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May 10, 2012

Japan’s swimmers to defy altitude fears

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Olympic swimmers will prepare for this year’s London Games by undergoing altitude training as planned, despite the death of Norwegian Alexander Dale Oen last week.

World 100 meter breaststroke world champion Dale Oen died after suffering a heart attack at a high altitude training camp in Arizona, prompting Japanese officials to rethink their plans.

May 10, 2012

Olympics-Japan’s swimmers to defy altitude fears

TOKYO, May 10 (Reuters) – Japan’s Olympic swimmers will
prepare for this year’s London Games by undergoing altitude
training as planned, despite the death of Norwegian Alexander
Dale Oen last week.

World 100 metre breaststroke world champion Dale Oen died
after suffering a heart attack at a high altitude training camp
in Arizona, prompting Japanese officials to rethink their plans.

Apr 12, 2012

Japan goes bananas for 71-year-old horseman

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese dressage rider Hiroshi Hoketsu looks and dresses more like a soccer manager in his early 50s than the world’s oldest Olympian at 71-years-old. Meet the Benjamin Button of this year’s London Olympics.

A national celebrity, Hoketsu greets you with a firm handshake, his sharp wit and fierce determination striking you immediately.

Apr 12, 2012

Olympics-Japan goes bananas for 71-year-old horseman

TOKYO, April 12 (Reuters) – Japanese dressage rider Hiroshi
Hoketsu looks and dresses more like a soccer manager in his
early fifties than the world’s oldest Olympian at 71-years-old.
Meet the Benjamin Button of this year’s London Olympics.

A national celebrity, Hoketsu greets you with a firm
handshake, his sharp wit and fierce determination striking you
immediately.

Apr 9, 2012

Joy and pain for comeback king Kitajima

TOKYO (Reuters) – Wincing and gasping for breath, Kosuke Kitajima gave the impression of a man clinging on for dear life at the Japanese national swimming championships. Looks can deceive.

As excruciating as the pain coursing through his body was, the 29-year-old became the first Japanese swimmer to qualify for four Olympics last week, showing glimpses of his top form.

Apr 9, 2012

Olympics-Joy and pain for comeback king Kitajima

TOKYO, April 9 (Reuters) – Wincing and gasping for breath,
Kosuke Kitajima gave the impression of a man clinging on for
dear life at the Japanese national swimming championships. Looks
can deceive.

As excruciating as the pain coursing through his body was,
the 29-year-old became the first Japanese swimmer to qualify for
four Olympics last week, showing glimpses of his top form.

Apr 6, 2012

Kitajima keeps triple double dream alive

TOKYO (Reuters) – Kosuke Kitajima won the men’s 200 metres breaststroke at the Japanese national championships on Friday to keep alive his bid for a third Olympic double in London this year.

The 29-year-old, who stormed to gold in the 100 and 200 metres at the 2004 and 2008 Games, became the first Japanese swimmer to qualify for four Olympics by breaking his own national record in the 100 earlier this week.

Apr 6, 2012

Olympics-Kitajima keeps triple double dream alive

TOKYO, April 6 (Reuters) – Kosuke Kitajima won the men’s 200
metres breaststroke at the Japanese national championships on
Friday to keep alive his bid for a third Olympic double in
London this year.

The 29-year-old, who stormed to gold in the 100 and 200
metres at the 2004 and 2008 Games, became the first Japanese
swimmer to qualify for four Olympics by breaking his own
national record in the 100 earlier this week.

Apr 5, 2012

Olympics-Kitajima safely into 200 final

TOKYO, April 5 (Reuters) – Kosuke Kitajima cruised into the
final of the men’s 200 metres breaststroke at the Japanese
national championships on Thursday to maintain his bid for a
third Olympic double this year.

The 29-year-old, who stormed to gold in the 100 and 200
metres at the 2004 and 2008 Games, became the first Japanese
swimmer to qualify for four Olympics by breaking his own
national record in the 100 earlier this week.

Apr 3, 2012

Olympics-Kitajima powers to fourth Games

TOKYO, April 3 (Reuters) – Multiple gold medallist Kosuke
Kitajima became the first Japanese swimmer to qualify for four
Olympics by storming to the national 100 metres breaststroke
title on Tuesday.

Kitajima, who won the 100 and 200 breaststroke double at the
2004 and 2008 Olympics, rolled back the years to win the men’s
final in a Japanese record 58.90 seconds.