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Atsushi Yamamoto

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1

Further personal information

Family
One son [2018]
Residence
Izumisano, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education, Sports Science - Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences: Kumatori, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding at age 20 in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. He took up the sport seriously in 2017.
Why this sport?
Snowboarding was his favourite sport before the accident, so it was the first Para sport that he tried after his left leg was amputated. "I have always engaged in other sports during the Para athletics off-season or when I have spare time between competitions. Among them, snowboard is something that I am seriously committed to."
Club / Team
Shinnihonjusetsu: Japan

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Wanaka, NZL

General interest

Nicknames
Acchan (parasapo.tokyo, 05 Aug 2019; Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Hobbies
Golf. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the men's T42-47 4x100m relay at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para athlete Toru Suzuki. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para athlete Toru Suzuki. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He dislocated his left shoulder after he fell during the banked slalom event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In June 2018 he sustained the same injury, so he underwent surgery on his left shoulder. He was sidelined for three months, and returned to competition in November 2018. (bladeathlete.com, 11 Nov 2018, 09 Aug 2018, 29 Jul 2018, 01 Jul 2018; sanspo.com, 16 Mar 2018)

He had surgery on his right shoulder after he dislocated it three times while in university. (bladeathlete.com, 01 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Kakegawa Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (at-s.com, 08 Nov 2016)

In 2014 and 2015 he was given the Osaka Sports Award in Japan. (pref.osaka.lg.jp, 16 Sep 2015, 01 Oct 2014)

He received the Osaka Sports Grand Prize in 2008. (ouhs.jp, 17 Dec 2008)
Other sports
He represented Japan in athletics at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He won silver in the men's T42-44 long jump at the 2008 Games in Beijing, bronze in the men's T42-47 4x100m relay at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, and silver in the men's T42 long jump at the 2016 Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal in athletics at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (projectdesign.jp, 15 Apr 2020)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated below the knee following a motorcycle accident in 2000. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; s-rights.co.jp, 16 Mar 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a visiting associate professor at Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences in Kumatori, Japan. (projectdesign.jp, 15 Apr 2020; bladeathlete.com, 23 Aug 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has completed a master's degree in sports mechanics at the Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences. He also has a licence as a prosthetist in Japan. "I have obtained knowledge of prostheses, and I now experiment with my own to optimise my performance." (parasapo.tokyo, 23 Nov 2017; esquire.com, 25 Oct 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2020 he was appointed as an ambassador for the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan. (Instagram profile, 17 Feb 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 3
Men's Long Jump F42 Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42/44 Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 9999
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 5
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42 Final 2011-01-22 3
Men's 200 m T42 Final 2011-01-24 3
Men's 100 m T42 Final 2011-01-26 3
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final 2011-01-29 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump F42/44 Final Round 2012-08-31 5
Men's 200 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-01 8
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2012-09-07 6
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2012-09-07 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2013-07-21 1
Men's 200 m T42 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 6
Men's 200 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-23 4
Men's 100 m T42 Semifinal 2 2013-07-25 5
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2013-07-26 4
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2013-07-27 4
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2015-10-25 5
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 1 2015-10-25 5
Men's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2015-10-26 1
Men's 200 m T42 Heat 1 2015-10-27 9999
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2015-10-31 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final Round 2016-09-12 3
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2016-09-14 5
Men's 100 m T42 Final Round 2016-09-15 7
Men's Long Jump T42 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T42 Heat 2 2017-07-17 7
Men's 100 m T42 Final 1 2017-07-17 6
Men's Long Jump T42 Final 1 2017-07-18 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-12 12
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL1 Final 2018-03-16 9999