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Kanako
Watanabe
JapanJapan, JPN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
15 November 1996
Height
167 cm
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Sports Science - Waseda University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age four.
Why this sport?
Her parents sent her to a swimming club to improve her health because she often got sick as a child.
Club / Team
Waseda University [JPN] / JSS Tateishi Daiwa [JPN]:
Name of coach
Norimasa Hirai [national], JPN; Yoshiaki Takemura [personal], JPN

International Debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Stockholm, SWE

General Interest

Hobbies
Painting her nails, spending time with her friends. (waseda.jp, 02 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese swimmer Rie Kaneto. (nikkansports.com, 20 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmers Kosuke Kitajima, Satomi Suzuki and Natsumi Hoshi. (wasedasports.com, 15 May 2015; Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Injuries
She sprained her right ankle during an athletics training session in December 2016, and returned to competitive action in February 2017. (nikkansports.com, 15 Apr 2017)

In 2009 she suffered an injury to her right shoulder. (huffingtonpost.jp, 08 Aug 2016; news.livedoor.com, 28 Jun 2011)
Awards and honours
She was given an Excellence Award at the 2017 Japan Aquatics Awards. (tobiuojapan.org, 23 Jan 2018)

She was named Best Swimmer at the 2015 Japan Aquatics Awards. (swim-media.com, 27 Jan 2016)

She received an Excellence Award at the 2015 Japanese Olympic Committee Sports Awards. (joc.or.jp, 03 May 2016)

She received a Big Sports Special Award at the 2015 TV Asahi Big Sports Awards in Japan. (tv-asahi.co.jp, 15 Dec 2015)

She received the New Athlete Award at the 2011 Japanese Olympic Committee Sports Awards. (sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp, 12 Jun 2012)

She received a Prize for Encouragement at the Nihon Sports Awards, organised by Yomiuri Shinbun, in Japan. (yomiuri.co.jp, 17 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. After retirement, she wants to run a swimming school. (nikkansports.com, 12 Jul 2017; waseda.jp, 02 Oct 2018)
Other information
TOKYO 2020 PREPARATIONS
She used to train with her coach Yoshiaki Takemura with the JSS Tateishi Daiwa team, but she began training with her teammates in the Waseda University swimming team after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, because she wanted to change her environment. She decided to prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo with coach Yoshiaki Takemura again after the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. (waseda.jp, 02 Oct 2018; sanspo.com, 15 Oct 2018)

BREASTSTROKE FOCUS
She used to focus more on individual medley events but began focusing on breaststroke events after she injured her right shoulder when she was in high school. (hochi.yomiuri.co.jp, 08 Apr 2012; waseda.jp, 02 Oct 2018)