Takeshi Matsuda

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Takeshi Matsuda
Takeshi Matsuda 1.jpg
Takeshi Matsuda 2011
Personal information
Full name Takeshi Matsuda
Nationality  Japan
Born (1984-06-23) June 23, 1984 (age 32)
Nobeoka, Miyazaki
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes butterfly, freestyle

Takeshi Matsuda (松田 丈志 Matsuda Takeshi?, born June 23, 1984 in Nobeoka, Miyazaki) is a Japanese Olympic and Asian and National Record holding swimmer. He swam for Japan at the 2004, 2008 Olympics, and 2012 Olympics. At the latter event, he won a bronze medal in the men's 200m long course butterfly in an Asian Record of 1:52.97; in doing so, he also set the Japanese Record in the event. On November 12, 2011, Matsuda set a new Japanese record (1:49.50) at the FINA World Cup for the short course 200m butterfly. In doing so, he became just the third swimmer in history to break the 1:50 barrier for the event. Kaio Almeida (1:49.11) and Nikolay Skvortsov (1:49.46) hold the other two spots.[2]


Early Years[edit]

Matsuda began swimming at the age of 4 at a local pool in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan, a relatively rural town with little history in swimming. Since then, he has trained with the same coach, Yumiko Kuze, a rare female coach in the world of men's swimming.[3] She was a swimmer in her youth and began as a volunteer coach at the local pool (personal interview).

2004 Olympics[edit]

At the 2004 Olympic Games, Matsuda placed 8th in the 400m Freestyle final.

2008 Olympics[edit]

In the final of the men's 200m butterfly at the 2008 Olympics, he finished 3rd to claim bronze. He came behind Michael Phelps and László Cseh, with a time of 1:52.97, an Asian record.

2012 Olympics[edit]

At the 2012 Olympics, Matsuda won two medals. He defended his bronze medal in the 200 meter butterfly and swam the butterfly leg for Japan's silver medal-winning relay team in the 4 × 100 meter medley relay with Ryosuke Irie, Kosuke Kitajima, and Takuro Fujii. He also swam the 100 meter butterfly, where he tied for sixteenth in the heats and subsequently lost a swim-off with Benjamin Starke of Germany, shutting him out of the semifinals.

Personal bests[edit]

In long course

  • 400m freestyle: 3:44.99 Former Japanese Record (August 9, 2008)
  • 800m freestyle: 7:49.65 Japanese Record (April 19, 2009)
  • 200m butterfly: 1:52.97 Asian Record (August 13, 2008)

In short course

  • 200m butterfly: 1:49.50 Former Japanese Record (November 12, 2011)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Takeshi Kojima, Greenhouse to Water Cube / Matsuda's unorthodox training bears fruit in Beijing, / Yomiuri Shimbun, 14 August 2008

FINA World Cup, Tokyo: Takeshi Matsuda Rattles 200 Fly World Record During Day One Finals—November 11, 2011