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ISHIDA Kakeru

Nickname:Kakerun

i enjoy

My best event, the 400m, is hard—even the training—and the races are a battle against pressure. But I keep doing it because I feel so fulfilled when I’m able to get a good time in a race—I feel that it’s all worth it.

Strong points

“When you have an impairment in your arm, it’s all about how best to use your upper body to get to that balanced, ideal form. For example, I use my shoulder blades to keep balance.”

  • Sport
    Athletics
  • DOB
    1999-04-06
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Kakamigahara City, Gifu
  • Team
    Aichi Gakuin University
  • Position/Class
    T46
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・2019 Japan Para Athletics Championships
    Men’s 100m (T46): 1st Place
    Men’s 400m (T46): 1st Place

    ・Dubai World Para Athletics Championships (UAE)
    Men’s 100m (T47): Eliminated in semi-finals
    Men’s 400m (T47): 5th Place
  • Started athletics in junior high school. Competed in the 400m event of the Inter-High School Championships while at Gifu Shotoku Gakuen High School, and went on to attend Aichi Gakuin University on sports recommendation. Diagnosed with an osteosarcoma after noticing a strange feeling in his left shoulder immediately after starting university, and discovering a lump. Though the doctor recommended amputation, he chose instead a treatment that would install artificial joints in his left shoulder, so that he would be able to continue competing in athletics. Had surgery in June, and resumed training about six months later in December, starting para athletics in 2019. Set new Japan records for the 100m and 400m events at the 2019 Japan Para Athletics Championships. Notably, his time for the 100m was faster than his personal best in high school. Beat his own Japan record in the 400m at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai four months later, coming in 5th place. His goals are to win a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and compete in the All Japan Inter University Track & Field Championships.