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Japan’s Masako Kaneko, who trained Olympic synchronized swimming medalists such as 1988 Seoul Games double bronze winner Mikako Kotani, has been chosen as recipient of the International Olympic Committee’s inaugural Coaches Lifetime Achievement Awards, a source said Tuesday.

Kaneko, 73, long headed the synchronized swimming committee of the Japan Swimming Federation and laid the foundation for Japan in the discipline along with national team head coach Masayo Imura, having served as the Japanese squad’s team leader at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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