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
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap/ Day 5 Recap/Day 6 Recap/Day 7 Recap
29 swimmers achieved a Japanese Swimming Federation (JASF)-mandated qualification time at the Tokyo Olympic Aquatics Centre over the past week, while others came so painstakingly close it brought tears on the pool deck. After all was said and done, newcomers to the tune of Katsuo Matsumoto and Ryuya Mura introduced themselves as first-time Olympians, leaving veterans such as Ippei Watanabe off the list.
Although we’re awaiting the final official list of Olympic qualifying athletes from the JASF, Asian media is reporting that a handful of names were added to those who already qualified outright at these just-concluded Japanese Olympic Trials.
29-year-old Shinri Shioura, who finished off the podium in both the 50m and 100m freestyle, is reportedly one of those athletes, as is 21-year-old Toyo University ace Rio Shirai. The other two names in the mix include Aoi Masuda and Nagisa Ikemoto.
Shioura placed 5th in the 100m free and would be selected as a possible replacement for the aforementioned Matsumoto on the 400m free relay. Not only did World Championships silver medalist Matsumoto fire off a new 200m free national record and qualify in that individual event, but the man also placed 2nd in the 100m free to qualify for the relay.
However, these events overlap at the actual Olympics, throwing a wrench into the plans of Matsumoto focusing full energy on the 200m free. The addition of Shioura would help alleviate this scheduling conflict.
As for Shirai, Masuda and Ikemoto, they placed 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the women’s 200m free, respectively. Although the combination of the top 4 finishers missed the JASF-mandated Olympic qualifying collective time, these women will reportedly still be able to race the 800m free relay in Tokyo.
Asian media is also reporting that Masato Sakai, Morimoto Teppei and Sakiko Shimizu have been selected as alternates in their respective events of the 200m back, 200m fly and 400m IM should the top 2 qualifiers have to drop out due to coronavirus or any other reason.