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Japanese Olympic Swimmer Irie Retires

Japanese Olympic Swimmer Irie Retires

   Tokyo, April 3 (Jiji Press)--Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie, who won three medals at the 2012 London Olympics, announced his retirement Wednesday at a press conference in Tokyo.
   The 34-year-old, who appeared in four consecutive Olympic Games in the men's backstroke category, had been active on the international stage since 2006. The native of Osaka Prefecture in western Japan had excellent balance and flexible shoulders, which allowed him to swim backstroke with a plastic bottle on his forehead.
   At the London Games, Irie won silver in the 200-meter backstroke and 400-meter medley relay, and won bronze in the 100-meter backstroke.
   He holds the Japanese records for the 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke.
   The swimmer has been plagued by injuries in recent years. He was unable to clinch a spot for the 2024 Paris Olympics at a selection event last month, failing to meet the qualifying standard when finishing second in the 100-meters backstroke, and missing out in the 200-meter race as well.

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