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Kanako
Watanabe
JapanJapan, JPN
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
15 November 1996
Height
167 cm
Weight
60 kg
Occupation
Athlete, 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
Yoshiaki Takemura [personal], JPN, from 2013

International Debut

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

General Interest

Hobbies
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Most influential person in career
Japanese swimmer Rie Kaneto. (nikkansports.com, 12 Jul 2017)
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 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. (nikkansports.com, 12 Jul 2017)