Kitajima gears up for Japan Nationals
Japan's swimming hero and breaststroke specialist Kosuke Kitajima is ready for the Japan long-course Nationals and the trials for the Shanghai FINA World Championships to be held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Swimming Center from April 5-10.
He is now in the USA and training well for the upcoming important trials. Kitajima did a good job last month on February 26 and 27 at the Japan s/c Nationals. His confidence to swim fast is back. He won all his breaststroke events, clocking 26.68 in the 50m, 57.34 in the 100m, and 2:02.95 in the 200m, setting new national records. In all, six national records, eight high school records and four junior high school records were established at the short-course Nationals.
More aquatics news with the Japan Open 2011, the country's next big synchronised swimming event, to be held at the Tokyo-Tatsumi International Center from May 2-5. Already more than 16 countries including USA, Spain, France confirmed their participation. Japan's new synchro team looks forward to welcoming those countries coming to Japan soon not only for competing but also for exchanging their good friendship. The Japan Open programme includes Solo, Duet, Team and Free combination events.
Meanwhile, Japan Masters' memberships keep growing, with more than 45,000 swimmers being part of the Master movement in Japan. The Japan Masters Swimming Association intends to introduce and hold more competitions, including an international competition for the new year starting next April.