Athletes

An Ever-Evolving Veteran Racer from Okinawa! Athletics

UEYONABARU Hirokazu

Nickname:

i enjoy

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  • Sport
    Athletics
  • DOB
    1971-05-22
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Okinawa City, Okinawa
  • Team
    SMBC Nikko Securities Inc.
  • Position/Class
    T52
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・2018
     Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games (Indonesia)
    Men’s 400m 5th Place
    Men’s 800m 2nd Place
    ・2019
     2019 World Para Athletics Championships (UAE)
    Men’s 1500m 2nd Place
    Men’s 400m 4th Place

    Paralympics Triumphs
    ・2008
     Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games
    Men’s 200m 6th Place
    Men’s 400m 6th Place
    Men’s 800m 4th Place
    Men’s Marathon Silver
    ・2012
     London 2012 Paralympic Games
    Men’s 800m 7th Place
    ・2016
     Rio 2016 Paralympic Games
    Men’s 400m 6th Place
    Men’s 1500m 4th Place
  • Ueyonabaru suffered a cervical spine injury in a motorcycle accident when he was 28 years old. As part of his rehabilitation, he was invited to participate in a wheelchair marathon, which led him to start competing at age 31. He first participated in the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where he won the silver medal for the marathon (T52) race. He then changed to short- and middle-distance races. He continued to compete as a top-level athlete in these events and left outstanding results in both the 400- and 1500-meter races at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be his fourth consecutive participation in the Games, where he has secured a place as a member of the Japanese delegation. (August 2020)