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NAKANISHI Maya
Sport Para athletics
NPC Japan   
GenderWomen
Age37
Place of BirthOsaka, JPN
Height1.58 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64, F64
Further Personal Information
Residence
Yufu, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2007 in Oita Prefecture, Japan.
Why this sport?
She played tennis prior to her accident and began running as part of her rehabilitation with the aim of returning to tennis. Her friend later suggested she try Para athletics.
Club / Team
Hankyu Travel: Japan
Name of coach
Daisuke Arakawa [personal], JPN, from 2019
Senior International Debut
Year
2008
Competing for
Japan
General Interest
Hobbies
Walking her dog. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
US triple jumper and coach Al Joyner. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Japanese motor cycle racer Daijiro Kato, US sprinter and long jumper Tianna Bartoletta. (2020.yahoo.co.jp, 22 Jul 2020; Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2017 she sustained a bruised muscle in her left leg that required a six-week recovery period. (Ameba profile, 19 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't set boundaries on what I should do at the Paralympics or what I will achieve at a certain age, but I continue to put the effort in every day. Even if you cannot achieve your goals and dreams despite working as hard as possible, you will still see results and don't even think about giving up at the beginning without any effort or challenging yourself. It's important to always try and, if you make a mistake, try again." (2020.yahoo.co.jp, 22 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she was presented with a Distinguished Service to Sport award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. (atpress.ne.jp, 01 Dec 2020)
Other sports
Before her accident she played soft tennis at national level in Japan. (prtimes.jp, 01 Dec 2014; nishinippon.co.jp, 12 Jul 2008)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and to set a world record. (nhk.or.jp, 10 Jan 2020; oita-press.co.jp, 01 Jan 2020)
Impairment
She lost her right leg in a 2006 accident while she was working for a painting company. (nishinippon.co.jp, 12 Jul 2008)
Other information
RETURN FROM RETIREMENT
She returned to Para athletics in 2013 having previously announced her retirement from the sport after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I was overwhelmed with searching for sponsors, preparations for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London and criticism on my semi-nude calendar that I did for funding. I just liked this sport, because I could do it without a leg, but the reality was different from my expectations, so I decided on retirement. However, I changed my mind, thanks to my coach who trusted my ability." (parasapo.tokyo, 24 Feb 2021; us-lighthouse.com, 01 Aug 2017; sponichi.co.jp, 25 Aug 2014)

BOOK
In December 2014 'Last Win' was published, a book based on her life written by Tatsuhito Kaneko. (prtimes.jp, 01 Dec 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008 200m T44 28.98
6 2008 100m T44 14.24
Round 1 2012 100m T44 14.47
8 2012 Long Jump T42/44 4.79
Heats 2012 200m T44 30.10
4 2016 Long Jump T44 5.42
Round 1 2016 100m T44 14.40
6 2021 Long Jump T64 5.27
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 Long Jump T44 4.92
3 2017 Long Jump T44 5.00
13 2017 100m T44 14.64
1 2019 Long Jump T64 5.37
15 2019 100m T64 14.86
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Long Jump T42-44/61-64 5.44
2 2018 100m T44/62/64 14.48