Naoya Sakamoto (JPN)

Naoya Sakamoto (JPN)

Canoe Sprint
Date of birth
29 June 1988
178 cm
81 kg
Wakayama, JPN
Office Worker
Higher education
Physical Education - Nippon Sport Science University: Tokyo, JPN


General Interest

Reading. (, 25 May 2014)
Awards and honours
In March 2015 he was presented with a Sports Citation Award in Tanabe, Japan. The previous year he had received the Wakayama Prefecture Sports Citation Award. (, 01 Mar 2015;, 26 Feb 2015)

Between 2004 and 2013, he was given a number of Sports Honorary Awards by the city of Tanabe. He also received the city's Sports Medal of Honour in 2012. (, 28 Feb 2014)

He received a Sports Honorary Award at the 2012 Wakayama Prefecture Sports Awards. (, 19 Feb 2013)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 04 Jan 2016)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling in 2003 in Tanabe, Japan.
Why this sport?
He played soccer and did athletics at middle school. He then joined the canoe team at high school because he wanted to try a new sport.
Club / Team
Wakayama Prefectural Educational Centre Manabi-no-Oka: Japan
Name of coach
Matsushiro Naoya [national], JPN


Olympic GamesC1 200mEngland, London11 August 20122012Men44.6998Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 200mItaly, Milan22 August 20152015Men40.51216Latest resultBest result
World ChampionshipsC1 200mRussia, Moscow10 August 20142014Men38.94511Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 200mGermany, Duisburg1 September 20132013Men39.6719Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 200mHungary, Szeged21 August 20112011Men41.43319Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 500mCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men2:12.27024Best result
World ChampionshipsC2 1000mCanada, Dartmouth15 August 20092009Men4:12.21316Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 4 x 200m RelayCanada, Dartmouth16 August 20092009Men3:09.83110Best result
Asian ChampionshipsC1 200mUzbekistan, Samarkand28 September 20132013Men40.0192Best result
Asian ChampionshipsC1 500mUzbekistan, Samarkand27 September 20132013Men1:52.4092Best result
Asian ChampionshipsC1 200mIran, Tehran15 October 20112011Men40.773Best result
World CupIndividual Canadian10 August 20142014Men18Best result
World CupIndividual Canadian1 September 20132013Men38Best result