JAPAN SWIM 2017 (JAPANESE NATIONALS)
- Thursday, April 13th – Sunday, April 16th, 2017
- NGK Arena, Nagoya, Japan
- Qualification Meet for 2017 World Championships, World University Games and World Junior Championships
- Prelims at 9:30am local/8:30pm (night before) EDT; Finals at 6pm local/5am EDT
- Meet Information
- Entry List (in Japanese)
- JPN Qualifying Time Tiers
- Live Stream
- Live Results
In a banner day for young butterflyers in Japan, both 200 fly junior world records went under assault on Saturday of Japanese nationals. Nao Horomura very nearly broke the men’s record with a 1:55.37.
Like his teammate Suzaka Hasegawa on the women’s side, Horomura challenged a record held by a Chinese swimmer, amplifying the international rivalry leading up to this summer’s World Championships and next summer’s Asian Games. Horomura’s 1:55.37 tops the 1:55.52 set by China’s Li Zhuhao back in August of 2015. But Li lowered that record just two days ago to 1:55.09.
Updated to include Li’s recent swim.
Horomura just turned 18 a few months ago, in January. He’ll have until December 31 of this year to remain eligible for the junior world record. That period will likely include the World Championships this summer. He’s already got a pretty solid international track record at the junior level, having won Junior Worlds back in 2015 and Junior Pan Pacs last summer.
He currently sits #6 in the world ranks for this season, two spots behind China’s Li: