Tokyo 2020, Asia Recap Day 4: 19-Yr-Old Tomoru Honda Scores 200 Fly Silver


Tomoru Honda Delivers Japanese Silver

On the women’s side during day 4 of the Olympic Games, Yui Ohashi became the 7th straight double IM champion, with the Japanese ace adding a 200m IM gold to her 400m IM win earlier in the meet. You can read more about Ohashi’s feat here.

But on the men’s side, it was Tomoru Honda‘s time to shine, with the 19-year-old powering his way to the silver medal in the 200m butterfly. Hitting a final time of 1:53.73, Honda knocked just under a second off of his previous personal best, a mark which rested at the 1:54.59 he registered at the Japan Open this past June.

Taking the gold was Hungarian world record holder Kristof Milak (1:51.25) while Italy’s Federico Burdisso got it done for bronze in 1:54.45.

Honda’s silver helped alleviate the shock that national record holder Daiya Seto missed out on the final, just as he did previously in his favored event of the 400m IM.

After the race, teen Honda stated to Kyodo News, “I swam my ideal race and won a silver medal on top of that, so I’m really happy. I think I was calm in the first half (of the race) and all I needed to do was have a strong second half, and I feel that I raced really well.

“I was nervous but I told myself I would have more fun than anyone else, so I soaked it all in from when I entered the arena.”

Quick Hits

  • Siobhan Haughey nailed silver in the women’s 200m freestyle, posting a new Asian Record of 1:53.92, claiming Hong Kong’s first-ever Olympic swimming medal. You can read more in-depth coverage of Haughey’s historic performance here.
  • Korean sprinting whiz kid Hwang Sunwoo impressed once again, booking his ticket into the men’s 100m free final with a new Korean and Asian record of 47.56. He sits as the 4th fastest swimmer entering today’s medal-determining race. You can read more about Hwang’s performance here.
  • The women’s 200m fly saw Zhang Yufei whip out a monster performance to the tune of 2:04.89. That leads American Hali Flickinger by about one and half seconds so the gold appears to be within reach if she can replicate that kind of speed.
  • Another shocker in terms of not advancing came with Shoma Sato‘s missing out on the men’s 200m breaststroke final. The 19-year-old posted a pedestrian-by-his-standards time of 2:09.04 to place 10th. This was after having posted a 2:06-range performance on three separate occasions this year heading into these Games. His teammate Ryuya Mura will represent Japan in the final as the 6th seed.

Continental & National Records Through Day 4

  • Chinese Record in women’s 4x100m free relay – 3:34.76
  • Chinese Record and Asian Record for Li Bingjie in 400m free 4:01.08
  • World Junior Record and Korean Record for Hwang Sunwoo in the men’s 200m free heats – 1:44.62
  • Taipai Record for Eddie Wang in men’s 200n fly heats – 1:54.44
  • Korean & Asian Record for Hwang Sunwoo in the men’s 100m free semi-final – 47.56
  • Hong Kong & Asian Record for Siobhan Haughey in women’s 200m free final – 1:53.92
  • Chinese & Asian Record for Wang Jianjiahe in women’s 1500m free final – 15:41.49
  • Hong Kong & Asian Record for Siobhan Haughey in women’s 100m free heats – 52.70

Overall Swimming Medal Table Through Day 4

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Honest Observer
1 month ago

The Japanese team must have overtrained at the last minute or something. Otherwise their overall performance (excepting Ohashi and Honda) doesn’t make any sense, especially given the theoretical “home pool advantage.”

Reply to  Honest Observer
1 month ago

Japan is a collectivist society, meaning we prioritise society over our individual selves, so I feel like having a home crowd cheering us in the stands would’ve had more of an effect on the athletes more than the athletes from other countries.

Reply to  Honest Observer
1 month ago

They’ve got all the pressure of a home Olympics and none of the advantage

1 month ago

I’m partial to Honda, always had been 🙂

1 month ago

Awesome to see how happy Honda was with his silver!

Bummed Sato missed the finals 🙁

Reply to  Boomer
1 month ago

Sato has almost zero experience swimming on the international stage as far as I know. Honda has swam at world juniors before and internationally so he has decent experience as a junior going into senior, but did not expect him to come flying into second after that great last length

1 month ago

It was pretty funny to compare the reactions between Honda and Milak after that 200 fly.

1 month ago

feel like the coaches / jap. federation screwed up something to have such a lacklustre performance at their home turf so far, ohashi and honda aside. guess we’ll see if hagino can pull it off in the 200IM, but have 0 hopes for seto now sadly. hope he has another cycle in for him cuz this games just really sucked for him.

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