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Yumi KIDA
Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Japan   
GenderWomen
Born30 Jun 1985 in Asaka, JPN
Height1.60 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven and took up open water swimming in 2010.
Why this sport?
She often got ill as a child so her mother took her to a swimming club to strengthen her physical condition. Her coach suggested she take up open water swimming to improve her freestyle skills. "It was always my dream to compete at the Olympic Games. I was encouraged to take up the sport many times, but I was not ready. However, after open water swimming was included on the programme for the Olympic Games in 2008, I wanted to try the sport."
General Interest
Nicknames
Sadaccho (konamisportsclub.jp, 01 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Her mother. (konami.com, 31 May 2018)
Injuries
In February 2020 she broke ribs at the Marathon Swim World Series event in Doha, Qatar. She resumed training in June of that year. (jomo-news.co.jp, 03 Mar 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Continuity becomes power." (konami.com, 31 May 2018)
Other sports
She has represented Japan in swimming and competed at the world championships in 2001 and 2005. She also won gold in the 1500m freestyle and silver in the 800m freestyle at the 2009 World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jul 2021)
Milestones
She became the first open water swimmer representing Japan to compete at the Olympic Games when she placed 12th in the 10km event at the 2012 Games in London. She also became the first open water swimmer representing Japan to compete at two editions of the Olympic Games when she again placed 12th in the 10km event at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Aug 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In August 2021 she announced her retirement from the sport after finishing 13th at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (yomiuri.co.jp, 04 Aug 2021)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2005 Montreal, CAN 1500m Freestyle 16:23.89
6 2005 Montreal, CAN 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay  
17 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 1500m Freestyle 16:46.30
15 2001 Fukuoka, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:44.95
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2010 Beijing, CHN 800m Freestyle 8:31.08
2 2010 Singapore, SGP 800m Freestyle 8:32.34
3 2010 Singapore, SGP 400m Freestyle 4:11.09
3 2010 Tokyo, JPN 800m Freestyle 8:28.73
3 2010 Tokyo, JPN 400m Freestyle 4:09.64
2 2004/2005 Moscow, RUS 800m Freestyle 8:27.17
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
22 2019 Gwangju, KOR 10km 1:55:26.7
14 2019 Gwangju, KOR 5km - Team Relay 56:52.1
15 2017 Budapest, HUN 25km 5:39:31.5
23 2017 Budapest, HUN 10km 2:03:06.6
28 2015 Kazan, RUS 10km 2:00:01.8
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP 25km 5:16:25.7
13 2013 Barcelona, ESP 10km 1:58:25.8
13 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km - Team Time Trial 58:00.0
35 2011 Shanghai, CHN 10km 2:07:07.7
  2011 Shanghai, CHN 5km  DSQ
World Series
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2020   10km  
21 2020 Doha, QAT 10km 1:57:26.6
25 2019   10km  
12 2019 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:58:56.1
8 2019 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:41:53.01
42 2018   10km  
18 2018 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:07:02.60
12 2018 Beau Vallon, SEY 10km 1:58:42.60
22 2017   10km  
18 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:54:00.6
22 2017 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:39:37.40
8 2017 Viedma, ARG 10km 2:12:31.57
25 2016 Abu Dhabi, UAE 10km 1:59:19.40
7 2016 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 2:00:14.07
10 2015 Balatonfüred, HUN 10km 1:50:51.01
13 2015 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:32.70
31 2015 San Miguel de Cozumel, MEX 10km 1:51:45.00
2 2015 Setúbal, POR 10km 2:05:34.15
14 2014 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:05:43.8
9 2013 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:03:01.4
10 2012 Cancún, MEX 10km 2:10:31.78
17 2012 Eilat, ISR 10km 2:03:00.85
4 2011 Hong Kong, CHN 10km 2:11:13.65
7 2011 Setúbal, POR 10km 1:51:49.3
6 2011 Shantou, CHN 10km 2:05:00.82
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2018 Chonburi, THA 5km 1:00:55
1 2017 Putrajaya, MAS 5km 1:03:40.6
Pan Pacific Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2018 Tokyo, JPN 10km 2:08:38.3
5 2014 Maui, HI, USA 10km 1:59:58.0
8 2010 Irvine, CA, USA 10km 2:08:00.01