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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 October 1995
173 cm
Higher education
Tourism - Toyo University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age six.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged by her older sister.
Club / Team
Itoman Toshin: Japan
Name of coach
Norimasa Hirai [national, personal], JPN

General Interest

Listening to music. (Instagram profile, 19 Dec 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Norimasa Hirai. (, 21 Nov 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie. (, 07 Feb 2018)
She dislocated her left patella [kneecap] during her first year at Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan. (, 28 Jun 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
On competition days she likes to wear socks with the mascot of the city government of Hikone. (, 16 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I believe that I can do it." (, 19 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was given the Kozumki Sports Award by the Kozuki Foundation in Japan. (, 08 Sep 2019)

In 2019 she was appointed as one of the 2019/20 Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC] Next Symbol Athletes. (Japan Olympic Team YouTube channel, 24 Oct 2019)

In 2019 she received the Big Sports Broadcast Encouragement Award at the TV Asahi Big Sports Awards in Japan. (TV Asahi YouTube channel, 15 Jan 2019)

In 2018 she was given an Excellence Award at the 2018 Japan Aquatic Awards. (, 28 Jan 2019;, 29 Jan 2019)

In 2017 she was presented with the Shiga Prefecture Sports Grand Special Award by the Governor of Shiga Prefecture in Japan. (, 16 Feb 2018)

In 2017 she was given a Rookie Award by the Tokyo Sports Journalists Club in Japan. (, 23 Jan 2018)

She received Best Swimmer Award at the 2017 Japan Aquatic Awards. (, 23 Jan 2018)
To win gold medals in the 200m individual medley and 400m individual medley at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 22 Oct 2017;, 16 Feb 2018;, 29 Jan 2019)
Other information
She struggled with anemia and poor form after entering the Toyo University swimming team in 2014. She considered quitting the sport after placing 40th at the 2015 National Championships in Japan, but coach Norimasa Hirai convinced her to develop a more positive mindset and continue in the sport. "After going to college, I couldn't practice and had to start building strength from the basics. In the latter half of the first year of college, I was also sick for unknown reasons. Subsequent examinations revealed extreme anemia, which recovered with medication and dietary improvements. The other change was mental. When things went wrong I tended to be trapped by negative emotions. Mr Hirai pointed this out and that is when the results began to come in the races." (, 28 Jun 2018;, 19 Aug 2018;, 09 Aug 2018;, 21 Nov 2018)