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Airi Ike

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - Nippon Sport Science University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training seriously in Para swimming at age 12.
Why this sport?
She began swimming for rehabilitation after her surgery.
Club / Team
Nippon Sport Science University: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Yoshihiro Fujimori [club], JPN: Fumiyo Minemura [national], JPN

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
Asian Para Games
Location
Incheon, KOR

General interest

Nicknames
Nettle Tree (sponichi.co.jp, 13 Jun 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the S10 50m freestyle at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her club teammates. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand Para swimmer Sophie Pascoe, Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2016; nikkansports.com, 27 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkansports.com, 02 Dec 2019)
Impairment
At age nine she had an operation to remove a tumour from her left leg. The procedure resulted in paralysis in her left foot. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015; sponichi.co.jp, 13 Jun 2015; ninomiyasports.com, 24 Feb 2015)
Other information
MOVE TO TOKYO
Her family moved from their hometown of Ibarakai to Tokyo in Japan, in order for her to focus on training for her long term goal of competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ninomiyasports.com, 24 Feb 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2015-07-13 16
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2015-07-14 12
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2015-07-15 9
Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2015-07-16 14
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2015-07-17 10
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2015-07-18 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 2016-09-08 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-09 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2016-09-10 6
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2016-09-12 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2016-09-13 5
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-15 6
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-16 7