Waseda University alumni Takayuki Suzuki won the silver medal in the men’s 50m freestyle (S4) held on Thursday, September 2, and he has now accomplished the incredible feat of winning medals in all the events that he competed in at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
After winning the bronze medal in the men’s 50m breaststroke (SB3) on August 25, Suzuki won the gold medal the following day on August 26 in the men’s 100m freestyle (S4), Japan’s first gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
He then continued to be on the podium for all the events he competed in, winning the bronze medal in the men’s 150m individual medley (SM4) on August 28, the silver medal in the men’s 200m freestyle (S4) on August 30, and the silver medal in the men’s 50m freestyle (S4) on September 2.
The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are Suzuki’s fifth consecutive Paralympics since the 2004 Athens Games, and he served as captain of the Japanese swimming team. He continues to inspire the team, with his five medals being the most he has earned at a single Paralympic Games, and winning gold for the first time in the 13 years since the 2008 Beijing Games.
Additionally, Suzuki was the first Japanese athlete to be elected as an Athlete Member of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), voting for which took place in the Olympic Village and the event venues until September 3. Suzuki’s term as an Athlete’s Council Member is until the 2024 Paris Games, and he will play the role of reflecting the opinions, from an athlete’s point of view, on the management of the Games and spreading the competitions, etc.
We encourage everyone to continue giving their warm support to Suzuki in the future.
Results to date: Takayuki Suzuki
August 25: Men’s 50m breaststroke（disability category SB3）Final – 3rd Bronze medal 49.32
August 26: Men’s 100m freestyle （disability category S4）Final – 1st Gold medal 1:21.58
August 28: Men’s 150m Individual Medley （disability category SM4）Final – 3rd Bronze medal 2:40.53
August 30: Men’s 200m Freestyle （disability category S4）Final – 2nd Silver Medal 2:55.15
September 2: Men’s 50m Freestyle （disability category S4）Final – 2nd Silver Medal 37.70
Congratulatory message from the President
Congratulations to Suzuki for winning his fifth medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, and we are delighted at his incredible feat of winning medals, including a gold medal, in all of his events. Suzuki, competing in his fifth consecutive Paralympic Games and serving as captain of the Japanese swimming team, has given hope and courage to innumerable people, including sports fans at Waseda. Additionally, congratulations to Suzuki on being elected to the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletes’ Council. We look forward to the great things that you will continue to accomplish in the future.
Aiji Tanaka, Waseda University President