Kosuke Kitajima

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Kosuke Kitajima
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Personal information
Full name Kosuke Kitajima
Nationality  Japan
Born (1982-09-22) September 22, 1982 (age 31)
Tokyo
Height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Breaststroke

Kosuke Kitajima (北島 康介 Kitajima Kōsuke?, born September 22, 1982 in Tokyo) is a Japanese multiple Olympic gold medalist breaststroke swimmer. He won gold medals for the men's 100 m and 200 m breaststroke at both the Athens 2004, and the Beijing 2008 [7] Summer Olympic games.

Major achievements[edit]

Kitajima is a decorated swimmer in the world championships and was the world record holder in the 100 m breaststroke that he set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics – this mark has since been bettered by first Brenton Rickard and later Cameron van der Burgh. He was also bronze medal winner in the same Olympics in the 4×100 m medley relay. He edged out his main rival Brendan Hansen who finished fourth while Kitajima won the gold medal and set the new world record.

He received four gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals in total at the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.[8]

His most significant rival in the breaststroke was the American swimmer Brendan Hansen. They dueled at events such as the 2005 World Championships, 2004 Summer Olympics and 2003 World Championships. Kitajima set both world records for 100 m and 200 m breaststroke in the latter occasion. Later his best in 200 m was overcome by Dimitri Komornikov and then by Hansen, who also broke Kitajima's record in the 100 m. Kitajima regained the world record (58.91) in the 100 m at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Kitajima regained the 200 m breaststroke world record in June 2008 at the Japan Open. His time of 2:07.51 shaved nearly a second off the previous record of 2:08.50 set by Hansen in 2006.[9]

During the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Kitajima generated buzz for his primal screams of exuberance after edging out Hansen in the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke for the gold. At a pool side interview (3'24") following his victory in the 100 m, Kosuke Kitajima also popularised the phrase 'cho-kimochi-ii,' meaning "I feel really good." The word went on to win the 2004 U-Can Neologisms and Vogue Words contest.[10]

Personal bests[edit]

In long course swimming pools Kitajima's bests are:

  • 50 m breaststroke: 27.78 (27 July 2005)
  • 100 m breaststroke: 58.90 (3 April 2012)
  • 200 m breaststroke: 2:07.51 (8 June 2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  3. ^ "Montreal 2005 Results". Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  4. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  5. ^ "2002 World Championships – Short Course Swim Rankings results". Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  6. ^ "2002 Asian Games results of Japan". 
  7. ^ Clarey, Christopher (August 13, 2008). "Kitajima Completes Breaststroke Double, Again". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Odeven, Ed, "Kitajima eyes three-peat", Japan Times, 3 June 2012, p. 16
  9. ^ "Kitajima supplants American Hansen's world breaststroke mark". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  10. ^ "2004 Annual Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
United States Mike Barrowman
Men's 200 metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

October 2, 2002 – June 15, 2003
Succeeded by
Russia Dimitri Komornikov
Preceded by
Russia Dimitri Komornikov
Men's 200 metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

July 24, 2003 – July 11, 2004
Succeeded by
United States Brendan Hansen
Preceded by
United States Brendan Hansen
Men's 200 metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

June 8, 2008 – July 30, 2009
Succeeded by
Australia Christian Sprenger
Preceded by
United States Brendan Hansen
Men's 100 metre breaststroke
world record holder (long course)

August 11, 2008 – July 27, 2009
Succeeded by
Australia Brenton Rickard
Awards
Preceded by
Australia Ian Thorpe
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Australia Ian Thorpe
Preceded by
South Korea Park Tae-Hwan
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
2007–2008
Succeeded by
China Zhang Lin
Preceded by
China Zhang Lin
Pacific Rim Swimmer of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
China Sun Yang