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Shōta Iizuka (飯塚 翔太, Iizuka Shōta, born 25 June 1991) is a Japanese sprinter who specializes in the 200 metres.

Shōta Iizuka
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Iizuka in 2017
Personal information
NationalityJapanese
Born (1991-06-25) 25 June 1991 (age 28)
Omaezaki, Shizuoka
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)[1]
Sport
SportTrack and field
Event(s)100 metres, 200 metres
University teamChuo University
ClubMizuno Track Club[2]
Coached byKatsumi Sakai[2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 10.08 s (2017)
200 m: 20.11 s (2016)

Iizuka started track and field after winning the local competition of a 100 metres race when he was in third grade; the club coach scouted him to his track and field club. He attended Fujieda Meisei High School and then Chuo University, where he studied law.[2]

At the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics, Iizuka won the 200 metres title with a time of 20.67 seconds.[3] This earned him the gold medal, making him the first Japanese male sprinter to win a medal in the event.[4][5]

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Iizuka won a silver medal in the 4 × 100 metres relay.[6] He has won a total of eight medals (three gold, four silver, one bronze) in international athletics competitions.

Athletics Men's 200 Final - 27th Summer Universiade 2013 - Kazan (RUS) Iizuke takes 3rd

Personal bestsEdit

Event Time Wind Venue Date Notes
100 m 10.08 s +1.9 m/s Tottori, Japan June 4, 2017 Japan's 9th-fastest time
200 m 20.11 s +1.8 m/s Nagoya, Japan June 26, 2016 Japan's 2nd-fastest time

RecordsEdit

  • 200 metres
    • Current Japanese university record holder – 20.21 s (wind: +1.4 m/s) (Fukuroi, May 3, 2013)
  • 4×100 m relay
    • Current Asian and Japanese record holder – 37.60 s (relay leg: 2nd) (Rio de Janeiro, August 19, 2016)[a]
    • Current Japanese university record holder – 38.44 s (relay leg:2nd) (Tianjin, October 9, 2013)[b]
a with Ryōta Yamagata, Yoshihide Kiryū, and Asuka Cambridge
b with Ryōta Yamagata, Asuka Cambridge, and Kazuma Ōseto

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 World Junior Championships Moncton, Canada 1st 200 m 20.67 (wind: +0.5 m/s)
4th 4×100 m relay 39.89 (relay leg: 4th)
2011 Asian Championships Kobe, Japan 4th 200 m 21.10 (wind: -0.4 m/s)
Universiade Shenzhen, China 9th (sf) 200 m 21.02 (wind: -0.1 m/s)
(h) 4×100 m relay DQ (relay leg: 4th)
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 36th (h) 200 m 20.81 (wind: +1.1 m/s)
4th 4×100 m relay 38.35 (relay leg: 4th)
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 3rd 200 m 20.33 (wind: +2.4 m/s)
2nd 4×100 m relay 39.12 (relay leg: 4th)
World Championships Moscow, Russia 18th (sf) 200 m 20.61 (wind: 0.0 m/s)
6th 4×100 m relay 38.39 (relay leg: 4th)
East Asian Games Tianjin, China 2nd 200 m 21.01 (wind: -0.3 m/s)
1st 4×100 m relay 38.44 (relay leg: 2nd) GR, NUR
2014 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 5th 4×100 m relay 38.40 (relay leg: 4th)
Asian Games Incheon, South Korea 4th 200 m 20.87 (wind: +0.3 m/s)
2nd 4×100 m relay 38.49 (relay leg: 2nd)
1st 4×400 m relay 3:01.88 (relay leg: 3rd)
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 30th (h) 200 m 20.49 (wind: +0.3 m/s)
2nd 4×100 m relay 37.60 (relay leg: 2nd) AR
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 16th (sf) 200 m 20.62 (wind: +2.1 m/s)
3rd 4×100 m relay 38.04 (relay leg: 2nd)
2018 Asian Games Jakarta, Indonesia 6th 200 m 20.68 (wind: +0.7 m/s)
3rd 4×400 m relay 3:01.94 (relay leg: 4th)

National ChampionshipEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2010 Japan Championships Yokohama, Kanagawa (h) 4×100 m relay DQ (relay leg: 4th)[7]
2011 Japan Championships Kumagaya, Saitama 4th 200 m 20.64 (wind: 0.0 m/s)
Yokohama, Kanagawa 1st 4×100 m relay 39.48 (relay leg: 2nd)[7]
1st 4×400 m relay 3:05.02 (relay leg: 2nd)[7] GR
2012 Japan Championships Osaka, Osaka 4th 100 m 10.36 (wind: 0.0 m/s)
2nd 200 m 20.45 (0.0 m/s)
Yokohama, Kanagawa (h) 4×100 m relay DNF (relay leg: 4th)[7]
2013 Japan Championships Chōfu, Tokyo 1st 200 m 20.31 (wind: +0.9 m/s)
2014 Japan Championships Fukushima, Fukushima 3rd 200 m 20.66 (wind: +0.9 m/s)
2015 Japan Championships Niigata, Niigata (f) 200 m DNF[8]
2016 Japan Championships Nagoya, Aichi 1st 200 m 20.11 (wind: +1.8 m/s) PB
2017 Japan Championships Osaka, Osaka 3rd 200 m 20.55 (wind: +0.3 m/s)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Profile. JAAF. Retrieved on June 16, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Shōta Iizuka. nbcolympics.com
  3. ^ Men's 200m Final IAAF (July 24, 2010). Retrieved on July 26, 2010
  4. ^ 「和製ボルト」飯塚翔太、世界ジュニアで「金」 (Japanese) Archived July 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Yomiuri Shimbun (July 24, 2010). Retrieved on July 26, 2010
  5. ^ Martin, David (July 24, 2010). Stormy Kendrik finishes like a thunderbolt to win USA’s first championships gold – Day Five Evening Wrap IAAF. Retrieved on July 26, 2010
  6. ^ Mckirdy, Andrew (August 20, 2016). "Bolt completes triple-triple with Jamaica's gold in 4×100 relay; Japan makes history by taking silver". The Japan Times Online. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d Representing Chuo University
  8. ^ 2nd (h) / 20.42 (wind: +1.4 m/s)

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