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Hitomi Saito

Japan

SportShort Track
FederationIDSTJPN20907199001
NOCJapan
Born09 Jul 1990
GenderWomen
ResidenceJapan
OccupationOffice Worker
LanguagesJapanese
Higher educationHuman Biology - Kanagawa University: Yokohama, JPN
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 44.400 14 Dec 2014 Shanghai  
    1000m 1:31.284 11 Dec 2016 Shanghai  
    1500m 2:20.488 13 Nov 2016 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Championships
Event  
World Championships
    3000m Relay     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/saito.hitomi.3  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamO Ence: Japan  
Reason for choosing this sportHer younger brother was a skater and she followed him into the sport.  
Name of coachJonathan Guilmette [national], CAN  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport as a year four student in Kanagawa, Japan.  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesShe injured her ankle in 2008. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)

She fractured her back in year seven of middle school. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Keep moving forward, particularly when you face difficulties." (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
Famous relativesHer younger brother Kei has represented Japan in short track, making his World Cup debut during the 2014/15 season. Her other brother Yu has also competed in the sport at an elite level. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Dec 2014; skatingjapan.or.jp, 01 Dec 2014; 47news.jp, 01 Feb 2012)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (spa-hoshina.jp, 04 Apr 2015)  
Awards and honoursIn 2013 she received the Kanagawa Prefecture Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (kanagawa-u.ac.jp, 16 Jan 2013)  
Most influential person in careerCoaches Jonathan Guilmette, Saburo Imai and Jeon Jae-Mok. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
Hero / IdolUS short track skater John Celski. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
HobbiesScuba diving. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 04 Oct 2015)  
Memorable sporting achievementBeing chosen to represent Japan for the first time at the world junior championships as a year 12 student. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2013)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2009/2010 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2015/2016 World Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2013/2014 World Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m12  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m16  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall16  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m19  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m19  
    2008/2009 World Junior Championships Overall21  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m22  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall23  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1500m24  
    2013/2014 World Championships 1000m26  
    2013/2014 World Championships Overall28  
    2013/2014 World Championships 500m31  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m31  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 Dresden 3000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m4  
    2016/2017 Dresden 3000m Relay4  
    2014/2015 Dresden 3000m Relay5  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1500m5  
    2016/2017 Minsk 3000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1000m7  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 3000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m8  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 3000m Relay8  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 3000m Relay8  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m9  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay10  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1000m10  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m11  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 3000m Relay11  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m11  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m11  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m11  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m12  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m12  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 500m14  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m17  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1500m17  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m18  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m18  
    2010/2011 Dresden 500m18  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m18  
    2010/2011 Dresden 1500m19  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1000m20  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m21  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m22  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m24  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m27  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m29  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m36  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m37  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1000m38  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m42  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m43  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m48  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m50  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m68  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m75  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m76  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m77