Yui Ohashi Breaks Asian Record In SCM 400 IM At Tokyo World Cup


Yui Ohashi set a new Asian and Japanese Record in the women’s short course 400 IM at day 2 finals of the FINA World Cup in Tokyo, putting up a time of 4:22.73 to place 2nd to Hungarian Katinka Hosszu.

Ohashi went head-to-head with the Hungarian the entire race, which was contested as a timed final, heading into the freestyle just .03 back of Hosszu. The reigning long and short course World Champion out-split Ohashi by eight-tenths over the final 100 metres to win in a time of 4:21.91, her fastest showing since August of 2017.

For the 23-year-old Ohashi, she broke her own Japanese mark of 4:24.03 set at the Swim Cup Lausanne in December of 2017, and also took down Ye Shiwen‘s Asian Record of 4:23.33 set six years ago at the 2012 Short Course World Championships in Istanbul.

She moves past South African Kathryn Meaklim (4:22.88), Great Britain’s Hannah Miley (4:23.14) and Ye to move into 3rd all-time in the event, trailing only world record holder Mireia Belmonte (4:18.94) of Spain and Hosszu (4:19.46).

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About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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