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Dai Tokairin



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Yamagata, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four at Yamagata Dolphin Club in Japan. He took up the sport seriously in 2014 with the aim of competing in the Paralympic Games.
Why this sport?
He enjoyed playing in the water and was persuaded to pursue the sport by his older brother. "According to my mother, when I was a child I would get soaked in the river, and I broke the bathtub at home when I dived in with my brother."
Club / Team
Mitsubishi Corporation: Japan
Training Regime
He trains six days a week. He swims for three hours a day and spends 30 minutes on athletics training.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Painting, photography. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (, 05 Feb 2021)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Japanese swimmer Daiya Seto. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“Be positive, smile and enjoy. Believe in your infinite possibilities and work hard.” (, 05 Feb 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received the Yamagata Prefecture Sports Grand Award in Japan. (, 22 Feb 2019)

In 2015 he was given a Sports Achievement Citation Award by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. (, 26 Oct 2016)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 26 Oct 2016;, 05 Feb 2021)
He was diagnosed with autism at age four. (, 05 Feb 2021)
Other information
He began writing a diary in order to maintain his mental focus following a suggestion from his father. "It is all about controlling my mind. If I could have done that, I wouldn't have been defeated [in the qualification meet for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro]. I followed his advice, thinking that writing down what went well may help me work hard again the next day. When you actually write it, it makes it stand out. As I continued writing in my 'notebook of success', I became less and less negative, and was eventually able to tackle tough training with a positive frame of mind, even when I was up against the odds.” (, 05 Feb 2021;, 09 Nov 2019)

He works as a cleaner at a retirement home in Yamagata, Japan. (, 09 Nov 2019;, 22 Feb 2019)