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Morita, Miki set National Records as Japanese Olympic Trials End -- April 26, 2004

By Hideki Mochizuki

TOKYO, April 25. ON the sixth and final day of the Japanese Olympic Trials, two national records were broken, bringing the total to ten for the six day meet.

Immediately after the meet, Japanese officials announced the names of the members of the 2004 Japanese Olympic team.

Day Six began with Tomomi Morita completing his sweep of the national dorsal records for men. With the 100 and 200 meter marks already in his pocket, Morita sprinted to a new Japanese record of 25.68 seconds for 50 meters.

Jiro Miki, still sky-high after his in in the 400 IM, not only smashed the Japanese record over the 200 meters medley, but also dipped under the two-minute barrier with his 1:59.99. It wasn't an easy victory for Miki as he trailed Takahiro Mori by almost a full second at the halfway mark.

But after the turn, he exploded on the breaststroke leg, splitting 34.02 and grabbing a lead he would not relinquish.

"I am so happy," he told SwimInfo. "I was focusing on the latter half of the race. This will be my second Olympic Games and I will do better this time," he vowed.

Second place finisher Mori commented: "I was not selected for Sydney and this time I failed in the 400m IM earlier in the meet. There was a bit of concern oover 'not again.' I lost tonight but the important thing was to get a ticket to Athens. I got it."

With these two Japanese record, the Japanese Olympic Trials ended with a total of 10 new Japanese records.

In the men’s 100m butterfly, Takashi Yamamoto was first in 52.58 seconds, notching his seventh consecutive win in this event. "I was going for a personal best but could not do it," said the national record-holder. "So, I will do so in Athens."

Second place finisher, Ryo Takayasu, did score a personal best of 52.85 seconds but missed an Olympic berth by 0.02 seconds, as the time standard was set at 52.83.

In the women’s 200m backstroke, Reiko Nakamura won in 2.10.18, comfortably adding the double century to her 100 meter win. "Mentally, I was not as positive as in the 100, and this was why I missed breaking the Japanese record. I will show my best performance in Athens," she promised.

After the six day Trials, the Japanese Swimming Federation immediately announced the team roster for the Athens Games. Nine men and 11 women were selected based on the time standards established by the federation.

2004 Japanese Olympic Team

Men:
Jiro Miki (IM)
Susumu Tabuchi (IM)
Takahiro Mori (IM)
Takeshi Matsuda (Butterfly, and Freestyle)
Takashi Yamamoto (Butterfly)
Kosuke Kitajima (Breaststroke)
Genki Imamura (Breaststroke)
Yoshihiro Okumura (Freestyle)
Tomomi Morita (Backstroke)

Women:
Junko Onishi (Butterfly)
Yuko Nakanishi (Butterfly)
Yukiko Osada (Butterfly)
Misa Amano (IM)
Reiko Nakamura (Backstroke)
Noriko Inada (Backstroke)
Aya Terakawa (Backstroke)
Masami Tanaka (Breaststroke)
Sachiko Yamada (Freestyle)
Ai Shibata (Freestyle)
Tomoko Nagai (Freestyle)

Team Director: Tsuyoshi Aoki
Head coach: Koji Ueno
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RESULTS

FINALS
Women 50m Backstroke (Japan record: 28.62)
1 Noriko Inada 1978/07/27 29.05
2 Mai Nakamura 1979/07/16 29.13
3 Nozomi Nobe 1982/07/04 29.43
4 Chihiro Ikeda 1982/10/23 29.76
5 Rui Kobayashi 1983/06/03 29.83
6 Masaki Oikawa 1984/03/29 29.84
7 Aya Shimoda 1983/05/06 29.99
8 Hiro Tanaka 1988/09/18 30.03
9 Saki Tanaka 1987/05/19 30.10

Men 50m Backstroke (Japan record: 25.72)
1 Tomomi Morita 1984/08/22 25.68 NEW JAPAN RECORD
2 Mizuki Wakabayashi 1981/06/22 25.91
3 Junichi Miyashita 1983/10/17 26.04
4 Atsushi Nishikori 1978/05/22 26.16
5 Shohei Uchida 1987/01/09 26.21
6 Junya Koga 1987/07/19 26.26
7 Masafumi Yamaguchi 1984/12/07 26.28
8 Naoyuki Watanabe 1983/04/08 26.57

Women 50m Butterfly (Japan record: 26.75)
1 Junko Onishi 1974/10/18 27.35
2 Ayako Doi 1980/06/29 27.67
2 Kozue Watanabe 1986/04/10 27.67
4 Masae Oshimi 1986/01/24 27.84
5 Rina Hayashi 1987/11/18 28.11
6 Yuki Miyatake 1986/01/22 28.28
7 Yuka Kato 1986/10/30 28.29
8 Haruna Kawasaki 1984/10/12 28.42

Men 50m Butterfly (Japan record: 24.07)
1 Yasutake Takamatsu 1982/07/30 24.47
2 Kohei Kawamoto 1979/10/06 24.54
3 Takashi Yamamoto 1978/07/23 24.69
4 Takuya Kitamoto 1984/08/24 24.76
5 Tadahisa Hashizume 1982/10/27 25.04
6 Katsuhiko Morita 1975/05/28 25.12
7 Shunsuke Koba 1982/04/19 25.18
8 Hiroaki Inou 1981/06/20 25.20

Women 50m Breaststroke (Japan record: 31.75)
1 Yoshimi Miwa 1985/01/09 32.30
2 Ryoko Maruyama 1982/10/23 32.37
3 Sayaka Nakamura 1987/10/24 32.70
4 Asami Kitagawa 1987/10/03 33.22
5 Yumeka Nagai 1986/04/19 33.49
6 Atsuko Kakuta 1983/08/24 33.78
7 Saki Ohashi 1985/05/09 34.02
7 Sanae Nawata 1985/07/16 34.02

Men 50m Breaststroke (Japan record: 27.99)
1 Kosuke Kitajima 1982/09/22 28.06
2 Yoshihisa Yamaguchi 1982/06/27 28.40
3 Mitsuhiro Yoshida 1982/11/22 28.92
4 Takehiko Mizuta 1983/07/27 29.00
4 Makoto Matsuda 1979/09/21 29.00
6 Toshiki Saito 1981/04/24 29.08
7 Mitsuhiro Maru 1981/07/27 29.11
8 Hiroshi Kono 1979/07/06 29.16
8 Daisuke Sato 1980/09/02 29.16

Women 1500m Freestyle (Japan record: 16:06.13)
1 Yumi Kida 1985/06/30 8:37.97 16:28.13
1:02.51 2:07.03 3:11.69 4:16.54 5:21.21 6:26.27 7:32.05
8:37.97 9:45.15 10:52.10 11:59.27 13:06.50 14:13.99 15:21.81
2 Tomoka Yonenaga 1986/07/10 8:49.48 16:36.45
1:03.44 2:09.06 3:15.41 4:22.17 5:29.05 6:36.29 7:43.18
8:49.48 9:56.07 11:02.87 12:09.49 13:16.33 14:23.68 15:31.10
3 Kanae Iwai 1985/07/27 8:47.41 16:41.67
1:02.82 2:07.98 3:13.45 4:19.33 5:25.72 6:32.76 7:39.98
8:47.41 9:54.65 11:02.77 12:10.66 13:19.38 14:27.88 15:34.68
4 Ai Mizoguchi 1986/04/21 8:55.22 16:48.82
1:06.01 2:13.20 3:20.11 4:27.21 5:34.09 6:41.02 7:47.98
8:55.22 10:02.95 11:10.60 12:18.57 13:26.69 14:34.51 15:41.40
5 Madoka Ochi 1985/03/24 8:53.40 16:56.08
1:04.45 2:11.51 3:18.35 4:25.20 5:32.12 6:39.09 7:46.35
8:53.40 10:00.93 11:08.74 12:16.69 13:25.26 14:34.90 15:45.99
6 Yukiko Tsukurimichi 1986/02/05 8:58.33 16:57.52
1:06.45 2:13.72 3:20.98 4:28.22 5:35.69 6:43.02 7:50.58
8:58.33 10:06.41 11:14.71 12:22.91 13:31.75 14:41.12 15:50.58
7 Shiho Yoshimura 1987/03/19 8:58.80 16:58.38
1:04.49 2:11.30 3:18.92 4:26.54 5:34.48 6:42.02 7:50.42
8:58.80 10:07.06 11:15.19 12:24.02 13:33.32 14:42.02 15:50.65
8 Yui Hashimoto 1988/02/19 9:07.50 17:09.60
1:06.23 2:14.98 3:23.39 4:31.83 5:40.45 6:49.44 7:58.42
9:07.50 10:16.83 11:26.00 12:34.79 13:44.13 14:53.16 16:02.14

Men 800m Freestyle (Japan record: 7:57.99)
1 Takeshi Matsuda 1984/06/23 7:58.76
57.68 1:57.81 2:58.23 3:59.14 5:00.26 6:01.15 7:01.92
2 Naoya Sonoda 1982/12/31 8:06.61
58.45 2:00.15 3:02.15 4:04.28 5:06.23 6:08.37 7:09.74
3 Hisato Matsumoto 1984/10/05 8:07.98
56.80 1:57.16 2:58.55 4:00.50 5:02.68 6:05.40 7:08.25
4 Atsushi Nagano 1983/12/22 8:09.20
59.26 2:00.83 3:02.15 4:03.67 5:05.55 6:07.69 7:09.41
5 Yuki Takayama 1982/08/11 8:13.69
59.02 2:00.80 3:03.03 4:05.61 5:07.80 6:10.09 7:12.31
6 Yuta Amano 1984/01/09 8:14.35
58.18 1:59.34 3:00.99 4:03.05 5:06.00 6:09.35 7:13.43
7 Toshitaka Yamabe 1982/04/28 8:16.50
59.25 2:01.39 3:03.89 4:06.95 5:09.80 6:12.93 7:15.78
8 Eiji Katayama 1979/11/14 8:16.77
59.18 2:01.14 3:03.86 4:06.91 5:10.26 6:13.73 7:17.37

Women 50m Freestyle (Japan record: 25.14)
1 Tomoko Hagiwara 1980/04/13 25.62
2 Kaori Yamada 1981/09/20 26.10
3 Atsumi Yamada 1982/05/07 26.35
4 Kaoru Naito 1986/06/09 26.36
5 Eriko Mashima 1983/08/08 26.46
6 Megumi Kita 1984/04/03 26.52
6 Kei Aoki 1987/09/03 26.52
8 Motomi Nakamura 1988/05/19 26.55

Men 50m Freestyle (Japan record: 22.18)
1 Makoto Ito 1986/02/27 23.02
2 Tomohiro Yamanoi 1977/06/04 23.07
3 Naoki Nagura 1981/12/21 23.13
4 Ranmaru Harada 1987/12/17 23.31 NEW HIGH SCHOOL RECORD
5 Naoki Takeuchi 1982/12/04 23.35
6 Shunsuke Ito 1976/04/06 23.38
7 Yu Hoshida 1982/11/29 23.40
8 Akihiro Shimizu 1979/01/18 23.60

Men 200m IM (Japan record: 2:00.29)
1 Jiro Miki 1983/05/31 1:59.99 NEW JAPAN RECORD
26.38 57.10 1:31.12
2 Takahiro Mori 1980/03/02 2:00.47
25.97 56.17 1:31.03
3 Hidemasa Sano 1984/05/28 2:01.58
25.88 56.64 1:32.46
4 Yuta Shoji 1984/10/20 2:02.08
26.75 57.44 1:33.04
5 Shinya Taniguchi 1981/03/23 2:02.85
26.90 58.94 1:34.23
6 Taishi Okude 1983/12/23 2:02.94
26.62 57.95 1:32.91
7 Susumu Tabuchi 1980/07/02 2:03.88
26.93 58.64 1:34.86
8 Jun Yoshii 1982/07/14 2:05.37
26.50 58.33 1:34.38


Women 200m Breaststroke (Japan record: 2:24.12)
1 Masami Tanaka 1979/01/05 2:26.12
33.27 1:10.43 1:48.14
2 Yuko Sakaguchi 1979/02/20 2:28.37
34.46 1:11.82 1:49.78
3 Hiroka Sakamoto 1981/11/03 2:29.52
34.40 1:12.21 1:50.82
4 Fumiko Kawanabe 1984/08/29 2:31.37
34.50 1:12.01 1:50.87
5 Manami Hotta 1989/01/17 2:31.54
34.36 1:12.23 1:51.18
6 Kahori Sato 1981/11/29 2:31.59
33.92 1:11.81 1:50.67
7 Ryoko Maruyama 1982/10/23 2:32.77
34.59 1:13.56 1:53.20
8 Marisa Tajitsu 1991/05/08 2:33.36
35.43 1:14.62 1:53.92


Women 200m Backstroke (Japan record: 2:10.05)
1 Reiko Nakamura 1982/05/17 2:10.18
30.19 1:03.06 1:36.08
2 Aya Terakawa 1984/11/12 2:11.27
30.49 1:03.74 1:37.12
3 Hanae Ito 1985/01/18 2:11.93
30.33 1:03.04 1:37.04
4 Masaki Oikawa 1984/03/29 2:12.84
31.37 1:05.39 1:39.40
5 Takami Igarashi 1984/11/20 2:12.99
31.63 1:05.60 1:39.37
6 Tomoe Abe 1983/07/16 2:13.08
31.60 1:04.78 1:38.63
7 Arisa Murakawa 1983/05/17 2:13.45
31.68 1:05.30 1:39.29
8 Sachi Takemura 1989/07/25 2:15.95
31.66 1:05.97 1:41.52


Men 100m Butterfly (Japan record: 52.27)
1 Takashi Yamamoto 1978/07/23 24.70 52.58
2 Ryo Takayasu 1981/07/19 24.52 52.85
3 Tadahisa Hashizume 1982/10/27 25.20 53.92
4 Takuma Kato 1984/10/30 25.43 53.93
5 Yasutake Takamatsu 1982/07/30 25.00 53.96
6 Ryuichi Shibata 1983/12/14 25.36 54.12
7 Kohei Kawamoto 1979/10/06 25.05 54.28
8 Masahiro Okuno 1981/12/03 25.20 54.38