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Tomoki Ikoma

Athlete disability class T54

T54 200m Japanese record holder

  • Born in Arita City, Wakayama Prefecture on April 26, 1992
  • Resident of Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture

Due to a congenital disability, he has been only able to use his arms and has been confined to a wheelchair since he was a child. The outstanding muscle strength and balance he consequently honed are ideal gifts for a sprinter.

He started athletic competition around high school age, however, his growth at this time was slow. A turning point came at the age of 23 when he visited Hitoshi Matsunaga and subsequently decided to relocate from Wakayama to Okayama. That is when his talent suddenly blossomed. At the following year’s Japan Para Athletics Championships, he prevailed over the best athletes in the country and suddenly established himself as a top sprinter. He was selected to the Japan team for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, where he became the only Japanese athlete to reach the 100m final.
At the Kanto Para Athletics Championships held in July 2018, he broke the Japanese record for the 200m, and subsequently broke it again at the Canberra International Track Meet in January 2019. He is now aiming to reach his first Paralympics.

Profile

2013, March Graduated the National Vocational School (Okayama Prefecture)
2014, April Employed by Wakayama Prefectural Office
2015, March Retired from Wakayama Prefectural Office
2015, December Entered grop sincerite Co., Ltd. (Okayama Prefecture) as a regular employee
2017, July 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, T54 100m finalist
2018, July 23rd Kanto Para Athletics Championships, T54 200m, Japanese record
2019, January Canberra International Track Meet, T54 200m Japanese record
PB
(personal best records)
100m 14.19
200m 24.84(NR)
400m 47.30
Hobbies Painting (but not active at all recently)
Favorite foods Bibimbap
Foods not liked None in particular
Motto “Heart and soul”

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Main Results in Competition

2019 Emperor’s Cup National Wheelchair Ekiden Okayama Team, Fifth place
2019 11th Fazza Para Athletics Championships 100m Gold medal, 400m Seventh place
2019 9th WPA Meeting Sharjah 100m Gold medal, 200m Silver medal, 400m Bronze medal
2019 Sydney Twilight Track Meet 100m, 200m & 400m Second place
2019 Canberra International Track Meet 100m qualifier Second place (PB), 100m Second place, 200m Second place, 400m Third place
2018 Oita International Wheelchair Marathon Half-marathon Fourth place
2018 Kushiro Shitsugen National Wheelchair Marathon Half-marathon, General Champion
2018 Japan Para Athletics Championships 100m Champion, 200m Champion
2018 Kushiro Shitsugen National Wheelchair Marathon Half-marathon, General Champion
2018 Japan Para Championships 100m Champion, 200m Champion, 400m Champion
2018 Kanto Para Athletics Championships 100m Champion 200m Japanese record (NR), 400m Champion
2018 Aichi Para Athletics Festival 100m Second place, 200m Champion, 400m First place, 800m Second place
2017 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London 100m Finalist and 8th place
2017 Kanto Para Athletics Championships 100m & 200m champion, 400m Second place
2017 Japan Para Athletics Championships 100m Champion, 200m Second place, 400m Fifth place
2017 Nottwil IPC Athletics Grand Prix 100m Fifth place
2017 Daniela Jutzeler Memorial 100m Fifth place
2017 Oita Para Games 2017 100m, 200m & 400m Champion
2017 Dubai 2017 World Para Athletics GP 100m Silver medal, 200m Bronze medal, 400m Silver medal
2017 Emperor’s Cup National Wheelchair Ekiden Okayama Team, Third place
2016 Japan Para Championships 100m & 400m Second place, 800m Third place
2016 Japan Para Athletics Championships and qualifying trial for the Japan team for the Rio Paralympics 100m & 200m Champion, 400m Third place, 800m Fifth place
2015 Japan Para Athletics Championships 100m Third place
2009 Tokyo Asia Youth Para Games 100m & 200m Champion

Main Awards

2018 2017 Okayama Prefecture Top Athlete Award, Sports Honor Award
2018 40th Arita City Sports Award
2018 56th Wakayama Prefecture Sports Award

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Message

I was born with a congenital disorder that disabled both my lower limbs from birth. There were times when I compared myself with others and negatively viewed my disability as a “handicap”.
However, after finding my purpose in wheelchair athletics, I am now living life positively. I will be happy if my appearance in the athletic competition could impart even a small impact on people who lack self-confidence due to disability, like I used to.

I am currently training each day with the goal of participating in and winning medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. I want to follow in the footsteps of my seniors so that I can become a world-class athlete. Thank you for your support.

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