Hello! Kitajima Entered in Sprint Breaststroke Events

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

The start sheets for the FINA World Championships were released tonight and in a surprise move, the Japanese Swim Federation is allowing Kosuke Kitajima to contest the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke. Initially, Kitajima was deemed only usable for relay duty, which means he would have sat until the eighth day of the meet as a spectator. Instead, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic champion in both breaststroke disciplines will get some work in ahead of time.

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The start sheets for the FINA World Championships were released tonight and in a surprise move, the Japanese Swim Federation is allowing Kosuke Kitajima to contest the 50 breaststroke and 100 breaststroke. Initially, Kitajima was deemed only usable for relay duty, which means he would have sat until the eighth day of the meet as a spectator. Instead, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic champion in both breaststroke disciplines will get some work in ahead of time.

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Mike in Dallas

I can’t believe Kitajima is really going to be a STRONG contender in these individual events. OK, the field in breast stroke is not as strong as backstroke or freestyle, but folk like Kevin Cordes (USA) will certainly make Kitajima work hard for any medal he may aspire toward. Sadly, K. may have stayed 1 Championship too many.

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