Japan's talents ready for Aquatic Festival
Japan's pool and open water swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers and water polo players are fine-tuning their preparation for the FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN) next month. Ryosuke Irie and his members of the Japan National Team returned home on June 27 after a training camp in Europe, which included legs of the Mare Nostrum in France and Spain.
Irie's marks during the Mare Nostrum included 53.72 in 100m backstroke and 1:54.34 in 200m backstroke. Meanwhile, another Japan's swimming great, Kosuke Kitajima, clocked 1:01.02 in the 100m breaststroke and 2:11.02 in the 200m breaststroke at the Mission Viejo International Invitational Meet, held from June 25-26 in California (USA).
TV Asahi's (a Japanese television network) famous news programme “Hodo Station” welcomed Japan's young divers on June 24, Yuka Mabuchi, 16 years old and Sho Sakai, 18 years old, who were introduced as the new medal hopes for the upcoming FINA World Championships.
In open waters, the 2nd Oiso Long Beach 10km OWS Championships will be held in a lazy river (i.e. artificially created water current) at the Oiso Price Hotel in Kanagawa-ken, Japan, on July 3. More than 200 swimmers will compete in races of 500m, 1.5km and 4X500m relay.
Another big event, Japan Masters Swimming Nationals is on the summer calendar. About 7,000 swimmers will celebrate their passion for swimming at the Kadoma Swimming Dome in Osaka, from July 15-18.