Olympic breaststroke double champion Kosuke Kitajima and men’s backstroke specialist Tomomi Morita were among 42 swimmers named Monday to compete at the Pan-Pacific Championships in Canada in August, the Japan Swimming Federation said.
The contingent traveling to the Aug. 17-21 meet in Victoria will be the largest to participate in a major swimming competition following the 2002 Sydney Olympics.
Kitajima salvaged his pride with a victory in the men’s 100 meters on the final day of the national swimming championships Sunday after a pair of losses while Morita completed a men’s backstroke treble in the Pan-Pac qualifier meet.
Olympic freestyle gold medalist Ai Shibata is one of 17 women who will represent Japan. Twenty-two members of the Japanese contingent competed at last year’s world championships.
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