Ai Ueda

  • Japan
  • Born: 1983

Early life
Ai Ueda was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. Her parents are KIMONO painters. She has an older brother who is also a painter. She went to a swimming club with her brother when she was in elementary school. When she was 14 years old, it was by pure chance that she participated in the EKIDEN race in which she became a record holder of the section.
By the time she was in high school, she had switched to track and field from swimming.

Triathlon life
After graduating high school in the spring of 2002, she moved from Kyoto to Chiba so as to strengthen her abilities in Triathlon. That same year, she became the Junior Asian Champion. Since 2003, she has been an Elite Triathlete.
In 2005, she was ranked 1st in Japan. She won a silver medal in the 2006 the Asian Games in Doha. The Japanese press took her up as, “Ai the IRON GIRL”, “Ai is strong, but small and cute like a japanese hybrid compact car.” Ever since, she has become known as “the Triathlon Ai.” In 2007, she won the gold medal in the Japan Championships.
In the 2008 Asian Triathlon Championship, she dramatically came from behind to win. Her bold and aggressive run won her way to the Olympics. The spectators are always carried away by her performance.

Outside of Triathlon
She enjoys painting. You can see her paintings at her japanese website.
She highly respects her parents. Her family gives her great support and power.

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Latest Athlete Results
2017 ITU World Triathlon Leeds
10 Jun, 2017 - Elite Women - 02:00:59
2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
13 May, 2017 - Elite Women - DNF
2017 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast
08 Apr, 2017 - Elite Women - 00:58:31
2017 New Plymouth ITU Triathlon World Cup
02 Apr, 2017 - Elite Women - 01:01:30
2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi
03 Mar, 2017 - Elite Women - 02:04:52
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2017 ITU World Triathlon Leeds
2017-06-10 - Elite Women - 02:00:59
2017 ITU World Triathlon Yokohama
2017-05-13 - Elite Women - DNF
2017 ITU World Triathlon Gold Coast
2017-04-08 - Elite Women - 00:58:31
2017 ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi
2017-03-03 - Elite Women - 02:04:52
2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel
2016-09-11 - Elite Women - 01:59:39
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2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
2016-08-18 - Elite Women - 02:03:37
2014 Incheon Asian Games
2014-09-25 - Elite Women - 02:01:47
2012 London Olympic Games
2012-08-04 - Elite Women - 02:06:35
2008 Beijing Olympic Games
2008-08-18 - Elite Women - 02:02:19
2006 Doha Asian Games
2006-12-08 - Elite Women - 02:04:04
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Athlete Fact Sheet
Given Name Ai
Family Name Ueda
Representing JPN
Year of Birth 1983
Place of Birth Kyoto, Japan
Residence Chiba, Japan
Coach Hideki Yamane
Sponsors Perie, Green Tower, Bridgestone, Grand Bleu, SWAT, New Balance, Folk, Suunto, Kitachiba Sports Spine Clinic, Inage Inter, Shaklee, Shimano, Smith, Sports Assist, Sidas, Buff, English Live
Hobbies Painting
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