Kitajima Given the Chance to Rekindle Past Magic

Kosuke Kitajima - his last press conference as an Olympic medallist, London 2012 - by Craig Lord

On the surface, the decision by the Japanese Swimming Federation to grant Kosuke Kitajima entry into the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke at the World Championships might seem like a lifetime-achievement award. Then again, think about the meaning of pride in Japanese culture. It is high on the list of characteristics which are esteemed in that land. It is highly unlikely the Japanese Federation would enter Kitajima as an individual performer without confidence in his ability.

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On the surface, the decision by the Japanese Swimming Federation to grant Kosuke Kitajima entry into the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke at the World Championships might seem like a lifetime-achievement award. Then again, think about the meaning of pride in Japanese culture. It is high on the list of characteristics which are esteemed in that land. It is highly unlikely the Japanese Federation would enter Kitajima as an individual performer without confidence in his ability.

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