2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Saturday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 10th
- Tokyo Olympic Aquatics Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Japan’s Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- JASF Olympic Selection Policy
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Prelims Only)
While competing on night 5 of the 2021 Japan Swim, the meet which represents the nation’s sole Olympic-qualifying competition, Shui Kurokawa took down the men’s 800m free national record.
Stopping the clock in a time of 7:49.55, Kurokawa overtook the previous Japanese standard by exactly .10, surpassing Olympian Takeshi Matsuda’s mark of 7:49.65 set back in 2009.
However, this men’s 800m free is representative of how stiff the JASF-dictated Olympic qualification standards are, as a national record-setting swim still didn’t make the squad. Kurokawa needed at least 7:48.12 to be named to the Japanese Olympic roster, meaning the swimmer fell well over a second outside of that threshold.
Splits for the 19-year-old are below, with Kurokawa representing the only racer of the final to get under 7:50.
Kurokawa’s time here now checks the Japanese freestyler in among the world’s best this season, ranked 4th: