Ambassador / Yuichi Takahashi

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Track and field athlete (T11) / triathlete (PTVI)

Yuichi Takahashi is an employee of Mitsubishi Corporation.

Hometown: Yokote City, Akita

Date of Birth: June 12, 1965

  • 2004 Paralympics in Athens
    Wins gold medal in the men's marathon (severe visual impairment category)
  • 2006 4th IPC Athletics World Championships in the Netherlands
    Wins gold medal in the men’s marathon (severe visual impairment category)
  • 2008 Paralympics in Beijings
    16th place, men's marathon (severe visual impairment category)
  • 2011 5th IPC Athletics World Championships in New Zealand
    4th place, men's marathon (severe visual impairment category)
  • 2012 Paralympics in London
    7th place, men's marathon (severe visual impairment category)
  • 2018 Kasumigaura Marathon and International Blind Marathon 2018
    Wins men's full marathon B-1 (totally blind) division

    ASTC Paratriathlon Asian Championships
    4th place, PTVI (Total or Partial Visual Impairment) men's division

    2018 Sarasota-Bradenton ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
    Wins PTVI (Total or Partial Visual Impairment) men's division

    2018 Funchal ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
    7th place, PTVI (Total or Partial Visual Impairment) men's division
  • 2019 2019 Devonport ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
    7th place, PTVI (Total or Partial Visual Impairment) men's division

    2019 Gyeongju ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships
    2nd place, PTVI (Total or Partial visual Impairment) men's division

    2019 Banyoles ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
    8th place, PTVI (Total or Partial Visual Impairment) men's division

Yuichi Takahashi

Diagnosed with retinitis punctata albescens, an eye disease, in his second year of high school. This was then complicated by retinitis pigmentosa, an intractable disease. At the age of 34, he completely lost his sight.
He set a world record at the Kasumigaura International Blind Marathon in April 2004 with a time of 2 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds. He has won numerous awards, including receiving a silver cup from the Emperor of Japan, the Prime Minister's Award, the Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare's Award, the Akita Prefecture's People's Honor Award, the Yokote City's People's Honor Award, and the Tokyo Kita Ward's People's Honor Award. He also contributes to our corporate philanthropy initiatives by giving lectures, collecting signatures to promote barrier-free facilities, and other efforts. Since 2018, he has added the triathlon to his repertoire of challenges and has competed in the triathlon world cup.

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