Michael Andrew Comes Within .01 Of American Record To Close Tokyo

2018 FINA WORLD CUP TOKYO

The final night of action in Tokyo was filled with national records, a world record and several eye-popping performances by the world’s best.

Producing his 2nd fastest time ever, Japanese Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino clocked a time of 4:01.93 in this morning’s ‘slowest heat’ of the men’s 400m IM to beat out the night’s final competition and take gold in Tokyo.

Hagino’s fastest 400mIM short course is the 4:01.17 he registered back in 2014 to take silver at the Short Course World Championships, so the fact the 24-year-old was within striking distance of that mark after taking a part of the summer off training is a good indication that he’s back on track.

Runner-up via winning the night final was Hungary’s David Verraszto who touched in 4:03.29, while reigning 200m breast World Record holder Ippei Watanabe gave Japan another medal with bronze in 4:03.52, a new personal best.

Japanese teen Rikako Ikee blasted a new Japanese National Record in the women’s 100m fly to beat out temporary training partner and World Record holder Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden. Ikee notched a winning effort of 55.31 to Sjostrom’s 55.76. You can read more about the race in a separate post here.

Russian Vlad Morozov kept his electric streak going, taking the men’s 50m fly in 22.29. That was enough to hold off America’s Michael Andrew, who finished just .10 behind in 22.39. For Andrew, his time represents his new personal best, overtaking his previous fastest of 22.76 by a large margin. The 19-year-old’s effort also falls just .01 behind Tom Shields’ American Record in the 50m fly event.

As expected, Takeshi Kawamoto of Japan worked his way up from 8th seed to take the bronze, notching bronze in 22.60. That’s just .11 off his own newly-minted NR clocked in October at his nation’s Short Course World Championships Trials.

We reported how China’s Xu Jiayu fired off a new World Record in the 100m backstroke, earning gold here in Tokyo in the fastest-ever mark of 48.88. You can read more about this historic performance here.

Both Kirill Prigoda and Anton Chupkov were circling the Russian National Record in the men’s 200m breast, with the former topping the podium in 2:01.30 to the latter’s 2:01.57. Prigoda holds the NR at 2:01.11 from the last edition of the European Championships.

Yasuhiro Koseki, double Pan Pacs champion this year, nabbed bronze in 2:02.84. Fun fact – IM Olympic medalist Daiya Seto actually holds Japan’s NR in this 200m breast event in 2:01.30.

In the ongoing cat-and-mouse bertween Sjostrom and Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo in the sprint events, it was the Dutch racer who took the 100m freestyle tonight to try to even the score. 51.26 is what Kromo produced while Sjostrom was relegated to bronze by way of Femke Heeskerk‘s silver.

Veteran Heemskerk broke up the Sjostrom/Kromo party with a time of 51.38m her 2nd fastest outing of all-time.

In an Olympian-heavy men’s 200m free final, it was Australia’s Kyle Chalmers who got his hand on the wall first, taking the gold in 1:41.83. Spitting 49.55 on the opening 100m, Chalmers uncharacteristically went out the fastest of all competitors, with USA’s Blake Pieroni next in 50.01.

Clocking in 52.28, Chalmers clocked the only sub-1:42 effort of the field, but still has a ways to go to come within striking distance of Cameron McEvoy’s Aussie NR of 1:40.80. It does, however, sit as the 19-year-old Chalmer’s personal best now.

Pieroni took silver in 1:42.16, his 3rd fastest outing ever. China’s Wang Shun rounded out the top 3 in 1:43.43, while GBR Olympian James Guy took 4th in 1:44.13.

Of note, Hagino was also in the race, registering 1:45.10 for 5th, while Aussie Mack Horton slid into 7th in 1:47.43.

Katinka Hosszu was unstoppable in the women’s 200m IM, taking gold in 2:04.65, while Yui Ohashi clocked a new NR in 2:05.29 for silver. China’s Ye Shiwen rounded out the top 3 in 2:07.09, while Seebohm was in the water yet again, finishing 4th 2:07.22.

You can read more about Ohashi’s Japanese National Record here.

Team Australia took the mixed medley relay in 1:39.74, comprised of Atherton’s 26.50 lead-off, Matthew Wilson‘s 26.08 split, Seebohm’s leg of 25.75 and Chalmers’ anchor of 21.41. The Japanese squad reaped silver in 1:40.62, while Germany clinched bronze just .07 later in 1:40.69.

Additional Winners:

  • Mayuko Gotou was tonight’s 800m freestyle winner in 8:19.74.
  • Reigning 200m backstroke world champion Seebohm got on back of the podium in this event, beating out teammate Atherton and Hosszu. Seebohm took gold in 2:01.13, while Atherton and Hosszu took silver and bronze in respective times of 2:02.88 and 2:02.89, separated by just .01.
  • Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson edged out Russian rival Yuliya Efimova in the 50m breast, winning handily in 28.95. to Efimova’s 29.56. Seebohm turned right around after her 200m back and collected bronze in 29.99.

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Wondering
3 years ago

Vlad continues to own MA

Yozhik
3 years ago

For the second time Sarah Sjostrom gets only one gold medal in 5(!) her signature events: 50-100BU, 50-100-200FR. And who are those who she is losing to? Heemskerk, Kromowidjojo and Rikako. Big names, no arguing, but who are not even close to her in long pool in same events. Sjostrom won only one cluster and that is the long course one. Moreover there are serious doubts now in her overall win. She hasn’t lost to Hosszu at this stop but hasn’t been better neither. 15 points advantage that she stil had is not big enough to feel comfortable. Everything can happen. She lost 27 points to Hosszu in Beijing. This money chasing activity may serve her bad service downgrading her… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Do you have any idea how many times Phelps got his clock cleaned in between Olympics?

Yozhik
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

No idea, help me with that. My point was not about better or worse form in between Olympics. But there is probably a reason why outstanding LCM achievers prefer not to compete in short pool. It is either those competitions are not the major target of the season and they happen when swimmers are out of peak form or they may not dominant with this underwater/walls stuff.
Anyway, I was guessing if it worth from the business prospective to get involved into competition with doubtful success to get paid some money and risking with that the image of the superstar that worth more.
As great swimmer Sarah Sjostrom is she is not of the same overall magnitude as… Read more »

Peyton
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Wasn’t Ikee close to SS in the LCM? 56.08 to 56.29.

Yozhik
3 years ago

I don’t understand the logic behind decisions of Alia Atkinson. What was the reason to have this double tonight. She had no chances to be even #7 in the 100fly event but because of that she was 0.03sec short to have at least 12 bonus points in 50BR. That is the equivalent to winning some event.
Hosszu for instance finally got this simple wisdom and puts aside this “iron” stuff swimming nothing that can interfere with her 100IM race where she can get more or less high FINA score because of soft base time.

ACC fan
3 years ago

MA is the real deal. 2020 is going to be fun!

Verram
3 years ago

Not sure what’s happening with Mack Horton lately? He’s been rather inconsistent since that gold medal in Rio… I can’t pick when he’s gonna have a good meet or not

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

He was rather inconsistent before that gold medal in Rio too.

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

either got sick or turned away from the 200. his 400 has been decent in tokyo and good in eindhoven, but his LCM pb for the 200 is 2 seconds faster than what he did here…

Verram
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
3 years ago

He said he would focus more on 200-400-800 free for Tokyo 2020so I thought this would be a stepping stone in that direction..

Mikeh
Reply to  Verram
3 years ago

Too many gifted Australian swimmers are pushed too hard at too young an age, and get injured or stall out.

ooo
3 years ago

Off topic, but is F. Manaudou furtively back in the swim? He had a 20.62 (relay start) today swimming for Marseilles in the French Interclub (and a 53.62 100 IM). Not too shabby for a handball player.
http://www.liveffn.com/cgi-bin/resultats.php?competition=56723&langue=fra&go=epreuve&epreuve=59

Person
Reply to  ooo
3 years ago

Imagine a Manaudou, Proud, Fratus, Dressel showdown in the 50 free. All of them are, what. 21.1-21.2?

Paul
Reply to  Person
3 years ago

Imagine those 4 in the weight room

DRESSEL IS GOD
Reply to  Person
3 years ago

Don’t forget Morozov and Andrew

Paul
Reply to  DRESSEL IS GOD
3 years ago

Morozov in LCM is like a roulette wheel. It’s either happening or it isn’t.

carlo
3 years ago

Ippei Watanabe is now swimming the 400IM. What,s happening?

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  carlo
3 years ago

Seto holds the SCM Asian record in Watanabe’s best event 200 breast, so Watanabe definitely has the right to swim Seto’s best event too.

dann
3 years ago

How did he do in the 25 free. LOL

HulkSwim
Reply to  dann
3 years ago

He’d probably be pretty darned good.

John
Reply to  dann
3 years ago

The kid has a decent 200/400IM time compared to a Lot of elite sprinters…. it’s not 2016 anymore…. come up with a new joke

Brian M
Reply to  dann
3 years ago

Feel free to post your best times @ age 19 so we can witness your greatness.

ITR
Reply to  Brian M
3 years ago

I’m sorry but I hate these arguments. I don’t wanna narrow it down to this example so who cares about how old certain swimmers are? Why does it matter what it says in their birth certificates when they are usually light years ahead of their peers biologically (Andrew, Kolesnikov, Sedov, Gyurta back then, etc. just to mention a few)

SwimFan 192
Reply to  dann
3 years ago

Sad to see him doing so well – while training “the wrong way”? Get used to it!

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