Japan’s Nao Horomura threw down a 1:53.90 to win the WUG title and narrowly miss the Junior world record of 1:53.79, set by Hungarian Kristof Milak.
Catch up on the smaller swimming stories from around the web, including Japanese Olympic medalist Takeshi Matsuda’s appointment to the JOC Athletes Committee.
“The races I won a medal in all mean something,” says Japanese national team mainstay Takeshi Matsuda when reflecting on his long career.
Mainstay 200m butterfly racer Takeshi Matsuda, 32, has announced he will be retiring after competing one last time.
Carrying on the tradition of success among Japanese breaststrokers, Ippei Watanabe rocked a new Olympic Record in the men’s 200 breast semifinals tonight. Watanabe was the top qualifier for finals, posting a 2:07.22.
Cate Campbell tied her world leading 52.38 in the 100 freestyle on day 2 of the Japan Open.
Cate and Bronte Campbell will compete in the women’s 100 freestyle on day 2 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.
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.
Kosuke Hagino rocked the world’s fastest 200m freestyle time while competing at the Japanese Olympic Trials tonight.
15-year-old Rikako Ikee already scored a new National Record during semi-finals of the women’s 100m butterfly and followed that up with a big meet title-winning swim. Kosuke Kitajima, meanwhile, qualified for his 5th Olympic Games.
Follow along for live updates from the second day of the 2015 AT&T US Winter National Championships in Federal Way, Washington.
France’s Florent Manaudou, USA’s Cammile Adams and Emma Reaney, and Lithuania’s Ruta Meilutyte are among the international competitors scheduled for action in Rome at the 2015 Sette Colli Trophy.
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.