Ex-Olympic swimming champion Kitajima to wed pop star
More News from Agence France-Presse
TOKYO–Japan’s four-time Olympic swimming champion Kosuke Kitajima has announced his engagement to a 27-year-old pop singer.
Kitajima, 30, said in a statement he had been going out with Chisa for two years and “was able to devote myself to my competitive career because of her support”.
Chisa is the vocalist with the Girl Next Door trio. Her family name has not been publicly disclosed.
In a separate statement on the band’s website Tuesday, Chisa called for her fans’ continuing support and said she would continue her singing career.
Kitajima won gold in the 100 meters and 200m breaststroke at the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He reportedly proposed to his bride-to-be before the London Olympics last summer.
Chisa visited London during the Olympics, where Kitajima failed to defend his titles. He finished fifth in the 100m and fourth in the 200m, but managed to win the silver medal in the 400m medley relay.
Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:
Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94