Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Olympics Feb 14, 2017

Decorated Olympic swimmer Yamanaka dies at 78

Five-time Olympic medal-winning swimmer and former world-record holder Tsuyoshi Yamanaka died of pneumonia Friday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 78. Yamanaka won two silver medals in the men's 400- and 1,500-meter freestyle at the 1956 Melbourne Games as a high school ...

More Sports / Swimming Oct 22, 2016

Seto victorious in 400-meter IM

Daiya Seto won the men's 400-meter individual medley and also the 200 butterfly at a short-course World Cup meet on Friday in Singapore. Seto, who won the bronze medal at the Rio Olympics in the 400 IM, logged 4 minutes, 4.60 seconds to top the ...

73-year-old man completes 30-km swim from Honshu to Hokkaido

National Sep 7, 2016

73-year-old man completes 30-km swim from Honshu to Hokkaido

A 73-year-old man successfully completed a 30-km swim Wednesday between Honshu and Hokkaido, making him the oldest swimmer to achieve the feat. Toshio Tominaga, of Hiroshima, reached the town of Fukushima in Hokkaido at around 3:30 p.m. after departing from the Tsugaru Peninsula around 5:30 ...

Shark sightings keep tourists away after authorities impose swimming bans

National Aug 18, 2015

Shark sightings keep tourists away after authorities impose swimming bans

An increasing number of shark sightings at beaches across Japan this month is affecting tourism, with visitors shunning popular summer destinations where authorities have imposed swimming bans. Sharks have recently been spotted at several beaches in Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures. In Ibaraki, about ...

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

National Apr 5, 2015

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

A woman from Yamaguchi Prefecture has become the first centenarian in the world to complete a 1,500-meter swim in a 25-meter pool. Competing in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Mieko Nagaoka, 100, finished the race in a world-record time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 54 seconds, ...