The 2019 Japan Swimming Championships began today in Tokyo, where the nation’s best will be competing for a chance to represent their nation this summer in Gwangju at the 2019 World Championships.
The 2019 Konami Open kicked off tonight, but without one of Japan’s main aquatic powerhouses, Rikako Ikee. Swimming in her honor, Ikee’s Japanese teammates threw down some stellar marks for this point in the season.
A ‘who’s who’ within the Japanese swimming ranks is set to descend upon the Tatsumi International Swimming Center this weekend to compete at the annual Konami Open. However, this year will have a different meaning, as the nation’s star female athlete, Rikako Ikee, will no longer be taking part, instead addressing her recently-disclosed illness of leukemia.
Cameron van der Burgh highlights the men’s 50 breast at day 5 prelims in Hangzhou.
The Japanese women’s 4x50m medley relay has steadily been making improvements over the years, finishing 8th in Doha at the 2014 FINA Short Course Championships, 7th in Windsor at the 2016 edition and now 4th place here in Hangzhou in a new National Record.
Look for potential duels between Katinka Hosszu and Kelsi Dahlia in the longer fly races, while Ranomi Kromowidjojo looks to monopolize the 50m fly sprint.
Sprinter Katsumi Nakamura is just one of the Japanese swimmers who cracked the world’s top 5 tonight in Tokyo.
Pan Pacs champions Yasuhiro Koseki and Daiya Seto did major damage on day 1 of the Japanese Short Course Championships, rocking the world rankings in the process.
Pan Pacs bronze medalist Katsuhiro Matsumoto led the men’s 200 free at the JPN Student Swimming Championships, clocking 1:46.93 for the win.