Rio Shirai of Japan has steadily been improving in the 100m back, giving her nation a spark of hope in a discipline devoid of an Olympic finalist since 2012.
The 2nd annual Japanese Amateur Championships are set for this weekend, with Kosuke Hagino & Masato Sakai representing two men staying the course.
Yui Ohashi rocked another world-class 400m IM to notch the only World Championships qualifying time on day 2 of the 2019 Japan Open.
Yui Ohashi put up another impressive 400 IM performance, while Rikako Ikee tried out events like the 200m fly and 100m breast at a domestic meet this weekend.
Masato Sakai (left) won the 200m fly silver medal in Rio, but recently underwent shoulder surgery this summer. He’ll be making his recovery debut this weekend at the Japanese National Sports Festival.
200 breast Olympic gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin looks to defend his 100 breast title against Yan Zibei, who leads the way into the final after setting a Games Record in prelims.
Japan and China are dueling for the top of the medal table, while Joseph Schooling claims first non-JPN/CHN gold.
Joseph Schooling will look to defend his 100 fly title on day 4 of the Asian Games in Jakarta.
World record holder Ippei Watanabe will swim the men’s 200 breast on day 3 of the Asian Games.
Kylie Masse spent a year and three days as owner of the 100 backstroke world record. Now, she gets to compete against her usurper to retake that throne.
Australia (4×1 free) and the U.S. (4×1 medley) are already world record-holders, and the American 4×2 could also have a shot at a world record in Tokyo.
After a 4-event onslaught at the Japan Swim, 17-year-old Rikako Ikee leads her nation’s initial roster for the Pan Pacific Championships. Additional swimmers may be named after the Japan Open this May.
Japan’s mega star Kosuke Hagino dropped the 200 free unexpectedly at the Japan Swim, the meet which qualifies swimmers for the Pan Pacific Games.
Kosuke Hagino will hit the water in the men’s 200 back prelims on day 5 in Taipei.
It’s day 4 of the Summer Universiade (also known as the World University Games) in Taipei, and tonight’s finals session schedule is loaded with big events, including the 200 IM led by Japan’s Yui Ohashi.