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Kazuto Takamura

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
B1
Guide
Yuhei Fujita

Further personal information

Family
One son, one daughter
Occupation
Teacher
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2012 in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.
Why this sport?
He wanted to participate in a challenging sport.
Club / Team
Iwate Prefectural Morioka Visual Needs Education School: Japan

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Asahikawa, JPN

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing first at the 2015/16 Asian Cup event in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para cross-country skier Yoshihiro Nitta. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para cross-country skier Yoshihiro Nitta. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He competed in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (city.semboku.akita.jp, 16 May 2018)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa in his fifth year of primary school. He lost his vision at age 20. (nhk.or.jp, 01 May 2017; paralympic.org, 10 Feb 2017)
Other information
SANCTION
He was banned for three months between April and July 2014 after the Japan Anti-Doping Agency [JADA] found he had tested positive for a banned substance. The agency accepted his claim that the substance had entered his system through cold medication that he had taken prior to the Japanese national championships in February that year. (sponichi.co.jp, 23 May 2014)

OCCUPATION
He works as a teacher in acupuncture. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; static.chunichi.co.jp, 09 Mar 2018; iwate-adaptive.or.jp, 10 Apr 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance VI Final 2017-02-11 12
Men's Sprint - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-12 17
Men's Long Distance VI Final 2017-02-14 10
Men's Sprint VI Final 2017-02-18 13
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-19 16
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-10 15
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-14 15
Men's 15km Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-16 13
Men's 10km Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-17 11