On his sixth and last attempt, Ryohei Arai got off the kind of throw he has long been aiming for in an injury-plagued season.
Arai broke the meet record in the men’s javelin with a toss of 84.13 meters on the final day of the Japan championships at Denka Big Swan Stadium on Sunday, giving him a second straight title and a ticket to his first IAAF world championships.
I threw the way I wanted to. It’s been a while since I’ve had that feeling,
While the 24-year-old Arai eclipsed Genki Dean’s meet record set in 2012 by 10 centimeters, he was still well short of the 86.83 that he threw last year to put him second on the all-time Japan list.
But considering the troubles he’s had this season, it at least puts him back on a competitive level globally. Battling injuries to his back and left side, he skipped several big meets, including the Seiko Grand Prix in May.
When I first started, I never thought that someday I would be on the national team,
said Arai, who was ranked sixth in the world last season.
Now I have finally reached the start line to compete against the world.