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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Yasunari Hirai Get Gold In Coolangatta

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

When Yasunari Hirai was a young 10-year-old age group swimmer in Japan, he watched Michael Klim of Australia win Olympic gold medals and set world records. "He was a hero of mine, especially while watching the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Today I was able to meet him and talk with him. What a motivation and an opportunity, meeting someone like Michael who I felt that I knew from so long ago

Hirai handily won today's Cooly Classic 2.0 Ocean Swim in 20:55 as part of the Milk & Co. Queensland Ocean Swim Series.

Cooly Classic 2.0 Top 25 Results:
1. Yasunari Hirai 20:55.2
2. Bailey Armstrong 21:12.6
3. Troy Balvert 21:17.3
4. Dylan Mason 21:37.1
5. Hayden Cotter 21:46.1
6. Marcus Hall 21:52.1
7. Ben Jimmieson 22:51.0
8. Matthew Avery 23:05.4
9. Duane Cannell 23:11.9
10. Sarah Thompson 23:15.0 [first woman]
11. Jackson Van Der Zant 23:15.4
12. Jackson Chapman 23:24.8
13. Frazer Carsley 23:44.1
14. Campbell Oram 23:49.3
15. Codie Grimsey 23:53.2
16. Casey Flouch 23:56.4
17. Courtney Atkinson 24:03.9
18. Taylor Ceeil 24:18.1
19. Ian Spence 24:26.4
20. Ryan Duell 25:09.4
21. Hudson Frigo 25:16.8
22. Chloe Butt 25:26.5 [second woman]
23. Sarah Windsor 25:27.5 [third woman]
24. Madiysn Armstrong 25:36.1 [fourth woman]
25. Michael Miller 25:48.5

On Facebook, Hirai said in Japanese in detail: 今日は優勝できました!めちゃくちゃ嬉しいです。ゴールドコーストで名前をしっかり売れました。ヤスナリヒライを20回くらいマイクで言ってもらえて気持ちかったです!この試合のメインスポンサーはイアンソープ選手らと2000年代にオーストラリア代表の黄金時代を築いた1人、オリンピック金メダリスト•マイケルクリム氏が経営する会社で、初めて会って話せて、しかも僕を覚えてもらえて、友達にもなれました^^ 小学生4、5年生の頃、テレビで見ていた選手。遠い遠い人だった存在とこうして会えるって、すげえ良いなって思えました。憧れを憧れで終わらせちゃだめですね。追いついて超そうっていう気持ちにならないと。やっぱり、自分を評価してくれる国で活躍する事で本当チャンスと未知なる可能性を掴めそうです。僕も彼のように選手として結果を残して起業家になれるようにします。

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