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Jiro Miki (三木 二郎, Miki Jiro, born May 31, 1983) is a Japanese former swimmer, who specialized in individual medley events.[1] He is a two-time Olympian (2000 and 2004), a double Olympic finalist in both 200 and 400 m individual medley, and a silver medalist at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea.

Jiro Miki
Personal information
Full nameJiro Miki
National team Japan
Born (1983-05-31) 31 May 1983 (age 36)
Ōtsu, Shiga, Japan
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesIndividual medley

Miki made his first Japanese team, as a 17-year-old teen, at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He failed to reach the top 8 final of the 200 m individual medley, finishing his semifinal run with a slowest time of 2:03.90.[2]

At the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea, Miki touched out China's Ouyang Kunpeng to earn a silver medal in the men's 200 m individual medley (2:02.07), giving Japan its straight 1–2 finish.[3][4]

Miki extended his swimming program at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, competing in two medley events. He achieved FINA A-standards of 1:59.99 (200 m individual medley) and 4:14.79 (400 m individual medley) from the Olympic trials in Tokyo.[5][6] On the first day of the Games, Miki placed seventh in the 400 m individual medley with a time of 4:19.97, edging out Australia's Travis Nederpelt by 0.11 seconds.[7][8] Five days later, in the 200 m individual medley, Miki rounded out the top 8 final to last place in 2:02.16, five seconds behind winner, U.S. swimmer, and eventual Olympic record holder Michael Phelps.[9][10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jiro Miki". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Individual Medley Semifinal 1" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. pp. 305–306. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Japan Takes Four of Five Events on Day One of Asian Games". Swimming World Magazine. 30 September 2002. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  4. ^ "Japan crush China on first day of Asiad swimming". Daily Times (Pakistan). 1 October 2002. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  5. ^ Mochizuki, Hideki (20 April 2004). "Japanese Olympic Trials, Day One: Miki Smashes Asian Record in 400 IM; Yamada Nips Shibata to Take a Fast 400 Free". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Morita, Miki set National Records as Japanese Olympic Trials End". Swimming World Magazine. 26 April 2004. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Men's 400m Individual Medley Final". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 14 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  8. ^ Thomas, Stephen (14 August 2004). "New World Record as Michael "the Machine" Lowers 'his' 400 IM Yet Again! Vendt takes Silver, as USA Goes 1–2". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 May 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  9. ^ "Men's 200m Individual Medley Final". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 19 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Phelps wins 4th gold at Athens Olympics". Xinhua News Agency. People's Daily. 20 August 2004. Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  11. ^ Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Men's 200 Individual Medley, Day 5 Prelims: Laszlo Cseh Clocks Swift 1:59.50, Leads Michael Phelps into Semis". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.

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