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407 Part 2
Contrary to the Viscount's reaction, Elsa was watching with a pair of pale blue and misty eyes from the front row seat of the arena.
“Brother Jin ….”
Jin, who disliked being the center of attention, had let Reiko partic.i.p.ate in the compet.i.tion. In other words, he was resolute in obtaining a certain victory. At the same time, it was easy to imagine that Jin would receive more attention than ever before after this compet.i.tion.
Recognizing that everything he did was for her sake, Elsa felt something warm flowing in her heart.
“Well then, the first event is 500 meters run!”
White lines were drawn on the plaza. On the first track was Reiko. Marcus' Automata was positioned on the second track. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th tracks were the golems from the last-minute partic.i.p.ants.
“Ready your positions! 3, 2, 1, start!”
A cloud of dust was kicked into the air. A loud bang was reverberating throughout the arena. The audience covered their ears. And at the next instant, Reiko's figure appeared to be standing at the 500-meter finish line ahead of everyone else.
Who could have said that?
Reiko had displaced her position 500 meters in less than two seconds. Ten seconds later, Marcus' Automata reached the finish line. Ten seconds after that, the three golems ran one after another, and finally reached the finish line.
Marcus' Automata was certainly fast.
However, it could not match Reiko's speed, which exceeded the speed of sound. A considerable chunk of dirt was gouged out of the ground, where Reiko was originally standing, proving how much torque her foot generated in taking that first leap.
As if his eyes were playing tricks on him, Viscount Georg Randol rubbed his eyes many times.
The applause of the whole audience materialized more than ten seconds later. Everyone forgot to react seeing how absurdly fast Reiko was.
“… Reiko is amazing after all!”
Prince Ernest expressed his awe from the VIP seat. The prince, who was directly watching Reiko's great performance, acknowledged the result was justifiable.
“W-winner, Jin Nidou! Second place, Marcus Grinwald …!”
The creators' names were being called out instead of the Automatas'
A mortifying expression was visible on Marcus' face.
“The second event is Heavy Throw! This time we will use three types of weights! Throw these and compete for the distance the weights travel. The results will be derived from multiplying the weight used by the distance thrown. To score first place, the partic.i.p.ant must acc.u.mulate the highest points.”
The moderator explained.
“Then, going in order, please start from the partic.i.p.ant in the 5th position. Throw it in the direction of Lake Tosmo.”
Underwater golems were floating on the lake standing by to measure the distance.
The first partic.i.p.ant picked up the three weights, compared them, but chose the lightest 10-kg ball. The diameter was about 10 cm. It was most likely made from a metal with a specific gravity comparable to that of adamant.i.te. It was painted yellow to make it clearly visible when thrown.
The result was about 50 meters. This result was about three times the world record on Earth by ma.s.s x distance if compared to the world record of shot put.
The 4th and 3rd golems gave similar results.
Marcus' turn had finally arrived. The tougher combat golem went out and chose a 20-kg ball, with a diameter of about 17 cm. This ball was painted pink.
The golem threw it using a shot put throwing style. The record was about 75 meters. The audience cheering from the venue was audible.
“It's amazing! Isn't it a new record?”
It was indeed an amazing new record that even the Empress was impressed with.
“Hmm, how about it, Elsa? What do you think of Marcus' new combat golem's power? It exceeds the previous record by 10 meters!”
Sitting next to Elsa at the front row seat of the arena, Georg bragged about Marcus' creations.
In an extremely calm manner, Elsa answered.
“… Reiko won't lose. Father, just watch. You'll be surprised.”
“What did you say?”
Meanwhile, Reiko had just picked up the heaviest weight, a 30-kg ball. It weighed almost as much as her. This ball was painted white.
“Heh, can she even lift that? Well, she should, right?”
Georg observed Reiko without batting an eye. When he witnessed her picking up the weight with ease in one hand, he did a double take.
Reiko considered throwing it with a shot put style but changed her mind. She did an underhand throw instead, like a bowling ball.
The ball with white paint disappeared from the audience's field of vision in no time.
The trajectory was close to a straight line and almost horizontal. There was no telling how far it would travel if it were thrown diagonally upward.
Both the moderator and the referee's jaws dropped. Reiko had no choice but to walk up to the referee and poked his back.
Only then, the referee, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Magical Technology, Christoph, finally snapped back into reality and hurriedly recalled the golems from Lake Tosmo to ask various questions.
Ten minutes had pa.s.sed.
“I-I apologize, but the exact distance of the throw just now could not be measured! The distance recorded was over 100 meters! The weight thrown was 30 kg! Therefore, the score is over 3,000 points! Jin Nidou wins first place!”
The golems taking measurements were only deployed as far as 100 meters. Reiko probably threw the ball to a distance of 500 meters, but since no one thought such flight would be feasible, the deployed golems fell short.
Immediately after the announcement, everyone in the arena gave Jin's team a standing ovation.
The crowd was applauding, except for one, no, two people: Viscount Georg Randol and Marcus Grinwald.
Shot (7. 26 kg x 23. 12 m = 167. 8512 kg m). Throwing 10 kg to a distance of 50 m is about 3 times that.
Reiko's throw was over 15,000 kg m.