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OIWA Yoshiaki
Sport Dressage, Eventing, Jumping
NOC Japan   
Born19 Jul 1976 in Nagoya, JPN
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Last Update
  28 Apr 2022
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team Nittoh Kogaku: Suwa, JPN
Further Personal Information
Higher education Commerce - Meiji University: Tokyo, JPN
General Interest
Injuries In 2011 he fractured two ribs and damaged his lung and liver. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2012)
Famous relatives His aunt Mieko Fujimori was a Japanese figure skater who competed at the 1962 World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia. His uncle Hiroshi Ishii competed in swimming and won a silver medal in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. His wife Reiko Takeda represented Japan in equestrian jumping at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Nov 2020;, 12 Jul 2017; FEI YouTube channel, 15 Sep 2016; Athlete, 23 Jun 2012; FEI, 24 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol Japanese equestrian jumper Takeichi Nishi. (Athlete, 23 Jun 2012)
Sport Specific Information
Name of coach Dirk Schrade [personal], GER, from 2009
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age 10.
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Horse Trainer
Languages English, Japanese
General Interest
Nicknames Yoshi (, 01 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto "It is important to know your qualities." (, 12 Jul 2019)
Further Personal Information
Residence Germany
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? He initially got involved in equestrian sport as a hobby. "At about age 14, I started riding every day and enjoying show jumping competitions. My first time eventing was for a university competition, and we had no choice but to do all three disciplines."
General Interest
He considered retiring from the sport following the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but decided to prolong his career when Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Games. "It was the most painful mistake to lose balance and fall off my horse at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. I will never forget that mistake because I was aiming for a medal. When I saw the news [about Tokyo being awarded the Games] on television in Germany, I thought that it was my fate and mission." (Japan Equestrian Federation YouTube channel, 12 Dec 2020;, 01 Feb 2019)

After graduating from university he quit the sport for a period and began working at a cockroach extermination company. However, he was inspired after watching the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney on television, and moved to England in 2001 in order to pursue the sport again. Following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he relocated from England to Germany. (, 18 Feb 2020; Twitter profile, 06 Jul 2017;, 08 Jun 2017; JEF, 20 Apr 2017)
Awards and honours He received the Best Athletic Award in the equestrian section at the Japanese Sports Awards in 2005, 2007, and 2011. (, 14 Jan 2011;, 07 May 2008)
Hobbies Fishing, listening to music, driving. (Japan Equestrian Federation YouTube channel, 12 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing at the 2005 Badminton Horse Trials in England. (Japan Equestrian Federation YouTube channel, 12 Dec 2020)
International Debut
Year 2003
Competing for Japan

Major Results
Olympic Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
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
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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