The 32-year-old retires with a list of career accomplishments, including four individual titles - and 12 total medals - at the World Aquatics Championships, along with recording 38 wins and 61 podium finishes on the World Aquatics Artistic Swimming World Cup/World Series circuit.  

Trained by renowned coach Masayo Imura for many years, Inui competed at three consecutive Olympics starting from the London 2012 Games. Inui had her greatest Games-time success in Rio 2016 where she earned bronze in both duet and team events.

Image Source: Yukiko Inui and coach react to her winning scores in the women's free solo finals at the World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 2023 (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

“I started artistic swimming in the first grade of elementary school, and from the sixth grade, I have been coached at a club run by Masayo Imura, who has nurtured many famous athletes,” the Omihachiman native said.

Inui became a soloist after that, winning the solo technical and free events at the World Aquatics Championships - Budapest 2022.


With the Japanese city of Fukuoka hosting the next edition of the Worlds in 2023, Inui was one of the most recognisable athletes of the championships. Much to the home crowd's delight, Inui defended both the artistic swimming titles in her home pool.