2021 Japanese Olympic Trials Day 6 Finals Live Recap

2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)

WOMEN’S 100 FREE – FINAL

JPN National Record – 52.79, Rikako Ikee 2018
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 53.31

GOLD – Rikako Ikee, 53.98
SILVER – Natsumi Sakai, 54.32
BRONZE – Chihiro Igarashi, 54.33

In another display of determination and mental fortitude, 20-year-old leukemia survivor Rikako Ikee took her second title at these Olympic Trials, adding the 100m free to her 100m fly gold from earlier in the meet.

Clocking a time of 53.98, Ikee represented the only swimmer of this 1free field to get under 54 seconds. Although she was off the 53.31 individual Olympic qualifying standard set forth by the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF), Ikee has proven once again that she is a fighter, making her 2nd relay squad.

Along with runner-up Natsumi Sakai (54.32), bronze medalist Chihiro Igarashi (54.33), and 4th place finisher Rika Omoto (54.36), all 4 women combined to earn a collective 400m free relay mark of 3:36.99. That dips under the JASF-mandated relay minimum mark of 3:37.68.

Ikee still has the 50m free individual race yet to swim here at this meet.

MEN’S 200 BACK – FINAL

JPN National Record – 1:52.51, Ryosuke Irie 2009
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:57.26

GOLD – Ryosuke Irie, 1:55.52 Olympic Qualifying
SILVER – Keita Sunama, 1:56.22 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Masato Sakai, 1:57.20*

Backstroke master Ryosuke Irie has successfully qualified for his 4th Olympic Games as the 31-year-old clinched the 200m backstroke title here in a time of 1:55.52.

Splitting 56.18/59.34, the national record holder easily cleared the JASF-dictated time standard of 1:57.26 needed to represent the nation at a home-based Games. The man who owns a lifetime best of 1:52.51 beat the next-closest swimmer, Keita Sunamaby over half a second, although Sunama, too, earned an Olympic berth with a time of 1:56.22.

Irie remains as the world’s #2 swimmer this season behind China’s Xu Jiayu, with tonight’s effort shaving .03 off of Irie’s previous season-best of 1:55.55 from December.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Back

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1:53.23
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Larkin
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5Ryosuke
Irie
JPN1:55.5204/08
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Of note, 200m fly silver medalist from the 2016 Olympic Games, Masato Sakai, rounded out the top 3 in this 2back race, hitting 1:57.20.

WOMEN’S 200 BREAST – FINAL

JPN National Record – 2:19.65, Rie Kaneto 2016
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 2:24.18

GOLD – Kanako Watanabe, 2:23.04 Olympic Qualifying
SILVER – Reona Aoki, 2:25.04
BRONZE – Nana Sogabe, 2:25.07

Just one woman was able to make it under the 2:24.18 Olympic QT in Kanako Watanabe. Watanabe led the packed field down the stretch to ultimately get to the wall in 2:23.04, winning the race by exactly 2 seconds.

Opening in 1:09.16 and closing in 1:03.88, Watanabe’s 2:23.04 bumps the 24-year-old to now rank 5th in the world this season. Although she’s been as fast as 2:20.90 in her career from 2015, Watanabe’s time here was nearly exactly what she put up in Jakarta to take gold at the 2018 Asian Games. There she was 2:23.05.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Breast

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MEN’S 200 IM – FINAL

JPN National Record – 1:55.07, Kosuke Hagino 2016
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 1:57.98

GOLD – Daiya Seto, 1:57.41 *Pre-Qualified Already
SILVER – Kosuke Hagino, 1:57.43 Olympic Qualifying
BRONZE – Syuya Matsumoto, 1:58.84

Going all-in on the men’s 200m IM paid off for multi-Olympic medalist Kosuke Hagino, as the 26-year-old sealed his Olympic berth by finishing just .02 behind already-qualified Daiya Seto.

By way of claiming gold in the 200m IM and 400m IM at the 2019 FINA World Championships, Seto pre-qualified for the Japanese roster in those events, putting extra pressure on the remaining competitors here in Tokyo to fight for the one remaining spot.

Hagino was originally entered in the 400m IM and 200m back here at these Trials after already having clinched his Olympic berth as a member of the men’s 200m free. Instead, he dropped those races to focus solely on this 200m IM and, although the time was not exactly spectacular by his standards, the Bridgestone swimmer got the job done to qualify.

 

MEN’S 100 FLY – SEMI-FINAL

JPN National Record – 51.00, Kohei Kawamoto 2009
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 51.70

The men’s 100m fly prelim this morning saw a remarkable twelve men separated by just one second, giving a testament to how deep this field is and how down-to-the-wire we expect tomorrow night’s final to be.

Getting to that round will be Takeshi Kawamoto, the 26-year-old on-fire ISL swimmer who just tied the long-standing Japanese national record in this 1fly event. Splitting 23.55/27.45, Kawamoto got his hand on the wall in a massive 51.00, matching what Kohei Kawamoto put up in the supersuit era.

Kawamoto had been close to that record before, owning a lifetime best of 51.11 from September of 2019. Look for a follow-up post with more details on Kawamoto’s record.

Also already getting under the JASF-dictated Olympic qualifying time was 2nd seeded swimmer Naoki Mizunuma. Mizunuma posted a mark of 51.35 to come within .01 of his own lifetime best of 51.34 from just this past February.

Others in the mix include Katsuo Matsumoto, the man who already nailed a new 200m free national record here, as well as Shinnosuke Ishikawa.

Top 8:

  1. Takeshi Kawamoto, 51.00 *National Record
  2. Naoki Mizunuma, 51.35
  3. Katsuo Matsumoto, 51.92
  4. Shinnosuke Ishikawa, 51.97
  5. Yuya Tanaka, 52.07
  6. Yuki Kobori, 52.15
  7. Kota Akahane, 52.22
  8. Takaya Yasue, 52.43

 

WOMEN’S 200 BACK – SEMI-FINAL

JPN National Record – 2:07.13, Reiko Nakamura 2008
JPN Olympic Qualifying Time – 2:09.40

The women will have their work cut out for them in the 200m back if anyone wants to punch a ticket to Tokyo in what has been a weak discipline for this side of Japan’s swimming house the past couple of years.

2:09.40 is the time they’ll need to beat tomorrow, with Anna Konishi charging into lane 4 to try the feat on for size. Konishi clocked 2:11.58, while Marina Kobayashi and Akase Akaya will flank her with respective semifinal swims of 2:12.02 and 2:12.82, respectively.

Top 8:

  1. Anna Konishi, 2:11.58
  2. Marina Kobayashi, 2:12.02
  3. Akase Ayaka, 2:12.82
  4. Mataki Kanto, 2:13.07
  5. Nana Morita, 2:14.14
  6. Natsumi Sakai, 2:14.17
  7. Rumi Ishida, 2:14.36
  8. Maho Sekiguchi, 2:14.39

											
										

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Landen
2 months ago

Irie has to be the most consistent swimmer that I’ve ever seen. The number of times that I’ve seen this man hit 1:55 is astounding. Also shout out to Sakai for getting top 3 after subpar performance in the fly.

Landen
2 months ago

My god that Hagino/Seto race was close. So glad hagino made that insane qualifying time cut; really rooting hard for him to win this year after his battle with depression.

Swammer
2 months ago

Way to go Rikako!!

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