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YAMADA Masaru

epee
Rank1
Pts186.000
Age27
HandR

Personal Information

Family Wife Rie Ohashi, one son [2020]

Residence Setagaya, JPN

Occupation Armed Forces Athlete

Languages Japanese

Higher education Physical Education - Nihon University: Tokyo, JPN

License number 14061994001

Club

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
Zone Championships1--1
Tokyo (Chiba) (JAPAN), 2019-06-15
Grand Prix1-12
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2020-03-06Doha (QATAR), 2020-01-24
--11
Taipei (CHINESE TAIPEI), 2017-08-20

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He took up fencing in grade two of primary school in Toba, Japan.

Why this sport? He got involved in the sport because it suited his physique.

Club / Team Japan Self-Defence Force Physical Training School: Japan

Name of coach Oleksandr Gorbachuk [national], UKR; Yusuke Aoki [national], JPN

Handedness Right

International Debut

Year 2013

Competing for Japan

General Interest

Nicknames Masarun, Makun (fencingfan.net, 26 Nov 2015)

Hobbies Watching movies. (fencingfan.net, 26 Nov 2015)

Most influential person in career Coach Oleksandr Gorbachuk. (jiji.com, 22 Dec 2020)

Injuries In May 2020 he underwent surgery on a slipped disc. He returned to training and competition in early 2021. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 May 2021; nikkei.com, 25 Aug 2020; olympicchannel.com, 25 Aug 2020)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Review the old and learn the new." (fencingfan.net, 26 Nov 2015)

Awards and honours He received an Excellence Award at the 2018 Asaka Citizen Sports Awards in Japan. (city.asaka.lg.jp, 01 Nov 2018)

In 2017 he received the Toba City Sports Excellence Award, and the Mie Prefecture Sports Special Achievement Award. (pref.mie.lg.jp, 08 Feb 2018; city.toba.mie.jp, 01 Jan 2018)

In 2014 he was given the Kozuki Sports Prize by the Kozuki Foundation and a Sports Excellence Award in Setagaya. (se-sports.or.jp, 23 Feb 2015; kozuki.or.jp, 11 Aug 2014)

He received an Excellence Award at the 2012 Toba Players and Teams Excellence Awards. (toba.mie.jp, 14 Dec 2012)

Famous relatives His older sister Ayumi has represented Japan in fencing. She won bronze in team epee at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. His wife Rie Ohashi also competed in fencing for Japan and won bronze in team epee at the 2015 Asian Championships in Singapore and at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. She also competed in epee at the world championships in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 May 2021; jiji.com, 22 Dec 2020; bs-asahi.co.jp, 03 Jan 2020)

Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 02 Jun 2019; Japan Self-Defence Force Physical Training School Ameba profile, 23 Aug 2018)

Other information ROLE IN RIO
He travelled to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a practice partner for Kazuyasu Minobe, who represented Japan in the individual epee and placed sixth. "I was not a representative. I went to the site as a practice partner for Minobe. I felt numb when everyone was so serious but I'm on good terms with the Korean [Park Sangyoung] who won gold and he said, 'I want to do my best against you in the final of the Olympics next time'. It was a moment that made me think." (jiji.com, 22 Dec 2020)

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