Japanese swimmers selected for the Worlds
The Japan Swimming Trials for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai this July successfully ended at the Hironoshin Furuhashi Memorial Swimming Center in Hamamatsu, Japan, on April 11.
The Japan Swimming Federation announced at a press conference a day after that 22 swimmers (see below), among which Kosuke Kitajima, Naoya Tomita, Takeshi Matsuda, Ryosuke Irie just to name a few. Head coach Norimasa Hirai told the local press that Japan's goal was to win five medals in Shanghai.
Japan's diving team includes Ken Terauchi and seven other teammates (4 women and 3 men).
Considering the difficult situation in Japan, following the March-11 quake, most swimmers did a quite good job at the three-day Trials. Naoya Tomita, a rising star in the breaststroke, beat Kosuke Kitajima. In the men’s 200m breaststroke, Tomita clocked 2:08.25, a world's best time so far.
Japan's selection for Shanghai (as of April 12, 2011)
Men: Takuro Fujii, Yosuke Miyamoto, Junya Koga, Ryosuke Irie, Kazuki Watanabe, Kosuke Kitajima, Naoya Tomita, Ryo Tateishi, Takeshi Matsuda, Ryusuke Skata and Yuya Horihata.
Women: Yayoi Matsumoto, Haruka Ueda, Hanae Ito, Natsuki Hasegawa, Misaki Yamaguchi, Aya Terakawa, Shiho Sakai, Satomi Suzuki, Rie Kaneto, Yuka Kato and Natsumi Hoshi.