Takeshi Kawamoto staked his claim on an Olympic berth in the men’s 100m fly, scorching a lifetime best of 51.00 to match the Japanese national record.
During prelims, Naoki Mizunuma out touched Takeshi Kawamoto (above) by .16, leading a pack of 12 swimmers who finished with times between 51.92 and 52.92.
Former world record holder Ippei Watanabe suffered an unexpected loss tonight in Tokyo, watching his Olympic prospects dwindle away in the 200m breaststroke.
Australian freestyle ace Mack Horton made waves both in and out of the pool at the 2019 FINA World Championships and spoke about it recently.
Sprint ace Katsumi Nakamura joins his teammates on the Japanese Olympic roster in the men’s 100m freestyle event. He’ll race the 50m free later in teh meet.
19-year-old Shoma Sato of Japan just ripped a new national record in the 200m breast en route to becoming the world’s 2nd fastest performer all-time.
Kosuke Hagino was set to take on a grueling double of the 200m back and 200m IM on night 5 of the 2021 Japanese Olympic Trials but kept just the IM.
The Japanese Olympic-qualifying standards are set inside the national record in some cases, such as this men’s 800m freestyle.
Rikako Ikee posted a season-best time of 54.30 to claim the top semifinals spot in the 100 meter free, ranking herself #23 in the world this season.
North Korea, which won 7 medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, will skip its first Games since a boycott of the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The unofficial Olympic roster for host nation Japan saw two new members added, while already-qualified star Daiya Seto added the 200m fly.
We saw six Japanese men claim a 200 fly time of 1:56.3 or faster in yesterday’s semifinal but the main event is about to go down here in Tokyo.
Two-time Olympic finalist from Rio, Yasuhiro Koseki, dropped out of the men’s 200 breaststroke this morning at Japan’s Olympic Trials.
Takeda, who is ranked 5th globally in the 800 free this season, won prelims with a time of 7:53. 04. He came within 3.5 seconds of the National Record.
With one eye on the 2fly, Daiya Seto is also gunning for American Olympic icon Michael Phelps’ world record in the men’s 400m IM come July.