Ippei Watanabe Breaks World Junior Record In 200m Breaststroke At Japan Open

Japanese swimmer Ippei Watanabe set a new World Junior Record in the finals of the 200m breaststroke at the Japan Open with a time of 2:09.75.

Watanabe was just under his own record at the touch, bettering the 2:09.89 mark that he swam in April at the Japanese nationals.

This record for Watanabe marks his absolute dominance over the mark for a year. Last year, at the Japan Open as well, Watanabe swam a time of 2:10.23 to set the junior record.

Born in 1997, Watanbe still has some time to improve his record over the course of his career. He’s been improving fairly consistently, and is one of the top candidates to make the team in the 200m breaststroke next year heading into the 2016 Olympic Games.

Currently, he’s ranked 11th in the world behind three Japanese swimmers; demonstrating the absolute depth that the Japanese have in the breaststroke events.

In the race he finished second overall to Kazuki Kohinata. Kohinata was out to a big lead at the 100, but Watanabe managed to slice a big chunk off it with 50 to go. They were almost dead even on the final 50, however Kohinata cruised into a close victory with a time of 2:09.51. That time ranks him eighth in the world this season.

2014-2015 LCM Men 200 Breast

MarcoGER
KOCH
08/07
2.07.76
2Yasuhiro
KOSEKI
JPN2.07.7704/11
3Kevin
CORDES
USA2.08.0508/07
4Daniel
GYURTA
HUN2.08.1008/07
5Adam
PEATY
GBR2.08.3404/14
6Andrew
WILLIS
GBR2.08.5208/07
7Nicholas
FINK
USA2.08.8908/15
8Ross
MURDOCH
GBR2.08.9004/14
8Joshua
PRENOT
USA2.08.9007/07
10Ilya
KHOMENKO
RUS2.08.9604/19
11Kazuki
KOHINATA
JPN2.09.0807/07
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To see the men’s 200m breaststroke results, click here.

To see all the World Junior Records, click here.

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Danjohnrob

Given that they’re both breaststrokers, am I correct in assuming Kanako and Ippei are sister and brother? I think Watanabe is a fairly common name in Japan.

carl

They are not related. Yes Watanabe is fairly common surname in Japan.

Danjohnrob

Thank you for that information, Carl!

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