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Runa IMAI
Sport Swimming
NOC Japan   
GenderWomen
Born15 Aug 2000 in Gifu, JPN
Height1.64 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Gifu, Japan. She took up the sport competitively in grade four of primary school.
Why this sport?
She was influenced by her older brother. She was also inspired by Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima after watching him win gold in the 100m breaststroke at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. "I really liked water. I began thinking about the Olympics seriously because of Kitajima. He is our forever legend."
Club / Team
Team Coca-Cola [JPN] / Toyo University [JPN]:
Name of coach
Norimasa Hirai [Toyo], JPN; Yoshimitsu Shimoyama [national], JPN
International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
East Asian Games
Location
Tianjin, CHN
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. (cocacola.co.jp, 12 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was given the Gifu Honorary Award in Japan. (gifu-np.co.jp, 15 Feb 2019)

She received an Excellence Award at the 2017 Japan Aquatic Awards. (swim.or.jp, 22 Jan 2018)
Famous relatives
Her older brother Hikaru has competed in swimming at national level. (cyclestyle.net, 04 Mar 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Individual Medley 2:12.53
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017 Budapest, HUN 200m Individual Medley 2:09.99 
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Individual Medley 57.85
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:21.85
Semifinal 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.22
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:31.68
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:29.51
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:37.35
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2019 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:25.41
4 2019 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:13.17
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:20.11
4 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:05.36
37 2017   Overall  
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Individual Medley 2:09.50
4 2017 Beijing, CHN 100m Individual Medley 59.00
2 2017 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:19.77
4 2017 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 1:05.91
5 2017 Singapore, SGP 200m Individual Medley 2:07.09
4 2017 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:36.50
8 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.27
5 2017 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 57.59
4 2017 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:19.47
5 2016 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:43.04
7 2016 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:38.22
25 2014   Overall  
6 2014 Beijing, CHN 100m Breaststroke 1:06.73
8 2014 Beijing, CHN 400m Individual Medley 4:41.79
2 2014 Beijing, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:21.74
3 2014 Beijing, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.75
5 2014 Singapore, SGP 100m Breaststroke 1:06.32
7 2014 Singapore, SGP 400m Individual Medley 4:39.25
2 2014 Singapore, SGP 200m Breaststroke 2:20.61
5 2014 Singapore, SGP 50m Breaststroke 31.43
4 2014 Singapore, SGP 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:46.63
3 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:21.02
8 2013 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 1:07.70
5 2013 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:23.58
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2016 Tokyo, JPN 200m Individual Medley 2:12.58