- 障害を持った運動選手のこと（後出 Paralympian はパラリンピック出場選手）
- （ここでは）出場する（後出 competitor は選手、competition は競技）
- set one's sights on ～
- 獲得する、優勝する（後出 capture と snag は獲得する）
- ice sledge racing
- track and field
- in good spirits
- (be) set to ～
- （ここでは）種目（後出 segment もここでは同意）
- comprise ～
- ～ degrees Celsius
- take ～ in stride
- beat ～
- root for ～
Parathlete Tsuchida Wakako only began swimming after competing in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, and became a paratriathlon competitor just last year. But she has already set her sights on winning a paratriathlon medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.
At 44 years old, Tsuchida is a veteran Paralympian, having competed twice in the Winter Games and five times in the Summer. At the 1998 Nagano Games, she captured two each of the gold and silver medals in ice sledge racing. She switched to track and field the following year, and at the 2004 Athens Paralympics, Tsuchida snagged a gold in the 5,000 meters and a silver in the marathon. This achievement made her the only Japanese national to ever win gold medals at both the Summer and Winter games.
Looking toward the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics, Tsuchida is in good spirits. She won the PTWC women's wheelchair class at the 2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup held on Aug. 17 at Odaiba Marine Park, the same site where the paratriathlon is set to take place at the Tokyo Paralympics next year. "I'm glad I was able to experience this route," she said.
Triathlon is a sport that is easily affected by the elements. In the most recent World Cup, the swim portion was canceled just 3 1/2 hours before the start of the race due to poor water quality, making the race a duathlon comprising the bike and two run segments. And despite the fact that the competition took place in the early morning, some racers dropped out due to temperatures hovering near 30 degrees Celsius.
Tsuchida took it all in stride as part of the sport itself, and showed no signs of being unsettled. She protected herself from the heat, for instance, by wearing an ice vest right up until the start of the race. In the second run she caught up to the world's No. 1 ranking parathlete, and beat her by 2 minutes, 35 seconds.
"I was supported by the cheers of people rooting for me from the side of the road," Tsuchida recalled. "I want to leave results that will allow me to perform my best on the stage that is Tokyo."
(By Yoshinaga Yasuo. Related story on page 16)
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