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Toru Suzuki

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Family
Two children
Residence
Yamanashi, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Tsukuba: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2000.
Why this sport?
Prior to his accident he enjoyed sports, particularly handball, and believed that taking up athletics would benefit his rehabilitation. He decided to focus on high jump after he set a national record.
Club / Team
SMBC Nikko Securities: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Hiroki Fukuma, JPN, from 2004

International debut

Year
2000
Competing for
Japan

General interest

Hobbies
Reading. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the T44 high jump at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Japanese high jumper Naoyuki Daigo, prosthetic technician Fumio Usui. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; yahoo.co.jp, 17 May 2020)
Hero / Idol
Swedish high jumper Stefan Holm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In early 2021 his training was disrupted by an injury to the amputated surface of his right leg. (paraspoplus.com, 06 Mar 2021)

He sustained injuries to his left knee in 2007. (dentsuprdigital.com, 30 Jul 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I feel that jumping events are a form of art. If the movement is flowing, it looks beautiful, and if it is jerky, it is not. That's why I think of myself as an 'artist who creates height'." (sports.nhk.or.jp, 11 May 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was given the Yamanashi Sports Award in Japan. (pref.yamanashi.jp, 15 Feb 2017)

He was flag bearer for Japan at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (sports.yahoo.co.jp, 16 Sep 2008)

He has been given a Special Excellence Award by the Yamanashi Para Athletics Federation in Japan. (sannichi.co.jp, 31 Jan 2017)
Other sports
He was head coach of the handball team at Surugadai University in Japan in 2009. (kouenirai.com, 10 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal with a high jump of more than two metres at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paraspoplus.com, 06 Mar 2021)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated below the knee after he was involved in a traffic accident in 1999. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
BOOK
He wrote an autobiography that was released in 2008. (kouenirai.com, 10 Jul 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a travel ambassador to Yamanashi in Japan. He has also worked as a director of the Kanto Para Athlete Association in Japan. (toru-suzuki.theblog.me, 17 May 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F46 Final Round 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 9999
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final Round 7
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F44 Final Round 11
Men's High Jump F44 Final Round 4
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 5
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final 2011-01-27 5
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final 2011-01-29 5
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 2012-09-05 4
Men's High Jump F46 Final Round 2012-09-08 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T44 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T44 Final 1 2017-07-22 3