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OIWA Yoshiaki
Sport Eventing, Jumping
NOC Japan   
GenderMale
Born19 Jul 1976 in Nagoya, JPN
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Last Update
  28 Jul 2018
Further Personal Information
Residence Germany
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Japanese
Higher education Commerce - Meiji University: Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at about age 10.
Why this sport? He initially got involved in equestrian sport as a hobby. "At about age 14, I started riding every day and enjoying showjumping competitions. My first time eventing was for a university competition, and we had no choice but to do all three disciplines."
Club / Team Nittoh Kogaku: Suwa, JPN
Name of coach Dirk Schrade, GER, from 2009
General Interest
Nicknames Yoshi (dirk-schrade.de, 01 Dec 2017)
Hobbies Driving, fishing. (atozinba.com, 08 Jun 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning the 2017 Bramham Horse Trials in England. (horseandhound.co.uk, 11 Jun 2017)
Most influential person in career Coach Dirk Schrade (Athlete, 23 Jun 2012)
Hero / Idol Japanese showjumper Takeichi Nishi. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2012)
Injuries In 2011 he fractured two ribs and damaged his lung and liver. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He sprinkles some salt on his horse and himself before the ride. (FEI, 24 Sep 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Single-minded dedication." (Athlete, 23 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours He was given the Best Athletic Award in the equestrian section at the Japanese Sports Awards in 2005, 2007 and 2011. (crane.co.jp, 14 Jan 2011; olympicfun.seesaa.net, 07 May 2008)
Famous relatives His aunt Mieko Fujimori was a Japanese champion figure skater. His uncle Hiroshi Ishii competed in swimming and won a silver medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. His wife Reiko Takeda represented Japan in equestrian jumping at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nikkansports.com, 12 Jul 2017; FEI YouTube Channel, 15 Sep 2016; Athlete, 23 Jun 2012; FEI, 24 Sep 2010)
Ambitions To compete at the 2018 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Tryon, NC, United States of America, and to win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkansports.com, 10 Aug 2016; dirk-schrade.de, 15 Aug 2015)
Other information LIVING ABROAD
He moved to England in 2001 in order to pursue his goals in the sport, after watching the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney on television. He asked Australian Olympic gold medallist rider Andrew Hoy to coach him in 2003. Following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he relocated from England to Germany. (JEF, 20 Apr 2017; Twitter profile, 06 Jul 2017; atozinba.com, 08 Jun 2017)

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2012 OG-C London (GBR) NOONDAY DE CONDE EL 12
2008 OG-C Hong Kong - Beijing (CHN) GORGEOUS GEORGE 49  
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2010 6th WEG-C Lexington KY (USA) KHANJER BLACK 38 9
2006 5th WEG-C Aachen (GER) FIFTH AVENUE FAME 18  
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 CH-AS.P-C3* Blenheim (GBR) GORGEOUS GEORGE   2
2010 Asian Games-CIC1* Guangzhou (CHN) NOONDAY DE CONDE 3 1
2006 Asian Games-CIC1* Doha (QAT) KHANJER BLACK 1 2
2003 CH-AS.P-C3* Blenheim (GBR) VOYOU DU ROC   3
Other Events
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2011 CCI4*-HSBC Pau (FRA) USER FRIENDLY RET  
2009 CCI4*-HSBC Luhmühlen (GER) GORGEOUS GEORGE RET  
2007 CCI4* Pau (FRA) FIFTH AVENUE FAME 17  
2005 CCI4*-SC Badminton (GBR) VOYOU DU ROC 11  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
29.05.2014 to 01.06.2014 CCI1* Kreuth (GER)   COLEONI EL  
02.05.2014 to 04.05.2014 CCI1* Castenray (NED)   COLEONI EL  
10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CIC1* Kreuth (GER)   COLEONI 26  
10.04.2014 to 13.04.2014 CIC1* Kreuth (GER)   PUNKY HEART WD  
20.09.2013 to 22.09.2013 CIC2* Varsseveld (NED)   COLEONI 6  
13.09.2013 to 15.09.2013 CIC2* Langenhagen (GER)   COLEONI EL  
24.08.2013 to 25.08.2013 CIC1* Hamm (GER)   COLEONI 2  
26.07.2013 to 28.07.2013 CIC1* Sahrendorf (GER)   COLEONI 20  
19.07.2013 to 21.07.2013 CIC1* Hünxe (GER)   COLEONI 23  
19.07.2013 to 21.07.2013 CIC1* Hünxe (GER)   BOLEYBAWN PRINCE 26  
28.07.2012 to 09.08.2012 Olympic Games-C London (GBR)   NOONDAY DE CONDE   12
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






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