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Japanese Swimmers Want More Gold

Masayuki Otake and Shiori Asaba are among the top swimmers that Japan will be banking on at the Junior Pan Pa­cific Championship 2018, in Suva. The Japanese contingent one of
21 Aug 2018 10:00
Japanese Swimmers Want More Gold
Japan Swimming team for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships arrive at Nadi International Airport on August 20, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Masayuki Otake and Shiori Asaba are among the top swimmers that Japan will be banking on at the Junior Pan Pa­cific Championship 2018, in Suva.

The Japanese contingent one of the four char­ter nations of the Pan Pacific meet arrived into the country yesterday confident of winning more than five gold medals.

Led by head coach Shin Aota, their line-up in­cludes athletes aged between 13 to 18.

Aota told SUNsports that swimmers Riku Taki­ki, Honoka Tatsumi and Riko Sawano are the youngest members of the side while Yukino Mi­yasaka is the most experienced member.

“We’ve a very formidable side with a lot of youngsters,” Aota said.

This year there is an increase in the number of charter countries which includes Mexico, Ecua­dor and China.

“This is a good exposure for the swimmers in terms of their career and to set a bench mark for others to follow in the coming years.

“The team is made up of 36 swimmers 20 boys and 16 girls.” .

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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