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Kosuke Kitajima

Full name: Kosuke Kitajima
Original name: 北島 康介
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: September 22, 1982 in Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan
Affiliations: Coca Cola Japan
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 4 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (7 Total)

Biography

Kosuke Kitajima has won back-to-back Olympic titles in both the 100 and 200 m breaststroke. In Beijing, he became the first repeat breaststroke winner in 76 years, succeeding his compatriot Yoshiyuki Tsuruta. Kitajima has had a long rivalry with his American opponent Brendan Hansen, whom he beat at both the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, as well as at the 2003 World Championships (2 times). Hansen in turn beat the Japanese swimmer at the 2005 World Championships, and both took one title in 2007. Since their rise to the top in 2002, the two have also been fighting for the World Record in both breaststroke events, with Kitajima obtaining both in 2008. Kitajima, who in 2003 became the first Japanese World Champion in swimming, made the news prior to the Beijing Olympics when he denied wearing swimsuits from his sponsor, Mizuno, instead favoring the supposedly faster Speedo suits.

Results

Men's 100 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L 5dT 5dR 5d-1cT
2000 Summer 17 Sydney Swimming Japan Final 4 1:01.34
2000 Summer 17 Sydney Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 1:01.31
2000 Summer 17 Sydney Swimming Japan Round One Heat Seven 2 QU 1:01.68
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan Final 1 1:00.08
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:00.27
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan Round One Heat Seven 1 QU/OR 1:00.03
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan Final 1 WR 58.91 0.69 5
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 59.55 0.67 4
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan Round One Heat Eight 1 QU 59.52 0.69 4
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan Final 5 59.79 0.64 27.78 5 32.01
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 4 Q 59.69 0.67 28.30 8 31.39
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan Round One Heat Six 2 Q 59.63 0.66 28.04 3 31.59

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T RT L 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 5d-1cT 1-1.5cT 1.5-2cT
2000 Summer 17 Sydney Swimming Japan Round One Heat Seven 6 2:15.71
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan Final 1 OR 2:09.44
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 2:10.86
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:11.97
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan Final 1 OR 2:07.64 0.69 4
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 2:08.61 0.77 3
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan Round One Heat Seven 4 QU 2:09.89 0.73 4
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan Final 4 2:08.35 0.64 28.64 1 1:01.40 1 1:34.47 2 32.76 33.07 33.88
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 Q 2:09.03 0.68 29.05 1 1:01.82 1 1:35.43 4 32.77 33.61 33.60
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan Round One Heat Five 2 Q 2:09.43 0.67 29.18 2 1:01.94 2 1:35.64 2 32.76 33.70 33.79

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS RT L 5dT ET ER
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan JPN Final 3 3:35.22 59.35 1:53.60
2004 Summer 21 Athina Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat Two 4 QU 3:37.04 59.69 1:54.32
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan JPN Final 3 3:31.18 58.07 1:51.94 0.23 3
2008 Summer 25 Beijing Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat One 2 QU 3:32.81 58.79 1:53.08 0.13 5
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan JPN Final 2 58.64 0.08 27.35 1:51.56 1
2012 Summer 29 London Swimming Japan JPN Round One Heat Two 2 59.47 0.30 27.99 1:52.55 1