Irie breaks Koga’s 100-meter backstroke record


Ryosuke Irie set a new men’s 100-meter backstroke Japanese record on the third day of the National Collegiate Swimming Championships Saturday.

The 200-backstroke world silver medalist clocked 52.24 seconds in the first leg of the 400 medley relay at Kumamoto Municipal Indoor Pool, shaving .02 second off the previous national mark Junya Koga set in winning the gold medal at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome in July.

Kitajima update KYODO Two-time Olympic double breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima said Saturday he is planning to swim at next April’s national championships but stopped short of revealing when he will be making his competitive comeback to the pool.

“I’m preparing to compete (at the nationals) and want to increase my motivation,” said Kitajima, who currently lives in Los Angeles and restarted training at the end of June at the pool facility at the University of Southern California.

Kitajima opted out of this year’s nationals and the world championships in Rome.

When asked which events he plans on competing in this year, Kitajima said, “I have pretty much decided but it is a secret.”

Kitajima was speaking at an event for elementary school children at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center.