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The Life and Career of Japanese Backstroke Swimmer Hanae Ito

Updated on August 27, 2020
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Profile of Japanese Backstroke Swimmer Hanae Ito

  • Her specialty in swimming is the backstroke.
  • Her date of birth is January 18, 1985.
  • Her height is listed at 174 centimeters.
  • Her weight is listed at 62 kilograms.

Hanae Ito Wins the Bronze Medal at the 16th Asian Games in 2010

Hanae Ito (right) stands with Qianwei Zhu of China who won the gold medal and Yi tang of China that won the silver medal during the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.
Hanae Ito (right) stands with Qianwei Zhu of China who won the gold medal and Yi tang of China that won the silver medal during the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Hanae Ito's International Career from 2005 Through 2010

At the 2005 World Championships, Hanae Ito completed the race and received a 6th place finish in the 100 meter backstroke event. In the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, she became really successful with an outstanding first place finish. Her time of finishing the championship was at 1:00.63. In 2008 during the Beijing Olympics, Ito finished in 8th place as a backstroke swimmer. In addition to her backstroke events, Hanae Ito also has seen success in freestyle swimming competition. In November 2010 in Guangzhou, China, Ito received a bronze medal during the Women’s 200 meter freestyle event in the 16th Asian Games.

Hanae Ito at the Japan Swim 2012 Event


Hanae Ito's Swimming Career In Japan

In her native country of Japan, Hanae Ito’s personal best finish in the 100 meter backstroke short course swimming event was 59.83 in April 2008. In the long course swimming event, Ito’s best finish was 2:03.01 which ended up being an Asian as well as a Japanese swimming record. That was established in February 2009. Ito participated in the Japan Swim 2012 competition in April 2012. The event took place in Tokyo at the Tatsumi International Swimming Pool. Ito actually finished behind Yayoi Matsumoto, and of course, Haruka Ueda the winner of that competition. Ito also competed with swimmer Reiko Nakamura in some various swimming events in Japan. There isn’t much information on Hanae Ito but she is so gracious and classy during interviews whether she wins or loses. Let’s hope that she continues to do well in her swimming career and in life.

Hanae Ito After the 200 meter Freestyle Event in Pleasanton, California


Hanae Ito's Life After Swimming

Note: as of 2018, Ito has retired from professional swimming. It was in May 2018 that the Rugby World Cup Organizing Committee announced that Ito has joined the Rugby World Cup 2019 in the role of “Dream Supporter.” These kinds of supporters are Japanese athletes that have taken part in various sports. They are dedicated to the goal of extending the reach and awareness of the rugby sport to sports fans that may not be following the sport of rugby.

Hanae Ito In Shanghai China for the 2011 FINA World Championships


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