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Name KOGA Junya
NOC JPN - Japan Japan Date of Birth 19 JUL 1987
Residence Gender Male
Height 182 cm Weight 77 kg
Discipline Swimming

Swimming

Result
Date Time Event Results
Rank Time Record
22 SEP 2014 19:06 Men's 50m Backstroke Final 1 24.28 GR
22 SEP 2014 09:30 Men's 50m Backstroke - Heat 3 1 24.46 GR

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
Asian Games
150m Backstroke2010Guangzhou, CHN25.08
150m Backstroke2006Doha, QAT25.40
2100m Backstroke2010Guangzhou, CHN53.88
World Championships
1100m Backstroke2009Rome, ITA52.26
250m Backstroke2009Rome, ITA24.24
74 x 100m Medley Relay2009Rome, ITA3:30.91
750m Backstroke2007Melbourne, VIC, AUS25.56
950m Backstroke2011Shanghai, CHN25.14
14100m Backstroke2011Shanghai, CHN54.16
Pan Pacific Championships
150m Backstroke2010Irvine, CA, USA24.86
2100m Backstroke2010Irvine, CA, USA53.63
24 x 100m Medley Relay2010Irvine, CA, USA3:33.90
6100m Backstroke2014Gold Coast, QLD, AUS54.02
Mare Nostrum
150m Backstroke2014Barcelona, ESP24.66
150m Backstroke2014Monaco24.69
150m Backstroke2011Monaco24.81
150m Backstroke2011Barcelona, ESP25.19
250m Backstroke2014Canet-en-Roussilon, FRA25.09
2100m Backstroke2014Barcelona, ESP54.07
2100m Backstroke2014Canet-en-Roussilon, FRA54.29
2100m Backstroke2014Monaco54.25
2100m Backstroke2011Monaco54.13
2100m Backstroke2011Barcelona, ESP53.91
350m Backstroke2011Canet-en-Roussilon, FRA25.29
3100m Backstroke2011Canet-en-Roussilon, FRA54.49
31100m Freestyle2014Canet-en-Roussilon, FRA51.09

Detailed Information

Biography
Nickname Kogajun (Athlete, 24 Mar 2007)
Hobbies Watching manga. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Occupation Athlete
Higher education Sports Science - Waseda University, Tokyo, JPN
Languages Spoken English, Japanese
Club Daiichi Sankyo, Japan
Coach Norimasa Hirai [national] (JPN) (swim.or.jp, 22 Jun 2014)
Plays Right (Athlete, 24 Mar 2007)
Sporting / famous Relatives His father was a decathlete and high jumper who participated in the national college championships in Japan. (fina.org, 03 Jun 2010)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
He took up swimming at age five. (yomiuri.co.jp, 17 May 2010)

Reason for taking up this sport
His father and older brother used to swim, so he too became interested. (Athlete, 24 Mar 2007)

Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (nikkansports.com, 15 Dec 2012)

Hero
US swimmer Aaron Piersol. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)

Most influential person in career
His family. (yomiuri.co.jp, 17 May 2010)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Actions speak louder than words." (yomiuri.co.jp 01 Mar 2010)

Awards
He was given the Kozuki Sports Award by the Kozuki Foundation in Japan in 2009. (kozuki.or.jp, 07 Sep 2009)

He was named Japan's 2009 Swimmer of the Year for his gold medal win in the 100m backstroke at the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (fina.org 22 Nov 2009)

He received Television Asahi Big Sports Award in Japan in 2009. (headlines.yahoo.co.jp, 04 Dec 2009)

He received an Excellence Award at the 2009 Japanese Olympic Committee Sports Award Ceremony. (nikkei.com, 19 Jun 2010)

General
OLYMPIC PAIN HEALED BY KARATE
Deeply disappointed after missing out on the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he lost his motivation for swimming and told his coach he wanted to take a break. Upon the recommendation of his acupuncturist, Hiroshi Shiraishi, he took up karate in order to improve his mental attitude towards competition swimming. "Now I can control my feelings and stay focused and calm since I started to learn karate. I tend not to be upset." (fina.org 03 Jun 2010)

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