Katakami preps teams for media

| Oct 27, 2016

Katakami preps teams for media

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Credit the B. League for making an earnest effort to raise the professional reputation of men’s basketball in Japan. Elevating the sport is not just about having the former NBL, NBDL and bj-league teams under one umbrella. Little things that may go unnoticed to ...

Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

Apr 15, 2016

Hagino ready to meet Olympic challenge head-on

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Japan’s Olympic poster boy Kosuke Hagino insists he can handle the pressure of the nation’s expectations as he bids for swimming glory at this summer’s Rio Games. “The most important thing about the Olympics is to enjoy the atmosphere,” Hagino told reporters at the ...

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 ...

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 ...

Kaneto outduels Watanabe in women's 200-meter breaststroke

Oct 29, 2015

Kaneto outduels Watanabe in women's 200-meter breaststroke

Rie Kaneto outpaced world champion and compatriot Kanako Watanabe to win the women’s 200-meter breaststroke title on the final day of a World Cup meet in Tokyo on Thursday. Kaneto touched the wall in 2 minutes, 23.01 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, ...

Hagino dominates in men's 1,500-meter freestyle

May 22, 2015

Hagino dominates in men's 1,500-meter freestyle

Kosuke Hagino cruised to victory in the men’s 1,500-meter freestyle race on the opening day of the Japan Open on Friday. Hagino came home in a time of 15 minutes, 5.35 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of ...

Kitajima fails to qualify for worlds in 100

Apr 8, 2015

Kitajima fails to qualify for worlds in 100

Japan’s two-time double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima failed to qualify for this summer’s world championships in the 100-meter breaststroke after finishing third at the national championships on Wednesday. Yasuhiro Koseki defended his title in the event in a time of 59.73 seconds. Ryo Tateishi ...

Hagino claims third straight 400-meter freestyle title at nationals

Apr 7, 2015

Hagino claims third straight 400-meter freestyle title at nationals

Swimmer Kosuke Hagino booked his berth in this summer’s FINA World Aquatics Championships after winning his third consecutive men’s 400-meter freestyle title at the national championships in Tokyo on Tuesday. Hagino clocked a time of 3 minutes, 45.19 seconds at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming ...