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Mana Sasaki

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13

Further personal information

Residence
Fukushima, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Bank Employee
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in the fifth grade of primary school.
Why this sport?
After being invited to a training session, she went on to finish second at a competition. She then decided to pursue the sport.
Club / Team
TOHO Athletics Club: Fukushima, JPN
Name of coach
Kazuhisa Kawamoto [club], JPN

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Games
Location
Seoul, KOR

General interest

Hobbies
Drawing, making beads. (tohobank-athleticsclub.com, 01 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Devote yourself every day." (yomiuri.co.jp, 02 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture Award in Japan. In the same year, she was also presented with the International Competition Excellent Achievement Award by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. (minpo.jp, 26 Jul 2019; pref.fukushima.lg.jp, 28 May 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sankei.com, 04 Jan 2020)
Impairment
At birth she was diagnosed with a condition that affects the iris in her eye. (philanthropy.or.jp, 06 Oct 2015)
Other information
NUCLEAR DISASTER
She believes that switching to an indoor training programme during the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which happened close to her home in Japan, meant that she was better prepared for the changes to her training regime caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. "I hardly trained outside during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, so I focused on indoor training, including running on a treadmill. I felt that the earthquake that caused the disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic were connected in that way. After all, I realised that it was very important to keep working steadily at all times." (nhk.or.jp, 10 Feb 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-16 5
Women's 400 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-19 6