Deaf runner supported by sign language at international half marathon in Iwate Prefecture

Nagai Hisashi (right) talks about the race with the sign language interpreter at the goal.

October 7, 2013

The 32nd Ichinoseki International Half Marathon (21.0975 km) Convention was held in Ichinoseki-shi, Iwate Prefecture on October 6, where sign-language interpreting was introduced by request of the Deaf runner, Nagai Hisashi (永井恒), aged 57.

He came from his hometown in Hamamatsu-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture and received support by sign-language interpreting. He won the third prize for men aged 55-59.

Nagai was never able to get such support until now. He said, "This race is one of my best recollections," sharing a happy moment with two sign language interpreters.

The interpreters interpreted what the broadcast conveyed during the race including a commendation ceremony, etc., besides taking Nagai to a start line and at a goal point.

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