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Daisuke Matsunaga (松永 大介, Matsunaga Daisuke, born 24 March 1995) is a Japanese male racewalking athlete who competes in the 20 kilometres race walk. He holds a personal best of 1:18:53 hours. He represented his nation at the 2016 Summer Olympics and was the 2014 World Junior champion.

Daisuke Matsunaga
Personal information
NationalityJapanese
Born (1995-03-24) March 24, 1995 (age 23)
Height1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)[1]
Weight60 kg (132 lb)[1]
Sport
SportMen's athletics
Event(s)20 kilometres race walk
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)20 km walk: 1:18:53 (2016)

He made his first impact at the 2012 Asian Junior Athletics Championships, taking a silver, then won the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics in a championship record of 39:27.19 minutes.[2] He also took a silver in the junior race behind Gao Wenkui at the 2014 IAAF World Race Walking Cup in China.[3] Moving into the senior ranks he took bronze medals at the 2015 Asian Race Walking Championships and the 2015 Summer Universiade

He started 2016 with a win at the Asian Race Walking Championships.[4] He was selected to represent Japan at the 2016 Summer Olympics and placed seventh in the final.

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Personal bestsEdit

All information from All-Athletics.[5]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2012 Asian Junior Championships Colombo, Sri Lanka 2nd 10,000 m walk 45:03.01
2014 World Race Walking Cup Taicang, China 2nd 10 km walk (junior) 39:45
5th Junior team 23 pts
World Junior Championships Eugene, United States 1st 10,000 m walk 39:27.19 CR
2015 Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi, Japan 3rd 20 km walk 1:19:08
Universiade Gwangju, South Korea 3rd 20 km walk 1:22:06
2016 Asian Race Walking Championships Nomi, Japan 1st 20 km walk 1:19:01
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 20 km walk 1:20:22

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Daisuke Matsunaga Archived 2016-08-06 at the Wayback Machine.. Rio2016. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  2. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2014-07-25). Report: men's 10,000m race walk – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014 . IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  3. ^ Minshull, Phil (2014-05-03). Gao provides hosts with first gold medal – junior men's 10km report Taicang 2014. IAAF. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  4. ^ Matsunaga rebounds from recent disappointment to win in Nomi. IAAF (2016-03-20). Retrieved on 2016-08-14.
  5. ^ Daisuke Matsunaga. All-Athletics. Retrieved on 2016-08-14.

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