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Mikuni Utsugi

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Kyoto, JPN
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three, and took up the sport seriously in 2016 at Rakuhoku Junior High School in Kyoto, Japan.
Why this sport?
When she went to watch a swimming competition, she was introduced to Para swimming by an acquaintance of Japanese Para swimmer Mei Ichinose.
Club / Team
Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences: Kumatori, JPN
Name of coach
Yohei Hamagami [club]; Takumi Uegaki [national], JPN

General interest

Awards and honours
In 2019 she received a Rookie Award at the Japan Para Sports Awards. (yomiuri.co.jp, 12 Jan 2019)

In 2016 she received the Kyoto Sports Grand Award in Japan. (city.kyoto.lg.jp, 2016)
Ambitions
To reach the final of the SB8 100m breaststroke at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to win a medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. Outside of sport, she wants to become a primary school teacher. (ouhs.jp, 26 May 2021)
Impairment
She was born without her right arm below the elbow. (kyoto-np.co.jp, 04 Mar 2017; nhk.or.jp, 30 Aug 2016; ytv-athlete.jp, 22 Sep 2018)