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
2Simona
Quadarella
ITA8:20.2305/18
3Wang
Jianjiahe
CHN8:20.3805/07
4Anastasia
KIRPICHNIKOVA
RUS8:21.8605/18
5Ariarne
Titmus
AUS8:23.7304/17
6Sarah
Koehler
GER8:23.8204/18
7Anna
Egorova
RUS8:24.3504/09
8Leah
Smith
USA8:24.4604/08
9Lani
Pallister
AUS8:24.7112/15
10Maddy
Gough
AUS8:25.2404/18
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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
2Michael
Andrew
USA50.8005/14
3Naoki
Mizunuma
JPN51.0304/09
4Josif
Miladinov
BUL51.0812/19
5Caeleb
Dressel
USA51.1504/09
5Noe
Ponti
SUI51.1512/04
7Andrei
Minakov
RUS51.1704/09
8Takeshi
Kawamoto
JPN51.2504/09
9Mikhail
Vekovishchev
RUS51.4004/09
10James
Guy
GBR51.4404/17
10Jakub
Majerski
POL51.4403/27
12Katsuo
Matsumoto
JPN51.4702/07
13Luis
Martinez
GUA51.5011/13
14Hubert
Kos
HUN51.5203/26
15Tom
Shields
USA51.5505/14
16Matt
Temple
AUS51.6412/14
17Nyls
Korstanje
NED51.6504/30
17Jacob
Peters
GBR51.6504/17
19Yuki
Kobori
JPN51.6603/04
20Egor
Kuimov
RUS51.6710/27
21Szebasztian
Szabo
HUN51.7103/27
22Marius
Kusch
GER51.7504/16
23Yuuya
Tanaka
JPN51.7610/03
24Andrew
Seliskar
USA51.8105/14
24Sun
Jiajun
CHN51.8109/28
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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
3Phoebe
Bacon
USA2:06.8405/14
4Regan
Smith
USA2:06.9005/14
5Rhyan
White
USA2:07.2404/11
6Emily
Seebohm
AUS2:07.4604/17
7Kathleen
Baker
USA2:07.5403/05
8Cassie
Wild
GBR2:07.7405/23
9Kylie
Masse
CAN2:07.6005/08
10Minna
Atherton
AUS2:07.8612/15
11Katalin
Burian
HUN2:07.8705/23
12Peng
Xuwei
CHN2:08.0101/03
13Isabelle
Stadden
USA2:08.1204/11
14Kathleen
Dawson
GBR2:08.1404/17
15Lena
Grabowski
AUT2:08.1905/23
16Liu
Yaxin
CHN2:08.2605/07
17Wang
Jiayin
CHN2:09.2209/30
18Natsumi
Sakai
JPN2:09.3212/06
19Africa
Zamorano
ESP2:09.3512/06
20Anna
Konishi
JPN2:09.4704/09
21Lisa
Bratton
USA2:09.5803/05
22Sharon
van Rouwendaal
FRA2:09.7204/09
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