Kitajima on the podium in Beijing
Japanese breaststroker Kosuke Kitajima has a very touching list of sympathy messages here on his website
, that shows how close-knit the international swimming community really is. There is a message from Norwegian Alexander Dale Oen, who won silver behind Kitajima at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. From American Jessica Hardy who knows Kitajima personally, Oussama Mellouli from Tunesia, Markus Rogan from Austria who remembers Chernobyl, Dominik Meichtry from Switzerland who has been training with Kitajima, and Roland Schoeman out of South Africa.