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Tomoki Sato

Athlete, disability class T52

T52 400m, 800m, 1500m, 5000mworld record holder

  • Born in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture on September 8, 1989
  • Resident of Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

He became confined to a wheelchair due to illness. On watching the 2012 Paralympics in London, he made up his mind to appear in the next Paralympics and started his career as an athlete in November 2012. He moved to Okayama Prefecture in April 2014in search of a competitive environment. In his second event after coming under the guidance of Paralympian Hitoshi Matsunaga in May that year, he became class champion in the half-marathon section of the Oita International Wheelchair Marathon.

He was selected as a certified athlete in April 2015 and appeared in the 400m and 1500m at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha that October. He won the gold medal in the 400m and the bronze medal in the 1500m, earning the right to appear in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

He made his first appearance as a Japan national team member at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. There, he competed in the 400m and 1500m, winning silver in the 400m, and in the 1500m, winning another silver medal while setting a new national record and personal best time. He was selected to the Japan team again for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, where he won gold medal in both the 400m and 1500m races.

At the Kanto Para Athletics Championships held in July 2018, he realized an incredible achievement in setting new world records on the same day in both the 400m and 1500m.

At the 2018 Asian Para Games held in Indonesia, he won gold medal in the 400m and 800m. Three months after that, he broke the world record and Japanese record for the 800m and 5000m respectively, at the Canberra International Track Meet (Australia) in January 2019.

Profile

2010, October He contracted myelitis, which confined him to a wheelchair.
2014, April Entered the National Vocational School (Okayama Prefecture)
2015, August Left the National Vocational School
2015, September Joined grop sincerite Co., Ltd. (Okayama Prefecture) as a regular employee
2016, September Rio de Janeiro Paralympics, won Silver medal in the T52 400m & 1500m
2017, July 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, won Gold medal in the T52 400m & 1500m
2018, July 23rd Kanto Para Athletics Championships, broke world records in the T52 400m & 1500m
2018, October 2018 Asian Para Games held in Indonesia, won Gold medal in the 400m & 800m
2019, January Canberra International Track Meet, broke the world and Japanese records in the 800m & 5000m
PB
(Personal best records)
400m 55.13(WR)
800m 1:51.67(WR)
1500m 3:25.08(WR)
5000m 12:27.54(WR)
Hobbies Go, watching movies, travel, games, etc.
Nickname Tomo-chan (-kun), Sato-chan
Favorite foods Ramen noodles, prawns, crab, sushi
Foods not liked Shiitake mushrooms, konjac, cloud ear mushrooms
Motto “Dreams are to be realized”

Personal support

Main Results in Competition

2019 Nagano Wheelchair Marathon, Champion Champion
2019 Emperor’s Cup National Wheelchair Ekiden Okayama Team, Fifth place
2019 Sydney Twilight Track Meet 400m General 14th place
2019 Canberra International Track Meet 400m & 800m World Record (WR), 1500m & 5000m World Record (WR)
2018 Oita International Wheelchair Marathon General Champion
2018 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia 400m & 800m Gold medal
2018 Kushiro Shitsugen National Wheelchair Marathon Half-marathon, General Fourth place
2018 Japan Para Championships 400m, 800m & 1500m Champion
2018 Japan Para Athletics Championships 400m, 800m & 1500m Champion
2018 Kanto Para Athletics Championships 100m Third place,400m & 1500m World Record (WR)
2018 Swiss National 400m & 1500m Champion
2018 Nottwil IPC Athletics Grand Prix 400m & 1500m Champion
2018 Daniela Jutzeler Memorial 400m & 1500m Champion
2018 Nagano Wheelchair Marathon T52 class Champion
2018 Emperor’s Cup National Wheelchair Ekiden Okayama Team, Fifth place
2018 Sharjah International Open Para Athletics Meeting 100m Bronze medal, 400m & 1500m Gold medal and new Asian record (AR)
2017 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London 400m Gold medal (GR), 1500m Gold medal
2017 Kanto Para Athletics Championships 100m & 400m Champion, 1500m new Asian record (AR)
2017 Japan Para Athletics Championships 100m Champion 400m, 800m & 1500m Champion (GR)
2017 Desert Challenge 400m & 800m, Gold medal with new Japanese record (NR)
2017 Oita Para Games 2017 100m Champion with new Asian record (AR), 400m & 800m Champion
2017 Dubai 2017 World Para Athletics GP 400m & 1500m Gold medal
2017 Emperor’s Cup National Wheelchair Ekiden Okayama Team, Third place
2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics 400m & 1500m Silver medal
2016 Japan Para Championships 100m, 400m & 1500m Champion
2016 Japan Para Athletics Championships and qualifying trial for the Japan team for the Rio Paralympics 400m, 800m & 1500m Champion
2015 Oita International Wheelchair Marathon Full marathon Second place
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships 400m Gold medal, 1500m Bronze medal
2015 Japan Para Championships 100m, 400m & 1500m Champion
2015 Japan Para Athletics Championships 100m Second place, 400m, 800m & 1500m Champion
2014 Oita International Wheelchair Marathon Half-marathon Champion
2014 Japan Para Athletics Championships 400m & 1500m Third place, 800m Second place

Main Awards

2019 Special Prize in the 2018 Japanese Para sports Association President’s Awards
2019 18th Okayama City Hitomi Kinue Sports Award
2019 Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award
2019 Shizuoka Prefecture Governor’s Award
2019 Minister of Education, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Outstanding Performance in International Competition, etc.
2018 2017 OHK Awards for Distinguished Service to Sport, Special Prize
2018 Special Prize in the 2017 Japanese Para sports Association President’s Awards
2017 14th MARUSEN Sports Special Prize
2017 Okayama City Hitomi Kinue Sports Award, Sports Honor Award
2017 Okayama Prefecture Special Sports Award
2017 Shizuoka Prefecture Sports Awards, Special Outstanding Athlete Award
2017 56th Okayama Sports Awards, Honor Award
2017 65th Shizuoka Newspaper Co. and Shizuoka Broadcasting Sports Awards, Special Prize
2017 1st Japan Para sports Awards, Rookie of the Year Award
2017 75th Sanyo Newspaper Sports Honor Award
2016 Mainichi Sports Awards, Rookie of the Year Award
2016 13th MARUSEN Sports Award
2016 Shizuoka Prefecture Governor’s Special Prize
2016 Paralympics Special Prize, Japan Para sports Association, Japan Paralympic Committee (JPC)
2016 Okayama Prefectural Honor Award
2016 Minister of Education, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Outstanding Performance in International Competition, etc.
2016 Special Prize in the 2015 Japanese Para sports Association President’s Awards
2016 55th Okayama Sports Award
2016 74th Sanyo Newspaper Sports Award

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Message

First of all, thank you for all the support I received at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. Thanks to everybody’s backing, I was able to win silver medal in both the disciplines that I entered.

I was confined to a wheelchair at the age of 21, and this also limited my opportunities for going out at that time.
However, on seeing images of the 2012 London Paralympics and watching the athletes racing around the track, I made up my mind to appear at the next Paralympics four years later, and demonstrated that “dreams can be realized”. I always have an ungrounded confidence.

Looking to the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020, I now have a “grounded confidence” and I am aiming for gold. Everybody’s support becomes my power and helps me get through each day’s hard training.
Please continue to support GROP SINCERITE WORLD-AC in future as well.

Signature:Tomoki Sato

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  • Tomoki Sato

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