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UJIRO Hajime
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age47
Place of BirthSumoto, JPN
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sakura, JPN
Occupation
University Staff
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Law - Aichi Gakuin University: Japan
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1999.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to begin powerlifting after reading about a person who overcame a physical impairment to compete at an elite level in sport. However, there were no competitions for Para powerlifters in Japan so he competed at able-bodied powerlifting tournaments until 2000, when the first Para powerlifting competition was launched.
Club / Team
Juntendo University: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Jon Amos [national], GBR
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Japan
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the 75kg category at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (tokyo2020.org, 06 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He injured his right elbow at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. (pref.chiba.lg.jp, 02 Feb 2019)

In July 2016 he had surgery on his left elbow. He returned to competition in 2017. (sportrait-web.com, 05 Mar 2018; jppf.jp, 05 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Equality." (tokyo2020.org, 06 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In January 2011 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Athlete Citation Award in Japan. (pref.aichi.jp, 27 Jan 2011)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jppf.jp, 05 Jun 2017)
Impairment
The impairment to his lower limbs is the result of injuries he sustained in a motorbike accident at age 21. (sagami.co.jp, 22 Dec 2003)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works in the financial department at Juntendo University in Tokyo, Japan. (juntendo.ac.jp, 02 Nov 2018; joc.or.jp, 03 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2004 67.5kg 147.5
7 2012 75kg 180
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2006 67.5kg 152.5
7 2014 80kg 182.0
10 2017 80kg 181.0
11 2019 80kg 172.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 80kg 186
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2014 80kg 183
7 2018 80kg 147