Kanako Watanabe, Rie Kaneto 1-2 for Japan in 200 Breast (Pan Pacific Championships, Results)

Photo Courtesy: Tobiuo Japan

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GOLD COAST, Australia, August 24.

The Japanese went 1-2 in the final, and it wasn’t even close.  Kanako Watanabe (2:21.41) and Rie Kaneto (2:21.90) put their stamp on the race with a pair of 2:21s.  They both have been faster this year with Watanabe (2:21.09) and Kaneto (2:21.58) ranking second and third behind Rikke Moeller Pedersen’s world-leading 2:19.61, but they didn’t need that speed tonight.

Australia’s Taylor McKeown placed third in 2:22.89, off her fourth-ranked 2:22.10 from Aussie Nationals, while Canada’s Kierra Smith finished fourth in 2:23.32.

USA’s Micah Lawrence (2:24.60), USA’s Breeja Larson (2:24.90), Australia’s Sally Hunter (2:25.25) and Canada’s Martha McCabe (2:25.62) claimed the other finishes in the championship heat.

A Final Results

  1 WATANABE, KANAK  17 JAPAN             2:23.44    2:21.41   951  
    r:+0.72  32.92      1:09.04 (36.12)
        1:45.36 (36.32)     2:21.41 (36.05)
  2 KANETO, RIE      25 JAPAN             2:23.18    2:21.90   942  
    r:+0.79  33.38      1:09.70 (36.32)
        1:45.63 (35.93)     2:21.90 (36.27)
  3 MCKEOWN, TAYLOR  19 AUSTRALIA         2:25.16    2:22.89   922  
    r:+0.68  32.50      1:08.38 (35.88)
        1:45.17 (36.79)     2:22.89 (37.72)
  4 SMITH, KIERRA    20 CANADA            2:24.02    2:23.32   914  
    r:+0.77  33.16      1:09.59 (36.43)
        1:46.32 (36.73)     2:23.32 (37.00)
  5 LAWRENCE, MICAH  24 UNITED STATES     2:24.70    2:24.60   890  
    r:+0.70  32.62      1:08.31 (35.69)
        1:45.85 (37.54)     2:24.60 (38.75)
  6 LARSON, BREEJA   22 UNITED STATES     2:24.50    2:24.90   884  
    r:+0.78  33.19      1:10.11 (36.92)
        1:47.44 (37.33)     2:24.90 (37.46)
  7 HUNTER, SALLY    29 AUSTRALIA         2:26.44    2:25.25   878  
    r:+0.72  32.84      1:10.03 (37.19)
        1:47.24 (37.21)     2:25.25 (38.01)
  8 MCCABE, MARTHA   25 CANADA            2:26.12    2:25.62   871  
    r:+0.71  33.24      1:10.05 (36.81)
        1:47.30 (37.25)     2:25.62 (38.32)

With the meet winding down, it was obvious no one decided to swim in the B final unless they had to.  Mio Motegi won the consolation heat in 2:27.20 with teammate Satomi Suzuki taking second in 2:30.87.  South Africa’s Jonker Franko (2:33.87) and China’s Liu Xiaoyu (2:35.14) also swam in the event.

B Final Results

  9 MOTEGI, MIO      20 JAPAN             2:26.22    2:27.20   844  
    r:+0.73  33.65      1:10.59 (36.94)
        1:48.59 (38.00)     2:27.20 (38.61)
 10 SUZUKI, SATOMI   23 JAPAN             2:30.45    2:30.87   783  
    r:+0.66  32.94      1:10.51 (37.57)
        1:50.52 (40.01)     2:30.87 (40.35)
 11 JONKER, FRANKO   21 SOUTH AFRICA      2:32.68    2:33.87   738  
    r:+0.77  34.84      1:14.13 (39.29)
        1:54.59 (40.46)     2:33.87 (39.28)
 12 LIU, XIAOYU      21 CHINA             2:40.35    2:35.14   720  
    r:+0.72  35.08      1:14.28 (39.20)
        1:54.77 (40.49)     2:35.14 (40.37)

 

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