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Junichi Kawai

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Family
Wife Eriko, a son Kojiro and a daughter Yui.
Residence
Hamamatsu, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Higher education
Teaching - Waseda University.: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at five years of age.
Why this sport?
He joined a swimming school with his friend.
Club / Team
Penguin Villege swimming School.: Hamamatsu, JPN
Name of coach
Masato Teranishi

International debut

Year
1992
Location
Barcelona, ESP

General interest

Nicknames
Jump. (IPC, 26 Nov 2009)
Hobbies
Reading, skiing, karate and email. (junswim.to, 26 Nov 2009, IPC, 26 Nov 2009)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (IPC, 26 Nov 2009)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Daichi Suzuki. (IPC, 26 Nov 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
Touch a dream. (IPC, 26 Nov 2009)
Impairment
He has uveal coloboma, a condition where tissue around the eye is missing from birth. He underwent several operations as a child to try and save his eyesight but by the time he was 15 he was completely blind. (kenmedia.jp, 26 Nov 2009)
Other information
MOVIE
He was the subject of a 2003 feature film entitled Yume Oikakete [Chasing Dreams] in which he starred as himself. (cinematopics.com, 26 Nov 2009)

ELECTION
He stood for the House of Representative for Japan in July 2010, but was unsuccessful. (sanyo.oni.col.jp, 11 Jul 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 49 pts Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 49 pts Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 1
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Medley S11-13 Final Round 1
Men's 200 m Medley SM11 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Medley SM11 Heat 1 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 1
IPC Swimming World Championships Malta 1994 (Malta, Malta)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle B1 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle B1 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle B1 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke B1-3 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley B1 Final Round 1
Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games (Barcelona, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Medley B1 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Backstroke B1 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke B1 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle B1 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle B1 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle B1 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle B1 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle B1 Heat 1 2
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Medley B1 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly B2 Heats 9999
Men's 100 m Breaststroke B1 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke B1 Heats 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke B1 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle B1 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle B1 Heats 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle B1 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle B1 Heats 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-09-01 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2012-09-02 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 1 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2012-09-06 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 1 2012-09-06 4