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Takayuki Suzuki

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Newcastle, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Japanese, English
Higher education
Pedagogy, Sports Management - Waseda University: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at about age four. He took a break from the sport at age 12, and started training again at age 16.
Why this sport?
His family encouraged him to try the sport. "I just wanted to enjoy it, and I really didn't expect that I'd become an international swimmer."
Club / Team
Gold Win [JPN] / Team Northumbria [ENG]:
Name of coach
Louise Graham [personal], from 2013
Training Regime
He trains at the facilities of Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Athens, GRE

General interest

Nicknames
Taka (netimesmagazine.co.uk, 01 Sep 2018)
Hobbies
Reading, shogi [Japanese chess], playing guitar. (Athlete, 11 Sep 2019; paralympic.org, 08 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record and winning a gold medal in the SB3 50m breaststroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (netimesmagazine.co.uk, 01 Sep 2018; Athlete, 11 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His foster mother Yo Komatsu. (netimesmagazine.co.uk, 01 Sep 2018)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para swimmer Xavier Torres. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always be happy." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2012 he received the Tokyo Citizen Sport Grand Prize in Japan. (sports-tokyo.info, 05 Oct 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkei.com, 06 Mar 2020)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital limb deficiency. He does not have a right leg and his left leg is missing from mid-thigh. His right arm ends at the elbow. (chinadaily.com.cn, 19 Sep 2008; waseda.jp, 14 Jun 2007)
Other information
MOVE TO ENGLAND
In 2014 he moved to England as he wanted to change his training environment. The following year he began studying and training at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England. "I found an amazing international swimming coach in Newcastle called Louise Graham - the head of aquatics at Northumbria University - and I asked her to coach me. I studied English so that I could train better and Newcastle turned out to be the best place for learning English and my swimming." (netimesmagazine.co.uk, 01 Sep 2018; nhk.or.jp, 29 Aug 2017; goldwin.co.jp, 23 Jul 2014)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (netimesmagazine.co.uk, 01 Sep 2018)

EARLY DAYS
Growing up he was cared for by his foster mother Yo Komatsu after he was left in the hospital by his biological parents when he was born. "I've always wanted my foster mum to be happy and to be proud of my athletics career. That was my main motivation when I started to compete - to make her proud." (netimesmagazine.co.uk, 01 Sep 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 3 4
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 7
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heats 8
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 8
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heats 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heats 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heats 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heats 7
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 1
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 3
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 7
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 4
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 8
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Heat 1 2
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20 pts Final Round 4
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Heat 2 1
Men's 4x50 m Medley 20 pts Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2012-08-30 6
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2012-09-02 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 1 2012-09-03 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 2012-09-03 3
Men's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 3 2012-09-07 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Final Round 2012-09-08 8
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Final 1 2013-08-13 4
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2013-08-13 5
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final 1 2013-08-17 2
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final 1 2013-08-18 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2013-08-18 1
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2015-07-13 15
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 2015-07-15 5
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final 1 2015-07-15 5
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2015-07-17 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2015-07-19 11
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2016-09-08 6
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 1 2016-09-12 3
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 2 2016-09-14 1
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final Round 2016-09-14 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 1 2016-09-17 6