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Minami ITAHASHI
Sport Diving
NOC Japan   
GenderWomen
Born28 Jan 2000 in Takarazuka, JPN
Height1.50 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Psychology - Koshien University : Takarazuka, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving in the third grade of primary school at the JSS Takarazuka club in Japan.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming at school in the first grade. She later met diving coach Suei Mabuchi, who suggested the sport to her.
Club / Team
JSS Takarazuka : Japan
Name of coach
Suei Mabuchi [club], JPN
International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Japan
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading. (Twitter profile, 07 Jan 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the final of the 10m platform at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sanspo.com, 24 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She had surgery on a stress fracture in her left shin in March 2019. She resumed training in August that year. (daily.co.jp, 13 May 2021; nikkansports.com, 02 May 2021; sponichi.co.jp, 19 Apr 2019)

She had surgery on a detached retina in her left eye in April 2018. (sponichi.co.jp, 28 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was given the Hyogo Prefecture Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (hyogo-c.ed.jp, 15 Feb 2018)
Other information
INJURY SETBACK
She resumed training in August 2019 after undergoing surgery for a stress fracture in March that year, but she could not secure a spot in the individual event at the national team's selection trials in February 2020. Despite the postponement of the Olympic Games affording her more time to recover, she admits that she struggled mentally during this period. "I have been aiming for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo since I was in middle school. After the surgery, I couldn't even walk. First of all, it made me feel sad. The sadness of not being able to walk. And then I became too sensitive about the word 'Olympics'. I was nervous to see other teammates qualify for the 2020 Olympics [at the 2019 World Championships], because I had only just begun walking again. However, after a text message from a friend, I began thinking that it is okay to move forward, even if it's only one millimetre at a time. With that mindset, I finally felt positive about the word 'Tokyo'." (daily.co.jp, 13 May 2021; Instagram profile, 06 May 2021; nikkansports.com, 02 May 2021; sankei.com, 02 May 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 291.42
8 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 10m Platform 356.60
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Preliminary Round 2022 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform 239.75
4 2022 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 297.84
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform 357.85
6 2017 Budapest, HUN 10m Platform Synchro 307.74
16 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform 305.30 
Preliminary round 2015 Kazan, RUS 3m Springboard 235.50
9 2015 Kazan, RUS 10m Platform Synchro 289.92 
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 10m Platform Synchro 294.30
2 2019 Singapore, SGP 10m Platform Synchro 309.66
3 2017 Gatineau, QC, CAN 10m Platform 332.80
1 2017 Gatineau, QC, CAN 10m Platform Synchro 309.06
1 2016 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform 357.95
2 2016 Gatineau, QC, CAN 10m Platform 375.00
2 2016 Singapore, SGP 3m Springboard 280.85
6 2015 Bolzano, ITA 3m Springboard 263.75
3 2015 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform 297.35
4 2015 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 284.40
1 2015 San Juan, PUR 3m Springboard 297.60
2 2015 San Juan, PUR 10m Platform 323.55
17 2014   10m Platform  
2 2014 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform 315.00
2 2014 Bolzano, ITA 10m Platform Synchro 246.21
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 3m Springboard 291.30
3 2016 Tokyo, JPN 10m Platform 332.65
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2018 Jakarta, INA 1m Springboard 226.15
4 2018 Jakarta, INA 10m Platform Synchro 301.56
5 2014 Incheon, KOR 10m Platform 315.50
7 2014 Incheon, KOR 3m Springboard 270.05
4 2014 Incheon, KOR 10m Platform Synchro 284.22
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2019 Sagamihara, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 325.50
7 2019 Sagamihara, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 282.72
11 2018   10m Platform  
3 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform 368.70
3 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 315.36
4 2018 Fuji, JPN 10m Platform Synchro 295.29
12 2017   10m Platform  
6 2017 Beijing, CHN 10m Platform 311.75