Athletes

Two Silver Medals in His First World Championships Swimming

TOMITA Uchu

Nickname:Uutan

i enjoy

For me, the best moments are when I feel how much I’ve grown, or when I set a record or win a medal, and when everyone who’s supported me is able to celebrate.

Strong points

“I’d say my rhythmic swimming and my stamina in the second half! In my best event, the 400m Freestyle, I can keep up my speed in the first half in the second half too—my time doesn’t go down.”

  • Sport
    Swimming
  • DOB
    1989-02-28
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Kumamoto City, Kumamoto
  • Team
    Nippon Sport Science University Graduate School / EY Japan
  • Position/Class
    S11/SB11/SM11
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・2019
    World Para Swimming Championships (UK)
     100m Butterfly: 2nd Place
     400m Freestyle: 2nd Place *New Asia record
     50m Freestyle: Eliminated in preliminaries
     200m Individual Medley: 4th Place
     400m Relay (49 Points): 7th Place

    ・2019
    2019 Japan Para Swimming Championships
     100m Butterfly: 2nd Place
     100m Freestyle: 1st Place
     400m Freestyle: 1st Place
  • Began swimming at three years old, and was diagnosed with retinal pigmentary degeneration, an eye disease that gradually narrows the field of vision, as a second-year in high school. Quit swimming for a time, then started para swimming in 2012, after graduating Nippon Sport Science University. Competed in his first international tournament in 2015. Was switched from the S13 class to the S11 class in 2017, and has repeatedly set new Asia records in his specialty, the 400m Freestyle event. Won silver medals in the 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly events at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships. His goal is to win a gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Has had experience competing in the All-Japan Student Invitation Tournament for dance sport, and won three consecutive championship titles in the All-Japan Blind Dance Championships. Currently employed at EY Japan as a para athlete, while doing research at the NSSU Graduate School. (As of June 2020)