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Japan University Championships: Ryosuke Irie Blasts 100 Back, Sets Asian Record -- September 5, 2009

By Hideki Mochizuki, Swimming World Japanese correspondent

KUMAMOTO, Japan, September 5. RYOSUKE Irie became the second fastest 100 backstroker of all time with an Asian record in the event at the Japan University Championships held in Kumamoto.

Irie posted a scorching fast time of 52.24 as a relay leadoff. The swim smashed Junya Koga's Asian and Japanese record time of 52.26 set at the World Championships in Rome. Irie also moved behind only Aaron Peirsol, who owns the top two times in history with a 51.94 and 52.19 to his credit.


"I was shooting for it more than my individual race for tomorrow as I felt really good today," Irie said.

Irie completed the first 50 meters in 25.60, which is his fastest opening split ever. He then used his usual come-from-behind energy to power himself to the wall. At the World Championships, Irie finished fourth overall in 52.73.

Other winners included:
Men
200m free: Sho Uchida, 1:46.93
100m fly: Kazuya Kaneda, 52.77
200m IM: Yuya Horihata, 2:00.60
400m Medley Relay: Waseda Univ., 3:35.37

Women
200m free: Haruka Ueda, 1:59.41
100m fly: Natsumi Hoshi, 58.93
200m IM: Tomoyo Fukuda, 2:12.62
400m Medley Relay: Kinki Univ., 4:04.70


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September 5, 2009 What was he wearing, I wonder?
Submitted by: jessem
September 6, 2009 Who cares what he was wearing. I'm sure everyone else that similar suits. He could swim naked and still be the second best all time.
Submitted by: blue.water
September 6, 2009 Who cares what he was wearing. I'm sure everyone else that similar suits. He could swim naked and still be the second best all time.
Submitted by: blue.water
September 6, 2009 I care what he was wearing, that's why I asked. It's relevant to me at least because who knows if he'll go that fast next year in a textile suit. If he was already wearing one I would be much more impressed.
Submitted by: jessem
September 6, 2009 Jessem, one doesn't swim a 52.24 in fabric jammers. Japan is going to the Jan. 1, 2010 deadline and from there I'm sure the Japanese will intiate changes to FINA. I think all you want to know is if he was in a hi tech suit so you can degrade his effort.
Submitted by: RedBone
September 6, 2009 i guess he wore an arena suit as he is sponserized by arena like aaron peirsol .
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Submitted by: maly
September 6, 2009 RedBone, to say that I want to know if he was in a high-tech suit to 'degrade his effort' is a huge jump to conclusions. And of course 'one doesn't swim a 52.24 in fabric jammers'. As hard as it may be for you to believe, I actually just wanted to know what suit he was wearing.

And I wouldn't degrade a performance done in a rubber suit, because there is no need to at this point. The time is utterly irrelevant to anyone who isn't in love with the suits (aka the majority of people). I'm sorry if 'his effort' seems unimpressive to me after a year and half of artificially inflated times. I would love to see him swim a 100m back in a regular suit.
Submitted by: jessem
September 6, 2009 Jessem, ur missing the point. Anyone could get the suit. But despite that only he and one other person was able to swim that kind of time. And while his time might be quicker what he did was still completely amazing. If the suit allowed anyone to go and get fast times then u would have a more valid point. But the thing that matters is that even if u bought it or any suit made u still would not be able to approach that kind of speed, and that is what is so amazing.
Submitted by: nate6051
September 6, 2009 Jessem, ur missing the point. Anyone could get the suit. But despite that only he and one other person was able to swim that kind of time. And while his time might be quicker what he did was still completely amazing. If the suit allowed anyone to go and get fast times then u would have a more valid point. But the thing that matters is that even if u bought it or any suit made u still would not be able to approach that kind of speed, and that is what is so amazing.
Submitted by: nate6051
September 6, 2009 I never said Irie wasn't an amazing talent. My point is that this time is irrelevant, and can only be measured against other artificially enhanced performances that everyone will be trying to forget after Jan. 1 2010. Like I already said, I would love to see him swim the 100m back in a normal suit so I could actually appreciate whatever fast time he does.

This perfectly illustrates one of the main reasons the suits are such a poison to the sport, when a talented swimmer performs well, it's hard for a lot of people to fully appreciate it the way it's supposed to be. I really feel strongly that no one should be excited about a time done in a suit that only has a few more months left to live.
Submitted by: jessem
September 6, 2009 Jessem: you'd surprise the number of the elite swimmers that don't support the ban. There is nothing inflated when everyone is probably wearing the same thing...a race is a race when the playing field is level. Fast sells and slow is boring. You think this debate will end on Jan. 01, 2010....It'll go on for years. The ban basically wipes out 9 years of swimming if one starts with the bodysuit Ian Thorpe wore when he set the 400Free WR. With that, most all swim done after 2001 were done by what you call "artificially enhanced" swimsuits since the bodysuit is now banned. I'm not worried about what someone wore. I just enjoy that moment in time and the excitement regardless of what suit was woren during the race.

Submitted by: speedboat
September 7, 2009 Speedboat, I've always wondered, are you being paid by one of the swim suit manufacturers? Seriously.
Submitted by: jessem
September 7, 2009 I wonder when people finally realize that the playing field is NEVER even! It's not even with the suits (they benefit some more than others) and it won't be even after Jan 1st 2010 (great swimmers will be at a great advantage!)
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