Japan’s Olympic Roster Hits 15 After 3 Days Of Tokyo Trials


More speedy performances came out of the Japan Swim tonight in Tokyo, the meet which stands as the nation’s sole Olympic-qualifying opportunity. There were only 4 finals tonight but the races produced 4 additional Olympic qualifiers through 3 days of this Trials meet.

31-year-old Olympic medalist Ryosuke Irie got it done for gold in the men’s 100m backstroke, with his winning result of 53.13 snagging a spot on his 3rd Games roster. He’ll also race the backstroke leg on Japan’s men’s medley relay with his victory here.

Two women got under the Olympic-qualification standard in the 100m breast, led by 2016 Olympian Kanako Watanabe. Watanabe cleared the threshold in 1:06.51 while Reona Aoki was a fingernail behind in 1:06.56.

Finally, Katsuo Matsumoto put on a show in the men’s 200m free event to kick-off the action. Matsumoto got into the 1:44-zone for the first time in his career, joining the exclusive club with a new national record of 1:44.65. The men’s 800m free relay is in doubt, however, as no other man got under the relay standard of 1:47.08 set forth by the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF).

Unofficial Japanese Olympic Roster:

  1. Yuki Ikari – men’s 400m IM
  2. Yui Ohashi – women’s 400m IM
  3. Daiya Seto – men’s 200m IM/400m IM (officially pre-qualified)
  4. Ageha Tanigawa – women’s 400m IM
  5. Waka Kobori – women’s 400m free
  6. Miyu Namba – women’s 400m free
  7. Rikako Ikee – women’s medley relay (fly)
  8. Shoma Sato – men’s medley relay (breast)
  9. Katsuo Matsumoto – men’s 200m free
  10. Kanako Watanabe – women’s 100m breast, medley relay
  11. Reona Aoki – women’s 100m breast
  12. Ryosuke Irie – men’s 100m back, medley relay
  13. Konosuke Yanagimoto – men’s 800m free relay
  14. Kosuke Hagino – men’s 800m free relay
  15. Takahashi Kotaro – men’s 800m free relay

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2 months ago

Could someone shed light on the Japanese olympic qualifying process for me? Or point me to an article.

The qualifying standards are pretty quick, and it seems like Japan would want to send swimmers in every event to their home olympics. At risk of being ignorant, why not do a top 2 situation like the U.S?

Reply to  GowdyRaines
2 months ago

Either they’re afraid that they’ll have any swimmers present that don’t make finals which will somehow embarrass them so they keep the team small to pad their percentages, or if they don’t have to pay the swimmers for making the team the bureaucrats get to keep the money themselves. These are the only reasons I can think of. Any way you slice it it’s disgraceful for Japan not to have a representative in the men’s 100 breaststroke, not to mention a rapidly improving teenager. And if Ikee doesn’t get to swim I hope their higher ups start asking questions.

Reply to  Reid
2 months ago

Agreed, especially disgraceful considering the history that goes with breaststroke swimming in japan.

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