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Top 12 Swimmers Separated by 1 Second in Men’s 100 Fly at Japan Trials

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2021 JAPAN SWIM (OLYMPIC TRIALS)

Day 6 of the Japan Swim Olympic Trials is now underway, following the prelims session of the women’s 800 freestyle, men’s 100 butterfly, and women’s 200 backstroke. In our preview, we knew the men’s 100 fly was going to be an exciting battle as Japan has 4 swimmers within the top 15 fastest 100 butterfliers in the world this season. That battle clearly began this morning, with the top 12 swimmers touching the wall within 1 second of each other.

Women’s 800 Freestyle

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Miyu Namba – 8:33.74
  2. Waka Kobori – 8:34.84
  3. Chinatsu Sato – 8:37.14

Chinatsu Sato was right behind World Junior Championships silver medalist Miyu Namba at the halfway point, flipping at 4:16.75 to 17-year-old Namba’s 4:15.44. Kobori was 3 seconds behind Sato. Sato snagged 2nd in the 1500 freestyle final on Tuesday.

Kobori’s season-best time of 8:27.08 from the 2021 Japan Open ranks her #9 in the world this season. Kobori and Sato placed 1-3 in this event at the 2019 World University Games.

2 Wang
Jianjiahe
CHN 8:20.96 09/28
3 Anastasia
KIRPICHNIKOVA
RUS 8:22.65 12/10
4 Simona
Quadarella
ITA 8:23.77 04/01
5 Lani
Pallister
AUS 8:24.71 12/15
6 Leah
Smith
USA 8:25.67 03/06
7 Martina Rita
Caramignoli
ITA 8:26.02 04/01
8 Bella
Sims
USA 8:27.01 11/12
9 Waka
Kobori
JPN 8:27.08 02/06
10 Merve
Tuncel
TUR 8:27.38 02/21

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Men’s 100 Butterfly

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Naoki Mizunuma – 51.92
  2. Takeshi Kawamoto – 52.08
  3. Yuya Tanaka – 52.17

Naoki Mizunuma, whose season best time of 51.34 is the 5th fastest 100 butterfly in the world this season, claimed the top semifinals spot with a time of 51.92. Close behind were ISL standout Takeshi Kawamoto and Yuya Tanaka who touched the wall at 52.08 and 52.17, respectively.  Kawamoto took out the first 50  a whole .52 faster than Mizunuma, showing that Mizunuma really pushed the last 50 meters.

The entire prelims event was a close race, with the top 12 men finishing within 1 second of each other. We are sure to see equally exciting battles in both the semifinals and finals. On the edge of the semifinals cutoff is Tomoru Honda, ranked 16th with a time of 53.13.

2 Josif
Miladinov
BUL 51.08 12/19
3 Noe
Ponti
SUI 51.15 12/04
4 Takeshi
Kawamoto
JPN 51.28 02/07
5 Naoki
Mizunuma
JPN 51.34 02/07
6 Andrei
Minakov
RUS 51.37 10/27
7 Jakub
Majerski
POL 51.44 03/27
8 Katsuo
Matsumoto
JPN 51.47 02/07
9 Luis
Martinez
GUA 51.50 11/13
10 Hubert
Kos
HUN 51.52 03/26
11 Matt
Temple
AUS 51.64 12/14
12 Yuki
Kobori
JPN 51.66 03/04
13 Egor
Kuimov
RUS 51.67 10/27
14 Caeleb
Dressel
USA 51.69 03/26
15 Szebasztian
Szabo
HUN 51.71 03/27
15 James
Guy
GBR 51.71 03/12
17 Yuuya
Tanaka
JPN 51.76 10/03
18 Sun
Jiajun
CHN 51.81 09/28
19 Kouta
Akahane
JPN 51.83 10/03
20 Shaine
Casas
USA 51.91 01/15
21 Oleg
Kostin
RUS 51.95 10/27
21 Aleksandr
Shmakov
RUS 51.95 10/26
23 Mehdy
Metella
FRA 52.02 03/19
24 Aleksandr
Sadovnikov
RUS 52.06 10/26
25 Nao
Horomura
JPN 52.08 02/07

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Women’s 200 Backstroke

Top 3 Qualifiers:

  1. Marina Furubayashi – 2:11.71
  2. Anna Konishi – 2:12.20
  3. Sayaka Akase – 2:12.93

Anna Konishi had a half-a-second lead over Marina Furubayashi at the 100 meter mark, but that was not enough to fend off the 2021 Japan Open Champion. Furubayashi broke 2:10:00 in December with a time  of 2:09.95 which ranks her #22 in the world this season. Konishi is currently ranked #22 with her season best time of 2:10.73.

Natsumi Sakai, the highest-ranked Japanese woman in the event this season at#12 in the world finished in 7th place with a time of 2:14.32. Rio Shirai, ranked #17 in the world this year, DNS’d the race.

2 Margherita
Panziera
ITA 2:05.56 03/31
3 Kathleen
Baker
USA 2:07.54 03/05
4 Minna
Atherton
AUS 2:07.86 12/15
5 Peng
Xuwei
CHN 2:08.01 01/03
6 Katalin
Burian
HUN 2:08.20 03/25
7 Regan
Smith
USA 2:08.80 03/05
8 Emily
Seebohm
AUS 2:09.12 03/19
9 Phoebe
Bacon
USA 2:09.16 11/14
10 Wang
Jiayin
CHN 2:09.22 09/30
11 Isabelle
Stadden
USA 2:09.31 01/17
12 Natsumi
Sakai
JPN 2:09.32 12/06
13 Africa
Zamorano
ESP 2:09.35 12/06
14 Kathleen
Dawson
GBR 2:09.44 03/14
15 Lisa
Bratton
USA 2:09.58 03/05
16 Josephine
Ramey
USA 2:09.72 03/25
17 Rio
Shirai
JPN 2:09.77 12/06
17 Rika
Yuhara
JPN 2:09.77 10/02
19 Eszter
Szabo-Feltothy
HUN 2:09.78 12/10
20 Marina
Furubayashi
JPN 2:09.95 12/06
21 Katharine
Berkoff
USA 2:10.12 11/14
22 Gerda
Szilagyi
HUN 2:10.73 12/11

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