Veteran Japanese swimmer Rie Kaneto rocked a brand new All Comers Record, as well as a shiny new Japanese National Record in the women’s 200m breaststroke while competing at the 2016 Aquatic Super Series in Perth.
At 27 years old, Kaneto threw down a personal best time of 2:20.04 to obliterate the previous All Comers mark of 2:20.54 held by Australian Hall of Famer, Leisel Jones, since 2006.
With her outstanding performance tonight, Kaneto downed her own Japanese National Record and Asian Record in the event, destroying her old mark of 2:20.72 set all the way back in 2009 (aka, the rubber suit era). She now sits as the absolute top time in the world by a wide margin:
Splits for Kaneto’s time tonight were as follows: 1:08.55/1:11.49
To add to the superlatives, Kaneto’s time would have won gold at least year’s World Championships….by over a full second. The winning time was that of Japanese teammate Kanako Watanabe in 2:21.15, so tonight’s sub-2:21 just demolished that already-impressive swim. In that Worlds race, Kaneto clocked a 2:23.19, so the seasoned swimmer ripped a time in Perth over 3 seconds beneath that outing from just about 6 months ago.
Kaneto now ranks as the 5th-fastest performer of all time in the event – again, at 27 years old.
Women’s Top 5 Performers in 200 Breast:
Rikke Pederson (DEN) – 2:19.11, 2013
Yulia Efimova (RUS) – 2:19.41, 2013
Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:19.59, 2012
Viktoria Gunes (TUR) – 2:19.64, 2015
Rie Kaneto (JPN) – 2:20.04, 2016