Kosuke Kitajima’s performance in the London Olympics was quite a disappointment mainly because there were too many expectations from him. The four-time Olympic champion was quite shattered but is now taking his time to decide about his future.
Recapturing his past glory, the 29-year-old swimmer completed the 100m and 200m breaststroke double at the Athens and Beijing Olympics. However for the London games he finished outside the medals in both. The only consolation was his silver in the men’s 4x100m medley relay. He was apparently recovering from injury and already pushing himself to get ready for his fourth Olympics earlier this month.
Kitajima was tempted to retire after his reclaiming his breaststroke titles at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. In a way he blames his punishing training schedule as one of the reasons why he failed to perform this year. Like he says, on an individual level it’s a question of where he takes his goals for the future. And of course he needs time to factor all of this in. Kitajima will turn 30 next month and he has been coaching school children in Tokyo. According to him, we need to keep an eye on the new sensation Akihiro Yamaguchi for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
[Via The Star]