Stars and Stripes stripes.com 18 Dec, 2020 04:00 am

Japanese swimmer chases Olympic dream while teaching classes at US air base in Tokyo

Japanese swimmer chases Olympic dream while teaching classes at US air base in Tokyo
Shotaro Shimazaki, a swim instructor at the Yokota Natatorium, ranked 16th in Japan for 100-meter-breaststroke based on this year’s results.

During a phone interview Tuesday, she said Shimazaki has a great build for the sport.The young athlete trains 90 minutes a day, five or six days a week, mostly at Yokota in preparation for trials at the newly built Tokyo Aquatic Center, where the Olympic events will take place, Shimazaki said.” Swimming is a great sport for kids, Shimazaki said.Competitive breaststrokers must breath every stroke, but Shimazaki said he can swim the length of an Olympic 50-meter pool underwater.

Even if he doesn’t make the Olympic team, Shimazaki said he’s excited about the games coming to Tokyo and hopes to watch Japan’s baseball team compete.VIDEOJapanese swimmer chases Olympic dream while teaching classes at US air base in Tokyo YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — One second separates a swimming instructor at the home of U.

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