Pan Pacs gold medalist Yasuhiro Koseki misses the World Championships qualifying time in the 100m breast.
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.
Katsumi Nakamura logged his 2nd fastest LCM 50 free of the season, beating Kyle Chalmers in the process on the final night of the South Australian State Open LC Championships.
Japan’s Naoki Mizunuma beat the men’s 50m fly field in South Australia, inserting himself into the world rankings in the process.
Rika Omoto now takes over the women’s 200m IM world rankings thrown, thanks to a sub-2:10 performance in South Australia.
2016 Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers is once again the main attraction of the 2019 South Australian State Long Course Championships, but he’ll have Japanese company.
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) 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.
Among the swimmers to watch is Japanese IM star Yui Ohashi, who leads the way in the 400 IM.
World record holder Ippei Watanabe will swim the men’s 200 breast on day 3 of the Asian Games.
Katsuhiro Matsumoto anchored the Japanese men to gold and a new Games Record in the 800 free relay.
The second day of the 2018 Asian Games will see Xu Jiayu seek a second backstroke win and Sun Yang a second freestyle win, while Rikako Ikee chases two wins of her own.
Chinese backstroke star Xu Jiayu leads the way into final of the men’s 100 back.
Sun Yang is the defending World and Olympic Champion in the 200 free, but the title of Asian Games champion in the event has eluded him.