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WATANABE Kanako Name WATANABE Kanako
NOC JPN - Japan Japan Date of Birth 15 NOV 1996
Residence Gender Female
Height 165 cm Weight 56 kg
Discipline Swimming

Swimming

Result
Date Time Event Results
Rank Time Record
25 SEP 2014 19:06 Women's 50m Breaststroke Final 4 31.64
25 SEP 2014 11:30 Women's 4 x 100m Medley Relay - Heat 2 1 4:06.54
25 SEP 2014 09:30 Women's 50m Breaststroke - Heat 2 1 31.81
22 SEP 2014 19:57 Women's 200m Breaststroke Final 1 2:21.82 GR
22 SEP 2014 11:00 Women's 200m Breaststroke - Heat 2 1 2:27.17
21 SEP 2014 20:17 Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Final 2 3:39.35
21 SEP 2014 19:43 Women's 100m Breaststroke Final 2 1:06.80
21 SEP 2014 11:30 Women's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay - Heat 1 1 3:43.05
21 SEP 2014 10:30 Women's 100m Breaststroke - Heat 3 1 1:08.18

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocationResult
Olympic Games
14200m Breaststroke2012London, GBR2:27.32
World Championships
11200m Individual Medley2013Barcelona, ESP2:11.50
27100m Breaststroke2013Barcelona, ESP1:09.28
Pan Pacific Championships
1200m Breaststroke2014Gold Coast, QLD, AUS2:21.41
2100m Breaststroke2014Gold Coast, QLD, AUS1:06.78
4200m Individual Medley2014Gold Coast, QLD, AUS2:11.16
44 x 100m Medley Relay2014Gold Coast, QLD, AUS4:00.38
World Championships Short Course
3200m Breaststroke2012Istanbul, TUR2:19.39
64 x 100m Medley Relay2012Istanbul, TUR3:54.73
74 x 100m Freestyle Relay2012Istanbul, TUR3:37.91
10100m Individual Medley2012Istanbul, TUR1:00.16
2250m Breaststroke2012Istanbul, TUR31.52
Mare Nostrum
1100m Breaststroke2014Barcelona, ESP1:07.74
1100m Breaststroke2014Monaco1:07.28
1200m Breaststroke2014Barcelona, ESP2:23.15
2200m Breaststroke2014Canet-en-Roussilon, FRA2:24.14
2200m Individual Medley2014Barcelona, ESP2:12.42
2200m Individual Medley2014Monaco2:12.45
2100m Breaststroke2013Monaco1:07.92
2200m Breaststroke2013Barcelona, ESP2:25.20
3100m Breaststroke2013Barcelona, ESP1:08.65
5200m Individual Medley2013Monaco2:17.15
850m Backstroke2014Monaco30.26
21100m Backstroke2014Barcelona, ESP1:04.59
200m Breaststroke2014MonacoDSQ
100m Breaststroke2014Canet-en-Roussilon, FRADNS
50m Butterfly2014Canet-en-Roussilon, FRADNS
200m Individual Medley2014Canet-en-Roussilon, FRADNS
World Junior Championships
1200m Breaststroke2011Lima, PER2:25.52
14 x 100m Medley Relay2011Lima, PER4:05.65
2100m Breaststroke2011Lima, PER1:08.89
450m Breaststroke2011Lima, PER32.01
25100m Backstroke2011Lima, PER1:06.43

Detailed Information

Biography
Hobbies Chatting with friends, listening to music. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Occupation Student
Languages Spoken Japanese
Club JSS Tateishi Daiwa, Japan
Coach Norimasa Hirai [national]; Yoshiaki Takemura (sportiva.shueisha.co.jp, 15 Apr 2014; swim.or.jp, 22 Jun 2014)
Sporting / famous Relatives Her father Keiji was a boxer [middleweight] and mother Emiko was a swimmer. (hochi.yomiuri.co.jp, 08 Apr 2012)
Injuries She suffered shoulder injuries in 2009. (news.livedoor.com, 28 Jun 2011)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
She began the sport at age four. (hochi.yomiuri.co.jp, 08 Apr 2012)

Hero
Japanese swimmers Kosuke Kitajima and Satomi Suzuki. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)

Awards
She was given the New Athlete Award at the 2011 Japanese Olympic Committee Sports Awards Ceremony. (sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp, 12 Jun 2012)

General
STROKE CHANGE
She used to be an individual medley swimmer but changed to breaststroke because she injured her right shoulder when she was in high school. (hochi.yomiuri.co.jp, 08 Apr 2012)

COMPARISONS
The Japanese media have anointed her "The Second Kyoko Iwasaki," a reference to the 1992 Olympic gold medallist who was 14 years old when she clinched victory in the 200m breaststroke. (WST, 23 Jul 2012)

STYLE
Her swimming style is called the 'ika-tako kick', or the 'squid-octopus kick', because her gentle kick minimises water resistance and helps her move forward more efficiently - like the soft thrusts of a squid or octopus. (sportiva.shueisha.co.jp, 09 Apr 2012)

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