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.
[photo: http://www.iwate-np.co.jp/]

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.


Japanese source:
http://www.iwate-np.co.jp/cgi-bin/topnews.cgi?20131007_6

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