Tomoru Honda Knocks Over 10 Seconds Off 400 Free Personal Best At Kitajima Cup

2023 KOSUKE KITAJIMA CUP

Day two of the 2023 Kosuke Kitajima Cup saw 22-year-old Olympian Waka Kobori take on a tough double of the women’s 400m IM and 400m free, coming out with the gold in both events.

First, in the 4IM, Kobori stopped the clock in a time of 4:41.68 to top the podium. That result represents a new season-best, overtaking her previous quickest of 4:43.32 produced at last month’s Japan Open.

She now moves up the season’s world rankings from slot #9 to slot #6, positioned just behind Japanese teammates Mio Narita and Ageha Tanigawa.

2022-2023 LCM Women 400 IM

SummerCAN
McIntosh
12/02
4:28.61 WJR
2Katie
Grimes
USA4:35.9201/12
3Katie
Ledecky
USA4:36.0901/12
4Mio
Narita
JPN4:37.3212/02
5Ageha
Tanigawa
JPN4:40.0012/02
6Waka
Kobori
JPN4:41.6801/21
7Emma
Weyant
USA4:41.8512/02
8Ichika
Kajimoto
JPN4:42.3412/02
9Leah
Smith
USA4:43.2001/12
10Ayami
Suzuki
JPN4:43.3412/02
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Kobori’s 400m free this evening was also a solid performance as she got to the wall first in a mark of 4:12.65. Her Japan Open performance was indeed faster, however, with her time of 4:09.34 there rendering her the world’s 6th fastest performer this season.

The men’s 200m fly winner here, Tomoru Honda, took on an ‘off event’ of the men’s 400m freestyle where he came out victorious. The 21-year-old Olympic silver medalist in the 200m fly punched an effort of 3:48.77 to win this 4free event tonight.

Entering this meet, Honda’s lifetime best rested at the 4:00.67 he logged as a high schooler during the 2019 FINA World Cup Series. However, his new PB now inserts Honda into the season’s world rankings as the 7th fastest performer.

2022-2023 LCM Men 400 Free

2Samuel
Short
AUS3:46.6312/12
3Lukas
Martens
GER3:46.9512/17
4Ahmed
Hafnaoui
TUN3:47.4101/13
5Guilherme
Costa
BRA3:47.5610/05
6Alfonso
Mestre
VEN3:47.7110/05
7Tomoru
Honda
JPN3:48.7701/21
8Ikki
Imoto
JPN3:49.4912/03
9Hoe Yean
Khiew
MAS3:49.6112/12
10Jake
Mitchell
USA3:49.6512/01
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In the men’s 100m free, Katsuhiro (Katsuo) Matsumoto rocked the only sub-49 second result of the field in 48.76. That time slices .01 off of the 48.77 he scored last month at the Japan Open to remain the 4th fastest performer in the world this season.

Additional Winners

  • Kaito Tabuchi was tonight’s 400m IM winner on the men’s side, producing a time of 4:13.19.
  • The women’s 200m back saw Marina Furbayashi get it done for gold in 2:12.30, getting to the wall over 2 seconds ahead of teh competition.
  • Masato Sakai was the men’s 200m back winner, taking the Ryosuke Irie-less field in 1:59.64. As a refresher, Sakai was the men’s 200m fly Olympic silver medalist behind American Michael Phelps at the 2016 Games in Rio.
  • Nagisa Ikemoto doubled up on her 200m free from last night with another gold in the 100m free this evening. Ikemoto touched in 54.67 to lead a trio of sub-55-second swimmers. Rio Shirai earned runner-up status in 54.72 while leukemia survivor Rikako Ikee rounded out the top 3 in 54.95.

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TimmyTongle
4 days ago

“400 Free Personal Beast”

I mean, the title’s not wrong, but perhaps is not what was intended 😅

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