Olympic Silver Medalist Tomoru Honda Posts 1:53.87 LCM 200 Fly


  • Friday, January 21st – Sunday, January 23rd
  • Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, Tokyo, Japan
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results

A big-time swim was thrown down tonight in Tokyo, as reigning Olympic silver medalist Tomoru Honda took on his pet event of the men’s 200m butterfly.

Racing on day 1 of the 2022 Kosuke Kitajima Cup at Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, 20-year-old Honda busted out a time of 1:53.87 to handily beat the field en route to nearly matching his runner-up result from this year’s Games.

Splitting 54.63/59.24 this evening for a new meet record, Honda got to the wall a full 2 seconds ahead of runner-up Takumi Terada, who clocked a mark of 1:55.87 for a solid outing in itself for his first race of the new year.

Looking back at Honda’s Olympic appearance, the Shigeki Kayahara-trained athlete registered a time of 1:53.73 to snag silver behind winner and world record holder Kristof Milak of Hungary, earning Japan’s sole medal on the men’s side. That performance checked in as a lifetime best, which means Honda’s result here rests just under .20 off of that medal-grabbing outing.

Honda’s 1:53.73 was comprised of splits of 54.43/59.30, nearly identical to what his race strategy was this evening.

Although Honda has a stretch to go to enter Milak’s 1:50/1:51 territory, the fact that the Japanese ace is already this quick this early in the year is promising for the summer’s international swimming schedule.

Additional Notable Swims:

  • 31-year-old Olympian Ryosuke Irie topped the men’s 100m backstroke podium, clearing the field by over one and half seconds. Irie touched in 53.08 for his first gold here.
  • The men’s 100m breast saw Olympian Shoma Sato snag gold in 1:00.09 while Miyu Namba scored a new meet recording the women’s 800m free with a winning effort of 8:33.89.
  • The women’s 200m free saw the race come down to the finish, as Rio Shirai, Rikako Ikee and Waka Kobori were all separated by less than half a second. Shirai got the victory in 1:58.49 while Ikee hit 1:58.77 for silver and Kobori registered 1:58.81 for bronze.

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1 year ago

Honda might contest Milak by Paris and Irie at this rate is gonna swim till 2028

1 year ago

Irie with the 8000th 53.0 of his career. Hope Honda can drop down and challenge 152

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