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Hirokazu Ueyonabaru

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52

Further personal information

Family
Two sons
Residence
Uruma, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2003.
Why this sport?
He became involved in Para athletics as part of his rehabilitation. He switched to track events from T52 marathon after winning the silver medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Club / Team
SMBC Nikko Securities : Japan

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Japan

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the T52 marathon at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Stay composed." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2014 and 2015 he received the Okinawa Colony Grand Prize in Japan. (okinawatimes.co.jp, 10 Sep 2015; ryukyushimpo.jp, 12 Nov 2014)

In 2008 he was given the Okinawa Prefecture Citizen Honorary Award. (worldtimes.co.jp, 25 Oct 2008)
Other sports
He has also competed in wheelchair rugby at national level in Japan. He played for Okinawa Hurricanes at the 2019 Japanese National Championships. (tokyo-shospo-navi.info, 10 Feb 2020)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bs4.jp, 23 Feb 2020; shimpo-member.ryukyushimpo.jp, 16 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He damaged his spine when he fractured his neck in a motorbike accident in 2000. (eam-smbc.com, 19 Jul 2019; 20 Nov 2018; Athlete, 14 Jul 2017; okinawatimes.co.jp, 03 Jan 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T52 Final Round 6
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 6
Men's 800 m T52 Heat 2 2
Men's 800 m T52 Final Round 4
Men's Marathon T52 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 2011-01-22 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final 2011-01-27 2
Men's 800 m T52 Final 2011-01-28 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2012-09-02 5
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 1 2012-09-03 2
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-03 9999
Men's 800 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-07 7
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 2 2012-09-08 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-26 2
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2015-10-27 9
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 1 2015-10-30 2
Men's 400 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-31 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 1 2016-09-09 6
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 1 2016-09-12 4
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-13 6
Men's 1500 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-16 3
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2017-07-18 4
Men's 400 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-18 3