Atkinson’s Breakthrough Highlights Day 2 Of FINA World Cup – Tokyo


Day 2 of the 2016 FINA World Cup stop in Tokyo saw 3 more records fall courtesy of Jaimaica’s Alia Atkinson and Japan’s Rikako Ikee.

After narrowing in on the 50 breast World Record last week, Atkinson finally had a breakthrough in today’s race. She won the race in 28.64, taking down the previous World Record of 28.80 set by Jessica Hardy in 2009.

Host country Japan saw junior standout Ikee throw down for another 2 Junior World Records after setting the 100 fly Junior World Record on day 1. This time, she set the records with her 25.73 in the 50 fly and 58.24 in the 100 IM, picking up silver in both races.

Katinka Hosszu picked up 4 golds for the day, winning the 100 IM (57.47), 400 IM (4:28.46), 200 fly (2:03.92), and 100 back. She was also the silver medalist in the 100 free and 400 free. Though she finished 2nd in the 400 free, Hungary still took the gold as her teammate Boglarka Kapas posted a sub-4:00 to win the race in 3:59.15.

On the men’s side, Russia’s Vlad Morozov narrowly missed the World Cup record in the 50 free. His winning time of 20.73 was just .16 shy of Roland Schoeman’s World Cup Record of 20.57 set back in 2009. Morozov also won the 100 breast earlier in the session with his 56.80.

Australia’s Kyle Chalmers established himself as the back-to-back 200 freestyle champ, winning again with his 1:42.42.

Additional Event Winners

  • Jeanette Ottesen was a double event winner on the women’s side, taking the 100 free in 51.94 and the 50 fly in 25.05.
  • World Record holder Chad Le Clos won the 100 fly, clearing 50 seconds with his 49.45.
  • After setting the World Cup Record last week, Mykhailo Romanchuk won the 1500 free again today with a 14:26.39.
  • Host country Japan saw 4 of their swimmers win individual events today: Masaki Keneko (200 back, 1:49.89), Rie Kaneto (200 breast, 2:16.75), Junya Koga (50 back, 23.17), and Daiya Seto (1:52.48).

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6 years ago

Congrats to all the record breakers and all the medalists. Continue to strive to be best you

6 years ago

Chalmers , awesome mate.

6 years ago

Chalmers , way to go mate

Tom from Chicago
6 years ago

Any time a drug cheat’s name is erased from the record books, it is good. Go Alia. Congrats.

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