Japan’s Yui Ohashi is the heavy favorite for the women’s 400 IM victory, while World Champion Chase Kalisz battles Japanese Olympic champion Kosuke Hagino in the men’s race.
Though Caeleb Dressel has already swum at this meet, taking on the 200 free prelims and helping the U.S. to bronze in the mixed medley relay, this is the first of his main events this meet.
Cate Campbell anchored the Australians in 50.93, the fastest female freestyle leg in history, as they won gold in the 400 mixed medley relay in a new Commonwealth Record.
Rikako Ikee lowered her own 200 free Asian Record to win silver at the Pan Pacific Championships.
Taylor Ruck lowered her own Canadian Record to win the women’s 200 free in Tokyo.
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Japanese teenage sensation Rikako Ikee is tied for the fastest time in the world this year in the women’s 100 butterfly (56.23).
Frontrunners Cate Campbell (AUS) and Simone Manuel (USA) will have to fend off youngsters Rikako Ikee and Taylor Ruck in the sprint freestyle events.
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.
Coming before the individual events of all legs but the 100 breast, the mixed medley relay will set each federation up for some tricky ‘blind’ lineup decisions as the U.S. chases its own world record and Australia closes in on the Americans.
Once the exciting young upstart looking to upset the world’s elite, Katie Ledecky is now the veteran presence looking to quell an uprising of young international talent in the women’s 200 free.
Australian Olympic bronze medalist in the 200m free will be dropping the event from her Pan Pacs line-up.
Kelsi Dahlia tied her own American Record and came within .02 seconds of the U.S. Open Record in the 50 fly on Thursday in Irvine.
While competing at the 2018 Kanto High School Championship Swimming Games over July 21st – July 23rd, 18-year-old Rikako Ikee threw down impressive times across her bread-and-butter sprint free and fly events.