Jun 23, 2014

Irie rediscovers mojo after difficult year in pool

by Kaz Nagatsuka

After a year of adversity, Japan’s top backstroke swimmer Ryosuke Irie is back in the spotlight, trying to once again be one of the world’s best. After his 200-meter backstroke race at the Japan Open on Sunday at Tokyo Tatsumi International Pool, Irie, who ...

Hagino outduels Irie for 100-meter backstroke national title

Apr 13, 2013

Hagino outduels Irie for 100-meter backstroke national title

Kosuke Hagino defeated London Olympic bronze medalist Ryosuke Irie in the men’s 100 meters backstroke on Friday to capture his third title at the national swimming championships, a qualifier for this summer’s world championships in Barcelona. The 18-year-old Hagino surpassed the qualifying standard with ...