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Kei Saito

Japan

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTJPN12002199601
NOCJapan
Born20 Feb 1996
GenderMen
ResidenceSagamihara, JPN
LanguagesJapanese
Higher educationHuman Biology - Kanagawa University: Yokohama, JPN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.788 05 Feb 2017 Almaty  
    1000m 1:26.099 09 Nov 2014 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:16.245 13 Dec 2014 Shanghai  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay     2  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005333684383  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe was encouraged to take up the sport by his siblings.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He joined the Sagamihara Skating Club in Japan at about age seven.  
Name of coachKeiichiro Nagashima [national], JPN  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolCanadian short track skater Charles Hamelin. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Continuity becomes power." (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Saburo Imai. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a bronze medal in the 3000m relay at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Warsaw, Poland. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)  
Awards and honoursIn 2013 he received the Kanagawa Prefecture Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (kanagawa.jp, 30 Nov 2013)  
HobbiesFishing. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 03 Aug 2015)  
Famous relativesHis sister Hitomi has represented Japan in short track, including at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. His brother Yu has also competed in the sport at an elite level. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Oct 2018; joc.or.jp, 09 Feb 2018; sanspo.com, 12 Oct 2014)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2011/2012 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships Overall10  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall12  
    2011/2012 World Junior Championships Overall18  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m26  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m28  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m44  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m48  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m59  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m60  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m85  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m96  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m99  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m115