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Hitoshi Matsunaga

Athletics | Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Aoi [2014]
Residence
Okayama, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 1990 during rehabilitation at hospital.
Why this sport?
His friend recommended he try the sport.
Club / Team
World-AC: Okayama, JPN

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
Asian Para Games
Location
Busan, KOR

General interest

Nicknames
Hi-san (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013; world-ac.jp, 17 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Crafts, cars. (world-ac.jp, 17 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 05 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Swiss wheelchair athlete Heinz Frei. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A dream is the one to achieve, a goal is the one to accomplish." (world-ac.jp, 17 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2018 he was given the Citation Award by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. (world-ac.jp, 17 Sep 2019)

In 2016 and 2017 he was given a Sports Honorary Award at the Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Awards in Japan. (city.okayama.jp, 21 Feb 2017; world-ac.jp, 17 Sep 2019)

In 2017 he received an Achievement Award at the 56th Okayama Sports Awards in Japan. (world-ac.jp, 17 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sugoihito.or.jp, 28 Apr 2017)
Impairment
A traffic accident resulted in a spinal cord injury. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Other information
COACHING
He is the head coach of World-AC in Okayama, Japan. (world-ac.jp, 17 Sep 2019)

DEDICATE TO SON
His son Kose who suffered lissencephaly at birth died at the age of two years and three months in 2013. At that time he was thinking about retirement form competition at age 40, but decided to continue the sport for his son. "I'll keep competing, because it is the last thing that I can do for him as a father. He was always in my heart so that I could overcome difficulties. I want to show my best for him to show off his father in heaven." (sincouleurs.co.jp, 09 Sep 2016)

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
He released his autobiography 'Hitoshi Matsunaga: I run with everyone's dream' in 2014. (okayama-ebooks.jp, 17 Apr 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 6
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 4
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 4
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 2 9999
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 9999
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 6
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 4
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-03 7
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-04 6
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-07 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 15
Men's 800 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 10
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-27 8
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-27 8
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-29 8
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2015-10-29 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 2016-09-10 4
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2016-09-14 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-18 11
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 1 2017-07-19 1
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-19 11