Kosuke Kitajima (JPN) smiles during the Santa Clara international grand prix at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.
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BARCELONA, Spain, July 28. KOSUKE Kitajima, the 2003 world champion and two-time Olympic champion in the 100 breaststroke, will race the event today at the world championships.

Kitajima, 30, was originally not on Japan's world championship roster in individual events, set to only swim breaststroke on the medley relay at the end of the meet. Kitajima won the 100 breast at the Japanese world trials in April with a 1:00.78, which beat the FINA A qualifying standard but was slower than Japan's standard to swim the event in Barcelona. It appears Japan has since loosened its restrictions, and Kitajima will be racing for the chance to win a medal in the event 10 years after winning gold in the 2003 world championships, where he set a world record with a 59.78.

With the exception of the retired Peter Vanderkaay and Brendan Hansen, as well as the swimmers who did not qualify for their world championship teams, all Olympic medalists from 2012 are racing in today's heats. Allison Schmitt and Tae-Hwan Park will be major absences from the women's and men's 400 freestyle today. Schmitt did not qualify for the American squad, and Park is taking the year off from competition.

The United States has elected to put Jimmy Feigen in the heats of the 400 free relay, likely saving Ryan Lochte for the finals, though no confirmation has come from USA Swimming about the lineup for tonight's race. Swimming with Feigen in prelims are Anthony Ervin, Ricky Berens and Conor Dwyer. Two of those swimmers will race tonight with (likely) Lochte and Nathan Adrian.

Russia is using most of its heavyweights in today's men's 400 free prelims, with Alexander Sukhorukov swimming for Vladimir Morozov.

In the women's 400 free relay, the United States is saving its top two sprinters -- Missy Franklin and Shannon Vreeland -- for the finals. Simone Manuel, Natalie Coughlin, Elizabeth Pelton and Megan Romano will swim in prelims. Australia, the reigning Olympic champions, are saving Cate Campbell for finals, and the Netherlands is resting Ranomi Kromowidjojo as well.

Today's events:

Women's 100 butterfly
Men's 400 freestyle
Women's 200 individual medley
Men's 50 butterfly
Women's 400 freestyle
Men's 100 breaststroke

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