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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[edit]

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

International Medals[edit]

Gold Medals

  • 100 m breaststroke – 2003 World Championships (long course) in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 200 m breaststroke – 2003 World Championships (long course) in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 100 m breaststroke – 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
  • 200 m breaststroke – 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
  • 200 m breaststroke – 2007 World Championships (long course) in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 100 m breaststroke – world record – 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
  • 200 m breaststroke – 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Silver Medals

  • 100 m breaststroke – 2002 FINA Short Course World Championships (short course) in Moscow, Russia.
  • 100 m breaststroke – 2007 World Championships (long course) in Melbourne, Australia.

Bronze Medals

  • 100 m breaststroke – 2001 World Championships (long course) in Fukuoka, Japan.
  • 4×100 m Medley – 2003 World Championships (long course) in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 4×100 m Medley – 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece.
  • 4×100 m Medley – 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Personal bests[edit]

  • 100 m breaststroke: 58.91 (11 August 2008)
  • 200 m breaststroke: 2:07.51 (8 June 2008)

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