Namika Matsumoto

Further Personal Information
Residence
Funabashi, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Science, Sociology - Waseda University : Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in high school during year 10.
Why this sport?
She was influenced by her older sister who did weightlifting, and her sister's coach encouraged her to take up the sport.
Club / Team
ALSOK : Japan
Name of coach
Masaharu Yamada [club], JPN; Naoyuki Kobatake [national], JPN
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Her sister Moeha Matsumoto. (wasedaweekly.jp, 25 Nov 2013)
Injuries
In late 2017 she suffered a stress fracture in her right rib that put her out of competitive action for six months. During this time she fractured her right wrist in early 2018. She made her return to competition from both injuries in May 2018 at the All Japan Championships. (sanspo.com, 26 May 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2015 she was given an Excellent Athlete Award by Chiba Prefecture in Japan. (pref.chiba.lg.jp, 2015)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Moeha Matsumoto has competed in weightlifting at international level including at the 2013 World Championships in Wroclaw, Poland. (wasedaweekly.jp, 25 Nov 2013; mainichi.jp, 20 Jul 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (tfm.co.jp, 12 Jan 2018)

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