While most people might assume that otaku aren’t a particularly sporty group of people, we should know by now that generalizations are about as accurate as a blind sniper. And if you don’t believe us, just ask the anime-loving wrestler!

So, we’re sure that there are a ton of sportsmen who love 2-D women, but not many of them care to share their passion with the world…at least as publicly and visibly as this Nihon University sprinter!


While it’s not quite a world record, Takaoki Hashimoto’s 50.72 second finish in the 400 meters was enough to win first place at the 83rd Inter-University Athletics Union of Japan’ 83rd Imperial Cup Inter-University Track and Field Competition. It’s also enough to out run any of us!

But it’s not Hashiomoto’s quick legs that has turned him into the latest hot topic on the Japanese Internet–it was his, uh, unique way of celebrating the victory.

▼If you got a problem with it, go catch him!


Yep, that’s Hashimoto posing on the winner’s podium with a tapestry of a remarkably well-endowed pin-up girl, who is apparently from Kantai Collection or “KanColle” for short. Hashimoto himself tweeted the pictures with the comment: “あいむなんばーわん ,” which reads “aiumu nanba- wan” or “I’m number one!” We have to congratulate him both on his speed and his ability to turn a simple four syllable English sentence into a nearly indecipherable jumble of Japanese phonetics.

For a more stereotypical “I won!” photo of Hashimoto, here’s a picture of the college athlete on the track.


As you might expect, though, it looks like the Nihon University student ended up taking a bit of flack for his antics and later tweeted apology messages, saying sorry for his lack of consideration of others. While we can kind of see how his choice of tapestry was way too sexy, this tweet, a response to another Twitter user, hit us right in the feel spot.

“Thank you for your long tweet, and I’m sorry to reply with only one message to your three. As you wrote, I did not have enough consideration for those around me. I just wanted to show that otaku can be winners too and wanted to appeal to everyone, so I didn’t think about the possibility that my actions would make others feel uncomfortable. I’m deeply sorry.”

This makes us like Hashimoto three times as much–not only is he taking the criticism in stride, he’s also trying to be a positive role model for others. Come on, people. Cut the guy some slack and let him enjoy a race well run!

Sources: Agohige no kaizoku, The Inter-University Athletics Union of Japan
Images: Agohige no kaizoku, Facebook