Waseda University alumni Takayuki Suzuki (affiliated with GOLDWIN, INC., graduated from the School of Education in 2009) has been informally selected to represent Japan in the men’s 150-meter individual medley (SM4 physical impairment) and in the 200-meter freestyle (S4 physical impairment) at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Suzuki competed in the Japan Para Championships for swimming on May 21 and 22, which also served as an event to select the representative for swimmers for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. On the 21st, he beat the minimum qualification standard for the men’s 200m freestyle with a time of 2:57.35, and on the 22nd, he beat the minimum qualification standard for the men’s 150m medley with a time of 2:38:76, securing his participation in the two events.
Since the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, this will be the fifth Paralympic Games that Suzuki competes in.
Born in Shizuoka Prefecture in 1987, he graduated from the Waseda University School of Education in 2009. He was born without legs and without a limb past the elbow of his right arm, and out of the ten physical impairment classes, he is in the fourth most severe. He began parasports in earnest when he was a high school student, and in 2004, when he was a third-year high school student, he participated in the Athens Paralympic Games, his first Paralympics appearance, and won a silver medal in the 4x50m medley relay. Since then, he has competed in four consecutive Paralympics, and won the gold medal in the 50m breaststroke (SB3) at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. He also medaled at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, but unfortunately did not medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.