Live recap of day 4 of the 2021 Japanese Olympic trials

Live recap of day 4 of the 2021 Japanese Olympic trials

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Record national JPN – 1: 54,85, Rikako Ikee 2018
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 1: 56.82

OR – Chihiro Igarashi, 1: 57,47
SILVER – Rio Shirai, 1: 58.37
BRONZE – Aoi Masuda, 1: 58,86

Chihiro Igarashi won first prize in the evening’s first event, the women’s 200m freestyle. Igarashi clocked a time of 1: 57.47 for the only result under 1:58, his time falling to just 0.37 of his life record.

However, the time standard prescribed by the Japan Swimming Federation (JASF) for individual qualification in this event at the Olympics is 1: 56.82. As such, no Japanese woman has qualified for a home Games in this event.

Relay level, finalist Rio Shirai, 3e place Aoi Masuda and swimmer 4th place Nagisa IkemotoTonight’s times all add up to 7: 53.88, missing the Olympic qualifying time of 7: 52.50 set by the JASF. Strictly following the selection policy would mean there would be no relay in the women’s 800 freestyle from Japan at the home Games.


Record national JPN – 1: 52,53, Daiya Seto 2020
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 1: 56.25

GOLD – Tomoru Honda, 1: 54.88, Olympic qualifying
SILVER – Daiya Seto, 1: 55.20 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Teppei Morimoto, 1: 55,82 *

As if yesterday’s men’s 200m flying semi-final weren’t mind-boggling enough, with 6 men clocking 1: 56.3 or better, tonight’s showdown was an exciting battle until the end of the day. very end.

Double from start to finish in the quest to qualify for the Olympic Games, Tomoru Honda and Daiya Seto dodged it from the start, with Honda ultimately winning gold.

Seto started quickly with a 100m opening of 54.59 versus 54.89 for Honda, but Honda gained momentum in the back half to take the lead and score their second time under the barrier of 1: 55. Entering this competition, Honda’s personal best rested at the 1: 55.31 which he produced at the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships. This earned him the silver medal there in Budapest. behind winner Luca Urlando of the United States, while last night his 1: 54.93 was his first foray under 1:55.

For Seto, the national record holder from this event held his own to earn an Olympic spot here, adding this 2fly to his already solidified roster in the 200m and 400m IM.

A remarkable 4-man was below the 1:56 mark in tonight’s final.


Record national JPN – 2: 07.91, Yui Ohashi 2017
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 2: 10.49

OR – Miho Teramura, 2: 09.55 Olympic Qualifying
SILVER – Yui Ohashi, 2: 09.67 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Rika Omoto 2: 09.85 *

26 years Miho Teramura achieved the fastest 200m IM of his life to upset the national record holder Yui Ohashi and qualify for the Olympics.

After winning the third seed in last night’s semi-final in a relaxed time of 2: 12.42, Teramura turned it on to pull off an effort of 2: 09.55, losing 0.31 by compared to his previous career the fastest in the process. With her efforts tonight, she remains Japan’s 4th fastest ever.

For Ohashi, the IM 400m winner here has already said that she is not happy with her time of 4: 35.14 in this event and that she probably will not be happy with this outing either given that ‘she is the fastest woman in Japan at a PB of 2: 07.91. . She has already been faster this season, clocking 2: 09.59 from February. In fact, Ohashi narrowly snuck into 2nd place, skimmed off by tonight’s bronze medalist Rika Omoto by only 0.18.

All 3 women achieved the JASF-required QT of 2: 10.49 for Tokyo, so Omoto is out at the moment unless Teramura or Ohashi make it onto their roster, which is highly unlikely.

Teramura’s time puts her as the No. 3 swimmer in the world this season.

2 Abbie
GBR 2: 09,38 14/02
3 Yui
JPN 2: 09.59 02/06
4 Bailey
CAN 2: 09,99 28/03
5 Miho
JPN 2: 10.08 24/01

See the top 26 »


Record national JPN – 15: 58,55, Ai Shibata 2007
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 16: 02.75

OR – Yukimi Moriyama, 16: 17,60
ARGENT – Chinatsu Sato, 16: 20.02
BRONZE – Niko Aoki, 16: 23.02

Unfortunately for the Japanese nation, the top two finishers in the women’s 1500m freestyle failed to secure an Olympic qualifying time tonight in the final.

To take gold was Yukimi Moriyama, scoring 16: 1760 while Chinatsu Sato was less than 3 seconds behind in 16: 20.02. The JASF mandated QT is 16: 02.75 so that women have a way to go to enter territory that the federation considers likely to win a medal.


Record national JPN – 47,87, Katsumi Nakamura, 2018
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 48.33

Top 8:

  1. Katsumi Nakamura, 48,64
  2. Katsuhiro Matsumoto, 48,81
  3. Akira number, 48.98
  4. Kaiya Seki, 49,02
  5. Kosuke Matsui, 49,04
  6. Juran Mizohata, 49.10
  7. Shinri Shioura, 49,19
  8. Keisuke Ishizaki, 49,39

The winner of the men’s 200m freestyle here, Katsuhiro Matsumoto, clocked 48.81 in the 100m freestyle to hold the national record Katsumi Nakamura less than 0.2. The pair teamed up with the 3rd seed Akira number to create a trio of outings in less than 49 seconds before tomorrow night’s final. They’ll need all the speed they can muster to beat JASF’s 48.33 QT.

Nakamura’s best of the season at 48.34 gives us a good sign that he will be able to break below the threshold, but it remains to be seen if he will be at his level of 47.87 PB.

Sneaking into the final as the 7th favorite swimmer is the former national record holder in this event, Shinri Shioura. He stopped the clock tonight in 49.19.


Record national JPN – 2: 04,69, Natsumi Hoshi 2012
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 2: 08.43

Top 8:

  1. Suzuka Hasegawa, 2: 08,84
  2. Kina Hayashi, 2: 09.80
  3. Hiroko Makino, 2: 09.84
  4. Yasuki Fujimoto, 2: 09.88
  5. Kotomi Yamagishi, 2: 10.09
  6. Chiho Mizuguchi, 2: 10.20
  7. Karin Uchida, 2: 10.29
  8. Miyu Nakano, 2: 10,33

The women’s 200m butterfly may look like a tight field based on tonight’s semi-final, but the race is essentially Suzuka HasegawaIt is to lose. She owns a season record of 2: 07.82 and is Japan’s second best performer with a lifetime record of 2: 06.29. Hasegawa, seeded in 2: 08.84 tonight, is less than half a second behind the JASF QT of 2: 08.43.

However, there will still be a big race for 2nd place, with the former national champion Hiroko Makino hiding like the 3rd seed behind Kina Hayashi.

A dark horse might emerge in the form of Yasuki Fujimoto, currently ranked 4th with a night swim of 2: 09.88. Fujimoto is only 16 years old and has recorded the fastest swim of his life. Entering this competition, his PB was 2: 10.28 recorded at the national championships in February.


Record national JPN – 2: 06,67, Ippei Watanabe 2017
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 2: 08.28

Top 8:

  1. Ryuya Mura, 2: 08.08
  2. Ippei Watanabe, 2: 08.14
  3. Shoma Sato, 2: 09.18
  4. Yamato Fukasawa, 2: 09.47
  5. Hayato Yamao, 2: 09.71
  6. Yu Hanaguruma, 2: 09.85
  7. Kaede Hirakawa, 2: 09.94
  8. Takaaki Okawa, 2: 10.21

While all eyes are on the national rivals of Ippei Watanabe and Shoma Sato in this men’s 200m breaststroke, it was Ryuya Mura who quietly put his hat on in the ring for a possible Olympic place in this event.

The 24-year-old has just set the best time of his career with his seed of 2: 08.08 cutting 0.07 out of the 2: 08.15 he achieved last December.

Watanabe and Sato were stable tonight in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Watanabe’s 2: 08.14 already dipped below the JASF QT of 2: 0828, while Sato seemed to experience an extremely fast first half before stopping him on the 2: 09.18 clock. Sato’s opening 100m was clocked in 1: 00.88, the fastest in the field by around half a second.

We noted how the 2016 Olympic finalist Yasuhiro Koseki dropped the preliminaries of this event this morning. You can read more about its questionable continuation here.

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