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Natsumi SAKAI
Sport Swimming
NOC Japan   
GenderWomen
Born19 Jun 2001 in Saitama, JPN
Height1.75 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Law - Toyo University: Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age six.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming to lose weight.
Club / Team
Swin Minamikoshigaya [JPN] / Toyo University [JPN]:
Name of coach
Norimasa Hirai [Toyo University], JPN; Yoshimitsu Shimoyama [national], JPN
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching videos on the internet. (city.saitama.jp, 06 Apr 2020)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Aya Terakawa. (city.saitama.jp, 06 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard towards your dreams and goals." (city.saitama.jp, 06 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was given an Excellence Award at the Japan Aquatics Awards and a Rising Star Award at the Shinji Hattori Sports Awards, organised by the Shinji Hattori Foundation in Japan. She also received a Glory Award at the 2018 and 2017 Saitama Sports Awards in Japan. (sai-suiren.net, 09 Mar 2019, 14 Mar 2018; bbm-japan.com, 29 Jan 2019; asahi.com, 15 Oct 2018)

In 2016 she was named Swimmer of the Year by the Saitama Swimming Federation in Japan. (sai-suiren.net, 24 May 2017)
Ambitions
To become a world champion, and to set a national record. (seiko.co.jp, 05 Jul 2021)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 1:01.74
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Backstroke 2:13.99
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Backstroke 28.41
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 200m Backstroke 2:10.11
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 59.56
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.14
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:44.75
6 2017 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 26.80
7 2016 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 27.15
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Jakarta, INA 200m Backstroke 2:08.13
3 2018 Jakarta, INA 50m Backstroke 27.91
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 100m Backstroke 59.27
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:54.73
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:36.52