Japan rewards its top athletes and swimmers get ready for FINA World Swimming Championships (25m)
The 44th TV Asahi Big Sports Award 2009 was held on January 15, 2010, at the Tokyo Prince Hotel in Japan and rewarded not only swimmers but also a wide range of athletes coming from baseball, golf, sumo, soccer, athletics, and others.
Junya Koga, a gold medalist of the men’s 100m backstroke at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome won the “Big Sports Award”; Ryosuke Irei, a silver medalist of the men’s 200m backstroke in Rome won the “Big Sports Special”, and Takeshi Matsuda, a bronze medalist of the men’s 200m butterfly in Rome won the “Swimming Project Team Award”.
Still related to swimming, the 51st Japan Short Course Swimming Championships will be held on February 27 and 28, 2010, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex.
During the winter break, most elite swimmers had their hardest training, and they are ready to swim at the upcoming competitions which will be held on every weekend from January on. The first big meet is the “Japan Open 2010”, a 25m (short course) event.