Japanese sprinter Shingo Suetsugu went down in history at the Paris 2003 World Championships.
He won a Bronze Medal in the 200 meters making him the first-ever Asian sprinter to make a
podium in any world competition, Olympic Games included. Suetsugu's power is derived from
his distinctive running technique. It involves coordinating the movement of his upper body
with that of his lower body to minimize upper-body twisting. He says his technique is the
same as that employed by a samurai when walking. He is famous for 'nanba' running technique
(running with the hand and foot on one side of the body moving in sync) and for doing 1,000
sit-ups per day.
Established the third fastest time (10.03 seconds) for Japanese men's 100 meter race and the Asian record (20.03 seconds) for men's 200 meters
In the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, competed in 200 meters and 4 x 100 meters relay
In 2004 Athens Olympic Games, competed in 100 meters and 4 x 100 meters relay
At the 2003 Paris World Championships in Athletics, won the Bronze Medal in the men's 200 meters
Placed third in the 2006 Athens IAAF World Cup in Athletics
Defended his 200 meters title at the 15th Asian Games