Ippei Watanabe follows up his January World Record setting 200m breaststroke performance with an appearance at the Konami Open later this month in Tokyo.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte could possibly be setting up their last Olympic showdown of all time in this event. Phelps is the top seed, the three-time defending Olympic champ, Lochte the world record holder, and they’re not alone in the competition.
16-year old Japanese Record holder Rikako Ikee (above) avoided a swim-off with teammate Miki Uchida thanks to a scratch in the 100 free.
Japanese teammates Rikako Ikee and Miki Uchida tied for 16th place in the prelims of the women’s 100 freestyle this morning, and now must compete in a swim-off to determine who will advance to the semifinals tonight.
On day 1 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Kosuke Hagino made history for Japan in the first medal race of the meet. Heading into the Games, Hagino was the front runner in the men’s 400 IM, and he didn’t disappoint in tonight’s final.
Teenager Rikako Ikee helped Japan clock a new national record in the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay.
A number of Japanese stars, including world champ Kanako Watanabe, are joining the Mare Nostrum Tour in its second stop – Canet en Roussillon, France.
Watch Cate Campbell win the 50 freestyle at the Japan Open in 24.31.
Cameron McEvoy and James Magnussen will both compete in the 50 freestyle on the final day of the Japan Open.
Despite tough Japanese Olympic-qualifying standards that sometimes stood quicker than the country’s own record in the event, the Japanese are bringing its 2nd-largest swimming squad ever to an Olympics.
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.
Bold, statement-making swim from 21-year-old Kosuke Hagino. 1:55.98 in the men’s 200 IM to score the #1 time in the world.
Despite seeing 2 National Records fall during tonight’s finals, the nation of Japan is without male and female 100m freestyle representation in Rio at this point.
Teenager Runa Imai picked the right time to explode, clocking the 2nd-swiftest women’s 200m IM time tonight and punching her ticket to Rio.
31-year-old Takeshi Matsuda earned bronze in the men’s 200m butterfly in both Beijing and London. He’ll be swimming in the prelims of the event in Tokyo this morning.