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Kosuke Kitajima

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 1
Bronze 2
Total 7
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameKosuke•Kitajima
Used nameKosuke•Kitajima
Original name北島•康介
Born22 September 1982 in Arakawa, Tokyo (JPN)
Measurements178 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsCoca Cola Japan
NOC Japan

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

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Kosuke Kitajima
100 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 4
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 17
2004 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Kosuke Kitajima
100 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 3 Bronze
2008 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Kosuke Kitajima
100 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 3 Bronze
2012 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) JPN Kosuke Kitajima
100 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 5
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 4
4 × 100 metres Medley Relay, Men (Olympic) Japan 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
2004 Summer Olympics 14 August 2004 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Breaststroke, Men Round One, Heat Seven 1:00.03 1
2004 Summer Olympics 18 August 2004 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Final 2:09.44 1
2008 Summer Olympics 11 August 2008 Swimming (Aquatics) 100 metres Breaststroke, Men Final 58.91 WR 1
2008 Summer Olympics 13 August 2008 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Semi-Finals, Heat One 2:08.61 1
2008 Summer Olympics 14 August 2008 Swimming (Aquatics) 200 metres Breaststroke, Men Final 2:07.64 1

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2008 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony JPN Kosuke Kitajima

Special Notes