Tokyo Tourney: Hasegawa Now Japan’s #2 100 Fly Performer All-Time

2020 TOKYO SPECIAL SWIMMING TOURNAMENT

While competing on day 1 of the inaugural Tokyo Special Swimming Tournament, 20-year-old Suzuka Hasegawa wowed the virtual crowd with a lifetime best in the women’s 100m fly.

Touching the wall in a speedy time of 57.49, Hasegawa not only beat the field by over one and a half seconds, but the Tokyo-based swimmer also knocked nearly a second off of her own previous PB of 58.39. That result was logged in May of last year in Australia at the Sydney Open.

Flash forward to tonight and Hasegawa splits of 27.06/30.43 gave her the performance of her life, with her 57.49 rocketing her up to slot #2 among Japan’s all-time female performers in this event. She now bypasses the likes of Yui Ohashi and Ai Soma to sit only behind Rikako Ikee. Ikee owns the Japanese national record of 56.08.

Top 5 Japanese Female LCM 100 Butterfly Performers All-Time

  1. Rikako Ikee – 56.08, 2018
  2. Suzuka Hasegawa – 57.49, 2020
  3. Yuka Kato – 57.77, 2012
  4. Yui Ohashi – 57.83, 2019
  5. Ai Soma – 58.03, 2018

In the rankings for this season, Hasegawa now finds herself 9th worldwide.

2019-2020 LCM WOMEN 100 FLY

EmmaAUS
McKeon
03/13
56.36
2Sarah
Sjostrom
SWE56.7101/24
3Anastasia
Shkudrai
BLR56.9507/16
4Maggie
MacNeil
CAN57.2612/08
5Kelsi
Dahlia
USA57.3303/06
6Regan
Smith
USA57.3403/06
7Yufei
Zhang
CHN57.4108/10
8Torri
Huske
USA57.4812/06
9Suzuka
Hasegawa
JPN57.4908/28
10Amanda
Kendall
USA57.6501/17
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Hasegawa raced this women’s 100m fly event last year at the FINA World Aquatic Championships but was rendered outside of the top 16 after hitting a time of 58.71 in the heats.

In historically her better event, the 200m fly, Hasegawa missed out on the Gwangju final by .16.


											
										

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Dee
1 month ago

Great swim; Hopefully her improvement carries across to the 200fl. We need a few women to break-out in the event before Tokyo.

Virtus
1 month ago

Didn’t a Chinese girl swim a 56?

sly
Reply to  Virtus
1 month ago

Lu Ying

Dee
Reply to  sly
1 month ago

The Chinese record is held by Liu Zige, the 200fl WR holder, at 56.0 from 2009. Zhang Yufei split 55.8 on a relay recently, but no Chinese woman has gone under 56s flat start as of yet. I think Sjostrom, Ikee, MacNeil and Vollmer are the only women under 56s in history (anybody?).

Konner Scott
Reply to  Dee
1 month ago

Did Ikee crack 56?

iLikePsych
Reply to  Konner Scott
1 month ago

No, I believe it’s just Vollmer, Sjostrom, and MacNeil in that order

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  sly
1 month ago

I think Virtus refers to Zhang Yufei who swam an unofficial 56 in time trials recently.
There are four Chinese women with an official pb of 56: Liu Zige & Jiao Liuyang (the two 200 fly Olympic champions), Lu Ying, and Chen Xinyi (oops).

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