Veteran Japanese swimmer Rie Kaneto just surpassed her own Japanese National Record to become the first woman ever from her nation to clock a mark under 2:20.00 in the 200m breaststroke event.
While competing at the Japanese Olympic Trials in Tokyo tonight, Kaneto clocked a monster 2:19.65 to win gold and punch her ticket to Rio in the event. Kaneto is now comfortably out front of the world rankings as the only sub-2:20 swimmer on the planet right now, a nice place to be less than 130 days out from the Games’ Opening Ceremony.
Kaneto has been on a tear recently, as it was just this past January she rocked a brand new All Comers Record, as well as a shiny new Japanese National Record in the women’s 200m breaststroke while competing at the 2016 Aquatic Super Series in Perth.
At 27 years old, Kaneto threw down a personal best time of 2:20.04 to overtake the previous All Comers mark of 2:20.54, as well as her own National Record at the time of 2:20.72 – a time she set back in 2009.
A comparison of her 2 most recent National Records:
Previous – 1:08.55/1:11.49 = 2:20.04
Today, April 9th – 1:07.93/1:11.72 = 2:19.65
Kaneto remains as the 5th-fastest performer of all time in the event, but, at 27 years old, just improved up on her ranked time, slowly inching up on the historic list.
Women’s Top 5 Performers in 200 Breast:
Rikke Pedersen (DEN) – 2:19.11, 2013
Yulia Efimova (RUS) – 2:19.41, 2013
Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:19.59, 2012
Viktoria Gunes (TUR) – 2:19.64, 2015
Rie Kaneto (JPN) – 2:19.65, 2016