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)
- Live Stream
- Live Results
200 breaststroke World Record holder Ippei Watanabe took just 2nd in his first major championship since breaking the 200 breaststroke World Record in January.
Swimming in the same race, Watanabe posted a 2:07.60 on Sunday, the final day of the 2017 Japanese national championship meet, but was beaten by Yasuhiro Koseki on a 2:07.18. That swim by Koseki now stands as the 4th-best performance in this history of the event.
All-Time Top 5 Performances in 200 LCM Breaststroke:
- Ippei Watanabe, 2:06.67, 2017
- Akihiro Yamaguchi, 2:07.01, 2012
- Josh Prenot, 2:07.17, 2017
- Yasuhiro Koseki, 2:07.18, 2017
- Ippei Watanabe, 2:07.22, 2017
Japan now holds 4 of the all-time top 5 performances in the history of the event.
In the women’s 200 breaststroke, Reona Aoki, the silver medalist at both the 2015 World University Games and winner at the 2016 Asian Championships, took gold in 2:23.24. 26-year old veteran Satomi Suzuki, a triple Olympic medalist in London, finished 2nd, but was 2 seconds slower in 2:25.27.
Kosuke Hagino picked up his 4th win of the meet, swimming a 1:56.39 in the men’s 200 backstroke. The race was a four-way dead heat at the halfway mark, and the field whittled to 3 by 150 meters before Hagino’s finishing length overcame Ryosuke Irie (1:57.06) and Masaki Kaneko (1:57.16).
While Hagino lost the 400 IM, the race that earned him a gold medal in Rio, earlier in the meet to Daiya Seto, he won the other 4 races he competed in: 200 free, 400 free, 200 back, and 200 IM.
Other Event Winners:
- Shinri Shioura and Katsumi Nakamura tied for the win in the 50 free in 21.97. The top 3 finishers on Sunday were all faster than Nakamura’s winning time from last year’s edition of the race.
- Teenager Rikako Ikee swam 24.57 to win the women’s 50 free, which is just short of her own 24.48 Japanese Record. She added a second win for the day with a 57.39 later in the session in the women’s 100 fly final.
- Natsumi Sakai won the women’s 200 backstroke in 2:10.14, using a late burst of energy to make up a 1.1 second gap on Sayaka Akase (2:10.22).
- Yuuki Kobori won the men’s 100 fly in 51.98.