Challenged - wonder athletes

The curtain rises on the "Challenged" series that will take a look at some of the top athletes in parasports. Among those to be featured are wheelchair athletes and prosthetic sprinters. If a "challenge" is defined as facing an unexpected difficulty, another definition may be "boldly seeking one's limits."We present a world of challenged athletes from around the globe.

The cyclist Masaki Fujita has won medals in two consecutive Paralympics while using prosthetics on both legs. He continues to compete in a sport where the difference between victory and defeat is often measured in one-thousandths of a second as he seeks his first gold medal at the Rio Paralympics.


Wheelchair basketball is highly popular among the many wheelchair sports. This installment introduces Japan’s key players.

The wheelchair tennis player Yui Kamiji is a Japanese athlete who has made a name for herself on the world stage. We present a close-up look of Kamiji who at 20 became the youngest winner of the Grand Slam of tennis tournaments.

Naoki Yasu, a 20-year veteran of wheelchair basketball, has made a fresh start with wheelchair fencing, part of the 38-year-old's continued efforts to challenge himself.

Swimming in "an unseen world"--Since losing his sight at age 2, Keiichi Kimura has continued to swim while placing his complete trust in his coaches and friends. He is striving to become the best in the world as he prepares for his third Paralympics.


This installment focuses on Markus Rehm, a long jumper with an artificial leg, over a two-part series. He has created controversy over whether he should be allowed to compete in the Olympics.


A shining new star who burst onto the prosthetic athletic world. A pioneer who continues to break his own records. We take a look at not only the high technical skills perfected by such athletes, but also the behind-the-scenes work by those who develop and manufacture new and better prosthetics.