Yanagimoto & Ogata Double Up On Gold To Close Out JPN High School C’Ships


The final day of the 89th Japan Inter-High School Swimming Championships wrapped up from Nagano today, with Sou Ogata getting it done once again in an IM event.

After already punching a mark of 1:59.81 to top the 200m IM podium, the Nihon representative produced a quick 4:15.62 in the 400m IM to double up gold. His outing tonight was about one and a half seconds off of the 4:14.25 Ogata logged for 3rd place at the Japanese Olympic Trials.

Another double winner on this final session came in the form of Konosuke Yanagimoto, who added a 100m free gold to the 200m free he already produced dealer in this meet.

Tonight, 17-year-old Yanagimoto touched in a quick 49.91 to put up the only sub-50 second time of the field. His time was less than .10 off of his own Japanese national high school record of 49.83, a time he registered at the Tokyo Special Swimming meet last September.

Additional winners included Sota Usui getting it done for gold in the men’s 1500m, hitting 15:23.25 for first place while Yoshi Momoka posted 55.61 as the only sub-56 second 100m freestyler in the women’s race.

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