2021 JAPAN OPEN
- Thursday, June 3rd – Sunday, June 6th
- Chiba International Swimming Centre
- Prelims at 10 am local/Finals at 4:30 pm local
- LCM (50m)
- Non-Olympic Qualifier
- Day 1 Recap
- Live Results
Although both Daiya Seto and Kosuke Hagino were in the water on day 2 of the 2021 Japan Open, neither man made it to the 200m freestyle final tonight at Chiba International Swimming Centre. The former hit a prelims time of 1:49.80 for 9th while the latter posted 1;50.10 for 13th at this non-selection meet.
That gave World Championships silver medalist Katsuo Matsumoto even cleaner water in which to get his job done, with the 24-year-old clinching the title with ease. Touching in 1:46.17, Matusmoto’s evening effort was actually secondary to, his prelims swim. There he produced a stellar 1:45.48 to further establish himself among the premier 200m freestylers in the world heading into a home-based Games.
Behind Matsumoto in tonight’s final was young gun Konosuke Yanagimoto, the 17-year-old who earned an Olympic berth as a member of the men’s 800m free relay. Yanagimoto posted a silver medal-worthy result here of 1:47.86, less than half a second away from his 1:47.45 clocking from the Japanese Olympic Trials.
Seemingly ageless Olympian Ryosuke Irie was smooth as usual, clinching the men’s 100m backstroke in a speedy 53.00. That nearly matched his morning swim of 53.07, with tonight’s splits including 25.74/27.26 to win by over a second. Irie is 31 years old and is set to compete at his 4th Olympic Games.
Another multi-Olympian was in the water, with Yui Ohashi making a statement in the women’s 400m IM. Topping the podium in a time of 4:35.92, Ohashi’s result here is within striking distance of the 4:35.14 registered for gold and an Olympic berth at Trials.
Behind Ohashi was a swimmer 11 years Ohashi’s junior in Mio Narita. Narita, just 14 years of age, blasted a new Japanese Junior National Record of 4:40.88. The teen’s previous personal best rested at the 4:43.06 she produced en route to 4th place at Trials.
However, this evening, the teen found another gear to drop over 2 seconds en route to chasing Ohashi onto the 2nd level of the podium tonight in Chiba.
- Hikaru Endo took the men’s 1500m free in a mark of 15:15.92.
- The women’s 50m breast saw Reona Aoki claim gold in 30.91 while Yuki Matsumura claimed the men’s edition in 27.49. Of note, leukemia survivor Rikako Ikee contested this off-event, this morning hitting 33.53 to place 29th out of the heats.
- Mainstay Chihiro Igarashi was dominant in the women’s 200m free, hitting 1:57.53.