A year ago, he was just another of Japan’s swimming prospects for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. But now, Kosuke Kitajima is a double world record holder and an Olympic gold medal contender.

Kitajima, who last month won two gold medals and set world records in the men’s 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke events at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, Spain, attended a luncheon at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) in Tokyo on Thursday to answer questions from domestic and foreign media.

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