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Takafumi Igusa

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T37, F37

Further personal information

Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Law - Nihon University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in his third year at university.
Why this sport?
He initially played football until he was a high school student because his sister was a footballer and his father was a coach, However he joined the athletics team at university and became interested in long distance running. Afterwards he was introduced Para athletics by a prosthetic technician who worked for Para athletes.
Club / Team
AC Kita: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Kyohei Yasuda [club], JPN, from 2013

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Japan

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Representing Japan at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para sprinter Atsushi Yamamoto. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Irish Para middle distance runner Michael McKillop. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Injuries
He sustained several injuries in 2018 that affected his performances. (sankei.com, 03 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Put all your effort into it and beat your limits." (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was presented with the Suginami City Sports Honorary Medal in Tokyo-to, Japan. (city.suginami.tokyo.jp, 09 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jinzukan.myjcom.jp, 11 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He contracted Moyamoya disease, a progressive cerebrovascular condition caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain at age two. The illness led to cerebral palsy that affected the right side of his body. (sankei.com, 03 Mar 2019; Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 3 2015-10-23 14
Men's 1500 m T37 Final 1 2015-10-30 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T38 Heat 3 2017-07-14 11
Men's 1500 m T37 Final 1 2017-07-22 6