Ippei Watanabe from School of Sport Sciences claims gold at 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Competition

On 12 August, fourth-year student Ippei Watanabe from the School of Sport Sciences won the gold medal in men’s 200 m breaststroke competition with a time of 2:07.75 minutes at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Competition held at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center.

Ippei Watanabe (middle) at the award ceremony

Ippei started leading the race in the last 25 m and continued to widen the gaps between his opponents before he finished first. Kosuke Kitajima, who witnessed the race and was the world record holder in the 100 m breaststroke at 2008 Beijing Olympics, praised Ippei for his accomplishment and commented that Ippei would be the next big star in breaststroke.

Ippei racing to claim his gold medal in men’s 200 m breaststroke (Photo by Waseda Sports News)

The Waseda community wishes Ippei’s the best in his many more competitions to come and will continue to support him in every way we can.

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