Athletes

Judo Star of the 100kg Class Heads to Tokyo 2020 Judo

MATSUMOTO Yoshikazu

Nickname:

i enjoy

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  • Sport
    Judo
  • DOB
    1962-06-30
  • Sex
    Male
  • Birth place
    Osaka City, Osaka
  • Team
    Aiwa Matsumoto Clinic
  • Position/Class
    100kg Class
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・1998
    IBSA World Championships and Games Madrid (Spain)
     Individual: 2nd Place
     Team: 2nd Place
    ・1999
    FESPIC Games (Thailand)
     100kg Class: 2nd Place
    ・2018
    Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games
     100kg Class: 3rd Place
    ・2019
    34th All Japan Judo Championships for the Blind and Visually Impaired
     100kg Class: 1st Place

    Paralympic Triumphs
    ・2000
    Sydney Paralympic Games
     100kg Class: Bronze medal
    ・2004
    Athens Paralympic Games
     100kg Class: 12th Place

    Last Updated: March 3, 2021
  • B1 Class. Became blind at the age of 20 due to a glaucoma. Started judo at the recommendation of a senior, and made his international debut at the 1st IBSA World Championships and Games Madrid in 1998. Won a bronze medal at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, his first Paralympic Games. Was the flagbearer for the Japan team at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, after which he took some time away from the Paralympic Games. That is, until he returned to the public eye through various domestic and overseas matches as a veteran of the 100kg Class. Has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games—a home-country Games, and his first Games since Athens 2004. Runs an acupuncture practice in Osaka. (As of March 2021)