World Ranking Shakeups Close Out 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup

2021 KOSUKE KITAJIMA CUP

The 2021 Kosuke Kitajima Cup wrapped up in Tokyo tonight, capped off by a mega performance by 19-year-old Shoma Sato. The World Junior Championships medalist produced a career-best of 2:06.78 in the 200m breaststroke to become the world’s 4th fastest man of all-time. You can read more about the Keio University student’s stunner here.

Although not quite as groundbreaking as Sato’s swim, there were plenty of other performances worth noting as this annual 3-day affair came to a close.

Yesterday’s 400m IM victors of Yui Ohashi and Kosuke Hagino both doubled up with 200m IM gold medals tonight. The Japanese IM queen and king took respective women’s and men’s titles in times of 2:09.86 and 1:58.62, with the former representing a new competition record.

Hagino currently ranks as the 4th fastest man in the world this season, courtesy of the 1:57.67 time he put up last month. Ohashi, however, makes her world rankings debut in this 2IM event for the season, now sitting only behind Australian speedster Kaylee McKeown’s 2:08.23.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 IM

KayleeAUS
McKeown
12/15
2:08.23
2Abbie
Wood
GBR2:09.3802/14
3Yui
Ohashi
JPN2:09.5902/06
4Miho
Teramura
JPN2:10.0801/24
5Kathleen
Baker
USA2:10.3001/17
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Also making it into the world rankings right behind Ohashi is Miho Teramura, who touched just .22 behind the national record holder in tonight’s 200m IM race. Teramura’s performance was a near-lifetime best, approaching the 2:09.86 she registered for bronze at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

Reona Aoki represented another world rankings-shaker-upper, taking on the women’s 200m breaststroke. The two-time 2018 Asian Games breaststroke medalist stopped the clock tonight in a time of 2:24.83, with the outing checking in as a season-best.

The 25-year-old now ranks as the 7th fastest performer worldwide so far this season.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Breast

2Molly
Renshaw
GBR2:22.0802/12
3Abbie
Wood
GBR2:22.7702/12
4Tatjana
Schoenmaker
RSA2:23.0502/19
5Kanako
Watanabe
JPN2:23.1512/06
6Maria
Temnikova
RUS2:23.1910/30
7Emily
Escobedo
USA2:23.4601/16
8Daria
Chikunova
RUS2:23.8810/03
9Annie
Lazor
USA2:23.9103/06
9Yu
Jingyao
CHN2:23.9101/01
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Additional winners included Naoki Mizunuma earning the men’s 100m fly gold in 51.84, just off his season-best of 51.66, as well as Chihiro Igarashi who took the women’s 50m free in 25.16.

The usual domestic dual between Shinri Shioura and Katsumi Nakamura came to fruition once again in the men’s 50m free, with the former touching just .01 ahead of the latter with final times of 22.25 and 22.26, respectively.

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Retta Race

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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