The 73rd National Sports Festival of Japan concluded today, with the nation’s golden girl, Rikako Ikee, capping off a whirlwind summer.
It’s been a summer loaded with swimming action, from U.S. Nationals to the European Championships to Pan Pacs to Asian Games to Junior Pan Pacs. But through all of it, you won’t see a more exciting relay race than the men’s medley at the 2018 Asian Games.
200 breast Olympic gold medalist Dmitriy Balandin looks to defend his 100 breast title against Yan Zibei, who leads the way into the final after setting a Games Record in prelims.
Ryosuke Irie claimed 2 silvers behind American Ryan Murphy at the Pan Pacific Championships. Will the Japanese national record holder be able to come away with a gold ahead of rival Xu Jiayu here in Jakarta?
Joseph Schooling successfully defended his 100 fly title at the Asian Games with a new meet record of 51.04.
Joseph Schooling will look to defend his 100 fly title on day 4 of the Asian Games in Jakarta.
Joseph Schooling of Singapore and Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan, both reigning Olympic champions, will take on their fellow Asian swimmers tomorrow in Jakarta.
Remember when Joseph Schooling rocked the world with his 100m fly gold in Rio? He’ll try to reproduce a similar monster swim in Jakarta next week competing in the Asian Games.
The Americans should battle Brazil for the men’s 4×100 free relay gold… but we don’t know who will be on the American team. Even the status of 2017 World champ Caeleb Dressel (pictured) is in the wind.
National record holders and world-ranked Rikako Ikee, Kosuke Hagino, Daiya Seto and Katsumi Nakamura are among the Japanese Pan Pacific Championships swimmers selected.
Rikako Ikee racked up her 5th individual win, while Ippei Watanabe crushe a top 5 200m breast time.
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.
Yasuhiro Koseki completed the breaststroke trifecta, holding off reigning world record holder Ippei Watanabe in the men’s 200m breaststroke in Tokyo tonight.
Ali Deloof will compete for gold in tonight’s 50 back final.
Kosuke Hagino will hit the water in the men’s 200 back prelims on day 5 in Taipei.