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Hajimu Ashida

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T47

Further personal information

Family
Wife Mai, daughter Yuzu [2019]
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Political Studies - Waseda University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2008 at junior high school in Osaka, Japan, and began focusing on long jump in his fourth year of university.
Why this sport?
He enjoys the feeling he gets when running.
Club / Team
Toyota Motor Corporation: Japan
Name of coach
Alex Stewart [personal], AUS, from 2018

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
Asshi (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013; parasapo.tokyo, 30 Mar 2021)
Hobbies
Watching sports, spending time with his daughter. (sports.gazoo.com, 05 Sep 2019; fujitv.co.jp, 25 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Shigeo Iso. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He has been troubled by a persistent injury to his left leg including the ankle and Achilles tendon. After suffering an injury to his left ankle in 2019, he decided to switch his take-off leg to right from left ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (ashida-hajimu.com, 13 Jul 2019; 13 Feb 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Learning how to enjoy the gap between your ideal and your actual situation is of great importance." (Olympic channel Instagram profile, 06 Sep 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was presented with a Sports Merit Award by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. (ashida-hajimu.com, 31 Aug 2019)

In 2016 he was given the Paralympic Special Award by the Japanese Para Sports Association. (ashida-hajimu.com, 31 Aug 2019)

In 2016, he received the Kirai Ibaraki Grand Prize from the mayor of Ibaraki, Japan, as well as the Toyota City Sports Honorary Award. (city.ibaraki.osaka.jp, 27 Dec 2016)

In 2016 he was presented with the Kando Osaka Award [Impressive Osaka Award] and the Osaka Sports Grand Award in Japan. That year he also received the Tokyo-to Citizen Sports Grand Award (ashida-hajimu.com, 31 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal in long jump at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (fujitv.co.jp, 25 Apr 2020)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with a benign [desmoid] tumour in 1999, and now has a functional impairment to his right arm as a result of the illness. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019; sports.gazoo.com, 05 Sep 2019; jfa.jp, 2016; yomiuri.co.jp, 19 May 2014)
Other information
MOVE TO AUSTRALIA
He decided to move to Australia in December 2018 in order to refine his skills ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, after he found he improved with training sessions from professional Australian jumping coach Alex Stewart. "The fact that I didn't get into the [long jump] final [at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro] left me feeling inadequate. I was so hard on myself. If you beat yourself up about failing to achieve your goal, you end up in a downward spiral. I've worked so hard on transforming that disappointment into power. Moving to Sydney has driven that point home. It was a good move for me." (Olympic channel Instagram profile, 06 Sep 2020; ashida-hajimu.com, 18 Jul 2019; paraspoplus.com, 07 Jan 2019; sportiva.shueisha.co.jp, 15 Dec 2018)

PARALYMPIC DREAM
In 2015 he decided to switch his main event to long jump from the 400m after he did not qualify for the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. "When I was not able to compete at the 2014 Asian Para Games, I was worried about my future as an athlete, and I thought about how I would be able to qualify for the [2020] Paralympic Games. I even considered leaving the Para athletics scene. However, suddenly I realised that my impairment was a gift given by God. I was such a lucky person who was doing what I could only do. That's why I had to utilise it as a weapon in my life. Therefore I made a decision to change to long jump in order to get more motivated after I had competed in 400m since I was a middle school student." (sportsbull.jp, 14 Apr 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T46 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 10
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 Triple Jump T47 Final 1 2015-10-26 5
Men's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2015-10-28 6
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 Long Jump T47 Final Round 2016-09-14 12
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T47 Heat 2 2017-07-15 13
Men's Triple Jump T47 Final 1 2017-07-17 3
Men's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2017-07-19 5
Men's 4x100 m T42-47 Final 1 2017-07-23 3