Japanese gold medalists at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. First set of newly introduced series released

Japanese gold medalists at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio. First set of newly introduced series released
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StampNews.com is glad to inform all sport and philately enthusiast that Japan Post Co. Introduced a new series of stamps to honor all Japanese gold medalists at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The first set of stamps was issued to mark Kosuke Hagino’s victory in the 400-meter individual medley race on Aug. 6, the first day of the swimming competition.

Kosuke Hagino is a Japanese competition swimmer who specializes in the individual medley and 200 m freestyle. He is a four-time Olympic medalist, most notably winning gold in the 400 m individual medley at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Hagino currently holds the Asian Records in the 200 m and 400 m individual medley (long course) as well as the 100 m and 200 m individual medley (short course). With team Japan, he also holds the Asian Records for the 4×100 m freestyle relay and the 4×100 m medley relay.

A total of 1,000 sheets of commemorative stamps went on sale at Tokyo Central Post Office on Aug. 8. A sheet of five 82-yen stamps is priced at 1,400 yen ($13.73), including tax.

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