TOKYO, Japan, December 5. ANOTHER Japanese Olympic medalist from the London Games is ending her career, as Haruka Ueda announced today that she is focusing on being a full-time employee for former sponsor Kikkoman.
Ueda was a part of the 400 medley relay team for Japan last year, winning the bronze medal. Outside of a bronze medal in the same event at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, that was Ueda’s only major international medal. She ends her career as the national record holder in the 100 long course freestyle with a 54.00 and in the 200 long course freestyle with a 1:57.37. She is also the national record holder in both events in short course meters (53.41, 1:53.72).
Ueda, 25, had been sponsored by Kikkoman since 2011, and will now work with them as a full-time employee, according to a press release from Kikkoman.
Kikkoman press release (in Japanese)