World University Games Medalists Highlight Final Night Of JPN Student C’ships

2019 JAPANESE STUDENT SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 2019 Japanese Student Swimming Championships wrapped up in thrilling fashion from Tokyo, with 18-year-old Shoma Sato firing off a new World Junior Record* in the men’s 200m breaststroke.

Stopping the clock in a new personal best of 2:09.21, Sato beat the 2:09.39 mark that FINA officially recognized as the World Junior Record swum by Chian’s Qin Haiyang at the 2017 World Championships. You can read more about Sato’s head-turning swim here.

Atsuya Yoshida produced a winning time of 15:13.32 to take the men’s 1500m freestyle to close out his Championships. The Nihon University swimmer was runner-up in this event at this year’s Japan Open, clocking a time there in May of 15:10.97. Previously at the Japan Swim, Yoshida produced a mark of 15:17.33 for 4th place, so this evening’s time rests right in between.

Waka Kobori followed up on her 400m free gold from night 1 with another win tonight in the 800m distance. Stopping the clock at 8:33.41. Kobori topped the field by almost 5 seconds. Kobori is the reigning World University Games champion in this event, taking gold in Naples at the Summer Universiade in a time of 8:34.30, almost a second slower than she was this evening.

The women’s 400m IM saw Sayaka Kashiwazaki top the podium in a mark of 4:42.19, leading a trio of 4:42 swimmers. Runner-up status went to Mao Ichinohe who touched in 4:42.88, while Mahiro Ishii rounded out the top 3 finishers in 4:42.96.

Similarly, there were 2 super close finishers in the men’s edition of the 400m IM, with Ikari Yuuki and Ippei Miyamoto separated by just .11. Yuuki landed atop the podium in 4:13.83, while Miyamoto touched the wall close behind in 4:13.94 for silver.

Additional Winners:

  • Kaiya Seki won the men’s 100m free in a time of 49.05, just .05 ahead of runner-up Juran Mizohata.
  • The women’s 100m free saw Sayane Ueno get to the wall first in 55.32, followed by Risa Kishimoto‘s time of 55.78.
  • Marina Furubayashi touched in 1:00.46 to win the women’s 100m back, while Uno Shuhei took the men’s title in 55.50.
  • The women’s 200m breast saw Mai Fukasawa snag gold in a mark of 2:16.17, a time just .01 ahead of silver medalist Manami Chida.

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Newport Beach lover

Wondering why we even compete in yard while the rest of the world compete mostly on 50 all year around occasionally 25 m.

Because 90% of our pools are yards 🤷‍♂️

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