Japan’s 200 Breast Olympic Qualifier Mura Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Behind the newly-minted Asian record-setter Shoma Sato in the men’s 200m breaststroke at last month’s Japanese Olympic Trials, Ryuya Mura stunningly claimed 2nd place in a huge personal best. Mura’s 2:07.58 beat out former world record holder Ippei Watanabe, who was expected to snag one of the top 2 spots and score a position on the nation’s roster for Tokyo.

However, the road to Tokyo isn’t entirely clear for Mura, as the 24-year-old reportedly tested positive for coronavirus recently.

According to his squad of MIKI House, Mura had a slight fever after practice on April 29th, with the athlete having a feeling of malaise. With no improvement on day 2, Mura consulted a doctor and received his positive coronavirus result.

Per NHK, Mura’s fever finally went down after about 3 days, while the swimmer is still receiving medical treatment at home and is described as now being in good physical condition, although he has been out of the pool during this time. Although there are no reported cases stemming from Mura, MIKI House has instructed athletes on the squad to observe their health for the next couple of weeks.

It’s not known when Mura will return to the pool at this point.

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Chris DeBari
1 year ago

this is unfortunate and a shame. Any ripple in training before the games could keep him out of finals

Ervin
1 year ago

I’ve been saying this for awhile but whats the protocol if someone like Dressel or Simone test positive at trails? Is it over for them?

Troyy
Reply to  Ervin
1 year ago

Or at the games …

Aquaman
Reply to  Ervin
1 year ago

Would hope most were vaccinated in April

Breaking Bad News
Reply to  Ervin
1 year ago

It’s inevitable that there will be at least a few eh…

Ger
1 year ago

Is that on the banned list?

PFA
Reply to  Ger
1 year ago

Yeah Fina secretly added it on December 31st 2019. Immediately after WHO’s announcement.

Edit: ban is about 2 weeks at most

Last edited 1 year ago by PFA
Corn Pop
Reply to  PFA
1 year ago

1.4 billion Indians banned.

Honest Observer
1 year ago

By the time I got to the end of the headline I was almost sort of relieved to read “coronavirus.”

He said what?
Reply to  Honest Observer
1 year ago

Same here.

Crk
1 year ago

Ok well that’s it sucks man I guess they just have to let watanabe swim now🤷‍♂️ i bet japan thankful that watanabe is such a GOAT right now so he can come in clutch

Virtus
Reply to  Crk
1 year ago

Watanabe’s mom is that u?

Daddy Chupkov
Reply to  Crk
1 year ago

Let him race, we all know who will win.

Khachaturian
1 year ago

Shoma run!

Doconc
1 year ago

And in a week will likely be completely recovered, ready to taper, and immune

Hswimmer
Reply to  Doconc
1 year ago

“Immune”

Chalmers > Dressel
Reply to  Doconc
1 year ago

Tom Dean caught it twice

Doconc
Reply to  Chalmers > Dressel
1 year ago

And went 144 in April.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Doconc
1 year ago

but “immune”?

Troyy
Reply to  Chalmers > Dressel
1 year ago

Neither times this close to the games.

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