An expert of sprinter with prosthetic arm Athletics



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It requires a lot of time and effort to run faster, even for a second. This is why I can feel the improvement when I break my personal best. That is the best moment for me. (Tagawa)

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Check out how my prosthetic arm makes the sprint start smoother.

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  • ■Rio 2016 Paralimpic Games ■
    Blonze:Men's 4x100m Relay - T42-47

    Q What do you place emphasis on in your life as a competitor? My motto is “Doing my best to everything”, that applies for competition, work or fun. I think that if you don’t follow two hares, you will never get both. This is the idea that I have in my mind every day.

    I am what you could call a “Shimin athlete”, meaning I’m a full time worker as well as an athlete. My main training for athletics is on weekends. I often have to do overtime at work during the week. Therefore, whether I can train or not after work depends on what time I get home from work. I usually get home at around 10 or 11 at night. Sometimes I have a bit of nap and then go for a run in the neighborhood around midnight. Training is kind of routine for me. It’s like brushing teeth or taking a bath. I don’t think it is hard to train nor I am forced to do so.

    Having a plenty of time to train doesn’t mean I can have a good training. I got a fulltime job in April 2010, and since then, I have to manage time effectively. As I am not a student anymore, I don’t have as much free time as I used to. I shifted my focus on training from quantity to quality. I think I am doing well so far, because I have been lowering personal record.
    Due to the recent boosting of the support from corporations towards Para sports, the number of athletes who signed professional sports contract or other types of contract has also been increasing. I think it would be good to devote 100% of commitment to athletics competition, but I want to keep up both athlete life and work. In addition to that, I want to manage time for fun, if possible. Of course, taking a balance between work and practice must be considered, but it is helpful to refresh myself to spend time with friends from outside of athletics. It is important for me to manage time to be active or relaxing. (April 2, 2016)


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