Hiroyasu Shimizu

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Hiroyasu Shimizu
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Medal record
Men's Speed skating
Competitor for  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

Hiroyasu Shimizu (清水宏保 in Japanese, born February 27, 1974 in Obihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan) is a Japanese speed skater. He has an Olympic Gold medal from 1998 in the 500m and his win made him a hero in his home country. He currently holds the world record for the 100m speed skating event in 9.43 seconds. He formerly held the 500m 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 of an asthma drug of GlaxoSmithKline.

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

World records[edit]

Event Time Date Venue
500 m 0.35,39 March 2, 1996 Canada Calgary
500 m 0.34,82 March 28, 1998 Canada Calgary
500 m 0.34,36 March 28, 1998 Canada Calgary
500 m 0.34,32 March 10, 2001 United States Salt Lake City

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[1]


  1. ^ "Hiroyasu Shimizu". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
Preceded by
Netherlands Gianni Romme
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Netherlands Jochem Uytdehaage