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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
15 August 1994
177 cm
Wife Miwa, one child
English, Japanese
Higher education
English - Toyo University: Japan

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began learning to swim when he was six months old.
Why this sport?
His mother brought him to a baby swimming class to make new friends after his family moved to a new town where his father worked.
Club / Team
Bridgestone: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Norimasa Hirai [personal, national], JPN

General Interest

The Rising Son (Facebook page, 06 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (, 06 Nov 2018)
In July 2015 he fractured his right elbow after falling off a bicycle at a national team training camp in Vichy, France. He was unable to train for eight weeks, and missed the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. He underwent surgery on his right elbow in September 2016. (, 09 Apr 2018;, 26 Nov 2017;, 10 Aug 2015;, 03 Jul 2015)

In early 2015 he was troubled by pain in his right shoulder. (, 26 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
He received an Excellence Award at the 2017 and 2018 Japan Aquatics Awards. (, 22 Jan 2018, 29 Jan 2019)

He was named Best Swimmer of the Year at the 2016 Japan Aquatics Awards. (, 30 Jan 2017)

He received an Excellence Award at the 2014 Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC] Sports Awards. (, 19 May 2015)

He was named 2014 Male Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. (, 01 Dec 2014)

He was named Most Valuable Player [of all sports] at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (, 05 Oct 2014)

He received the New Athlete Award at the 2012 JOC Sports Awards in Japan. (, 23 Jun 2013)
Famous relatives
His wife Miwa is a Japanese singer-songwriter. (, 26 Jul 2020)
To win multiple gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 21 Oct 2018;, 24 Nov 2019)
Other information
He took a break from the sport in early 2019 after being diagnosed with elevated liver enzymes in January 2018, and also struggling with motivation following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He returned to competition at the August 2019 World Cup event in Tokyo, Japan, with a view to competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I wasn't swimming well last year [2019] and there is still room for improvement. But what I do know is that if I swim at my best, no one will beat me. Physically and mentally I went back to point zero. I've decided to go again. And if I'm going to do that then what I want at the Olympics is to be on the middle step of that medal podium." (, 25 Jan 2020;, 01 Sep 2019, 02 Jan 2020;, 26 Jul 2020)