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KUBO Kozo
Sport Para athletics, Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age36
Height1.78 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Family
Two children
Residence
Abashiri, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He switched from Para athletics to Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon in 2008. He then returned to Para athletics after he had competed at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Why this sport?
He was fascinated by the sport after watching Para athletes on television.
Club / Team
Hitachi Solutions: Japan
Name of coach
Junichi Kobayashi [national], JPN
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Swiss wheelchair racer Heniz Frei. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is no choice but to do it." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Awards and honours
In May 2014 he was presented with the Hokkaido Honorary Award in Japan. (daily.co.jp, 30 May 2014)

He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for January 2013. (paralympic.org, 18 Feb 2013)
Other sports
He competed in biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. He won bronze in the biathlon 7.5km sitting event at the 2014 Games in Sochi. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Mar 2017; paralympic.org, 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (city.shinagawa.tokyo.jp, 29 Jun 2016)
Impairment
As a child he sustained spinal cord injuries in a traffic accident. (1242.com, 29 Nov 2014; Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 5000m T54 10:40.37
18 2016 Marathon T54 1:46:31
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
13 2006 5000m T54 10:53.91
32 2006 Marathon T54 1:42:41
  2013 Marathon T54  DNF
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2010 2.4km Pursuit - Sitting  
6 2010 12.5km Individual - Sitting 46:26.8
3 2014 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 23:08.9
6 2014 12.5km Middle - Sitting 39:57.8
6 2014 15km Individual - Sitting 49:04.1
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2010 15km - Sitting 45:39.9
5 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 41:48.8
21 2010 1km Sprint - Sitting  
14 2014 15km - Sitting 48:59.4 
7 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:25.6
5 2014 10km - Sitting 33:40.4
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 3km Pursuit - Sitting  
14 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Sitting 54:10.2
2 2012/2013 7.5km Sprint - Sitting 22:56.7
2 2012/2013 12.5km Middle - Sitting 38:30.4
1 2012/2013 15km Individual - Sitting 46:52.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008/2009 15km - Sitting LW10-12 50:41.6
4 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 47:12.3
12 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW10-12  
3 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 42:02.0
6 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 31:07.9
3 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 25:31.4
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
26 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:50:58