Kosuke Kitajima

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Kosuke Kitajima, Japanese Olympic hero
Kosuke Kitajima (北島康介), born 22 September 1982 in Tokyo) is a Japanese 4-time Olympic gold medalist breaststroke swimmer. He won gold medals for the men's 100 m and 200 m breaststroke at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and two bronze medals in the 4x100 medley relays in 2004 and 2008.

During the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Kitajima generated buzz for his primal screams of exuberance after edging out Hansen in the 100 m and 200 m breaststroke for the gold. At a pool side interview (3'24") following his victory in the 100 m, Kosuke Kitajima also popularised the phrase 'cho-kimochi-ii,' meaning "I feel really good." The word went on to win the 2004 U-Can Neoligisms and Vogue Words contest.


Open Water Swimming

In his debut as an open water swimmer, Kitajima placed 13th at the prestigious Waikiki Roughwater Swim in Honolulu, Hawaii.

International Medals

Gold Medals

Silver Medals

Bronze Medals

Personal bests

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