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
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Prelims Only)
World Championships silver medalist Katsuhiro (Katsuo) Matsumoto just became the first man from Japan to ever get under the 1:45 threshold in the 200m freestyle.
While competing on day 3 of the 2021 Japan Swim, the sole Olympic-qualifying opportunity for Japanese swimmers, Matsumoto fired off a massive effort of 1:44.65, beating the stacked field by over 3 seconds en route to cracking his own national record.
Matsumoto charged off the blocks in an opening 100m of 50.42 before sealing the deal with a 54.23 back half. In doing so, the 24-year-old easily overtook his own previous Japanese standard of 1:45.13, a mark he established just this past January. Splits for that earlier swim included 51.18/53.95.
Matsumoto now ranks as the 9th fastest performer ever worldwide in this men’s 200m free event, joining an exclusive sub-1:45 club that contains the likes of American Michael Phelps and Frenchman Yannick Agnel.
Matsumoto’s result also booked his ticket to Tokyo for the postponed Olympic Games. His new lifetime best easily cleared the 1:45.76 required by the Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF) to qualify for the home-based Games, with Matsumoto representing the only man to do so. Teenager Konosuke Yanagimoto, just 17 years of age, produced a runner-up effort of 1:47.45, while former national record holder in this event, Kosuke Hagino, rounded out the top 3 in 1:47.72.
Additionally, the federation set a minimum threshold of 7:08.31 for the men’s 800m free relay. The aforementioned top 3 finishers, along with 4th placed Takahashi Kotaro‘s 1:47.93 collectively comes in at 7:07.75, good enough to qualify.
Top Men LCM 200 Free Performers All-Time
- Paul Biedermann (GER) – 1:42.00, 2009
- Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:42.96, 2008
- Yannick Agnel (FRA) – 1:43.14, 2012
- Danila Izotov (RUS) – 1:43.90, 2009
- Ian Thorpe (AUS) – 1:44.06, 2001
- Danas Rapsys (LTU) – 1:44.38, 2019
- Sun Yang (CHN) – 1:44.39, 2017
- Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:44.44, 2011
- Katsuhiro Matsumoto (JPN) – 1:44.65, 2021
- Park Tae Hwan (KOR) – 1:44.80, 2010