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Hajime Ujiro

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Sakura, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, University Staff
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Law - Aichi Gakuin University: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1999.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to begin powerlifting after reading about a person who overcame a physical impairment to compete at an elite level in sport. However, there were no competitions for Para powerlifters in Japan so he competed at able-bodied powerlifting tournaments until 2000, when the first Para powerlifting competition was launched.
Club / Team
Juntendo University: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Jon Amos [national], GBR

General interest

Nicknames
Ujiro (parasapo.tokyo, 01 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the 75kg category at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (tokyo2020.org, 06 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He injured his right elbow at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (pref.chiba.lg.jp, 02 Feb 2019)

In July 2016 he had surgery on his left elbow. He returned to competition in 2017. (sportrait-web.com, 05 Mar 2018; jppf.jp, 05 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Equality." (tokyo2020.org, 06 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In January 2011 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Athlete Citation Award in Japan. (pref.aichi.jp, 27 Jan 2011)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jppf.jp, 05 Jun 2017)
Impairment
He damaged his spinal cord as the result of injuries he sustained in a motorbike accident in 1994 at age 21. (sagami.co.jp, 22 Dec 2003; global-wifi.com, 12 Sep 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked in the financial department at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan. (juntendo.ac.jp, 13 Jul 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 8
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -75 kg Final Round 2012-09-03 7
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 80.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-08 7
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 80.00kg Final 2017-12-05 10