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Kazuyasu Minobe
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Personal information
Nickname(s) Kazu (カズ )
Born 15 July 1987 (1987-07-15) (age 34)
Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Sport
Country  Japan
Sport Fencing
Weapon épée
Hand left-handed
National coach Oleksandr Horbachuk
Club Nexus
Head coach Hiroshi Hashimoto
FIE ranking current ranking

Kazuyasu Minobe (見延 和靖 , Minobe Kazuyasu, born 15 July 1987) is a Japanese left-handed épée fencer, 2016 team Asian champion, two-time Olympian, and 2021 team Olympic champion.

Career

Minobe's first sport was volleyball. He took up fencing in high school, on his father's advice. He made his international debut in 2008 and joined the Japanese national team, with whom he won a bronze medal at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou and a silver medal at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

Minobe competed in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and finished 6th place in the individual men's épée event.

Minobe has won two FIE Men's Épée Grand Prix titles in addition to one silver medal.

Minobe has won three FIE Men's Épée World Cup titles.

Minobe won the gold medal in Men's team épée in 2021 at the Tokyo Olympics.

Medal Record

Olympic Games

Year Location Event Position
2021 Japan Tokyo, Japan Team Men's Épée 1st

Asian Championship

Year Location Event Position
2014 South Korea Suwon City, South Korea Team Men's Épée 3rd
2015 Singapore Singapore Individual Men's Épée 3rd
2015 Singapore Singapore Team Men's Épée 3rd
2016 People's Republic of China Wuxi, China Individual Men's Épée 3rd
2016 People's Republic of China Wuxi, China Team Men's Épée 1st
2017 Hong Kong Hong Kong, China Team Men's Épée 3rd
2019 Japan Tokyo, Japan Team Men's Épée 3rd

Grand Prix

Date Location Event Position
03/24/2017 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Individual Men's Épée 2nd
03/08/2019 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Individual Men's Épée 1st
05/03/2019 Colombia Bogotá, Colombia Individual Men's Épée 1st

World Cup

Date Location Event Position
11/13/2015 Estonia Tallinn, Estonia Individual Men's Épée 1st
01/25/2018 Germany Heidenheim, Germany Individual Men's Épée 1st
11/23/2018 Switzerland Bern, Switzerland Individual Men's Épée 1st
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