "We're gaining strength."
Meanwhile, on Aug. 13, Rio bronze medalist Arai Hirooki, 29, took silver in the 50‐kilometer walking race with a time of 3 hours, 41 minutes and 17 seconds. Compatriot Kobayashi Kai, 24, was just two seconds behind and placed third. Japan has now won walking medals at two consecutive world championships.