|Full name||Tsubasa Kitatsuru|
|Born||26 April 1985|
Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|-||Japan Professional Cycling Union|
|2012||Cyclo Channel Tokyo|
Tsubasa Kitatsuru (北津留 翼, Kitatsuru Tsubasa, born April 26, 1985 in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka) is a Japanese professional track cyclist. He has collected five Asian Championships and two Asian Games medals to his career hardware in men's sprint, and later represented Japan at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Kitatsuru currently races for the Japan Professional Cycling Union.
Emerging as one of Japan's most successful sprinters in track cycling, Kitatsuru sought sporting headlines at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, where he defeated South Korea's Choi Lae-Seon in the decided with a best time of 10.882 seconds, making him the fifth Japanese rider in the Games' history to take home the men's sprint gold.
Kitatsuru qualified for his first Japanese squad, as a 23-year-old, in the men's sprint at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing by receiving one of the team's four available berths based on UCI's selection process from the Track World Rankings. Kitatsuru lost his round-of-sixteen match-up against France's Mickaël Bourgain, and finished second in his repechage heat behind Malaysia's Azizulhasni Awang, thus eliminating him from the tournament.Earlier in the morning session, Kitatsuru grabbed a fourteenth seed with a time of 10.391.
At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, Kitatsuru missed his title defense to settle only for the silver medal in men' sprint, after losing out to host nation China's Zhang Lei on a two-race final match.
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