Yui Ohashi Annihilates Japanese Record in 400 IM at Lausanne Cup

Karl Ortegon
by Karl Ortegon 7

December 21st, 2017 News


Yui Ohashi, the 200 IM silver medalist at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, made mince meat of the Japanese record in the short course meters 400 IM. Swimming at the Lausanne Cup in Switzerland, she easily won the event, posting a time of 4:24.03.

Ohashi took down Sakiko Shimizu‘s record of 4:27.51 with Shimizu swimming right besides her. Shimizu would finish 2nd in the race in Lausanne, going a respectable 4:28.22, a time that would’ve challenged her old record, but looked pedestrian next to the new record-holder Ohashi.

The 22-year-old Ohashi, known for her immaculate stroke, split the race accordingly:

  • Fly – 1:00.4o (28.21/32.19)
  • Back  – 1:06.53 (33.89/32.64)
  • Breast – 1:15.60 (37.55/38.05)
  • Free – 1:01.50 (31.33/30.17)

Ohashi nearly broke the Japanese record in the 200 IM at tonight’s finals session Lausanne, a 2:05.97 also held by Shimizu. Ohashi was 2:06.42, though, about a half second off of the mark.

With no clear American standout in the 400 IM long course, Ohashi’s improvement sets herself up for a major battle with Canadian IM’er Sydney Pickrem at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships. In Budapest this summer, Pickrem beat Ohashi out for the bronze medal in this event by just under two seconds, but Ohashi’s time drops this week suggest she’ll have more to fight with this coming summer.

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5 years ago

Very appreciated “known for her immaculate stroke”.

PS Just a correction for a typo: Yui Ohashi, the 200 im (not 400 im, where silver medalist was Mireia Belmonte) silver medalist at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest..

Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Wonderful improvement for Ms. Ohasi, but no clear American standout? What about Leah Smith?

samuel huntington
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

I don’t think she even swam it at Worlds, or if she did, she wasn’t close to a medal. Definitely not a stand out in the IM (obviously she is in the 400 free).

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  samuel huntington
5 years ago

She did swim it at Budapest, got 6th in 4:36.09. Had a monster schedule. Based on her drop of more than 20 seconds from her previous best of 4:55, got to wonder what she is capable of doing when not swimming more than 6,000 meters like she did at worlds. Try being a freestyler for a very long time then switching to 4 IM. She won a national championship after all in 4:33. Let us see if she continues to swim it. She has potential to be a real standout & drop further. Remember, she pursued the 500 & broke 4:30, then nearly broke 4:00 in the 4 LC free.

Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Leah has huge potential ……thats clear , even in the IM’s

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

And is everyone counting out Ella Eastin too?

About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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