Yui Ohashi rocked another world-class 400m IM to notch the only World Championships qualifying time on day 2 of the 2019 Japan Open.
Daiya Seto hits 200 fly qualifying mark for World Championships, while several other swimmers are in the hunt for their own events.
Yesterday’s standouts Rikako Ikee and Daiya Seto were back in the pool today, as was Olympic gold medalist Kosuke Hagino on day 2 of the 2018 Japan Swim.
After a 4-event onslaught at the Japan Swim, 17-year-old Rikako Ikee leads her nation’s initial roster for the Pan Pacific Championships. Additional swimmers may be named after the Japan Open this May.
Kosuke Hagino produced a super quick 400m IM time to position him only behind America’s Chase Kalisz in the world rankings with the Pan Pacific Championships looming in the horizon.
Danas Rapsys moved to #1 in the world with his 1:45.12 in the men’s 200 free.
Reona Aoki clocked a winning 100m breaststroke time of 1:05.90 to move onto the world rankings throne.
Japan is one of history’s great swimming powerhouses. Their men sit fourth on the all-time medals table, and their women eighth. From the 1930s until the 1960s Japan was one of the top nations in every discipline in swimming, but since then hasn’t produced any top swimmers in the freestyle events at the Olympic Games.