Type of Impairment
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began distance running in grade one of primary school.
Why this sport?
He competed in his first long-distance running race at primary school, but then followed his older brother into baseball. He competed in both baseball and athletics during middle school, before choosing to focus on athletics in high school due to the school's strong athletics team.
Club / Team
Name of coach
Koki Shimoinaba [national], JPN
He trains three hours a day, six days per week.
Most influential person in career
His high school coach Hiroshi Inoue. (shinken-oita.jp, 01 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Support around me makes me what I am today." (shinken-oita.jp, 01 Jul 2019)
To run the 1500m in under four minutes, and to win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (oita-press.co.jp, 27 Aug 2019; shinken-oita.jp, 01 Jul 2019)
At age three he was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder and form of autism. (shinken-oita.jp, 01 Jul 2019)