US’ Hansen gets jump on Kosuke Kitajima in 100m


ATLANTA, Georgia–American Brendan Hansen captured the 100-meter breaststroke Friday at the Winter National Championships beating rival Kosuke Kitajima for the first time since they dueled at the Beijing Olympics. The 30-year-old American captured the event at the swim meet with a time of one minute, 0.31 seconds. Kitajima, who is still working his way to peak form finished well back in fifth in 1:01.18. Marcus Titus was second in 1:00.66. Kitajima and Hansen have gone head-to-head in the pool at the last two Summer Olympics. The Japanese star dominated their contests, sweeping the 100 and 200 breast in both Athens and Beijing.

Hansen had said he was retiring after his Olympic defeats but decided to return this year. Hansen said prior to the Friday’s race that he wanted to break the one minute mark in the breaststroke but just fell short of achieving his goal.