2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)
- Saturday, April 3rd – Saturday, April 10th
- Tokyo Olympic Aquatics Centre
- LCM (50m)
- Japan’s Sole Olympic-Qualifying Opportunity
- JASF Olympic Selection Policy
- SwimSwam Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap/ Day 5 Recap/Day 6 Recap
- Live Results
- Live Stream (Prelims Only)
Day seven prelims at the Japan Swim was just three events, with the men’s and women’s 50 free followed by the men’s 1500 free.
Ikee’s best time since her comeback from leukemia is a 24.91, done in February at the Japan Open. That time has her at #24 in the world this year, while Omoto was 24.75 at that meet. It’ll take a 24.46 to qualify for the Olympics in this event, which Ikee has been faster than pre-illness. She holds the national record at 24.21.
This event is her last chance to officially earn an individual berth at the Olympics, after she hit relay leg standards in the 100 fly (400 medley relay) and 100 free (400 free relay).
In the men’s 50 free, six swimmers were bunched up under 22.5, led by Shinri Shioura at 22.21. Kosuke Matsui was a hundredth behind at 22.22, ahead of Koshiro Sakai (22.28) and Akira Namba (22.31). Fifth was Masahiro Kawane at 22.39, while Katsumi Nakamura clocked a 22.42 for sixth.
National record-holder Shioura has a good deal to drop in semis and finals to qualify for Tokyo, as the cut needed is a 21.77, though his lifetime best is a tenth quicker than that (21.67). Nakamura, meanwhile, is coming off of a 100 free win and Olympic qualification with his 48.23 a couple of nights ago.
Ayatsugu Hirai posted the top time in the men’s 1500 free, touching the wall 1st at 15:07.30 and out-touching Shogo Takeda by 3 seconds. Takeda was ahead through the 1200 meter mark where he flipped half-a-second before Hirai. The two should have another close race in the finals on Saturday.