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Miki Uchida: Japanese Record-Holding Freestyle Swimmer

Updated on April 15, 2020
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Who is Miki Uchida and why is she famous?

Miki Uchida is a Japanese female swimmer that has already received recognition in her home country by displaying some impressive swimming skills. She also has set a record in freestyle swimming that had stood for over 13 years. And that record is almost as old as she is. Uchida was born on February 21, 1995 in Azuma, Gunma, Japan. She competed for Japan during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. During those games, she participated in the women’s 4 by 100 meter freestyle relay and she finished in 7th place in the final. It was on September 5, 2014 that this talented 19 year-old started off the Japanese Intercollegiate Swimming Championships by breaking what was the oldest long course swimming record in Japanese swimming history. Uchida won the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 25.02 breaking the previous record of 25.14 that had been set by Sumika Minamoto in April 2001. Minamoto had held the record prior to Uchida’s success. Is Michael Phelps even watching?

Swimmer Miki Uchida reacts after the women's 50 meter freestyle event during the 2014 Asian Games in Seoul, South Korea. She looks exhausted.
Swimmer Miki Uchida reacts after the women's 50 meter freestyle event during the 2014 Asian Games in Seoul, South Korea. She looks exhausted. | Source

Uchida's Swimming Prowess in Japan and in Asia

This finish by Uchida is the fastest in history for a Japanese female swimming athlete but it is still a good five tenths off of the Asian record that was set by Chinese swimmer Le Jingyi set during the 1994 World Championships. This record that was set in Asia was at a mark of 24.51. This time had stood as the world record for nearly six years. It is impressive that Japan is able to accomplish such outstanding records in sports given the fact that the country faces economic difficulties and an aging population. When it comes to sports, you could say that Miki Uchida is one of the newest Japanese athletes to set a swimming record and gain recognition in her country. Uchida solidified her place as the fastest woman in Asia heading into the Asian Games. Aya Sato and Rino Hosoda are two other female Japanese swimmers that finished in second place behind Uchida, setting a mark of 25.72. In the 2014 Asian Games in South Korea, Uchida won the silver medal for the 50 meter freestyle finishing with a time of 25.11. Chen Xinyi of China won the gold medal for this event finishing with a time of 24.87. Uchida also was successful when she won the 100 meter freestyle event in June 2014 during the Japan Open 2014. Miki Uchida is part of the Mizuno Swim Team in Japan.

Miki Uchida a Medal Winning swimmer

Freestyle swimmer Miki Uchida is celebrating here after winning the 100 meter freestyle during the 2014 Japan Open.
Freestyle swimmer Miki Uchida is celebrating here after winning the 100 meter freestyle during the 2014 Japan Open. | Source

What makes Uchida an interesting person?

She has already solidified her place as one of Japan’s top young swimmers. If future events are an indication, she should see more success in her career. If athletes like Miwa Asao and Karina Maruyama have seen success in their respective sports, Miki Uchida has the skill and talent to win even more medals by the time her career is over. Born in 1995, Uchida was born just days after former AKB48 member Rina Kawaei who was born on February 12. Is that a coincidence? Maybe it is but Uchida has been successful as a swimmer and she should do well in the future.

Success for Uchida in the 50 meter freestyle in 2015

Note: in 2015, Uchida brought down the 50 meter Japanese freestyle event by .01 seconds down to 24. 95. However, the all-time Asian record set by Le Jingyi is going to be very difficult to beat. Even so, at 22, Uchida has a lot to be proud of.

© 2016 Ara Vahanian


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