Japan’s Ohashi Takes 200 IM Silver In New Japanese Record


Prior to the 2017 World Championships, no Japanese woman had ever dipped beneath the 2:08 mark in the 200m IM event. That changed tonight in a big way as 21-year-old Yui Ohashi fired off a silver medal-winning time of 2:07.91 to claim runner-up status behind home favorite Katinka Hosszu of Hungary.

Entering Budapest, Ohashi already held her nation’s top time ever in the 400m IM event, a race in which she clocked a monster 4:31.42 at this spring’s Japan Swim. Her top 200m IM, however, rested at the 2:09.96 rendered at the Japan Swimming Championships. She smashed that personal best by 2 solid seconds with her time of 2:07.91 tonight, however, and also went well under the previous Japanese national record of 2:08.45, held by Kanako Watanabe. Watanabe earned that time with her silver medal finish at the 2015 edition of these championships in Kazan.

Comparison of splits:

28.73, 33.57, 36.04, 30.11 = 2:08.45, Kanako Watanabe, 2015
27.67, 32.62, 37.34, 30.28 = 2:07.91, Yui Ohashi, 2017

Ohashi overtook Watanabe right off the bat with a significantly faster front half. Ohashi was able to hold on to that speed and carry it into the finish, touching less than a second behind the most-often untouchable Hosszu. Ohashi and Hosszu will clash in the women’s 400m IM later in this meet, where they hold the top 2 seeds.

With tonight’s outing, Ohashi just became the 6th fastest performer ever in the 200m IM event.

1 Katinka Hosszu 2:06.12
2 Ariana Kukors 2:06.15
3 Siobhan Marie O’Connor 2:06.88
4 Stephanie Rice 2:07.03
5 Ye Shiwen 2:07.57
6 Yui Ohashi 2:07.91
7 Alicia Coutts 2:08.15
8 Mireia Belmonte 2:08.17
9 Rika Omoyo 2:08.21
10 Qi Hui 2:08.32

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I really think she can break 4:30 in the 400 I’m. I also think she can beat Hosszu, especially since Hosszu’s schedule may have torn her down by this point



Coach Mike 1952

Congratulations to a delightful young lady (see her reaction after getting silver), & of course to the Iron lady. Ohashi is up & coming for sure. Does anyone know what happened to Sydney Pickrem?

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