08-11-2008 11:37

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima won the gold medal in the men's  100-meter breaststroke early Monday at the 2008 Beijing Olympic  Games.

His winning time of 58.91 seconds also set a new world  record. Alexander Dale Oen of the Netherlands took the silver medal  in 59.20 seconds. The bronze went to Hugues Duboscq of France, who finished in 59.37 seconds.

Kosuke Kitajima of Japan celebrates after winning the men's 100m breaststroke final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 11, 2008. Kitajima set a new world record and won the gold medal in the event with 58.91 seconds.(Xinhua/Wang Dingchang) 
Kosuke Kitajima of Japan celebrates after winning the men's 100m 
breaststroke final at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in the National 
Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube in Beijing, China, Aug. 
11, 2008. Kitajima set a new world record and won the gold medal in 
the event with 58.91 seconds.(Xinhua/Wang Dingchang) 

Kitajima's new record is 0.22 seconds faster than the previous one of 59.13 seconds, held by American rival Brendan Hansen, who finished out of the top three with 59.57 seconds.

Kitajima punched his fist in the air firmly when he was introduced to the spectators, some of whom waving Japanese flags and wearing "National Spirit" and "Victory" strips around their heads.

The defending champion swam out of the world record in the first 50 meters and placed third at the turn, but he overpowered others with a strong charge in the final 50 meters.

"It's perfect," said Kitajima after the race.

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima won the gold medal of men's 100m Breaststroke at the Beijing Olympic Games. (Xinhua Photo)
Japan's Kosuke Kitajima won the gold medal of men's 100m Breaststroke 
at the Beijing Olympic Games. (Xinhua Photo)
Japan's Kosuke Kitajima won the gold medal of men's 100m Breaststroke at the Beijing Olympic Games. (Xinhua Photo)
Japan's Kosuke Kitajima won the gold medal of men's 
100m Breaststroke at the Beijing Olympic Games. 
(Xinhua Photo)


Editor:Yang Lina