2016 Japanese Olympic Trials Day 3 Prelims Live Recap



  • Japanese National Record – 58.70, Aya Terakawa (2013)
  • JPN Olympic Standard – 59.85

The women kicked off their prelims session with a lackluster showing in the 100m backstroke this morning, highlighted primarily by Miyuki Takemura‘s top seed of 1:00.68. Only one other swimmer followed suit with the 1:00 theme in the form of Natsumi Sakai (1:00.81), while the remaining athletes all fell above the minute mark.

Japanese women have been in a slight backstroking drought as of late, signified by the fact that their highest finisher at the 2015 FINA World Championships, Sayaka Akase, only reached 29th place in a mark of 1:01.62. In today’s morning session, Akase settled on the 9th position in her time of 1:01.75

Top 8:

  1. Takemura, 1:00.68
  2. Sakai, 1:00.81
  3. Moronuki, 1:01.07
  4. Konishi, 1:01.33
  5. Sakai, 1:01.45
  6. Kawayoke, 1:01.57
  7. Takahashi, 1:01.62
  8. Takaba, 1:01.71


  • Japanese National Record – 2:04.69, Natsumi Hoshi (2015)
  • JPN Olympic Standard – 2:07.82

The field is tightly packed with no swimmer truly breaking out from the field in the morning. Nao Kobayashi, who was a ‘DNS’ in the event at this same meet last year, clocked the only sub-2:11 mark of the AM swim, leading the flyers with a mark of 2:10.58 to claim the pole position for tonight’s semi-final. She’ll be joined by 15-year-old Suzuka Hasegawa, who earned a time of 2:11.27 for the 2nd seed.

Lurking in the 3rd position is the reigning 200m butterfly World Champion, Natsumi Hoshi, who touched the wall in a time of 2:11.53. That swim was a walk in the park for the 25-year-old, as she already owns the world’s 3rd-fastest time of the season with the 2:06.56 she registered at February’s Konami Open. Her gold medal-winning time of 2:05.56 from Kazan is also a testimony to how fast Hoshi can move when a big reward is on the line.

Top 8:

  1. Kobayashi, 2:10.58
  2. Hasegawa, 2:11.27
  3. Hoshi, 2:11.53
  4. Imu, 2:11.70
  5. Ohtsuka, 2:11.89
  6. Itou, 2:12.01
  7. Hirano, 2:12.28
  8. Nara, 2:12.29


  • Japanese National Record – 2:08.45, Kanako Watanabe (2015)
  • JPN Olympic Standard – 2:11.03

Last year’s winner in the event, Rika Oomoto, found herself as the 4th seed after this morning’s swim, finishing in a modest 2:14.02. Sitting ahead of the 18-year-old is Miho Teramura, who secured the top seed with her morning mark of 2:12.51. That result sits just outside the world’s top 10, but puts Teramura ahead of two aces in Sakiko Shimizu and Kanako Watanabe.

For her part, Shimizu holds the world’s 5th-fastest time in the event this season from her outing at the Konami Open in February. At that meet, Shimizu rocked a time of 2:10.51 to take the meet title and position herself in the upper echelon of IMers around the world.  That performance was swifter than what she produced in Kazan, where Shimizu settled for a 10th place finish overall in 2:11.03.

Watanabe holds the globe’s 11th-swiftest mark of the season with the 2:11.92 she clocked at the New South Wales State Championships in Australia last month. Watanabe found herself as the silver medalist in the event his past summer in Kazan, earning a time of 2:08.45 to finish behind Hungary’s Iron Lady, Katinka Hosszu, who won gold.

Top 8:

  1. Teramura, 2:12.51
  2. Shimizu, 2:13.35
  3. Watanabe, 2:13.61
  4. Oomoto, 2:14.02
  5. Takahashi, 2:14.05
  6. Makino, 2:14.65
  7. Ohhashi, 2:14.66
  8. Imai, 2:14.98

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I believe Hoshi’s record is from 2012, not 2015.

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