On April 7, Waseda alumni Katsumi Nakamura (Itoman Toshin, 2016 School of Sports Science graduate) competed in the fifth day of Japan Swim, held at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. The event also served as the preliminary round for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Nakamura won the men’s 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.23 seconds, surpassing the Olympic qualifying mark, and was selected to represent Japan at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in the men’s 100-meter freestyle and the men’s 400-meter relay.
Born in Tokyo in 1994, Nakamura graduated from the School of Sports Science at Waseda University in 2016 and began swimming competitively in his first year of junior high school. In high school, he won the Inter-High School 50-meter freestyle for two consecutive years. After entering university, he won two titles in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle at the student championships. At the 2015 Japan Open, he set a new Japanese record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.41 seconds. The following year, at the Japanese Championships, he broke his own record in the same event with a time of 48.25 seconds. In the same year, he participated in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Japanese athlete to record a time of 47 seconds as the first swimmer in the 4 x 100-meter relay.