Hiroyasu Shimizu

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Hiroyasu Shimizu
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Medal record
Men's speed skating
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Gold 1998 Nagano 500 m
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City 500 m
Bronze 1998 Nagano 1000 m
World Championships
Gold 1996 Hamar 500 m
Gold 1998 Calgary 500 m
Gold 1999 Heerenveen 500 m
Gold 2000 Nagano 500 m
Gold 2001 Salt Lake City 500 m
Silver 2003 Berlin 500 m
Silver 2005 Inzell 500 m
Silver 1999 Heerenveen 1000 m
Silver 1995 Milwaukee Sprint
Silver 1996 Heerenveen Sprint
Silver 2001 Inzell Sprint
Bronze 1997 Warszawa 500 m
Bronze 1998 Calgary 1000 m
Bronze 1993 Ikaho Sprint
Bronze 1999 Calgary Sprint
Bronze 2000 Seoul Sprint
Asian Games
Gold 2003 Aomori 500 m
Silver 2003 Aomori 1000 m

Hiroyasu Shimizu (清水宏保 in Japanese, born 27 February 1974 in Obihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan) is a Japanese speed skater. He has an Olympic gold medal from 1998 in the 500 m and his win made him a hero in his home country. He currently holds the world record for the 100 m speed skating event in 9.43 seconds. He formerly held the 500 m record (34.32) but was later beaten by fellow Japanese skater Joji Kato.

He is well known for his physical handicaps, with a height of only 162 cm, and he has an asthma, for which he was featured in a commercial for an asthma drug by GlaxoSmithKline.

He married Japanese fashion model Reiko Takagaki (高垣麗子).

World records[edit]

Event Time Date Venue
500 m 35.39 2 March 1996 Olympic Oval, Calgary
500 m 35.36 28 March 1998 Olympic Oval, Calgary
500 m 34.82 28 March 1998 Olympic Oval, Calgary
2x500 m 68.960 10 March 2001 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
500 m 34.32 10 March 2001 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hiroyasu Shimizu". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
Awards
Preceded by
Netherlands Gianni Romme
Oscar Mathisen Award
2001
Succeeded by
Netherlands Jochem Uytdehaage