14 December 1983 |
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||73 kg (161 lb)|
Ryuichi Shibata (柴田 隆一 Shibata Ryuichi?, born December 14, 1983 in Fukuoka) is a Japanese swimmer, who specialized in butterfly events. Shibata broke both his personal best and Japanese record of 1:51.30 at the 2007 FINA World Cup in Singapore, until it was finally smashed by Hidemasa Sano at the Japan Swimming Open in 2010. Shibata is a student at Nihon University in Tokyo.
In 2006, Shibata won a bronze medal in the 200 m butterfly at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar (1:56.44), and a silver at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (1:55.82), finishing behind American swimmer and world-record holder Michael Phelps.
Shibata qualified for the men's 200 m butterfly at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, by clearing a FINA A-standard entry time of 1:55.57 from the Olympic trials in Tokyo. His surprising triumph also suffered a major upset for two-time Olympic medalist Takashi Yamamoto, who finished only in third place and thereby failed to compete at his supposedly fourth games. Shibata recorded an eleventh fastest time of 1:55.82 in the preliminary heats to secure his spot for the semifinals. Followed by the next morning's session, Shibata failed to qualify for the final, as he finished his semifinal run with a fourth-slowest time of 1:56.17.
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