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Akira Kuroiwa

Full name: Akira Kuroiwa
Original name: 黒岩 彰
Gender: Male
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: September 6, 1961 in Tsumagoi, Gunma, Japan
Affiliations: Senshu University / Ministry of Land Infrastructure and Transport
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Brother of Munehisa Kuroiwa.

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

One of the first great Japanese sprinters on skates, Akira Kuroiwa became the first (and, as of 2009, the only) Japanese to win the World Sprint Championships. Kuroiwa took the title twice, in 1983 and 1987. He had hoped to become the first Japanese speed skater to medal at the Olympics, but that honor went to the unheralded Yoshihiro Kitazawa. Four years later in Calgary, Kuroiwa would win an Olympic medal, finishing third in the 500 m. Kuroiwa also won the 500 m at the 1986 Asian Winter Games, won six World Cup races and took four Japanese sprint titles (1981, 1983, 1984 and 1986). Following his retirement after the Calgary Games, Kuroiwa has been active as a coach. In 1988 and 1992, three other Japanese skaters named Kuroiwa competed in the Olympics. Of them, only Munehisa, his brother, is related. The other two are from the same town as Akira, Tsumagoi, where Kuroiwa is the most common surname.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.75 (1988); 1000 – 1:14.27 (1987); 1500 – 2:00.85 (1981); 5000 – 8:01.23 (1979).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 10
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Japan JPN 9
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Japan JPN 3 Bronze
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Japan JPN 20

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 10 38.70 10.27
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 3 36.77 9.93

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 9 1:17.49 17.54 46.15
1988 Winter 26 Calgary Speed Skating Japan Final Standings 20 1:15.05 17.16 44.99