Guy Closes Japan Open With 51.5 100 Fly PB, Watanabe Goes 2:07.7


The third and final day of the Japan Open saw some fast results across the board, including a personal best in the men’s 100 fly from British star James Guy.

Guy has traditionally been known as more of a 200/400 freestyler, seeing as he’s the reigning 200 free world champion, but his butterfly has been coming along and is now world class. He competed in the 100m event at the Olympics last year, making the semi-finals, and has been Britain’s go-to guy on the medley relay the last two years.

This year he has taken the 200 fly more seriously as well, winning it at the British Championships in a best of 1:55.91 and then matched it year in Tokyo on day 1.

After another strong showing on day 2 in the 400 free, it was all Guy in the men’s 100 fly final, touching in a time of 51.50. That swim lowers his best time of 51.52 from the British Championships and holds him at 3rd in the world for the year. Naoki Mizunuma took 2nd, nearly nine tenths back, in 52.38.

Another highlight from day 3 was 200 breaststroke world record holder Ippei Watanabe in action in his signature event. Watanabe clocked a time of 2:07.77 to win by nearly two seconds and solidify his consistency after his wild 2:06.6 in January. Only two other men have broken 2:08 this year, so Watanabe is looking like the man to beat heading into Budapest.

Yasuhiro Koseki, who holds the #2 world ranked time at 2:07.18, took 3rd in the race in 2:09.89, with Ryuya Mura (2:09.63) taking 2nd. Britain’s Ross Murdoch was in action as well, taking 6th (2:11.45).

Kosuke Hagino was active on day 3 swimming both the 200 IM and 100 fly, coming off a tough day 2 double in the 100 free and 400 IM. He had his best showing of the meet in the 200 IM clocking 1:56.30, less than three tenths off his season-best 1:56.01 that ranks him 1st in the world. Daiya Seto and Takeharu Fujimori, who both defeated Hagino in the 400 IM yesterday, took 2nd and 3rd in 1:57.76 and 1:58.74 respectively. Hagino took 4th in the 100 fly in 52.54.

The other two events of the day saw sprint specialists Ben Proud and Junya Koga collect wins. Proud was the lone man to break 22 in the 50 free, coming in for the win in 21.89. Shinri Shioura (22.18) and Katsumi Nakamura (22.19) took 2nd and 3rd.

Koga won his signature 50 back in a time of 25.04, a nice rebound after a rough 100 back yesterday. Junya Hasegawa took 2nd in 25.41, and 3rd went to Masaki Kaneko in 25.68

On the women’s side Rikako Ikee was back in action after an impressive double on day 2, winning the 100 fly in a time of 57.65. Ikee sits 2nd in the world rankings with her 56.89 from Japanese Nationals, and this 57.6 is a solid in-season swim. Great Britain’s Alys Thomas took 2nd in 58.37.

Yui Ohhashi followed up her 400 IM win yesterday with one in the 200 today, pulling away from Great Britain’s Hannah Miley on the last 50 to win in 2:10.66. She was just off her season best time of 2:09.96 which ranks her 3rd in the world. Miley was 2nd in 2:12.06, and Runa Umai was 3rd in 2:12.12.

Australia’s Minna Atherton won the 50 back in 27.80, moving her up from 16th to 9th in the world rankings. GBR’s Georgia Davies took 2nd in 28.08.

Other swims from day 3:

  • In the women’s 50 free Sayuki Ouchi got to the wall for the win in 25.17, followed by Chichiro Igarashi (25.38) and Aya Satou (25.48).
  • Reona Aoki won the women’s 200 breast over Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw, 2:24.32 to 2:25.54.

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OMG!! GBR is trying so hard for the gold in men’s 4x100m medley!!!!
Tom Shields or Conger will be the key for Us to beat GBR. I only see Shields can go faster than Guy about 0.5s. So if a British male Backstroker can go 52 high or 53 low, they will win because Peaty will destroy everyone with a huge margin (1.75s at least)

Captain Awesome

Well currently we have a backstroker who’s struggling to go 54 low so I think you’re fairly safe there. At the moment the improvements by Scott and Guy in the free and fly are just trying to counter how far back CWH is going.


I don’t see Adrian can outspit Scott about 1s again this year!!!! :))
So it depends on Shields. If Shields goes 50.59 again (like he did in Kazan) and takes Adrian back to the first position, Adrian can have enough clear water to take gold. If not, maybe Adrian needs a McEvoy-46.6 flat to win




Adrian’s been 46.60 before (2013 world champs, medley relay), and he seems to be in at least as good of shape right now, so that’s not really too crazy of a possibility.


And i can’t see Peaty have a 56-high in his mind. So if it is true, he will go 56 very low in the replay or a crazy 55 flat. A 55 flat will destroy everyone or everyteam!!!!!!


And I can see Peaty has a 56-high in his mind. So if it is true, he will go 56-very low in the replay or a crazy 55 flat. A 55 flat will destroy everyone and everyteam!!!!


Guy and Scott are faster this year but don’t you think that Dressel and the top US breakstroker at Trials could be much faster than last year ? Improvement is not reserved to Chinese or Brit swimmers…


Top US breaststroker…


Indeed, neither are drop offs, especially in post Olympic years. We’ve seen GB/China likely to improve a little – Which isn’t the norm the year after an Olympics. We’ll see what US muster.


Prediction for the replays at WC:
Men’s 4x100m free: 1. USA 2. AUS 3. ITA or BRA
Men’s 4x200m free: 1. GBR 2. USA 3. Japan
Men’s 4x100m medley: 1. USA 2.GBR 3. CHNo
Women’s 4x100m free: 1. AUS 2. USA. 3. CAN/NED
Women’s 4x200m free: 1. CHN. 2. USA 3. Japan
Women’s 4x100m medley: 1. USA 2. CHN. 3. AUS
Mixed 4x100m free: 1. AUS 2. USA 3. ITA
Mixed 4x100m medley: 1. USA. 2.GBR. 3.CHN


Japan third in the women’s 4×200 free? Considering the swimmers selected, I don’t think that Japan will be swimming the 4×200 free in Budapest..(only Ikee and Igarashi selected among the 200 freers)


W4x100 free AUS w/o C1 and not even a minor medal in 200?


Interesting, we have opposite predictions for the men’s relays. I can’t see the U.S. losing in the men’s 4×200. Both 4×100 relays are gonna be close for the men and I wouldn’t be surprised if the U.S. didn’t win, but even though GB looks good in the 4×200 I still don’t think they’ve got enough to beat the Americans.


Predictions for team USA at WC
Gold medal chances:
Men’s event: 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 back, 400IM, 3 replays. 5-6 golds are best bet
Women’s event: 200 – 400 -800 -1500 free, 50/100 breast, 3 replays and 6 golds are best bet
Plus gold in 1 of 2 mixed replay
So 13 golds in swimming is very likely!!

Yabo squad

Idk I think we should wait until trials to really make predictions. You could pontentially add the 200br or maybe the 200 fr if the college guys really step up but well see.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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