MEET THE ATHLETES
Kaede Maegawa is a leg amputee athlete from Tsu City, Japan. She was involved in a traffic accident in 2012, resulting in the amputation of her right leg, below the knee. A former basketball player, her coach recommended para-sports to her as part of rehabilitation after her accident. She represents Japan in the T 42 100m and T42 long jump events. Maegawa also has her own para-sports fashion line and participates in fashion shows. In January, she was selected to be a torch bearer for the 2020 Paralympic games.
Atsushi Yamamoto is a leg amputee athlete from Shizuoka, Japan. His left leg was amputated, below the knee, follow a motorcycle accident in 2000. As an athlete representing Japan, Yamamoto mainly competes in categories of T42 sprint and long jump events. He has a total of two silver medals in long jump won during the 2008 and 2016 Paralympics and a bronze medal in the T42-47 4×100 m relay from the 2016 Paralympic games. Additionally, he competed in snowboarding at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongyang.