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Kozo Kubo

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Family
Two children
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in grade 12 of high school, and turned into a professional wheelchair marathon athlete in 2005. He switched from Para athletics to Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He then returned to Para athletics after he had competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Why this sport?
He was fascinated by the sport after watching Para athletes on television.
Club / Team
Hitachi Solutions: Japan

General interest

Hero / Idol
Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Injuries
In February 2019, he ruptured his right wrist ligaments when fellow Para athlete Tatsuya Ito wrenched his wrist by showing him some aikido moves during training in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He was supposed to undergo surgery, but decided to avoid it due to the long recovery period ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He required around five months of rehabilitation. (mainichi.jp, 31 Jul 2019; yahoo.co.jp, 27 Jun 2019; sankei.com, 27 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no choice but to do it." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Awards and honours
In May 2014 he was presented with the Hokkaido Honorary Award in Japan. (daily.co.jp, 30 May 2014)

He was given the Bihoro Town Honorary Award twice in Japan. (bgf.or.jp, 23 May 2017)
Other sports
He was an able-bodied baseball player at high school level. He competed in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. He won bronze in the biathlon 7.5km sitting event at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (bgf.or.jp, 23 May 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2017; paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (city.shinagawa.tokyo.jp, 29 Jun 2016)
Impairment
His spine was damaged following a traffic accident in grade 12 of high school. (bgf.or.jp, 23 May 2017; Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 3 5
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 32
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 9
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 5
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 7
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 21
Men's 2.4 km Pursuit Sitting Final Round 9
Men's 2.4 km Pursuit Sitting Qualification 8
Men's 12.5 km Individual Sitting Final Round 6
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 3
Men's Short Distance Sitting Final 2013-02-28 2
Men's Middle Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-01 2
Men's Long Distance Sitting Final 2013-03-03 1
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 3
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T54 Final 1 2013-07-28 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 3
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 14
Men's 12.5 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-11 6
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 6
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 7
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-09 6
Men's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 18