2021 KOSUKE KITAJIMA CUP
- Friday, January 22nd – Sunday, January 24th
- Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Centre
- LCM (50m)
- SwimSwam Preview
- Initial Entries (in Japanese)
- Day 1 Recap
- Live Stream
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.
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.
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.