Kitajima ends year on high note


Two-time double Olympic breaststroke champion Kosuke Kitajima wrapped up the year with a win at the California-Nevada Winter Championship on Tuesday.

Kitajima won the 100 yards breaststroke in 52.73 seconds at the short-course Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

It was his fourth race since making a competitive comeback to the pool after the Beijing Olympics at an invitational short-course time trial event in California on Nov. 15.

“I’m swimming at the best level now. The race was a good way to finish off the year,” said Kitajima, who currently lives in Los Angeles and resumed training at the University of Southern California in late June.

The 27-year-old Kitajima is looking ahead to swimming at next April’s national championships as he sets his sights on the 2012 London Olympics.

“It will be tough from now on. I have to get back into the swimming mode,” he said.