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Masahiro Taniguchi

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11
Guide
Toshiyuki Mohara, Takayuki Yokobe

Further personal information

Family
Wife Haruka
Residence
Osaka, JPN
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Nara University: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in his first year at the University of Tsukuba's Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired in Japan.
Why this sport?
A student from the athletics club suggested the sport to him.
Club / Team
Japan Blind Marathon Association [JBMA]: Japan
Name of coach
Toshiyuki Mohara [personal], JPN, from 2018

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
Gucchi (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Completing his first marathon in 2012 in Fukuchiyama, Japan. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Most influential person in career
Coach Shogo Matsugaki. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Japanese long distance runners Kayoko Fukushi and Akemi Masuda. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
He received the Hyogo Prefecture Para Sports Excellence Award in Japan in 2015, 2016 and 2017. (hyogo-c.ed.jp, 15 Feb 2018; 16 Feb 2016; web.pref.hyogo.lg.jp, 02 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2021 World Championships in Kobe, Japan. (Sun Television YouTube channel, 03 Jun 2019)
Impairment
His right eye was removed at birth due to retinoblastoma. He lost the vision in his left eye at age two. (fujitv.co.jp, 09 Feb 2016)
Other information
TEAM TANIGUCHI
He has five guide runners including Toshiyuki Mohara and Takayuki Yokobe, and they supported him by founding 'Team Taniguchi'. Mohara is manages the team, organises training sessions and coaches him. (hosei.ac.jp, 10 Sep 2019; Sun Television YouTube channel, 03 Jun 2019; kobayuri.com, 01 Jun 2019; asahi.com, 02 Apr 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-20 5
Men's 1500 m T11 Semifinal 1 2013-07-24 6
Men's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2013-07-25 5
Men's Marathon T11 Final 1 2013-07-28 5
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-26 4
Men's 1500 m T11 Final 1 2015-10-30 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T11 Final 1 2017-07-15 6