Tag: Yasunari Hirai

Kicking It In

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. How the elite athletes put on their final kick during 1 km, 5 km, 10 km or 25 km races becomes readily apparent when you observe them workout in a pool. Their speed, tenacity and mental focus are inspirational. All were very apparent when great open water swimmers like Jordan Wilimovsky, Brendan Casey and

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Hipster Hirai Hailed As Hero

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach. Japan's Yasunari Hirai had a tough morning workout and then took a train to Kochi on Shikoku Island. Far, far away from the Tokyo megapolis, Hirai went to give a motivational speech to young students who greeted him like a superstar. The hipster Tokyoite was equal parts gracious and funny, inspirational and

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Happy Hipster, Hirai

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Japan's top open water swimmer and hipster Yasunari Hirai had a lot of pressure on him at the 2015 Japan Open Water Swimming Championships near Tokyo, but the aquatic fashionista came through as expected to win. It was his fourth consecutive victory, but this one counted for a lot. It was Japan's official

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Yasunari Hirai Is Gold

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Japan's top swimmer Yasunari Hirai had a lot of pressure on him at the 2015 Japan Open Water Swimming Championships (オープンウォータースイミング ジャパンオープン館山) near Tokyo, but the aquatic fashionista came through as expected to win. His victory guaranteed him a spot to race at the second Olympic 10K Marathon Swim qualifier

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Will There Be Surprises In Tatayama, Japan?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Japan's top swimmer Yasunari Hirai and his Australian coach Colin Braund certainly hope not. Hirai, Japan's lone male Olympic marathon swimmer, will be trying for his fourth national title at the 2015 Japan Open Water Swimming Championships (オープンウォータースイミング ジャパンオープン館山) along the Tateyama Hojo Coast in Chiba

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How Close Is Close?

Photo and video of the finish of the men's 10 km Olympic 10K Marathon qualifying swim in Kazan, Russia is courtesy of Rai Sport, a race won by Jordan Wilimovsky. Watch the final sprint to the 10 km world championships here on Rai Sport. The photo above shows the photo finish between 9th place Allan Do Carmo of Brazil and 10th place Federico Vanelli of

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Yasunari Hirai Get Gold In Coolangatta

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. When Yasunari Hirai was a young 10-year-old age group swimmer in Japan, he watched Michael Klim of Australia win Olympic gold medals and set world records. "He was a hero of mine, especially while watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Today I was able to meet him and talk with him. What a motivation and an

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Yasunari Hirai Goes 2 For 2 In Auckland

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Japanese Olympian Yasunari Hirai is 2 for 2 at the State Ocean Swim Series in New Zealand. He won the State Harbour Crossing leg in Auckland, a 2.9 km race from Bayswater to the Viaduct, in a close race over George O'Brien with Phillip Ryan a mere two seconds behind in third. Hirai had earlier won the

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