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

KayleeAUS
McKeown
12/13
4:32.73
2Yu
Yiting
CHN4:35.9401/02
3Yui
Ohashi
JPN4:36.2702/05
4Sakiko
Shimizu
JPN4:36.7712/04
5Melanie
Margalis
USA4:37.8103/05
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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

IlyaRUS
Borodin
10/29
4:11.50
2Wang
Shun
CHN4:11.8501/03
3Daiya
Seto
JPN4:12.5702/04
4Yuki
Ikari
JPN4:12.8402/20
5Tomoru
Honda
JPN4:13.3110/04
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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

2Nandor
Nemeth
HUN48.0812/10
3Alessandro
Miressi
ITA48.2212/18
4Hwang
Sun Woo
KOR48.2511/18
5Vladislav
Grinev
RUS48.3310/29
6Katsumi
Nakamura
JPN48.3403/05
7Khurshidjon
Tursunov
UZB48.3611/25
8Yu
Hexin
CHN48.4409/29
9Brooks
Curry
USA48.4503/06
10He
Junyi
CHN48.5701/03
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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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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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