Hiroyasu Shimizu

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Hiroyasu Shimizu
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Personal information
Born 27 February 1974 (1974-02-27) (age 44)
Obihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan
Height 162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Sport Speed skating

Hiroyasu Shimizu (清水 宏保, Shimizu Hiroyasu, born 27 February 1974 in Obihiro, Hokkaidō) 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 centimetres (5 ft 4 in), 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]


  1. ^ "Hiroyasu Shimizu". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 

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Preceded by
Netherlands Gianni Romme
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Netherlands Jochem Uytdehaage