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WADA Shinya
Sport Para athletics
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age41
Place of BirthNeyagawa, JPN
Height1.76 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Takashi Nakata
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Family
Two children
Residence
Ibaraki, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Sociology - Kansai University: Osaka, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2006 in Kyoto, Japan.
Why this sport?
His friend recommended he start jogging.
Club / Team
Kamogawa Partners: Japan
Training Regime
He trains every day, running about 550 kilometres every month.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Japan
General Interest
Nicknames
Wadachi (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T11 5000m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Japanese judoka Hiroshi Izumi. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Injuries
In October 2010 he fractured a bone due to working out too much and was unable to run for one month. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always be stronger than your past self." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He received the Kirari Ibaraki Grand Award, part of an achievement award in Ibaraki, Japan, after he finished sixth at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (city.ibaraki.osaka.jp, 19 Oct 2016)

In 2016 he was given the Osaka Mayor Citation Award in Japan. (nnn.co.jp, 14 Oct 2016)

In 2015 he was given the Osaka Sports Excellence Award. (pref.osaka.lg.jp, 16 Sep 2015)

In 2012 he received the Impressive Osaka Grand Prize. (sponichi.co.jp, 27 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkan.co.jp, 08 Feb 2017)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in the 11th grade at high school. He lost his vision completely in his third year of university. (nikkansports.com, 19 Sep 2015; wadashinya.com, 05 Mar 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He is in charge of braille services in the library at the Osaka Visually Impaired Welfare Association in Japan. (pref.osaka.lg.jp, 19 Jun 2017; wadashinya.com, 22 Jan 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2012 1500m T11 4:18.71
3 2012 5000m T11 15:55.26
5 2012 Marathon T12 2:40:08
6 2016 5000m T11 16:02.97
6 2016 1500m T11 4:15.62
5 2016 Marathon T12 2:39:52
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2011 10000m T11 34:21.89
3 2011 Marathon T11 2:43:26
4 2013 5000m T11 16:20.91
Semifinal 2013 1500m T11  DNF
2 2013 Marathon T11 2:45:34
3 2015 5000m T11 16:31.04
3 2017 5000m T11 15:54.29
7 2017 1500m T11 4:22.12
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 5000m T11 16:20.48
1 2014 1500m T11 4:20.45
1 2014 800m T11 2:08.97
2 2018 1500m T11 4:22.87
2 2018 5000m T11 16:19.02