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Keiichi Kimura of Japan swims the Men's 100m Breaststroke SB11 final during the Paralympic Swimming Tournament

Keiichi Kimura

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Keichi Kimura has an important long-term goal in mind.

The visually impaired Para swimmer wants to compete at his home Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.

He may achieve his goal and Japan will be hoping that he can replicate the gold-medal winning success that started for Kimura in 2015.

Having competed at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, securing silver in the 100m breaststroke S11 at the latter, in 2013 Kimura won his first world titles.

He mirrored that performance at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, retaining his form in the year before the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

His biggest rival is also his hero. The USA’s Bradley Snyder has emerged as the man to beat in the men’s S11 and Kimura credits the American with being his inspiration.

Despite being in his mid-20s, Kimura already has a huge amount of competition experience.

At Rio 2016 he used that experience to his advantage. Whilst he did not beat Snyder, he still left with four medals to show he still amongst the world's best in one of the most competitive classifications.

He began swimming at the age of 10, having lost his sight at two-years-old due to a retinal condition.

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Baltimore, MD, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Education - Nihon University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to take up the sport.
Club / Team
Tokyo Gas: Japan
Name of coach
Brian Loeffler [personal], USA, from 2018
Training Regime
He trains in Baltimore, MD, United States of America.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Japan
Location
Kuala Lumpur, MAS

General interest

Nicknames
Kimu, Keichi (parasapo.tokyo, 26 Oct 2018)
Hobbies
Shogi [Japanese chess]. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para swimmer Junichi Kawai. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019, 12 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmer Bradley Snyder. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was given a Prize for Encouragement at the 11th Hanawa Hokiichi Awards in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The awards are named after a Japanese scholar who was a Buddhist monk and had a visual impairment. (pref.saitama.lg.jp, 16 Dec 2017)

In 2016 he received the Ritto Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (kyoto-np.co.jp, 27 Sep 2017)

He was presented with the Grand Prix award at the 2016 Japan Para Sport Awards. (the-japan-news.com, 08 Dec 2016)

In 2012 and 2014 he received a People's Honour award from Shiga Prefecture in Japan. (pref.shiga.lg.jp, 07 Nov 2014; Athlete, 07 Aug 2013)

He was Japan's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (asahi.com, 06 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkansports.com, 22 Sep 2016; tokyo-gas-2020.jp, 26 Sep 2018)
Impairment
He lost his vision at age two due to a condition called proliferative vitreoretinopathy. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015; ninomiyasports.com, 10 Jul 2012)
Other information
MOVE TO USA
In 2018 he moved to United States of America in order to be coached by Brian Loeffler, coach of his idol Bradley Snyder. Snyder introduced him to Loeffler for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He trains while studying English at the English Language Institute of Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD. (tokyo-gas-2020.jp, 2019; ndm.edu, 08 Oct 2018; Tokyo Gas's YouTube Channel, 18 Oct 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked as an executive director of the Japanese Paralympic Committee. (keiichikimura.com, 04 Aug 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 3 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2012-08-31 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-08-31 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2012-09-01 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2012-09-01 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 1 2012-09-03 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2012-09-03 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Heat 2 2012-09-06 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2012-09-06 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2012-09-08 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2012-09-08 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2013-08-13 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2013-08-17 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final 1 2013-08-18 3
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-13 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2015-07-13 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2015-07-16 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final 1 2015-07-16 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2015-07-17 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 2015-07-18 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final 1 2015-07-19 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 2 2016-09-12 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-12 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Final Round 2016-09-13 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB11 Heat 2 2016-09-13 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S11 Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Final Round 2016-09-15 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-15 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Heat 2 2016-09-16 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM11 Final Round 2016-09-16 4