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Kitajima looking at Rio Olympics

Published on Sep 28, 2012 6:24 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's four-time Olympic swimming champion Kosuke Kitajima, who missed out on an individual medal at the London Games, says he is keen to line up at the poolside in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

"While younger swimmers are coming up, I want to go to Rio, too," Kitajima, 30, told a party held in Tokyo on Thursday in honour of Japanese swimmers who collected a record 11 medals in London, according to local media.

Kitajima, who took gold in the 100m and 200m breaststroke at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics, finished fifth in the 100m and fourth in the 200m in London but bagged a silver as a member of Japan's 4x100m medley relay.

In London, Japan got three silvers and eight bronzes but no gold in swimming.

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