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
06/14
2:08.19
2Madisyn
Cox
USA2:08.5105/22
3Alex
Walsh
USA2:08.8706/16
4Abbie
Wood
GBR2:09.2304/17
5Kate
Douglass
USA2:09.3206/16
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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
GBR2:20.8904/15
3Annie
Lazor
USA2:21.0706/18
4Evgenia
Chikunova
RUS2:21.6304/08
5Abbie
Wood
GBR2:21.6904/15
6Lilly
King
USA2:21.7506/18
7Yulia
Efimova
RUS2:21.8606/06
8Lisa
Mamie
SUI2:22.0505/21
9Emily
Escobedo
USA2:22.6406/18
10Maria
Temnikova
RUS2:22.7604/08
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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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