Swimming 400m RelayRIKA OMOTO

Swimming 400m RelayRIKA OMOTO

Date of Birth
May 8, 1997
Place of Birth
Kyoto Prefecture

MAJOR RECORDS

2021
Japan Championships, 100m freestyle, 4th Place (received informal offer to participate in 400m medley at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games)
200m individual medley, 3rd Place
2020
FINA Champions Swim Series2020 Beijing, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Championships, 100m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Open 2020, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2019
Japan Championships, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 2nd Place
100m freestyle, 2nd Place
Japan Open, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
100m freestyle, 1st Place
World Championships, 200m individual medley, 5th Place
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 50m freestyle, 1st Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2018
Japan Championships, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 100m freestyle, 1st Place
200m individual medley, 1st Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2017
Universiade 2017 Taipei, 4x200m Relay, 3rd Place
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 200m individual medley, 2nd Place
2016
Japan Inter College Swimming Championships, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
2015
Japan Championships, 200m individual medley, 3rd Place
Japan Open, 200m individual medley, 1st Place
Japan High School Swimming Championships, 200m individual medley, 1st Place
National Sports Festival Swimming Competition, 400m individual medley, 1st Place

ATHLETE COMMENTS

I am absolutely delighted that I will be able to participate in the olympic games while they are being held in my home country. I am looking forward to taking to the olympic stage and embracing the challenge as an ANA athlete, and will do everything I can to prepare for this summer event. I will work together with my teammates to battle my way through the games and give you an incredible relay performance. Your support will be most appreciated!

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

Eating Toraya's yokan (a traditional Japanese confectionery made from red bean paste, agar, and sugar). I always carry this sweet around with me in my rucksack.

Other sports I like

I am not particularly good at sports beside competitive swimming and I also struggled with physical education classes, but I love watching rugby matches!

Learn what I do at the poolside for good luck!

In the area to which the swimmers are called, I imagine the race in my head and then I stand on the starting platform and take a deep breath. I also drink some water just before the race begins.

Wheelchair TennisSHINGO KUNIEDA

Wheelchair TennisSHINGO KUNIEDA

Date of Birth
February 21, 1984
Place of Birth
Tokyo
Height
173 cm
Weight
65 kg

MAJOR RECORDS

2016
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Bronze Medal (Men’s doubles)
2012
London 2012 Paralympic Games, Gold Medal (Men’s singles)
2008
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Gold Medal (Men’s singles)
Bronze Medal (Men’s doubles)
2004
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, Gold Medal (Men’s doubles)

Grand slam 26 wins (Men’s singles)

ATHLETE COMMENTS

Even though 2020 will mark my fifth time to participate in the Paralympic Games, the pressure I feel for the Tokyo 2020 Games is unlike anything I have felt before. Every shot will count. I want to deliver excellent results in all events leading up to the games so that I am prepared both physically and mentally for this challenge.
Making Japan my stage, I will perform to the very best of my ability so that I can showcase what can really be achieved with a wheelchair. Nothing would make me happier than having you see this for yourselves and become wheelchair tennis fans.

Do you have any pre-match rituals?

I listen to Mr.Children (a Japanese pop rock band) when coming out onto the court. I used to do other things such as eating curry as soon as I got to the airport or trying to always wear red pants for my matches (laughs)! However, I often didn't have time to get my curry fill, and it was from this time that I also decided to ditch the red pants. The only pre-match ritual I have left now is listening to Mr.Children songs.

Other sports I like

I play basketball to wind down, and I often play on my days off after coming home from tournaments.

Learn what I do on the court for good luck!

- I bounce the ball on the ground twice before the first serve and four times before the second serve.
- In the 90 seconds of changing ends, I drink a sports drink and eat a banana.