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Maki Tabata

Japan

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSJPN20911197401
NOCJapan
Born09 Nov 1974 in  Mukawa
GenderWomen
Marital statusMarried
ResidenceNagano, JPN
LanguagesJapanese
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.18 15 Mar 2001 Calgary  
    1000m 1:15.25 13 Dec 2009 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:54.28 12 Dec 2009 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:01.01 26 Jan 2002 Calgary  
    5000m 7:00.09 19 Mar 2006 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps   1    
World Allround Championships
Event  
World Allround Championships
    Allround     1  
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Allround     1  
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1500m   2    
    3000m     1  
    5000m     1  
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps     2  
Social Media
Social Media
www.e-tabata.net/MakiBlog  
www.facebook.com/maki.tabata.526  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamNihon Tatemono Kanri Co., Ltd.: Toyama, JPN  
Reason for choosing this sportEvery student at her school did the sport after an ice rink was built there.  
Name of coachOsamu Sakai [club], JPN, from 2012; Johan de Wit [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport in year one of primary school in Mukawa, Japan.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerJapanese speed skater Seiko Hashimoto. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Hero / IdolJapanese speed skater Seiko Hashimoto. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Continuity becomes power." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Other sportsShe has represented Japan in cycling track. She won gold in the 3km individual pursuit at the 2012 Asian Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Nov 2015; sankei.jp.msn.com. 25 Feb 2012)  
InjuriesShe required surgery in September 2005 after her fingers got caught in the wheel of her bicycle while she was trying to fix it. She returned to training the following month. (kensup.co.jp, 2012)

She fractured her left ankle in 1997, which prevented her from competing at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2013, 27 Jan 2017; sponichi.co.jp, 01 Dec 2005)
 
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 21 Oct 2015)  
Other informationCYCLING
She struggled to find the motivation to continue skating following the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She had done a lot of cycling as part of her training, and was encouraged to take up the sport more seriously by the president of her company. She aimed to participate as a cyclist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but she was not selected for the national team. She realised that skating was still more important to her than cycling, and set a new goal of representing Japan at the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games. "If I'd had two bodies, I could've competed at the 2012 Games. Although I'm back skating, I believe I'll take up cycling again someday." (skatingjapan.or.jp, 01 Dec 2014; kensup.co.jp, 2012)
 
Awards and honoursIn 2014 she was given a Special Award by the Tomakomai Amateur Sports Association in Japan. (tomamin.co.jp, 05 Jun 2014)

In 2011 she received the Big Sports Special Award at the Asahi TV Big Sports Awards Ceremony in Japan. (career.oricon.co.jp, 14 Jan 2011)

She received a Special Achievement Award at the 2009 Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC] Sports Awards Ceremony. (nikkei.com, 11 May 2010)

In 2010 she was presented with the Toyama Prefecture Citizen's Honorary Award in Japan. (pref.toyama.jp, 04 Mar 2010)

She was named the 1999/00 Skater of the Year in Japan. (NOC, 11 Feb 2002)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2002/2003 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships 1500m1  
    2002/2003 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2010 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2000/2001 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2002/2003 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships 3000m3  
    1999/2000 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2000/2001 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    1999/2000 World Single Distances Championships 3000m3  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 1500m4  
    2006 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2000/2001 World Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 1500m6  
    1998/1999 World Single Distances Championships 5000m6  
    1998/1999 World Single Distances Championships 3000m6  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 3000m6  
    2002 Olympic Games 3000m6  
    2005/2006 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2000/2001 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    1998/1999 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    1995/1996 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2002/2003 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 5000m7  
    1999/2000 World Single Distances Championships 5000m7  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 1500m7  
    2001/2002 World Allround Championships Allround8  
    2002 Olympic Games 5000m8  
    1998/1999 World Single Distances Championships 1500m8  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 1500m8  
    1994/1995 World Allround Championships Allround9  
    1999/2000 World Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 3000m9  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 1000m9  
    2002 Olympic Games 1500m9  
    2003/2004 World Allround Championships Allround9  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 1500m10  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 3000m10  
    2004/2005 World Allround Championships Allround10  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 3000m11  
    1996/1997 World Single Distances Championships 5000m12  
    2007/2008 World Allround Championships Allround13  
    2006 Olympic Games 5000m13  
    1995/1996 World Single Distances Championships 3000m13  
    2003/2004 World Single Distances Championships 5000m13  
    2006 Olympic Games 3000m14  
    2008/2009 World Allround Championships Allround14  
    2006/2007 World Allround Championships Allround14  
    2004/2005 World Single Distances Championships 5000m15  
    2009/2010 World Allround Championships Allround15  
    2006 Olympic Games 1500m15  
    1996/1997 World Single Distances Championships 3000m16  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround16  
    1994 Olympic Games 1500m16  
    2006 Olympic Games 1000m17  
    1996/1997 World Single Distances Championships 1500m17  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m19  
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m19  
    2007/2008 World Sprint Championships Overall20  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m25  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2003/2004 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2000/2001 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    1998/1999 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    1998/1999 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    1998/1999 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    1999/2000 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2000/2001 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    1999/2000 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    1998/1999 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    1999/2000 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2000/2001 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2002/2003 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2003/2004 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround1  
    2004/2005 World Cup Baselga di Piné Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2003/2004 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2006/2007 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2000/2001 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2002/2003 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2000/2001 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    1998/1999 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    1999/2000 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Calgary Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    1999/2000 World Cup Inzell 1500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Baselga di Piné Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2004/2005 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2001/2002 World Cup 3000/5000m3  
    2006/2007 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround3  
    2004/2005 World Cup Asian World Allround Championships Quali Allround3  
    2001/2002 World Cup Berlin 3000m3  
    2001/2002 World Cup Inzell 3000m3  
    2000/2001 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m3  
    2001/2002 World Cup The Hague 5000m3  
    1999/2000 World Cup Calgary 3000m3  
    2001/2002 World Cup The Hague 1500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    1999/2000 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2004/2005 World Cup Hamar Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2005/2006 World Cup Turin Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    1999/2000 World Cup 3000/5000m4  
    1999/2000 World Cup 1500m4  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1500m4  
    2001/2002 World Cup 1500m5  
    1998/1999 World Cup 1500m5  
    2000/2001 World Cup 3000/5000m7  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1500m7  
    1998/1999 World Cup 3000/5000m7  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1500m8  
    2007/2008 World Cup 3000/5000m11  
    2006/2007 World Cup 3000/5000m11  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1500m11  
    2005/2006 World Cup 3000/5000m11  
    2004/2005 World Cup 1500m11  
    2004/2005 World Cup 3000/5000m11  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m12  
    2000/2001 World Cup 1500m12  
    2002/2003 World Cup 1500m13  
    2003/2004 World Cup 3000/5000m13  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1500m14  
    2000/2001 World Cup 1000m17  
    2002/2003 World Cup 3000/5000m18  
    2006/2007 World Cup 1000m19  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m20  
    2003/2004 World Cup 1000m24  
    2002/2003 World Cup 1000m27  
    2001/2002 World Cup 1000m27  
    2008/2009 World Cup 3000/5000m30  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m32  
    2008/2009 World Cup 1000m32  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m32  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m34  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m36  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m36  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m41  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m42  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m53  
    2007/2008 World Cup 1000m57