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ATHLETE

Meet the Athletes

Get to know the participating world-class athletes, and discover what makes each one of them superhuman.

競技アイコン(陸上競技)
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佐藤 拳太郎さんの写真
競技アイコン(陸上競技)
秦 澄美鈴さんの写真
競技アイコン(走幅跳)
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Nagisa Takahashi

Born in 2000 in Tokyo. Ranked 8th in Japan in the women's high jump (As of May 2024) After graduating from Tokyo High School and Nihon University, she joined Masonwork Group and joined SENKO Co., Ltd. from Jan. 2024. Starting with 2022 Japan Athletics Championships which she has won for the first time, she has achieved consecutive victories in the following championships in 2023. She has become one of the leading Japanese athlete in the women’s high jump. In 2024, she turned over a new leaf and transferred to SENKO Co., Ltd. She has consecutively achieved a personal best in Feb., and jumped to a ranking of 8th in Japan. She has set a record of 1m88cm this May. She is a young high jump athlete with high hopes who can rewrite the 20 years history.

Born in 2000 in Tokyo. Ranked 8th in Japan in the women's high jump (As of May 2024) After graduating from Tokyo High School and Nihon University, she joined Masonwork Group and joined SENKO Co., Ltd. from Jan. 2024. Starting with 2022 Japan Athletics Championships which she has won for the first time, she has achieved consecutive victories in the following championships in 2023. She has become one of the leading Japanese athlete in the women’s high jump. In 2024, she turned over a new leaf and transferred to SENKO Co., Ltd. She has consecutively achieved a personal best in Feb., and jumped to a ranking of 8th in Japan. She has set a record of 1m88cm this May. She is a young high jump athlete with high hopes who can rewrite the 20 years history.

競技アイコン(陸上競技)
早瀨 憲太郎&久美さんの写真
競技アイコン(自転車競技)
岡田 拓也さんの写真
競技アイコン(サッカー)
山田 真樹さんの写真
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Masaaki Numakura

After graduating from Tsukuba College of Technology, belongs to Trend Micro Incorporated. While working as an athlete, he is currently studying master's course at Graduate School of Technology and Science, Division of Industrial Technology at Tsukuba College of Technology.
He won silver medal for the team competition at the Caxias do Sul 2022 and advanced to the semi-final in the Men’s Doubles, but he had to withdraw due to spread of the corona virus in the Japanese team.
He has been the leader of Japan Deaf Badminton for many years and has created a lot of history. As a culmination of what he has been aiming for all these years, he is aiming for gold at the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics.

After graduating from Tsukuba College of Technology, belongs to Trend Micro Incorporated. While working as an athlete, he is currently studying master's course at Graduate School of Technology and Science, Division of Industrial Technology at Tsukuba College of Technology.
He won silver medal for the team competition at the Caxias do Sul 2022 and advanced to the semi-final in the Men’s Doubles, but he had to withdraw due to spread of the corona virus in the Japanese team.
He has been the leader of Japan Deaf Badminton for many years and has created a lot of history. As a culmination of what he has been aiming for all these years, he is aiming for gold at the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics.

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Masaaki Numakura, Deaf Badminton – Aim for Gold medal with his wife. “Self-realization” at the Deaflympics

“Deaflympics is a place for self-realization”, that’s the words of leader of the Japanese team for Deaf Badminton, Masaaki Numakura. His first Deaflympic Games was the Samsun Deaflympics 2017, and he won silver medal for the team competition at the Caxias do Sul 2022. He paired with his wife, Chihiro Numakura at the mixed doubles, and they are aiming for the top of the world together. What does the leader of Deaf Badminton want to achieve at the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics where he will be turning the big 40.

Nagisa Takahashi, Athletics – Challenging “Women’s oldest record” Enjoyment of building up record of “1cm”

Japanese record of 1m96cm for the women’s high jump is the “oldest” record which hasn’t been updated since 2001. Many years have passed since many players have tried and hampered to break the record. 24 year old Nagisa Takahashi is the most closest to breaking the record. She won her second consecutive world championship titles. With her impressive tall height of 173cm, she has achieved her personal best of 1m88cm this May. The hope of high jump athlete with a remarkable growth is continuing to challenge herself by facing challenges while having fun.

Ken Toyoda, Athletics – The pride of a “unique hurdler”, I am the only one who can do both 110 and 400.

The men's hurdles in Japan are more competitive than ever, and the athletes are competing against each other. In this situation, Ken Toyoda is aiming for the world stage in both the 110mH and 400mH. It is extremely unusual for these two disciplines to work together, partly because of the different natures required. The unique hurdler, who boasts of a blessed physique of 195 cm in height, expresses his pride about this difficult challenge, saying, “I am the only one who can do it.

Yuka Tsuji, Deaf Orienteering – A passion towards competition that grew out of a “disqualification”. Becoming a pioneer who continues to run the pathless road.

Orienteering is a competition to see how fast you can reach the goal by passing through control points (checkpoints) set up in the mountains and fields while utilizing a map and compass. She must have the physical ability to determine how to navigate the pathless roads and run through rough terrain. Yuka Tsuji is the only Japanese female athlete in this grueling event. She is a “pioneer,” so to speak, and why did she enter the world of orienteering? We asked her about why she started competing and her thoughts on the Tokyo 2025 Deaflympics.

Mio Okada, Deaf Athletics – Aiming to win the gold medal by surpassing my college days.

With three Japanese records, Mio Okada leads the women's Deaf Athletics. At the Caxias do Sul 2022 Deaflympics, she won the bronze medal in the 1500m, but was unable to run in the 800m, the main event, because of the abstention of the Japanese team due to the coronavirus pandemic. We asked her to reflect on her life in athletics to date and her thoughts on 2025 as she aims to make her start on the start line over the next three years.