Kurokawa Logs JPN Record In 800 Free Without Olympic Qualification

2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)

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:

2020-2021 LCM Men 800 Free

2Gabriele
Detti
ITA7:46.5804/01
3Felix
Auboeck
AUT7:46.7204/11
4Mykhailo
Romanchuk
UKR7:48.5303/07
5Jack
McLoughlin
AUS7:49.8512/16
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Jackman
5 days ago

I do not understand having a qualifying time faster than the FINA A cut for a home games. You do not need to send athletes anywhere far, the home nation can rally around a competitor in each event & this man is ranked 4th in the world!

Chalmers > Dressel
5 days ago

what a shame

BigGreenD
5 days ago

Setting the time standard so that only the top 2 swimmers in the world so far this year would qualify seems a little stringent

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