96TH JAPAN STUDENT SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 96th Japan Pupil Swimming Championships concluded tonight from Tokyo with one other breakout efficiency within the males’s 200m breaststroke by Shoma Sato.
Representing Keio College, 19-year-old Sato ripped a monster 200m breast time of two:07.02 to not solely simply reap gold right here, however to check-in among the many world’s best-ever within the occasion.
Getting into this meet, Sato’s lifetime finest rested on the 2:07.58 the teenager put up this previous January on the Kosuke Kitajima Cup. Splitting 1:01.41/1:06.17, Sato’s January time laid waste to his earlier career-quickest of two:09.21 from this similar Pupil Swimming Championships in 2019.
Flash ahead to tonight and Sato break up 1:01.14/1:05.88 to register his 2:07.02 eye-popping swim. Which means this child has dropped over 2 seconds on this occasion in simply 12 months.
Sato’s time right here now rockets the teenager up into spot #5 on the all-time performers’ listing at simply 19 years of age with a house Olympic Video games on the horizon.
All-Time Prime Males’s 200m Breaststroke Performers
For perspective, whereas competing on the Russia Cup this similar weekend, Kirill Prigoda posted a time of two:07.85.
Earlier than the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Video games as a result of coronavirus pandemic, we reported how Sato had devised a specific strategy for tackling the ultra-competitive 200m breast at his nation’s Olympic Trials meet of the Japan Swim.
Sato stated his plan is to ‘practice myself to swim within the 1:04 vary within the again half of the race with out speeding the entrance half.’ Together with his 1:04 back-half aim in thoughts, to hit a 2:06, as Sato stated, he would wish to exit quick sufficient to tempo the sphere, however not zealously so the place he would lose steam on the ultimate stretch.
His swim tonight entered him into the sub-1:06 realm on the back-half, so he’s on course from his earlier PB outing.