Upcoming 2020 Kosuke Kitajima Cup Gives Japanese OLY Trials Preview

2020 KOSUKE KITAJIMA CUP

  • Friday, January 24th – Sunday, January 26th
  • Tatsumi International Swimming Centre, Tokyo, Japan
  • 50m (LCM)
  • Meet Information

The best of the best in Japanese swimming is set to take to Tatsumi International Swimming Centre the weekend of Friday, January 24th to race in the annual Kosuke Kitajima Cup.

With the likes of powerhouse athletes Daiya Seto, Kosuke Hagino, Katsuhiro Matsumoto, Yui Ohashi, and Rio Shirai entered in the 3-day affair, the meet promises to provide us with a full-on dress rehearsal of the Japan Swim, the meet slated for April which represents the nation’s Olympic Trials.

The 2019 edition of this meet actually took place in November 2018, which meant that spring sensation Rikako Ikee was still healthy enough to compete. She and fellow ace Katsumi Nakamura earned MVP honors at that edition for their speedy performances, which included a 52.79 100m free for Ikee and 48.43 performance by Nakamura.

This year, on-fire Seto just logged a legendary double while competing at the FINA Champions Series in Beijing, with the 25-year-old father clocking a new Asian and Japanese national record 200m fly time of 1:52.53. He followed that up just a few races later with a monster personal best of 1:55.55 in the 200m IM to put the world on notice once again that he means business with a home Olympic Games on the horizon.

Below are the high-profile Japanese swimmers committed to swimming at the 2020 Kosuke Kitajima Cup thus far:

Daiya Seto
Katsumi Nakamura
Shinri Shioura
Ryosuke Irie
Kosuke Hagino
Masato Sakai
Ippei Watanabe
Katsuhiro Matsumoto
Naoki Mizunuma
Kazuki Kohinata
Keita Sunama
Naito Ehara
Keisuke Yoshida

Women

Yui Ohashi
Reona Aoki
Rika Omoto
Chihiro Igarashi
Tomomi Aoki
Rio Shirai
Takaya Yasue
Suzuka Hasegawa
Hiroko Makino

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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