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Yuka Kiyama

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Ataxia
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T52

Further personal information

Other names
Yuka Sato
Residence
Asakuchi, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 16.
Why this sport?
Her older brother encouraged her to take up the sport.
Club / Team
OLM Digital: Japan

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
Asian Para Games
Location
Guangzhou, CHN

General interest

Hobbies
Watching motor racing. (Instagram profile, 13 Apr 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her older brother Hitoshi Sato. (Athlete, 04 Sep 2016)
Injuries
In 2020 she was troubled by an injury to the rotator cuff in both of her shoulders. She had previously sustained an injury to the rotator cuff in her right shoulder in 2018. (Instagram profile, 26 Oct 2020; Ameba profile, 26 Oct 2020; Instagram profile, 28 Apr 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 and 2012 she received the Okayama Prefecture Special Sports award in Japan. (sanyonews.jp, 22 Nov 2019; pref.okayama.jp, 28 Sep 2012)

She received a Special Award at the 2018 OHK Sports Achievement Awards Ceremony in Japan. (Instagram profile, 01 Mar 2019; sanyonews.jp, 01 Mar 2019)
Impairment
She has a condition called spinocerebellar ataxia, which is characterised by the progressive loss of coordination of a person's gait. (news.nifty.com, 05 May 2017; tv-tokyo.co.jp, 14 Sep 2014)
Other information
PARALYMPIC EVENT REMOVAL
In late 2019 the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] confirmed the removal of the women's T52 100m from the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as the event did not meet the minimum required eligible criteria. She had competed in the event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and said its removal from the 2020 Games caused her to take a break from the sport. "Athletes who compete in my T52 class have severe disabilities, so there are fewer athletes competing. I couldn't hold back my tears when I heard it had been cancelled because there were not enough entries. I felt so empty because I had lost my goal. It made me unhappy just looking at my racing chair and I didn't want to use it either, but time passed and I felt better, and I started training again." (Ameba profile, 21 Aug 2020; paralympic.org, 05 Dec 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T52 Final 2011-01-22 6
Women's 200 m T52 Final 2011-01-24 5
Women's 400 m T52 Final 2011-01-26 4
Women's 800 m T52 Final 2011-01-28 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-01 6
Women's 100 m T52 Final Round 2012-09-05 7
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-25 4
Women's 100 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-26 4
Women's 200 m T52 Final 1 2013-07-27 4
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-23 3
Women's 100 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-26 3
Women's 400 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-31 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Women's 100 m T52 Final Round 2016-09-17 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-14 2
Women's 100 m T52 Final 1 2017-07-19 2