2281-Tadashi Horikoshi photo

Tadashi Horikoshi



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
T12, F12

Further personal information

Osaka, JPN
Athlete, Office Worker
Higher education
Health and Welfare Studies - Mejiro University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics after he enrolled at the Special Needs Education School for the Visually Impaired at the University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Why this sport?
He took part in swimming at primary school, but joined an athletics team after he was inspired by Para athletes at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He decided to focus on marathon in 2015, because he thought he would be more competitive at international level.
Club / Team
NTT West Japan: Japan

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Hori (, 21 Aug 2020)
Photography, cooking. (Instagram profile, 21 Jul 2021)
In July 2019 he suffered an injury to his right knee, which continued to trouble him into early 2020. (, 21 May 2021;, 30 Sep 2020)

In April 2019, an injury to his right thigh forced him to withdraw from the 2019 London Marathon in England. (, 17 Sep 2020)

He underwent cataract surgery in the northern hemisphere summer of 2017 and returned to competitive action at the November 2017 Osaka Marathon in Japan. (, 09 Aug 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He eats steamed rice with red beans for two to three days before a competition, including overseas events. (Bochibochi YouTube channel, 05 Jun 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (, 08 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Kyoto Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (, 30 Nov 2016)

In 2012 he received the Kyoto Sports Award in Japan. (, 02 Apr 2015)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 30 Sep 2020)
An illness at birth resulted in the removal of his right eye and low vision in his left. He has an ocular prosthesis inserted in his right eye. (, 09 Aug 2019;, 24 Jul 2015)


Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Heat 1 5
Men's 5000 m T13 Heat 1 7
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 10000 m T12 Final 2011-01-23 5
Men's 5000 m T12 Final 2011-01-27 6
Men's 800 m T12 Heat 2 2011-01-28 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T12 Final Round 2012-09-03 5
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T12 Final 1 2013-07-20 7
Men's 1500 m T12 Final 1 2013-07-25 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5000 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-29 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T12 Final Round 2016-09-18 4