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Akihiro YAMAGUCHI
Sport Swimming
NOC Japan   
GenderMen
Born11 Sep 1994 in Shibushi, JPN
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife, one child [2019]
Residence
Kagoshima, JPN
Occupation
Coach
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Law - Toyo University: Tokyo, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
At age five he joined the Shibushi Dolphins club in Japan.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming as a form of asthma therapy.
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmers Kosuke Kitajima and Takeshi Matsuda. (kts-tv.co.jp, 08 Apr 2016; Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Awards and honours
He was named Best New Athlete at the 2012 TV Asahi Big Sports Awards in Japan. (swimmingview.net, 20 Dec 2012)

In 2012 he received the Shibushi Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (373news.com, 07 Oct 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2021 he announced his retirement from the sport after competing at the national championships. (Instagram profile, 11 Apr 2021)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Breaststroke 2:09.57
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 100m Breaststroke 1:00.69
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2012 Istanbul, TUR 200m Breaststroke 2:03.23
7 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Breaststroke 58.26
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 27.62
6 2012 Istanbul, TUR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:27.48
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2014 Tokyo, JPN 200m Breaststroke 2:08.51
6 2014 Tokyo, JPN 100m Breaststroke 58.93
2 2014 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:40.52
4 2013 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:41.78
24 2012   Overall  
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2009 Foshan, CHN 200m Breaststroke 2:13.56