Satomi Suzuki Cracks World Top 20 with 1:07.26 in Japanese Trials Prelims

2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)

Day 2 prelims of the 2021 Japanese Olympic Trials have concluded at the Tokyo Olympic Aquatic Center. Due to the nation’s tough qualifying standards, no new swimmers were added to the Olympic Roster during the morning session. The women’s 100 back semifinals will be a close race, with the top three performers all having finished within 0.28 seconds of each other in the prelims heats.

The men’s 200 free semifinals will be an exciting race, as National Record-holder Katsuhiro Matsumoto will have to fight to regain his spot as the top seed in the event. Ryosuke Irie will also have to defend his spot in the 100 back. The Japanese Record-holder finished the prelims heats seeded 0.85 seconds ahead of Masaki Kaneko.

Satomi Suzuki‘s 100 breast was the 20th-fastest time in the world so far this year, but still 0.29 off the minimum qualifying standard. She has another opportunity to qualify for the Olympics in the semifinals.

Waka Kobori proved how strong her back-half was in the 400 free, coming from behind at the 200 to win the heat by 3 seconds. She will go into finals as the second seed behind Miyu Namba.

WOMEN’S 100 BACK

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Natsumi Sakai – 1:00.88
  2. Emi Moronuki – 1:00.92
  3. Rio Shirai – 1:01.16

The prelims session opened with the 100 back, with 18 women entered. All but two women made it back for the semifinals heats. Top seed Rio Shirai was 1.7 seconds slower than her entry time and will be third going into semis with her 1:01.16 in heats. Natsumi Sakai (1:00.88) had the fastest swim of the morning and will swim out of lane four in tonight’s semifinal. Emi Moronuki (1:00.92) will be in lane 5.

MEN’S 200 FREE

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Konosuke Yanagimoto – 1:47.79
  2. Katsuhiro Matsumoto – 1:48.49
  3. Kosuke Hagino – 1:48.63

Four heats of men competed in the 200 freestyle. The winner of heat 2, Konosuke Yanagimoto was the top performer in prelims, touching in 1:47.79. He dropped 0.06 seconds from his entry time. National record-holder Katsuhiro Matsumoto will swim in lane 5 after finishing second (1:48.49). He set the Japanese record with 1:45.13 in January at 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup. The fifth and sixth seeds going into the event – Fuyu Yoshida and Keisuke Yoshida – did not make it back to the semifinal heats. However, Hiroto Shimizu – who was ranked 31st coming into the meet – clinched a spot in the next round with his 13th-place finish (1:49.48).

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Satomi Suzuki – 1:07.26
  2. Reona Aoki – 1:07.51
  3. Miho Teramura – 1:07.73

The women’s 100 breaststroke was the most populated event, with 40 qualifying swimmers. Suzuki was the top performer in the heats, touching in 1:07.26, just off her seed time of 1:06.81. Top-seed Reona Aoki finished second (1:07.51) and Miho Teramura was third (1:07.73). All three have a good shot at making the Olympic team, as the top two swimmers under 1:06.97 will be selected.

Yo Ishiwata, who was ranked 25th, earned a spot in the semifinal after going a personal-best time of 1:09.63.

Below is the ranking of the top 20 swims so far in 2021.

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Breast

LillyUSA
King
06/14
1:04.72
2Tatjana
Schoenmaker
RSA1:04.8207/25
3Lydia
Jacoby
USA1:05.2806/15
4Annie
Lazor
USA1:05.3706/14
5Sophie
Hansson
SWE1:05.6607/25
6Arianna
Castiglioni
ITA1:05.6706/25
7Bethany
Galat
USA1:05.7506/15
8Benedetta
Pilato
ITA1:05.8406/25
9Martina
Carraro
ITA1:05.8507/25
10Chelsea
Hodges
AUS1:05.9906/13
11Tang
Qianting
CHN1:06.0405/01
12Evgenia
Chikunova
RUS1:06.0604/05
13Ida
Hulkko
FIN1:06.1907/25
14Yulia
Efimova
RUS1:06.2107/25
14Molly
Renshaw
GBR1:06.2105/18
16Kaitlyn
Dobler
USA1:06.2906/15
16Mona
McSharry
IRL1:06.2904/20
18Jenna
Strauch
AUS1:06.3706/13
18Sarah
Vasey
GBR1:06.3704/18
20Eneli
Jefimova
EST1:06.4705/18
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MEN’S 100 BACK

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Ryosuke Irie – 53.53
  2. Masaki Kaneko – 54.38
  3. Junya Hasegawa – 54.42

Japanese national record-holder Ryosuke Irie will remain the top seed heading into the semifinals with the fastest performance of the morning, 53.53. Masaki Kaneko‘s 54.38 was the second-fastest swim. Third-seed Yuma Edo dropped down to 10th place and 8th-seed Junya Koga nearly missed out on a chance to swim in the next round. Coming in with an entry time of 54.66, he swam 55.62 to finish 15th. Ryuka Ino and Tomohiro Ito will need to take part in a swim-off to determine who will take the final spot in the semi-final; they both touched in 55.63 to tie for 16th.

WOMEN’S 400 FREE

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Miyu Namba – 4:09.14
  2. Waka Kobori – 4:10.53
  3. Chinatsu Sato – 4:11.40

Miyu Namba will take the top spot going into the 400 free finals with her time of 4:09.14. She won heat 2 by 2.26 seconds and will be the top seed by 1.4 seconds. Waka Kobori will swim out of lane 5 in the final after cruising to the wall nearly three seconds ahead of the next swimmer in her heat, Aoi Masuda. Masuda was leading the final heat for 200-meters with Kobori following closely behind. Kobori took off after her turn at the 200 mark and powered the rest of the way home, leaving Masuda in her wake.

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