60 seconds with… Saori Nagamine

This week, it’s… Saori Nagamine, who made her Games debut in Rio.

In Brazil, she lost in the first round of the Olympic individual event to home favourite Ane Marcelle Dos Santos.

The 23-year old Japanese archer claimed a world medal – team bronze – at the university championships in 2014 in Legnica. On the World Cup circuit, she won the team event in Antalya in 2015 one year after team bronze in Shanghai.

1. What was your favourite toy as a kid?

I played with many varieties of toys, and I can't remember if I even had a favourite one…

2. If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?

A superpower for shooting and performing well in archery without training hard!

3. What is your biggest strength in archery?

Quick in changing mind from negative thought to positive.

4. Who is your sport model?

Kaori Kawanaka.

5. If you were to design your own bow, what would you call it?

SN Special. (SN are Saori’s initials.)

6. How much weight on your stabilisers?

One 38g piece and four 24g pieces, for a total of five pieces.

7. What did you enjoy most in Rio?

Having the chance to talk and take photos with people from many other countries.

8. Do you have a special dream?

Yes! Hanging two gold medals on my neck at Tokyo 2020 Games and cry for joy which probably will be the first time in my athlete's life.

9. Will you use fat or thin arrows for indoors?

X10, same as outdoor.