The 73rd National Sports Festival of Japan concluded today, with the nation’s golden girl, Rikako Ikee, capping off a whirlwind summer.
Masato Sakai (left) took the Olympic silver medal behind American icon Michael Phelps in the 200m fly at the last Summer Olympic Games. Since, the 23-year-old hasn’t been as explosive, leading to shoulder surgery this week.
Already the World Junior Record holder in the 200m IM,Japan’s Rikako Ikee sent a message that she’s ready to take on the senior ranks in this event.
The nation of Japan is gearing up to cheer on their swimmers when the Summer Olympics arrive in Tokyo in 2020.
Yuya Yajima roared his way to the wall in first at this year’s Japan Open, claiming his spot on his nation’s Pan Pac roster. But it’s the way he swims the 2fly that really turned heads.
Japan’s Masato Sakai missed Olympic gold by just .04 behind America’s Michael Phelps in Rio and he has now narrowly missed making his nation’s Pan Pacific Championships squad.
Japan will try to turn the medal tables on China come the 2018 Asian Games in August.
Olympic medalist Daiya Seto was in the Tokyo water twice this morning, earning return swims in the men’s 200m IM and 200m fly at the 2018 Japan Swim.
After a rather quiet first quarter, Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Hagino will try to make some noise at this week’s Japan Swim in Tokyo.
American Maya DiRado announced even before the Rio Olympic Games that her performances there would indeed be her last.
Olympic silver medalist Masato Sakai of Japan made his presence known at a domestic competition over the weekend, while Ippei Watanabe, Yui Ohashi and Kanako Watanabe were also in the water.
Japan’s Nao Horomura threw down a 1:53.90 to win the WUG title and narrowly miss the Junior world record of 1:53.79, set by Hungarian Kristof Milak.
Katie Ledecky is the top seed headed into tonight’s 200 freestyle battle in Budapest.
American Ryan Murphy is just one of the mega stars racing tonight in Budapest.
American Lilly King, the reigning 100m breaststroke Olympic champion, will face rival Yuliya Efimova of Russia in what may be the race of the night.