Thursday 22 February 2018
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London 14 Aug 2017: Hirooki Arai of Japan won Silver medal in the 50km walk of the IAAF World Championship in London with a performance of 3:41:17hrs. He said " It was a really hard race, so silver is great. After Rio, this was a really important competition and many people were expecting a lot of me. So I was a bit under pressure. I am happy I managed to improve technically since Rio and got stronger. I had no crisis or problems during the race. In Rio, I was just a part of a group but here I was able to move forward and even to lead the group. So it was a good competition for me." His teammate Kai Kobayashi took bronze medal in a time of 3:41:19hrs. Kai said "I am so grateful to Arai for setting the pace. Thanks to him, we managed to get two medals today. We cooperated as a team and it is a good result for our country." -