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KIMURA Keiichi
Sport Para swimming
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthRitto, JPN
Height1.71 m
Weight 65 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Baltimore, MD, USA
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Education - Nihon University: Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to take up the sport.
Club / Team
Tokyo Gas: Japan
Name of coach
Fumiyo Minemura [national], JPN; Brian Loeffler [personal], USA, from 2018
Training Regime
He trains in Baltimore, MD, United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Japan
Location
Kuala Lumpur, MAS
General Interest
Nicknames
Kimu, Keichi (parasapo.tokyo, 26 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para swimmer Junichi Kawai. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmer Bradley Snyder. (Athlete, 06 Sep 2016; Tokyo Gas's YouTube Channel, 18 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was given a Prize for Encouragement at the 11th Hanawa Hokiichi Awards in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. The awards are named after a Japanese scholar who was a Buddhist monk and had a visual impairment. (pref.saitama.lg.jp, 16 Dec 2017)

In 2016 he received the Ritto Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (kyoto-np.co.jp, 27 Sep 2017)

He was presented with the Grand Prix award at the 2016 Japan Para Sport Awards. (the-japan-news.com, 08 Dec 2016)

In 2012 and 2014 he received a People's Honour award from Shiga Prefecture in Japan. (pref.shiga.lg.jp, 07 Nov 2014; Athlete, 07 Aug 2013)

He was Japan's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (asahi.com, 06 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkansports.com, 22 Sep 2016; tokyo-gas-2020.jp, 26 Sep 2018)
Impairment
He lost his vision at age two due to a condition called proliferative vitreoretinopathy. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015; ninomiyasports.com, 10 Jul 2012)
Other information
MOVE TO USA
In 2018 he moved to United States of America in order to be coached by Brian Loeffler, coach of his idol Bradley Snyder. Snyder introduced him to Loeffler for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He trains while studying English at the English Language Institute of Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD. (tokyo-gas-2020.jp, 2019; ndm.edu, 08 Oct 2018; Tokyo Gas's YouTube Channel, 18 Oct 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked as an executive director of the Japanese Paralympic Committee. (keiichikimura.com, 04 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2008 50m Freestyle S11 28.35
5 2008 100m Freestyle S11 1:02.72
9 2008 400m Freestyle S11 5:15.04
5 2008 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:17.25
6 2008 100m Butterfly S11 1:09.39
5 2012 100m Freestyle S11 1:01.19
5 2012 50m Freestyle S11 26.84
2 2012 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:14.00
3 2012 100m Butterfly S11 1:04.70
8 2012 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:31.74
2 2016 50m Freestyle S11 26.52 
3 2016 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:12.88 
2 2016 100m Butterfly S11 1:02.43
3 2016 100m Freestyle S11 59.63
4 2016 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:28.76 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:34.19
2 2010 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:17.96
3 2010 100m Freestyle S11 1:02.12
3 2010 100m Butterfly S11 1:06.93
4 2010 50m Freestyle S11 27.93
6 2010 400m Freestyle S11 5:10.55
2 2013 50m Freestyle S11 26.82
1 2013 100m Freestyle S11 1:00.74
3 2013 100m Butterfly S11 1:03.72
1 2013 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:14.51
3 2013 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:31.08
4 2015 100m Freestyle S11 1:00.60
3 2015 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:31.13
2 2015 50m Freestyle S11 26.83
1 2015 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:14.04
1 2015 100m Butterfly S11 1:02.98
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Butterfly S11 1:07.02
1 2009 100m Freestyle S11 1:00.65
3 2009 100m Individual Medley SM13 1:09.38
3 2009 50m Freestyle S11 SC 27.96
Asian Para Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 50m Freestyle S11 27.14
1 2014 100m Freestyle S11 1:03.20
3 2014 100m Backstroke S12 1:16.11
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:32.91
1 2014 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:13.56
1 2014 100m Butterfly S12 1:04.58
2 2018 100m Freestyle S11 59.54
1 2018 200m Individual Medley SM11 2:29.79
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:13.11
1 2018 100m Backstroke S11 1:14.91
6 2018 100m Butterfly S13 1:02.16
1 2018 50m Freestyle S11 26.65