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Kitajima fails to qualify for Rio Games, plans to retire

Apr 8, 2016

Kitajima fails to qualify for Rio Games, plans to retire

Kosuke Kitajima is set to retire from competitive swimming after failing in his bid to qualify for a fifth Olympics on Friday. The 33-year-old finished fifth in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke final at the national championships, having already missed out in the 100 meters ...

Kitajima secures spot in 200-meter breaststroke final

Apr 7, 2016

Kitajima secures spot in 200-meter breaststroke final

Kosuke Kitajima kept alive his hopes for a fifth Olympic appearance by a hair, squeezing into the men’s 200-meter breaststroke final at the national championships on Thursday. Kitajima finished third overall in the semifinal heats with a 2 minute, 10.16 seconds to finish behind ...

Hagino qualifies for Rio Olympics in two more events

Apr 6, 2016

Hagino qualifies for Rio Olympics in two more events

Kosuke Hagino qualified for the Rio Olympics in two more events after winning the men’s 200-meter freestyle at the national championships on Wednesday. The nationals double as qualifying for the Olympics. Hagino, who is already bound for Rio de Janeiro in the 400 individual ...

Kitajima closes in on Olympic berth; Hagino punches ticket

Apr 4, 2016

Kitajima closes in on Olympic berth; Hagino punches ticket

Kosuke Kitajima turned back the clock at the national swimming championships on Monday with a devastating display of power to close in on a fifth successive Olympic appearance. The 33-year-old, who captured double gold in the men’s 100 and 200 meters breaststroke at the ...

Mar 31, 2016

Swimmer Agnel could miss Olympics after timing controversy

French swimmer Yannick Agnel is unlikely to defend his 200-meter freestyle Olympic title after a timing controversy ruled him out of contention. Agnel posted the third-best time at the French championships on Wednesday behind Jeremy Stravius and Jordan Pothain, although TV images appeared to ...

WADA to investigate claims against Russian swimmers

Mar 24, 2016

WADA to investigate claims against Russian swimmers

The World Anti-Doping Agency will study allegations by British daily The Times of widespread doping in Russian swimming to decide if it needs to open a similar inquiry to one which shattered the reputation of Russian athletics. The newspaper alleged in Wednesday’s edition that ...

Ikee, Shimizu break national records

Feb 20, 2016

Ikee, Shimizu break national records

Fifteen-year-old Rikako Ikee broke the national women’s 50-meter freestyle record on Saturday on the first day of the Konami Open, while Sakiko Shimizu also set a national mark in the women’s 400-meter individual medley. Ikee clocked 24.74 seconds at Tatsumi International Swimming Center, shaving ...

Feb 18, 2016

Dutch swimmer Dekker reveals cancer diagnosis

Dutch swimmer Inge Dekker, who won gold, silver and bronze medals in the women’s 100-meter freestyle relay at the last three Olympic Games, has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. In a statement posted Wednesday on the Dutch swimming union’s website, Dekker, 30, said she ...

Thorpe reveals mental health issues since a teen

Feb 18, 2016

Thorpe reveals mental health issues since a teen

Swimming great Ian Thorpe Thursday revealed he has battled mental health issues since his teenage years as he opened up about his struggle with depression. Australia’s most decorated Olympian, with five gold medals at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games, was admitted to ...