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Sprint ace Ryota Yamagata joins Seiko

April 02, 2015

Seiko Holdings Corporation

Seiko Holdings Corporation (President Yoshinobu Nakamura, "Seiko") is pleased to announce that the sprinter Ryota Yamagata joined Seiko on April 1st, 2015.

22 year old Ryota is Japan's leading sprinter. He set his personal best of 10.07 seconds in the 100 meters at the 2012 Olympic Games in London (achieving Japan's all-time record at the Olympic Games) and advanced to the semifinal. In 2013, he won the 100m sprint at the Japan Championships in Athletics, and is widely seen as likely to be the first Japanese sprinter to break the 10 second barrier.

While working for Seiko, Ryota will also continue his career in athletics. Seiko is proud to support him in his quest for sporting glory.

Seiko aims for the prosperity of local communities and societies to be "a company that is trusted by society," and has a fifty year tradition of supporting sport through the sponsorship and timing of many different sports using the Seiko Holdings Group's technologies and systems.

Message from the sprinter Yamagata
I feel honored that at Seiko I am able to continue to be a sprinter in track and field to which I have been committed since I was young. My goal is to master a fast and beautiful run and display the Japan's first nine seconds on the Seiko timing systems in a 100m sprint.
There will be many international competitions including IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil soon after joining Seiko. I will work hard with a strong will to achieve results, so I greatly appreciate your support and encouragement!

Born on June 10, 1992, in Hiroshima, Japan. Height: 176 cm, Weight: 70 kg
Graduated from department of policy management, Keio University in March 2015.

Major Accomplishments
Note: All results without the types of events are men's 100m sprint.

2009  The IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics: 4th place, 3rd place in medley relay
2010  Japan National Junior Championships: 1st place
2011 Japan National Junior Championships: 1st place
2012 Oda Memorial Meet: 1st place
Summer Olympics in London: advancement to the semifinal, 5th place in 4 x 100m relay
2013 Japan National Championships: 1st place
Summer Universiade: silver medal, silver medal in 4 x 100m relay
2014 Japan National Championships: 2nd place
Asian Games: 2nd place in 4 x 100m relay

Competition Schedule

May 2 through 3  IAAF World Relays Bahamas 2015
May 10 Seiko Golden Grand Prix 2015 Kawasaki
August 22 through 30 IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015

Press Contact:

Seiko Holdings Corporation
Public Relations Department
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