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Feb 12, 2012

Hagiwara triumphs in 50m freestyle

Comeback kid Tomoko Hagiwara continued her resurgence in the pool as the Sydney Olympian won the women’s 50-meter freestyle in a Japan record at the national short-course championships Saturday. Two months ahead of the Japanese qualifiers for London, Hagiwara, who turns 32 in April, ...

Jan 30, 2012

Ueda sets national swimming record

Swimmer Haruka Ueda set a new national record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle at the Tokyo championships Sunday. Ueda touched the wall at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center in 54.33 seconds. She bettered the mark of Misaki Yamaguchi, who timed 54.43 in one of ...

Jan 17, 2012

Kitajima claims first victory of year

Two-time double Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima won his first race of 2012 in taking the 200 meters at a time-trials meet in Fullerton, California, on Sunday. Kitajima topped the heats before clocking a mediocre time of 1 minute, 58.80 seconds in the 25-yard ...

Dec 5, 2011

Hansen outraces Kitajima again

Kosuke Kitajima tasted a second consecutive defeat to old rival Brendan Hansen at the U.S. Winter Nationals on Saturday, the two-time double Olympic champion finishing well back in fourth place in the men’s 200 meters breaststroke. Kitajima posted a time of 2 minutes, 12.59 ...

Oct 21, 2011

Tomita wins gold in breaststroke

Naoya Tomita won the men’s 100-meter breaststroke in the third leg of the short-course World Cup series in Moscow on Wednesday. Tomita came home in 58.81 seconds, while Russia’ Sergey Geybel touched second in 59.13 and Germany’s Marco Koch placed third in 59.29. Other ...

Aug 2, 2011

Kitajima disappointed with results

Kosuke Kitajima and four other Japanese medalists at the just-concluded world swimming championships in Shanghai returned home on Monday pledging to step up their efforts toward next year’s London Olympics. “Overall, it was a disappointing world championships for me, but once again I was ...

Horihata takes bronze in 400-meter individual medley

Aug 1, 2011

Horihata takes bronze in 400-meter individual medley

Yuya Horihata claimed the bronze medal in the men’s 400-meter individual medley in a national-record time on the final day of the world swimming championships in Shanghai on Sunday. Horihata, who had his 21st birthday the previous day, clocked 4 minutes, 11.98 seconds, while ...

Aggressive Kitajima falls short in bid for 200m gold

Jul 30, 2011

Aggressive Kitajima falls short in bid for 200m gold

Kosuke Kitajima faded in the last 25 meters to settle for silver in the 200-meter breaststroke and compatriot Ryosuke Irie finished a distant second behind U.S. star Ryan Lochte in the 200 backstroke at the FINA World Swimming Championships Friday. Kitajima was ahead of ...

Terakawa nabs silver in women's 50-meter backstroke

Jul 29, 2011

Terakawa nabs silver in women's 50-meter backstroke

Aya Terakawa took the silver medal in the women’s 50-meter backstroke at the swimming world championships on Thursday. Terakawa timed 27.93 seconds, finishing a close second behind Russia’s Anastasia Zueva, who touched the wall in 27.79. Melissa Franklin of the United States was in ...

Matsuda wins silver

Jul 28, 2011

Matsuda wins silver

Takeshi Matsuda came up short in his bid to dethrone Michael Phelps, settling for the silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly at the world swimming championships on Wednesday. Phelps touched the wall in 1 minute, 53.34 seconds, 0.67 seconds ahead of Matsuda. Wu Peng ...

Irie nabs bronze in 100 back

Jul 27, 2011

Irie nabs bronze in 100 back

Ryosuke Irie delivered Japan’s first medal of the 2011 FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai on Tuesday, taking the bronze in the men’s 100 meters backstroke. Irie, who qualified with the second-fastest time in Monday’s semis, clocked 52.98 seconds to place third behind Frenchman ...

Kitajima misses out

Jul 26, 2011

Kitajima misses out

by Hiroki Noda

Swim king Kosuke Kitajima finished outside the medals after placing fourth in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke at the world swimming championships on Monday. The two-time double Olympic champion never really got going in the final at Oriental Sports Center’s indoor pool and came home ...