Disclaimer: Swim of the Week will not be meant to be a conclusive number of the very best general swim of the week, however moderately one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper element. The Swim of the Week is a chance to take a more in-depth take a look at the context of one of many many quick swims this week, maybe a swim that slipped by the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to look at as intently within the flood of weekly meets.
The lads’s 200 free is likely to be one of the crucial wide-open races within the Olympic yr.
China’s Solar Yang gained the 2016 Olympic gold medal and each the 2017 and 2019 World Championships. However with Solar’s standing unsure amid an ongoing doping case, the battle for Tokyo Olympic gold may go in any route.
Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto is making a reputation for himself in that gold medal hunt.
The 23-year-old shaved a tenth off his personal nationwide report this week, going 1:45.13 to win the Kosuke Kitajima Cup in Tokyo.
That’s the very best time on the earth this season, supplanting former chief Alexander Graham of Australia, who went 1:45.69 again in December. In actual fact, Matsumoto is the Sixth-fastest swimmer on this complete expanded Olympic quad. Solely 4 males (Solar, Danas Rapsys, Clyde Lewis and Duncan Scott) have damaged 1:45 because the Rio Olympics, and Matsumoto simply received nearer than anybody apart from a 1:45.03 Townley Haas has because the final Olympics.