Japan Announces Olympic Team of 27 Swimmers

By Hideki Mochizuki, Swimming World Japanese correspondent

TOKYO, Japan, April 8. WITH seven days of the Japanese Olympic Trials coming to the end, the following Olympic team roster was introduced right after the final race of the day. The national team members were selected by Japan's own qualifying standard with no exception. These 27 members broke the standard and made the team including relay members. Out of this team roster, the final decision on which events each swimmer would be competing in London will be decided later. For example, Takuro Fujii did not qualify for an individual event, making the team only for the men's 400m medley relay. But he may swim 100m butterfly in London if team director and head national coach decide so.

Men
Kosuke Hagino, 200 and 400m IM
Yuya Horihata, 400m IM
Kosuke Kitajima, 100 and 200m breast
Ryo Tateishi, 100 and 200m breast
Takeshi Matsuda, 200m free, 200m butterfly, 800m relay
Ryosuke Irie, 100 and 200m back, 400m medley relay
Yuki Kobori, 800m relay
Sho Sotodate, 800m relay
Chiaki Ishibashi, 800m relay
Kazuya Kaneda, 200m butterfly
Kazuki Watanabe, 200m back
Ken Takakuwa, 200m IM
Takuro Fujii, 400m medley relay

Women
Miyu Otsuka, 400m IM
Miho Takahashi, 400m IM
Yuka Kato, 100m butterfly
Satomi Suzuki, 100 and 200m breast
Mina Matsushima, 100m breast
Haruka Ueda, 100m free, 400 and 800m relay
Hanae Ito, 400 and 800m relay
Yayoi Matsumoto, 400 and 800 relay
Aya Takano, 800m relay
Aya Terakawa, 100m back
Natsumi Hoshi, 200m butterfly
Izumi Kato, 200m IM
Miki Uchida, 400m relay
Kanako Watanabe, 200m breast

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