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Sayaka MIKAMI
Sport Diving
NOC Japan   
GenderWomen
Born08 Dec 2000 in Yonago, JPN
Height1.55 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - Nippon Sport Science University: Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began diving in the second grade of primary school.
Why this sport?
After getting involved in swimming and artistic gymnastics, she received a leaflet about a diving class at primary school and her mother encouraged her to try it.
Club / Team
Nippon Sport Science University: Japan
Name of coach
Chimaki Yasuda [personal], JPN, from 2010
International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Japan
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, listening to music, spending time with her dog. (Instagram profile, 05 Jun 2020; hochi.news, 18 Jan 2020)
Injuries
She suffered a sprained ankle in March 2019 and could not train or compete for three weeks. (nikkei.com, 30 Nov 2019)

She damaged a ligament in her left elbow during training in May 2018. She returned to competition at the end of July 2018. (hochi.news, 18 Jan 2020; mainichi.jp, 12 Jan 2020; yomiuri.co.jp, 01 Jan 2019)

In July 2017 she hit her head on the springboard while performing a dive and needed 17 stitches to a wound. The injury also left her concussed and caused her to experience memory loss. (olympics.com, 07 Feb 2021)

In 2015 she developed lumbar spondylosis, which caused pain in her lower back. As a consequence, she took a break from the sport for almost a year. (yomiuri.co.jp, 01 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you aim for either bronze or silver, you will win neither. I want to win gold. I like to be number one." (hochi.news, 18 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
She received a Sports Special Award at the 2014 Yonago Sports Association Awards in Japan. (city.yonago.lg.jp, 01 Apr 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
16 2021 Tokyo, JPN 3m Springboard 273.70
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2022 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard 294.20
2 2022 Budapest, HUN 3m Springboard Synchro 303.00
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR 3m Springboard 323.05
Grand Prix
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard 303.80
9 2019 Madrid, ESP 3m Springboard 240.45
3 2019 Singapore, SGP 3m Springboard 303.15
18 2018 Calgary, AB, CAN 3m Springboard 194.30
14 2018 Calgary, AB, CAN 10m Platform 294.00
3 2017 Gold Coast, QLD, AUS 3m Springboard Synchro 235.80
1 2017 Kuala Lumpur, MAS 3m Springboard Synchro 272.40
10 2017 San Juan, PUR 10m Platform 263.30
2 2017 San Juan, PUR 3m Springboard Synchro 256.68
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2018 Jakarta, INA 3m Springboard 321.60
5 2018 Jakarta, INA 3m Springboard Synchro 249.90
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2019   3m Springboard  
12 2019 Sagamihara, JPN 3m Springboard 254.95
13 2018   3m Springboard  
10 2018 Fuji, JPN 3m Springboard 279.30
5 2018 Fuji, JPN 3m Springboard Synchro 279.40