Medley Royalty Hagino & Ohashi Get It Done At Kitajima Cup

2021 KOSUKE KITAJIMA CUP

Day 2 of the 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup brought the heat, as national record-holders Yui Ohashi, Kosuke Hagino and Katsuo Matsumoto were all in the water.

Contesting the women’s 400m IM to kick off the action at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, 25-year-old Ohashi took the meet title in a time of 4:37.22. The next closest racer was represented by Sakiko Shimizu who touched just over a second behind in 4:38.59, while the remaining competitors were at at the wall nearly 9 seconds later.

Ohashi owns the national record in the LCM 400 IM with the 4:30.82 she posted back in 2018 and also owns the top 10 performances all-time for the nation of Japan.

Her time tonight now ranks Ohashi as the 4th fastest performer in the world this season. Runner-up Shimizu actually already ranks higher than Ohashi, as the 28-year-old Olympian clocked a time of 4:36.77 at last months Japan Swim.

2020-2021 LCM Women 400 IM

YuiJPN
Ohashi
07/24
4:32.08
2Kaylee
McKeown
AUS4:32.7312/13
3Emma
Weyant
USA4:32.7607/24
4Hali
Flickinger
USA4:33.9606/13
5Melanie
Margalis
USA4:34.0806/13
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For Ohashi, the 2019 World Championships medalist had been in the short course realm as of late, competing as a member of the Tokyo Frog Kings in the International Swimming League (ISL). During the season 2 debut of this new team, Ohashi remained undefeated in the 400m IM while she nailed a new national record as a formidable racer in the 200m IM.

As for the men’s 4IM race this evening, mainstay Kosuke Hagino demonstrated his prowess once again, topping the field in a comfortable 4:13.91. That time sits just outside of his season-best mark of 4:13.32 logged at the aforementioned Japan Swim.

Runner-up was Tomoru Honda, the 18-year-old who snagged 200m fly gold last night in a super solid 1:55.80. In this event, Honda got to the wall in 4:16.15 behind Hagino. Honda already has hit a time of 4:13.31 last October to rank as the world’s 3rd fastest man this season.

2020-2021 LCM Men 400 IM

CarsonUSA
Foster
07/23
4:08.46
2Daiya
Seto
JPN4:09.0204/03
3Chase
Kalisz
USA4:09.0906/13
4Brendon
Smith
AUS4:09.2707/24
5Lewis
Clareburt
NZL4:09.4907/24
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A competition record went down in the women’s 400m free, courtesy of 18-year-old Miyu Namba. The 2019 World Junior Championships medalist fired off a time of 4:11.36 to take the event, although she pulled it off by only .05.

Right behind the teen was Chinatsu Sato, with the 20-year-old producing a time of 4:11.41 to also get under the previous meet record mark.

Namba owns a personal best of 4:08.37 in this 400m free event, a time she logged in 2019 to rank as Japan’s 11th fastest woman to date. Her best so far this season is represented by the 4:10.22 put up last month.

Yesterday we saw Matsumoto scorch a new Japanese national record in the men’s 200m free and tonight he doubled up with a victory in the 100m free sprint.

Splitting 23.50/25.08, Matsumoto got it done for gold in a time of 48.58, a mark just .06 outside of his own lifetime best. His result here was enough to keep national record holder Katsumi Nakamura at bay, with the London Roar racer hitting a time of 48.75 for second place tonight, shaving .05 off his season-best.

Matsumoto slides into the season’s world rankings in slot #9, tying Australia’s Jack Cartwright.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Free

2Kliment
Kolesnikov
RUS47.3104/07
3Caeleb
Dressel
USA47.3906/17
4Alessandro
Miressi
ITA47.4505/19
5Andrei
Minakov
RUS47.5710/30
6Kyle
Chalmers
AUS47.5906/15
7Zach
Apple
USA47.7206/17
8Nandor
Nemeth
HUN47.8405/19
9Vladislav
Grinev
RUS47.8504/07
10Duncan
Scott
GBR47.8704/16
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Additional events included the men’s and women’s 200m backstroke, with Ryosuke Irie winning the former in 1:57.11 while Rio Shirai snagged victory in the latter in 2:13.69.

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