2021 Japanese Olympic Trials Day 2: Roster Snags 2 400 Free Qualifiers


With the majority of tonight’s races falling into the semi-final column at the 2021 Japanese Olympic Trials, we saw just two swimmers get added to the nation’s roster in individual events for a home-based Games.

The women’s 400m free saw a battle to the very last fingernail, as top finishers Waka Kobori and Miyu Namba got to the wall only .02 apart. Kobori’s 4:06.34 and Namba’s 4:06.36 both got under the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF)-dictated Olympic qualifying standard of 4:07.10, meaning they are both booked for Tokyo.

In other events, Rikako Ikee achieved an incredible feat to win the women’s 100m fly and qualify for the Olympics as a member of Japan’s medley relay.

Although Shoma Sato hit the minimum time standard in the men’s 100m breast in last night’s prelims, the 19-year-old was slightly slower today, missing the individual cut. He did make the grade for the medley relay, however.

Unofficial Japanese Olympic Roster:

Yuki Ikari – men’s 400m IM

Yui Ohashi – women’s 400m IM

Daiya Seto – men’s 200m IM/400m IM (officially pre-qualified)

Ageha Tanigawa – women’s 400m IM

Waka Kobori – women’s 400m free

Miyu Namba – women’s 400m free

Rikako Ikee – women’s medley relay (fly)

Shoma Sato – men’s medley relay (breast)

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