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Momochi Beach

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Momochi Beach (or Momochihama Beach or Seaside Momochi Beach Park) is a beach at Seaside Momochi (Japanese: シーサイドももち) in Fukuoka on Kyūshū Island in Japan. It is a modern waterfront located on reclaimed land along Hakata Bay. The area was originally developed as the site of the 1989 Asia Pacific Expo and was designed with attractive, modern features such as wide, tree lined streets, futuristic buildings, and public parks. It is site of several attractive amusement areas including museums, shopping malls, restaurants, Fukuoka Tower and the Hawks Town entertainment complex with Fukuoka Yafuoku Dome, Japan’s first retractable roofed dome and multi-use arena. The seaside stadium is home to the Softbank Hawks baseball team, which is the only professional baseball team on Kyushu. The stadium hosts events and concerts in addition to games. .

Momochihama Seaside Park is a 1 km long stretch of artificial beach at the foot of Fukuoka Tower. At the center of the beach is Marizon, an artificial island featuring restaurants, shops, a wedding hall, and a ferry port with connections to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park across Hakata Bay. The beach is a popular spot for open water swimming and sports such as volleyball and soccer.

Hakata Bay[edit]

Hakata Bay (博多湾) is a bay in the northwestern part of Fukuoka city, on the Japanese island of Kyūshū. It faces the Tsushima Strait, and features beaches and a port, though parts of the bay have been reclaimed in the expansion of the city of Fukuoka. The bay is perhaps most famous for the Mongol invasions of Japan of 1274 and 1281 which took place nearby; both invasions are sometimes referred to as the "Battle of Hakata Bay."

2001 FINA World Swimming Championships[edit]

Open Water Swimming[edit]

Momochihama Seaside Park was site of the 2001 FINA World Swimming Championships 5 km, 10 km and 25 km races. It will also be the site of the open water swims of the 2021 FINA World Aquatics Championships. The medalists of the 2001 championships include:

Men's 5 km
Gold: Luca Baldini (ITA)
Silver Yevgeny Bezruchenko (RUS)
Bronze: Marco Formentini (ITA)

Men's 10 km
Gold: Yevgeny Bezruchenko (RUS)
Silver: Vladimir Dyatchin (RUS)
Bronze: Fabio Venturini (ITA)

Men's 25 km
Gold: Yuri Kudinov (RUS)
Silver: Stéphane Gomez (FRA)
Bronze: Stéphane Lecat (FRA)

Women's 5 km
Gold: Viola Valli (ITA)
Silver: Peggy Büchse (GER)
Bronze: Hayley Lewis (AUS)

Women's 10 km
Gold: Peggy Büchse (GER)
Silver: Irina Abysova (RUS)
Bronze: Edith van Dijk (NED)

Women's 25 km
Gold: Viola Valli (ITA)
Silver: Edith van Dijk (NED)
Bronze: Angela Maurer (GER)

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