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Uran Sawada

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
Ryuhei Shiokawa

Further personal information

Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics competitively in 2007 at the Bunkyo School for the Blind in Tokyo, Japan.
Why this sport?
She liked running, but was unable to join the athletics club at her middle school due to her vision impairment. She became motivated to try Para athletics following encouragement from her physical education teacher.
Club / Team
Mash Sports Lab: Japan
Name of coach
Toshihisa Miyazaki [long jump, personal], JPN, from 2017; Ryuhei Shiokawa [sprint, personal], JPN, from 2017

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Japan

General interest

Hobbies
Shopping, painting her nails. (Instagram profile, 14 Nov 2020, 09 Feb 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Japan at the opening ceremony of the 2009 Asian Youth Para Games in Tokyo, Japan. (para-sports.tokyo, 06 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (mash-holdings.com, 13 Jan 2021)
Impairment
Her vision impairment was the result of retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive condition that began affecting her at age six. (sports.nhk.or.jp, 13 May 2019; para-sports.tokyo, 06 Dec 2017)
Other information
COMEBACK FROM RETIREMENT
She returned to competitive Para athletics in 2015 after deciding to retire from the sport in 2013, having graduated from Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Japan. The performances of Japanese Para athletes Saki Takakuwa and Tomomi Sato at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea persuaded her to change her mind. "In 2012 I was afraid to run 100m as my sight was deteriorating. Moreover, my main event, the T13 long jump, was not going to be included at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. At that time I just wanted to take a break from competition while thinking about my life after retirement. However I felt motivated again after watching Para athletes who I had competed with at the 2009 Asian Youth Para Games in Tokyo." (sports.nhk.or.jp, 13 May 2019; para-sports.tokyo, 06 Dec 2017; 1242.com, 17 Sep 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 2 5
Women's Long Jump F13 Final Round 9