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Mahau Suguimati

Mahau Suguimati
Personal information
Full name Mahau Camargo Suguimati
Nationality  Brazil
Born (1984-11-13) 13 November 1984
São Miguel do Araguaia, Goiás, Brazil
Residence Niiza, Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Weight 77 kg (170 lb)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 metres hurdles
Club Atlético Clube Paranavaí (BRA)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 400 m hurdles: 48.67 s (2009)

Mahau Camargo Suguimati (born November 13, 1984 in São Miguel do Araguaia, Goiás) is a Brazilian track hurdler of Japanese ancestry.[1][2] Since the age of eight, Suguimati had lived and studied for sixteen years in Niiza, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Suguimati also attended schools around the prefecture, where he discovered his natural ability and talent of running and hurdling, under his personal coach and trainer Atsushi Hishinuma.[3] He made his international debut, and represented his birth nation Brazil at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he finished seventh in the final of the 400 m hurdles, with his personal best time of 49.63 seconds.[4]

Suguimati qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, after claiming the gold medal from the Brazil Trophy Box in Sao Paulo, with an A-standard time of 49.15 seconds.[5] He ran in the first heat of the men's 400 m hurdles, against six other athletes, including Bershawn Jackson of the United States, who eventually won the bronze medal in the final. He finished the race in third place by a quarter second margin (0.25) behind Jackson, and twenty-one hundredths of a second behind South Africa's Pieter de Villiers, with a time of 49.45 seconds. Suguimati qualified directly for the next round, as he secured the last mandatory place from the first heat.[6] In the semi-final round, Suguimati, however, felt short in his bid to advance into the final round, when he placed seventh in the second heat, outside his personal best of 50.16 seconds.[7]

At the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, Suguimati missed out of the medal podium, when he finished fifth in the final of the men's 400 m hurdles, by two hundredths of a second faster from his first personal best, with a time of 49.61 seconds.

Personal bests

  • 200 m: 21.62 (wind: +1.3 m/s) Maebashi, 27 June 2004
  • 400 m: 46.21 Gifu, 8 October 2012
  • 400 m hurdles: 48.67 Niigata, 3 October 2009


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Brazil
2007 Pan American Games Río de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 400 m hurdles 49.63
2008 Ibero-American Championships Iquique, Chile 1st 400 m hurdles 50.07
Olympic Games Beijing, China 15th (sf) 400 m hurdles 50.16
2009 South American Championships Lima, Perú 4th 400 m hurdles 51.50
World Championships Berlin, Germany 24th (h) 400 m hurdles 51.05
2010 Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 3rd 400 m hurdles 49.87
2011 South American Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 2nd 400 m hurdles 51.11
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 23rd (sf) 400 m hurdles 50.89
Pan American Games Guadalajara, México 5th 400 m hurdles 49.61
2013 South American Championships Cartagena, Colombia 1st 400 m hurdles 49.86
World Championships Moscow, Russia 20th (sf) 400 m hurdles 50.27
2014 South American Games Santiago, Chile 3rd 400 m hurdles 50.47
Ibero-American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 3rd 400 m hurdles 49.99


  1. ^ "Mahau Suguimati". Olympics at  
  2. ^ Biografía - General - CAMARGO SUGUIMATI Mahau - Brasil (in Spanish), retrieved May 2, 2014 
  3. ^ "Mahau Suguimati representa o Brasil nas Olimpíadas de Pequim" [Mahau Suguimati represented Brazil at the Beijing Olympics] (in Portuguese). IPC Digital Brazil. 26 July 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (28 July 2007). "Cuba's five-gold party – Pan Am Games, Day 5".  
  5. ^ "Mahau Suguimati garante vaga nos Jogos Olímpicos" [Mahau Suguimati guarantees a place in the Olympics] (in Portuguese). Guiame. 2 July 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Men's 400m Hurdles Round 1 – Heat 1".  
  7. ^ "Men's 400m Hurdles Semifinal – Heat 2".  

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