2019 TOKYO OPEN
- Thursday, November 21st – Sunday, November 24th
- Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap
- Results (in Japanese)
Although we’re awaiting splits and full results for day 3 of the inaugural Tokyo Open taking place at Tatsumi International Swimming Center, we know that 2 major head-to-head battles took place at the meet.
First, the men’s 400m IM saw reigning World Champion Daiya Seto and reigning Olympic Champion Kosuke Hagino put on a two-man race, although it wound up not even being that close between these top 2 finishers.
Seto posted a winning time of 4:10.04 to get his hand on the wall over 6 seconds ahead of his domestic rival Hagino, with the latter producing a silver medal-worthy swim of 4:16.86.
At this summer’s World Championships, Seto stopped the clock at 4:08.95 to top the podium in this event, just .27 ahead of runner-up Jay Litherland of the United States. Hagino did not compete in Gwangju, Korea, as the man was taking a mental and physical hiatus from the sport to recharge and refuel in his final push to Tokyo 2020.
Of his 400m IM tonight, Hagino stated that ‘although his physical strength is still not there yet, he wanted to win this race…he wanted to do his best.’ This mental predisposition is what Hagino calls ‘the starting line.’
Seto said he was happy to have his IM partner-in-crime back in a lane next to him after having not raced together since the spring. His time now represents the #1 mark in the world this season.
The second big-time race of the night came towards the end of the session in the men’s 200m fly, where the current long course World Record holder Kristof Milak of Hungary and the current short course World Record holder Seto duked it out.
Milak has already earned 3 golds here in Tokyo, taking the men’s 200m free, 400m free and 100m fly. Tonight, the 19-year-old World Champion produced a winning 2fly time of 1:53.75 to add another gold piece of hardware to his Tokyo Open collection. We will update with splits once available.
Taking on the tough 4IM/2fly double, Seto posted a solid 1:54.36 to take silver behind Milak this evening.
In Gwangju, Milak stunned the swimming world by logging a monster time of 1:50.73 to overtake American swimming icon Michael Phelps’ former World Record of 1:51.51 form 2009. At those World Championships, Seto clocked a time of 1:53.86 to snag the silver.
The pair’s times tonight represent the top 200m fly marks in the world this season.