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Ippei
Watanabe
JapanJapan, JPN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 March 1997
Height
193 cm
Weight
80 kg
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Sports Science - Waseda University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport at age seven in Tsukumi, Japan.
Why this sport?
A family member took him to a pool. He decided to become a swimmer because he was inspired by Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima, after watching him win a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athena.
Club / Team
Toyota Motor Corporation: Japan
Name of coach
Keisuke Okuno, JPN; Norimasa Hirai [national], JPN

General Interest

Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. (number.bunshun.jp, 31 Aug 2017)
Injuries
He was troubled by an injury to his left knee ahead of the 2018 All Japan Championships. (the-ans.jp, 26 Jul 2018)

He sprained his right ankle while playing volleyball in December 2017 and was unable to swim for a month. (nikkansports.com, 11 Jan 2018; the-ans.jp, 26 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours
He received Big Sports Broadcast Encouragement Award at the 2018 TV Asahi Big Sports Awards Ceremony in Japan. (TV Asahi's YouTube channel, 15 Jan 2019)

He received an Excellence Award at the Japan Aquatics Awards in 2017 and 2018. (tobiuojapan.org, 23 Jan 2018; swim.or.jp, 29 Jan 2018)

He was presented with Big Sports Award at the 2017 TV Asahi Big Sports Awards Ceremony in Japan. (nikkansports.com, 11 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 30 Nov 2018; TV Asahi's YouTube channel, 15 Jan 2019)

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