Shoma Sato 2:07 200 Breaststroke All Day, Nakamura 48.34 100 Free

2021 TOKYO SENIOR SPRING MEET

  • Thursday, February 4th & Friday, February 5th
  • Tatsumi International Swimming Centre
  • LCM (50m)
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Results

Day 2 of the 2021 Tokyo Senior Spiring Meet brought more heat, with the likes of Kosuke Hagino, Rio Shirai and Shoma Sato in the water.

For 26-year-old Hagino, the man who put up a speedy mark of 1:55.84 for silver in last night’s 200m back looked mighty strong in the men’s 2IM tonight. In a league of his own, Hagino produced the only sub-2:00 swim of the field, registering a time of 1:57.68 for the win.

That time falls just .01 outside of the 1:57.67 Hagino logged in December, rendering the 400m IM Olympic champion as the 4th fastest performer in the world this season.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 IM

WangCHN
Shun
07/01
1:55.00
2Michael
Andrew
USA1:55.2606/17
3Duncan
Scott
GBR1:55.2807/30
4Jeremy
Desplanches
SUI1:56.1705/19
5Daiya
Seto
JPN1:56.2207/30
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The winner of the aforementioned 200m back, Ryosuke Irie, doubled up with a solid victory in the 100m sprint this evening. Opening in 25.90 and closing in 27.20, 31-year-old Irie punched a result of 53.10 to impressively beat the field by nearly a second.

Hagino was indeed among the remaining racers, settling for bronze in 54.70 while Masaki Kaneko split the two with silver in 54.04. For Irie, the Japanese Olympic icon already owns a season-best 2back time of 53.04, which slots him as the 4th fastest man in the world this season.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Back

EvgenyRUS
Rylov
07/27
51.98
2Kliment
Kolesnikov
RUS52.0007/27
3Ryan
Murphy
USA52.1907/27
4Thomas
Ceccon
ITA52.3007/27
5Xu
Jiayu
CHN52.3503/07
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The women’s 100m back saw Rio Shirai get it done for gold in 1:00.73, while she also snagged the top prize in the 10om free. Getting to the wall in a time of 54.81, Shirai beat yesterday’s two-time gold medalist Chihiro Igarashi by just a fingernail. Igarashi touched in 54.85 to represent the only other swimmer under the 55-second threshold in the race.

Making waves once again in the men’s 200m breast event was 20-year-old Shoma Sato. At this non-championship meet, Sato posted a winning effort of 2:07.81, a time that would have placed 6th at the 2019 FINA World Championships.

Sato already sits atop the world rankings, wearing the crown with a huge lifetime best of 2:06.78 from last month’s Japan Open. You can read more about that history-making swim here.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Breast

2Shoma
Sato
JPN2:06.4004/07
3Arno
Kamminga
NED2:06.8512/04
4Anton
Chupkov
RUS2:06.9905/20
5Ippei
Watanabe
JPN2:07.0812/06
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Finally, in the men’s 200m fly, Yuki Kobori made a strong statement with his gold medal-grabbing 1:55.55. With a front half of 54.75, Kobori brought it home in 1:00.08 to collect his win, beating runner-up Takumi Terada by nearly a second. Terada touched in 1:56.41 for silver.

Terada owns a season-best of 1:56.11, while Kobori’s effort this evening is his quickest of the season, now bumping him up to become the 4th fastest swimmer in the world so far.

With the nation’s Olympic Trials meet of the Japan Swim coming up in April, the 200m fly roster spots for a home-based Games look to be a fierce fight to the wall, with even short course world record holder Seto not a shoe-in.

Right now, Japanese men comprise 5 of the top 10 performer slots in the season’s world rankings.

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 Fly

KristofHUN
Milak
05/19
1:51.10
2Tomoru
Honda
JPN1:53.7307/28
3Federico
Burdisso
ITA1:54.2805/19
4Tamas
Kenderesi
HUN1:54.3705/18
5Eddie
Wang
TPE1:54.4407/26
6Antani
Ivanov
BUL1:54.5005/19
7Trenton
Julian
USA1:54.7108/03
8Leonardo
de Deus
BRA1:54.8307/26
9Zach
Harting
USA1:54.9207/26
10Chad
le Clos
RSA1:54.9307/28
11David
Thomasberger
GER1:55.0404/03
12Noe
Ponti
SUI1:55.0507/26
13James
Guy
GBR1:55.2004/15
13Daiya
Seto
JPN1:55.2004/06
15Luca
Urlando
USA1:55.2106/15
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Another swimmer who made moves into the world rankings tonight was Katsumi Nakamura. The national record holder registered a winning 100m free time of 48.34, his fastest of the season. The man who became Japan’s first-ever sub-48 second 100m freestyler beat his domestic rival Shinri Shioura handily tonight, with Shioura snagging silver in 49.15.

As for Nakamura, his 48.34 (23.26/25.08) inserts him on the list of top performers this season in slot #6.

Additional Winners:

  • Kanako Watanabe got on the board with a 200m breaststroke victory for the women, edging out Asaba Shiori by just .13. The former took gold in 2:24.82 to the latter’s 1:09.53 tonight
  • The women’s 200 fly saw Suzuka Hasegawa top the field in 2:09.19, although Mizuguchi Chiho was right behind in 2:09.66 as the only other sub-2:10 swimmer. Hasegawa’s earlier season-best of 2:07.82 keeps her ranked 5th in the world this season.

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Honest Observer
1 year ago

The Japanese men 200 flyers are like Kenyan 3000 meter steeplechasers: so many of them its hard to keep track. Somebody is going to go a 1:54 at their Trials and not make the team.

Joe
1 year ago

Did Irie really have a 0.24 split differential?! 26.67 has got to be one of the fastest ever closing 50s.

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