No title for Kitajima at Japan’s national championships
Japan Swim 2010 – Japan’s swimming national championships – has successfully ended on April 18, 2010, at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Complex.
The 20-year-old Ryo Tateishi swam very well and won three titles in the men’s breaststroke events, clocking 27.66 in the 50m, 59.84 in the 100m and 2:09.21 in the 200m. Satomi Suzuki did a good job too in the women’s breaststroke events. She also won three titles, clocking 31.70, 1:07.64 and 2:24. 27.
Other top swimmers to win three titles were Aya Terakawa in the women’s backstroke events, Takuro Fujii in the men’s 200m IM, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly, and Takeshi Matsuda in the 200m, 400m freestyle and 200m butterfly.
Three new national records were established. Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima broke the record in the men’s 50m breaststroke heat, clocking 27.30. Masayuki Kishida broke the 50m freestyle record which stood still for nine years, clocking 22.11. Yuya Horihata did a very good swim in the men’s 400m IM final, clocking 4:12.02.
Kosuke Kitajima did not win any events but performed well in the three breaststroke events, considering he took a two-year break. The Nationals proved to be good enough for a comeback into competition.
The Japan Swimming Federation proudly announced on April 19, 2010, that 25 men, including Kosuke Kitajima, and 24 women were selected for the team for the Pan Pacific Championships to be held in August in California (USA).
The youngest swimmers of the team are Marie Kamimura and Kosuke Hagino. Both are 15 years old, while the oldest swimmer is 30; the average age being 21.8.