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Tomoki Sato

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T52

Further personal information

Family
Wife Mayuko
Residence
Okayama, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 2012. Before his impairment, he had taken part in athletics and kickboxing while at school.
Why this sport?
He was inspired by watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London on television. "I watched an athlete using a wheelchair moving like a truck at over 30 kilometres an hour. The upper body muscles were amazing. It shattered my concept of people with impairments. At that time, I thought, 'I want to do this'."
Club / Team
Morisawa [JPN] / PrierONE [JPN]:

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Grand Prix
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nicknames
Tomochan, Tomokun, Satochan (world-ac.jp, 16 Aug 2019)
Hobbies
Playing Go [board game], watching movies, travelling, video games. (prierone.info, 01 Apr 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Hitoshi Matsunaga. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no such thing as impossible. Don't hold yourself back and believe in your potential, even if there is only a 1% chance." (Facebook profile, 24 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
He received the Grand Award at the 2019 Japan Para Sports Awards. (yomiuri.co.jp, 06 Dec 2019)

In 2016 and 2019 he was presented with the International Competition Excellent Achievement Award by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. (world-ac.jp, 16 Aug 2019)

In 2018 he was given a Special Award by the president of the Japanese Para Sports Association. (prierone.info, 01 Jan 2021)

In 2016 he received the Paralympic Special Award from the Japan Paralympic Committee [JPC]. That year he also received the Male Rookie Award at the Japan Para Sports Awards. (world-ac.jp, 16 Aug 2019; the-japan-news.com, 08 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal and set world records in the 400m and 1500m events at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Kyodo News YouTube channel, 22 Feb 2021)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of the effects of myelitis [spinal cord inflammation], due to an infection which he contracted in 2010. (yomiuri.co.jp, 14 Feb 2016; Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Other information
TURNING PROFESSIONAL
In January 2021, he became a full-time athlete after quitting the company where he had worked for five years. "Now I have double the time to spend practising. Despite the postponement of the 2020 Paralympic Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I decided to move on to the next chapter of my sporting career. I wanted to show that people with both congenital and acquired impairments can also aspire to become professional athletes. Also, nowadays it is hard for people to look forward to a positive future, being surrounded by dark news due to all the restrictions caused by the pandemic. When I acquired my impairment, I felt that way, but I was able to find the light when I watched videos of Paralympians. I believe that sports have the power to inspire people and I especially hope to inspire children who are trying to take on challenges." (news.yahoo.co.jp, 22 Feb 2021; masports.jp, 22 Feb 2021; prierone.info, 01 Apr 2021; paraspoplus.com, 05 Feb 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-26 3
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2015-10-30 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-31 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 2016-09-12 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-13 2
Men's 1500 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-16 1
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 1 2017-07-18 2
Men's 400 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-18 1