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Tomoya Ito

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Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Family
Wife Namiko
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in Para athletics in 1999.
Why this sport?
He was hospitalised for two years after he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He ordered a wheelchair to help him in his daily life, but realised when it was delivered that it was a racing chair. He was then encouraged to participate in a marathon by the manufacturer of the wheelchair.
Club / Team
Bayer Yakuhin: Japan
Training Regime
He covers up to 30 kilometres a day.

International debut

Year
2001
Competing for
Japan
Location
Oita, JPN

General interest

Nicknames
Wheelchair Ironman (sports.nhk.or.jp, 01 Nov 2019)
Injuries
Between 2009 and 2010 his multiple sclerosis worsened and he required two operations. (ito-tomoya.com, 07 Apr 2010)

He suffered fractures to his right shoulder in the T52 1500m final at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (ssf.or.jp, 08 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was given a Special Excellence Award by the Mie Amateur Sports Association in Japan. (mie-sports.or.jp, 12 Feb 2019)

In 2012 he received the Suzuka City Sports Special Honorary Award in Japan. (ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)

In 2008 and 2012 he received the Mie Prefecture Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (isenp.co.jp, 27 Apr 2019; ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)

In 2004, 2008 and 2012 he was presented with the Commendation of the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan. (ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)

In 2008 he was presented with the Special Order of Cabinet of Japan. (ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)

In 2004 and 2008 he was given the Suzuka Achievement Award in Japan. (ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)

In 2004 he was presented with the Commendation of the Prime Minister in Japan. (ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)

In 2004 he received the Mie Prefecture Sports Award in Japan. (ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)

In 2003 he received the Suzuka Special Physical Education Achievement Award in Japan. (ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (edgeline-tokyo.com, 29 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998. He uses a wheelchair and has lost the vision in his left eye. (rakusei.gr.jp, 16 Feb 2019; ito-tomoya.com, 17 Jul 2017; ssf.or.jp, 08 Apr 2015)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
He retired from the sport following the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, because of his progressive illness. Afterwards, he began running a ramen restaurant with his friend. When he participated in the 2016 Cybathlon in Switzerland as a pilot of the powered wheelchair, he met Anri Sugihara, the president of industrial design company RDS. Sugihara encouraged him to return to athletics with their newly invented wheelchair ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He made his return in June 2017, after closing his restaurants. His customised wheelchair was completed in October 2019, and he competed in the wheelchair at the 2019 World Championship in Dubai, United States of America, where he won three medals. (yahoo.co.jp, 24 Feb 2020; jal.co.jp, 01 Sep 2019; rakusei.gr.jp, 16 Feb 2019; harmony.bayer.jp, 12 Dec 2018; genki-nippon.yomiuri.co.jp, 14 Nov 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T52 Heat 2 9999
Men's 1500 m T52 Heat 2 3
Men's 1500 m T52 Final Round 9999
Men's 5000 m T52 Final Round 4
Men's Marathon T52 Final Round 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T52 Final Round 1
Men's 800 m T52 Heat 2 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Marathon T52 Final Round 3
Men's 5000 m T52 Final Round 3
Men's 1500 m T52 Final Round 3
Men's 800 m T52 Final Round 8
Men's 800 m T52 Heat 2 2
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 2 3
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 4
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m T52 Final 2011-01-23 3
Men's 100 m T52 Final 2011-01-24 4
Men's 400 m T52 Final 2011-01-27 1
Men's 800 m T52 Final 2011-01-28 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T52 Heat 2 2012-09-02 4
Men's 100 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Men's 400 m T52 Heat 1 2012-09-03 1
Men's 400 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-03 2
Men's 800 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-07 2
Men's 200 m T52 Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
Men's 200 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-08 2