Six Men Go Sub-52 In 100 Fly Final At Japanese Olympic Trials

2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)

Just as the Japanese men put on an impressive display of speedy results in the 200m fly at these Japanese Olympic Trials, the 100m fly field was similar in its formidable depth.

A few days ago we saw six men hit 1:56.3 or faster in the 2fly semi-finals, followed by 5 accomplishing the same feat come the final. In the shorter distance tonight, the final field checked in with all but two men getting under the 52-second threshold.

The top two finishers and, thus, the 100m fly Olympic Games qualifiers were Naoki Mizunuma and Takeshi Kawamoto who checked in with respective efforts of 51.03 and 51.25.

Following them, however, were four more men who all also dipped under the 52-second threshold. The final results turned in as follows:

  1. Naoki Mizunuma, 51.03
  2. Takeshi Kawamoto, 51.25
  3. Katsuhiro Matsumoto, 51.67
  4. Yuki Kobori, 51.73
  5. Yuya Tanaka, 51.89
  6. Kota Akahane, 51.99
  7. Shinnosuke Ishikawa, 52.20
  8. Takaya Yasue, 52.49

The top 3 finishers all dipped under the Japanese Swimming Federation’s (JASF) stiff Olympic qualifying standard of 51.70, while 5 men cleared the FINA ‘A’ cut of 51.97 in this 1fly event.

For perspective, at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, six men were sub-52 seconds, while seven beat the 2016 Olympics FINA ‘A’ cut of 52.36.

Men’s 100 Fly Final at 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

  1. Michael Phelps, 51.00
  2. Tom Shields, 51.20
  3. Seth Stubblefield, 51.24
  4. Jack Conger, 51.26
  5. Tim Phillips, 51.44
  6. Matthew Josa, 51.86
  7. Will Glass, 52.25
  8. Giles Smith, 53.56

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Rafael
5 months ago

Ishikawa time was quite disapointing after his 51,11 PB

Khachaturian
5 months ago

we are gonna see all three medalist go under 51 or 50 itself.

Coach Mike 1952
5 months ago

I smell smoke!

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