Masato Sakai and Tamas Kenderesi announced themselves as the next generation of 200 butterfliers after over a decade of Michael Phelps’ dominance.
The heated grudge-match between Lilly King and Yulia Efimova will take place last night.
Michael Phelps will be competing in the heats of the men’s 200m butterfly shortly after where he’s not exactly the favorite. It looks to be a three man race right now between Phelps and his two rivals: Chad le Clos of South Africa and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. Both have said their fair share of talk about Phelps making this one of the most anticipated races of the games.
Michael Phelps’ performances last year at US Nationals in San Antonio set up an epic battle that will take place in Rio next week with him, Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh all vying for Olympic gold in the 200 fly.
We didn’t see any 100m freestyle Olympic qualifiers yesterday, but we’ll see if anyone can meet the stiff Japanese standards in the splash n’ dash today.
Masato Sakai actually out-earned Cameron van der Burgh in prize money at the Singapore World Cup meet, but van der Burgh still earned the biggest cluster bonus for leading the Cluster #2 points on the men’s side.
Cameron van der Burgh and Masato Sakai will battle for World Cup points in Singapore…
The race for the World Cup’s second cluster points win (and the $50,000 bonus that comes along with it) is coming down to the wire on the men’s side, with Cameron van der Burgh and Masato Sakai going back and forth in Beijing.
Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu and Japan’s Masato Sakai earned the biggest paychecks of the Beijing World Cup in multi-medal performances.
Emily Seebohm is part of a loaded women’s backstroke field assembling in Beijing.
Defending World Cup champion Chad le Clos did not contest the opening stop of Cluster #2 in Hong Kong, and his South African countryman Cameron van der Burgh took advantage, tightening his grasp on the series points lead.
Katinka Hosszu continues to cash in on the FINA World Cup series, leading all money earners by nearly $10,000 in Hong Kong.
Chad le Clos looks for his first win of the meet with the 200 fly – heats of that race kick off Tuesday morning.
Daiya Seto of Japan will look to dethrone South Africa’s Chad Le Clos for the 200m butterfly crown in Kazan.
And just like that, after Day 1 of the 2015 Japan Open, Daiya Seto and Masato Sakai stand atop the world rankings in the 200m butterfly event.