Kenya Karasawa reaches men’s 5,000m world record
Kenya Karasawa set a world record in the 5,000-meter para-athletics in the men’s T11 visually impaired category with a time of 15 minutes 9.94 seconds on Sunday, the final day of the Eastern Corporate Track and Field Championships from Japan to Kumagaya, north of Tokyo.
The 26-year-old, who is also likely to compete in the 1,500 meters at this year’s Paralympic Games, won the 5,000 bronze medal at the 2019 world championships in Dubai to secure his first Paralympic spot.
Japan’s Kenya Karasawa (C) poses for a photo after running the men’s 5,000 meters (T11 ranking for the blind) in a world record of 15 minutes 9.94 seconds at the Eastern Japan Corporate Track and Field Championships May 16, 2021 (Photo credit: Kyodo)
Originally from Gunma Prefecture, Karasawa was born with poor eyesight and became completely blind by the time he graduated from high school, but he loved sports like track and field and goalball and was also the president of the student body. at his high school.
Karasawa started working for a Braille library, but listening to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games TV broadcasts inspired him to aim for the Tokyo Games.
He continues to work in the library for nine hours from 8:30 a.m. but runs before and after work with his attendants five days a week.
Since 2017, the 1.63-meter runner had lost more than 30 seconds of his time in the 5,000-meter, winning the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. He entered this season with the goal of breaking the world record of 15: 11.07 and even running under 15 minutes.