Top 12 Swimmers Separated by 1 Second in Men’s 100 Fly at Japan Trials

2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)

Day 6 of the Japan Swim Olympic Trials is now underway, following the prelims session of the women’s 800 freestyle, men’s 100 butterfly, and women’s 200 backstroke. In our preview, we knew the men’s 100 fly was going to be an exciting battle as Japan has 4 swimmers within the top 15 fastest 100 butterfliers in the world this season. That battle clearly began this morning, with the top 12 swimmers touching the wall within 1 second of each other.

Women’s 800 Freestyle

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Miyu Namba – 8:33.74
  2. Waka Kobori – 8:34.84
  3. Chinatsu Sato – 8:37.14

Chinatsu Sato was right behind World Junior Championships silver medalist Miyu Namba at the halfway point, flipping at 4:16.75 to 17-year-old Namba’s 4:15.44. Kobori was 3 seconds behind Sato. Sato snagged 2nd in the 1500 freestyle final on Tuesday.

Kobori’s season-best time of 8:27.08 from the 2021 Japan Open ranks her #9 in the world this season. Kobori and Sato placed 1-3 in this event at the 2019 World University Games.

2020-2021 LCM Women 800 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
03/06
8:13.64
2Wang
Jianjiahe
CHN8:20.9609/28
3Anastasia
KIRPICHNIKOVA
RUS8:22.6512/10
4Simona
Quadarella
ITA8:23.7704/01
5Leah
Smith
USA8:24.4604/08
6Lani
Pallister
AUS8:24.7112/15
7Martina Rita
Caramignoli
ITA8:26.0204/01
8Isabel
Gose
GER8:26.3704/11
9Bella
Sims
USA8:27.0111/12
10Waka
Kobori
JPN8:27.0802/06
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Men’s 100 Butterfly

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Naoki Mizunuma – 51.92
  2. Takeshi Kawamoto – 52.08
  3. Yuya Tanaka – 52.17

Naoki Mizunuma, whose season best time of 51.34 is the 5th fastest 100 butterfly in the world this season, claimed the top semifinals spot with a time of 51.92. Close behind were ISL standout Takeshi Kawamoto and Yuya Tanaka who touched the wall at 52.08 and 52.17, respectively.  Kawamoto took out the first 50  a whole .52 faster than Mizunuma, showing that Mizunuma really pushed the last 50 meters.

The entire prelims event was a close race, with the top 12 men finishing within 1 second of each other. We are sure to see equally exciting battles in both the semifinals and finals. On the edge of the semifinals cutoff is Tomoru Honda, ranked 16th with a time of 53.13.

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Fly

KristofHUN
Milak
03/27
50.47
2Josif
Miladinov
BUL51.0812/19
3Noe
Ponti
SUI51.1512/04
4Takeshi
Kawamoto
JPN51.2802/07
5Naoki
Mizunuma
JPN51.3402/07
6Andrei
Minakov
RUS51.3710/27
7Jakub
Majerski
POL51.4403/27
8Katsuo
Matsumoto
JPN51.4702/07
9Luis
Martinez
GUA51.5011/13
10Hubert
Kos
HUN51.5203/26
11Caeleb
Dressel
USA51.6104/09
12Matt
Temple
AUS51.6412/14
13Yuki
Kobori
JPN51.6603/04
14Egor
Kuimov
RUS51.6710/27
15Szebasztian
Szabo
HUN51.7103/27
15James
Guy
GBR51.7103/12
17Yuuya
Tanaka
JPN51.7610/03
18Sun
Jiajun
CHN51.8109/28
19Kouta
Akahane
JPN51.8310/03
20Shaine
Casas
USA51.9101/15
21Oleg
Kostin
RUS51.9510/27
21Aleksandr
Shmakov
RUS51.9510/26
23Mehdy
Metella
FRA52.0203/19
24Piero
Codia
ITA52.0604/02
24Aleksandr
Sadovnikov
RUS52.0610/26
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Women’s 200 Backstroke

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Marina Furubayashi – 2:11.71
  2. Anna Konishi – 2:12.20
  3. Sayaka Akase – 2:12.93

Anna Konishi had a half-a-second lead over Marina Furubayashi at the 100 meter mark, but that was not enough to fend off the 2021 Japan Open Champion. Furubayashi broke 2:10:00 in December with a time  of 2:09.95 which ranks her #22 in the world this season. Konishi is currently ranked #22 with her season best time of 2:10.73.

Natsumi Sakai, the highest-ranked Japanese woman in the event this season at#12 in the world finished in 7th place with a time of 2:14.32. Rio Shirai, ranked #17 in the world this year, DNS’d the race.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Back

KayleeAUS
McKeown
11/15
2:04.46
2Margherita
Panziera
ITA2:05.5603/31
3Rhyan
White
USA2:07.2404/11
4Kathleen
Baker
USA2:07.5403/05
5Minna
Atherton
AUS2:07.8612/15
6Peng
Xuwei
CHN2:08.0101/03
7Isabelle
Stadden
USA2:08.1204/11
8Katalin
Burian
HUN2:08.2003/25
9Regan
Smith
USA2:08.8003/05
10Emily
Seebohm
AUS2:09.1203/19
11Phoebe
Bacon
USA2:09.1611/14
12Wang
Jiayin
CHN2:09.2209/30
13Natsumi
Sakai
JPN2:09.3212/06
14Africa
Zamorano
ESP2:09.3512/06
15Kathleen
Dawson
GBR2:09.4403/14
16Lisa
Bratton
USA2:09.5803/05
17Josephine
Ramey
USA2:09.7203/25
18Rio
Shirai
JPN2:09.7712/06
18Rika
Yuhara
JPN2:09.7710/02
20Eszter
Szabo-Feltothy
HUN2:09.7812/10
21Marina
Furubayashi
JPN2:09.9512/06
22Katharine
Berkoff
USA2:10.1211/14
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