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Ayatsugu HIRAI
Sport Swimming
NOC Japan   
Born20 May 1993 in Chiba, JPN
Height1.72 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Higher education
Economics, Political Studies - Meiji University: Japan
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six months.
Why this sport?
His brother was attending a swimming lesson for asthma care and he followed.
Club / Team
Yusen Logistics : Japan
Name of coach
Yoshimitsu Shimoyama [national], JPN
International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
Barcelona, ESP
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
“Whatever will be, will be.” (Twitter profile, 25 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was given an Excellence Award by the Chiba Amateur Sports Association in Japan. (chiba-taikyo.jp, 31 May 2018)

He received an Excellence Award at the 2015 Japan Aquatics Awards. (swim-media.com, 27 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives
His older brother Yasunari Hirai competed in open water swimming at international level, representing Japan at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He announced his retirement from international competition in January 2020. (asa-kids.com, 03 Oct 2015; this.kiji.is, 19 Jan 2020)

 Competition Highlights
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 1500m Freestyle 15:03.45
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 800m Freestyle 7:56.69
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
20 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 1500m Freestyle 14:56.55 
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 15:12.08
4 2016 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:49.01
64 2014   Overall  
3 2014 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:49.04
7 2013 Doha, QAT 1500m Freestyle 14:52.95
7 2013 Doha, QAT 400m Freestyle 3:49.21
8 2013 Dubai, UAE 1500m Freestyle 14:59.35
4 2013 Moscow, RUS 1500m Freestyle 14:54.23
7 2013 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 15:00.64
3 2011 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 14:51.41
Asian Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2016 Tokyo, JPN 1500m Freestyle 15:43.24
Asian Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Jakarta, INA 1500m Freestyle 15:24.26
1 2018 Jakarta, INA 4 x 200m Freestyle Relay