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KOSUDA Junta
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthTokorozawa, JPN
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kumatori, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport seriously in 2016.
Why this sport?
He first got involved in Para sport at a running event in 2015, on the recommendation of his physiotherapist. After the event, he was invited to training by Japanese Para athlete Atsushi Yamamoto.
Club / Team
Open House : Japan
Name of coach
Yasuhiro Harada [national], JPN
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para athlete Atsushi Yamamoto. (number.bunshun.jp, 08 Jul 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in Para snowboard at international level, including at the world championships in 2019. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jul 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal in Para athletics at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and in Para snowboard at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (sjgather.com, 22 Jan 2020; 39mag.benesse.ne.jp, 08 Apr 2020)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated above the knee as the result of a traffic accident he was involved in while working in 2012. (Paraspo Facebook page, 07 May 2016; number.bunshun.jp, 08 Jul 2020; 39mag.benesse.ne.jp, 08 Apr 2020)
Other information
PARA SNOWBOARD
He took up Para snowboard in late 2017 on a trip to the mountains with a friend, and began competing three months later. He began taking Para snowboard more seriously after he was inspired by Japanese Para athlete Atsushi Yamamoto, who competed in Para snowboard at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang after representing Japan in Para athletics at three editions of the Paralympic Games. "I had to give it a go. When I saw Yamamoto snowboard at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics, I thought, 'This is how I can win'." (39mag.benesse.ne.jp, 08 Apr 2020; sjgather.com, 22 Jan 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 24 Nov 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 Long Jump T63 5.95
10 2021 100m T63 13.58
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 59.52
7 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired