Kitajima Qualifies for Pan Pacs; Has Another Chance to Reach World Champs

By Hideki Mochizuki

TOKYO, Japan, April 23. THE final day of the Japanese Nationals ended with total of nine new Japanese records during the four-day meet. Only four male and six female swimmers swam faster than the Standard I time required to automatically qualify for the World Championship team roster. The rest will now be dependent on the results at the Pan Pacific Championships this summer in Vancouver.

Kosuke Kitajima made the national team to the Pan Pac Champs, but failed to make the World Champs team by .01. Kitajima won men’s 100 breaststroke on the final day of action with a time of 1:00.71. He split 28.55 at the 50-meter mark and made Pan Pacs as his times under the Standard II mark of 1:01.54. However, he failed to make the World Championships as he narrowly missed the Standard I time of 1:00.70.

Kitajima still has a chance to qualify for the World Championships, provided he swims faster than the standard I time at the Pan Pacific Champs. “I was definitely on the edge of cliff this time,” Kitajima said. “But, I know I will be back to the condition where I should be by this summer.”

The struggles of Ai Shibata continued Sunday when she finished third in the 1500 freestyle with a time of 16:26.16. Like Kitajima, Shibata needs to prove herself again at Pan Pacs to make the World Championships. The winner of the 1,500 was Sachiko Yamada in 16:10.62. She had already won the 400 and 800 freestyles.

Hanae Itou set a new Japanese record in the 200 backstroke with a performance of 2:09.15. That swim edged Reiko Nakamura, who took second place in 2:10.05. This was Itou’s first Japanese record and arrived by beating the bronze medalist from Athens in this event. The two led the race from start to finish, turning at the 100 in 1:03.36, which was .34 faster than old Japanese record pace.

In the men’s 100m butterfly, Takashi Yamamoto won the race with a strong showing of 52.53. Meanwhile, another Japanese record was set by Takeshi Matsuda in the men’s 800 freestyle with a 7:55.11 outing.

World Championships Team
as of today, the following athletes dipped under the Standard I times set by the Japanese Federation.

Men
Tomomi Morita (backstroke)
Junya Koga (backstroke)
Masafumi Yamaguchi (backstroke)
Ryuichi Shibata (butterfly)

Female
Mai Nakamura (backstroke)
Hanae Itou (backstroke)
Reiko Nakamura (backstroke)
Yurie Yano (butterfly)
Yuko Nakanishi (butterfly)

Event No. 77 WOMEN 1500m Freestyle Timed-Finals WR 15:52.10
NR 16:06.13
Rank Name Nat. YB 800m Time ( R.T.)
100m 200m 300m 400m 500m 600m 700m
1 YAMADA SACHIKO JPN 82 8:35.68 16:10.62 ( 0.76)
1:01.93 2:06.27 3:11.05 4:15.85 5:20.63 6:25.36 7:30.52
8:35.68 9:40.93 10:46.29 11:51.85 12:56.99 14:02.08 15:07.26
2 YANO YURIE JPN 88 8:41.66 16:20.57 ( 0.81)
1:02.72 2:08.06 3:13.61 4:19.65 5:25.35 6:30.52 7:36.15
8:41.66 9:47.19 10:52.64 11:57.38 13:02.74 14:08.63 15:14.73
3 SHIBATA AI JPN 82 8:39.56 16:26.16 ( 0.85)
1:02.09 2:06.73 3:11.63 4:16.60 5:21.68 6:27.06 7:32.70
8:39.56 9:46.37 10:53.62 12:00.16 13:06.76 14:13.72 15:20.27
4 YONENAGA CHIKA JPN 86 8:46.27 16:33.11 ( 0.83)
1:04.32 2:10.66 3:16.86 4:22.87 5:28.94 6:34.60 7:40.41
8:46.27 9:52.45 10:59.15 12:06.08 13:12.92 14:19.74 15:26.73
5 KIDA YUMI JPN 85 8:47.47 16:37.32 ( 0.73)
1:03.78 2:09.68 3:15.70 4:21.80 5:28.12 6:34.35 7:40.80
8:47.47 9:54.18 11:01.02 12:07.96 13:15.30 14:22.91 15:30.73
6 IWAI KANAE JPN 85 8:55.64 16:50.39 ( 0.70)
1:03.46 2:10.25 3:17.11 4:24.16 5:32.18 6:40.47 7:48.14
8:55.64 10:03.37 11:11.87 12:20.45 13:28.18 14:36.33 15:45.15
7 MIYABE KANAKO JPN 89 8:55.58 16:51.14 ( 0.72)
1:03.82 2:10.34 3:17.34 4:24.66 5:32.36 6:39.74 7:47.34
8:55.58 10:03.87 11:12.16 12:20.76 13:29.08 14:37.84 15:46.23
8 HASHIMOTO YUI JPN 88 8:57.28 16:58.68 ( 0.85)
1:05.46 2:12.27 3:19.04 4:26.01 5:33.28 6:41.11 7:49.20
8:57.28 10:05.53 11:14.32 12:23.66 13:33.08 14:42.03 15:51.37

Event No. 78 MEN 800m Freestyle Timed-Finals WR 7:38.65
NR 7:57.99
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
100m 200m 300m 400m 500m 600m 700m
1 MATSUDA TAKESHI JPN 84 7:55.11 NR ( 0.74)
57.62 1:58.03 2:58.36 3:58.62 4:58.81 5:59.07 6:58.31
2 DOKI KENICHI JPN 88 8:07.24 ( 0.70)
58.87 2:00.29 3:01.88 4:03.67 5:05.06 6:06.29 7:07.62
3 MATSUMURA GOU JPN 84 8:11.24 ( 0.72)
59.51 2:01.05 3:02.61 4:04.41 5:06.46 6:08.57 7:11.14
4 TAKAYAMA HIROKI JPN 82 8:12.69 ( 0.83)
58.98 2:00.72 3:02.71 4:04.96 5:07.37 6:09.63 7:11.60
5 MONONOBE YASUNORI JPN 85 8:15.18 ( 0.75)
55.37 1:55.34 2:57.07 3:59.80 5:03.43 6:07.76 7:12.54
6 TOUGOU TAKAYUKI JPN 87 8:15.95 ( 0.88)
58.62 2:00.72 3:02.79 4:05.88 5:08.58 6:11.54 7:14.46
7 YAMADA YUUICHI JPN 84 8:17.05 ( 0.67)
58.59 2:00.58 3:02.70 4:04.49 5:06.95 6:10.43 7:15.48
8 SAWAMURA YASUHIRO JPN 85 8:17.14 ( 0.68)
59.09 2:02.20 3:05.61 4:09.06 5:11.24 6:13.76 7:16.59

Event No. 80 WOMEN 50m Freestyle Final WR 24.13
NR 25.14
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
1 YAMADA KAORI JPN 81 25.98 ( 0.77)
2 NAKAMURA MOTOMI JPN 88 26.18 ( 0.73)
3 YAMADA ATSUMI JPN 82 26.31 ( 0.75)
4 MASHIMA ERIKO JPN 83 26.40 ( 0.68)
5 URABE NORIE JPN 86 26.42 ( 0.67)
6 URATA NANAMI JPN 84 26.49 ( 0.66)
7 YAMASHITA YUME JPN 84 26.67 ( 0.67)
8 SUGAYA MARIKO JPN 86 26.83 ( 0.69)

Event No. 82 MEN 50m Freestyle Final WR 21.64
NR 22.18
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
1 ITOU MAKOTO JPN 86 22.61 ( 0.72)
2 SASAKI TAKERU JPN 85 23.00 ( 0.70)
3 OHBAYASHI KAZUKI JPN 89 23.15 ( 0.71)
4 HOSOKAWA DAISUKE JPN 82 23.23 ( 0.75)
5 KAWACHI YUUKI JPN 86 23.26 ( 0.62)
6 KOJIMA TAKAMITSU JPN 81 23.34 ( 0.71)
7 YAMAMOTO HIROAKI JPN 87 23.36 ( 0.66)
8 TAKEUCHI NAOKI JPN 82 23.37 ( 0.69)

Event No. 84 MEN 200m Individual Medley Final WR 1:55.94
NR 1:59.99
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
50m 100m 150m
1 TAKAKUWA KEN JPN 85 2:00.43 ( 0.62)
26.32 56.52 1:31.84
2 SANO HIDEMASA JPN 84 2:01.13 ( 0.62)
25.80 55.82 1:31.84
3 FUJII TAKUROU JPN 85 2:01.77 ( 0.71)
26.06 57.53 1:32.24
4 SYOJI YUUTA JPN 84 2:01.97 ( 0.67)
26.35 56.64 1:32.39
5 OKUDE TAISHI JPN 83 2:01.98 ( 0.72)
26.38 57.83 1:32.66
6 MIKI JIROU JPN 83 2:02.24 ( 0.69)
26.41 57.55 1:32.45
7 TANIGUCHI SHINYA JPN 81 2:03.21 ( 0.83)
26.82 58.59 1:34.03
8 YOSHII JUN JPN 82 2:04.17 ( 0.63)
26.81 58.62 1:34.30

Event No. 86 WOMEN 200m Backstroke Final WR 2:06.62
NR 2:09.88
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
50m 100m 150m
1 ITOU HANAE JPN 85 2:09.15 NR ( 0.63)
30.64 1:03.36 1:36.22
2 NAKAMURA REIKO JPN 82 2:10.05 ( 0.62)
30.73 1:03.54 1:36.78
3 IGARASHI TAKAMI JPN 84 2:11.27 ( 0.64)
31.12 1:04.34 1:37.72
4 TAKEMURA MIYUKI JPN 89 2:12.90 ( 0.58)
31.50 1:05.00 1:39.35
5 FUKUDA TOMOYO JPN 89 2:13.11 ( 0.58)
31.15 1:04.65 1:38.93
6 ABE TOSHIE JPN 83 2:13.25 ( 0.55)
31.29 1:04.49 1:38.71
7 OIKAWA MASAKI JPN 84 2:13.59 ( 0.57)
31.23 1:04.88 1:39.59
8 SHIMAZOE SAKI JPN 90 2:15.26 ( 0.71)
32.02 1:05.93 1:41.22

Event No. 88 MEN 200m Backstroke Final WR 1:54.66
NR 1:57.80
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
50m 100m 150m
1 MORITA TOMOMI JPN 84 1:58.79 ( 0.51)
27.09 57.03 1:27.81
2 IRIE RYOSUKE JPN 90 1:59.32 HR ( 0.58)
28.19 58.08 1:28.83
3 NAKANO TAKASHI JPN 84 1:59.53 ( 0.55)
27.21 56.73 1:27.28
4 YAMAGUCHI MASAFUMI JPN 84 1:59.74 ( 0.63)
27.91 58.11 1:29.63
5 WATANABE KAZUKI JPN 87 2:00.02 ( 0.53)
27.98 58.25 1:29.06
6 SHIMIZU YOUHEI JPN 87 2:01.24 ( 0.54)
28.48 58.92 1:30.46
7 MIYASHITA JUNICHI JPN 83 2:01.73 ( 0.60)
27.91 58.41 1:30.04
8 UCHIDA SYOHEI JPN 87 2:02.47 ( 0.54)
28.61 59.63 1:31.66

Event No. 90 WOMEN 100m Butterfly Final WR 56.61
NR 58.62
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
50m
1 NAKANISHI YUUKO JPN 81 27.90 58.93 ( 0.68)
2 DOI AYAKO JPN 80 27.80 59.33 ( 0.71)
3 KATOU YUKA JPN 86 27.87 59.70 ( 0.69)
4 AKIYAMA NATSUKI JPN 91 28.21 1:00.01 ( 0.75)
5 OKUMURA AYAKA JPN 88 28.66 1:00.44 ( 0.66)
6 OSHIMI MASAE JPN 86 28.07 1:00.60 ( 0.87)
7 HORIKE MIO JPN 83 28.60 1:00.64 ( 0.71)
8 IIKUBO MAMI JPN 87 28.61 1:00.98 ( 0.76)

Event No. 92 MEN 100m Butterfly Final WR 50.40
NR 52.27
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
50m
1 YAMAMOTO TAKASHI JPN 78 24.70 52.53 ( 0.65)
2 TAKAYASU RYO JPN 81 24.58 52.59 ( 0.67)
3 SHIBATA RYUICHI JPN 83 25.05 53.03 ( 0.64)
4 KATOU TAKUMA JPN 84 25.02 53.46 ( 0.67)
5 KAWAMOTO KOUHEI JPN 79 24.72 53.49 ( 0.67)
6 SATOU HISAYOSHI JPN 87 25.40 53.79 ( 0.71)
7 TAKAMOTO SYOTA JPN 86 25.40 54.00 ( 0.64)
8 MURAMATSU YOSHINORI JPN 88 25.16 54.26 ( 0.63)

Event No. 94 WOMEN 100m Breaststroke Final WR 1:06.20
NR 1:07.27
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
50m
1 MIWA YOSHIMI JPN 85 32.61 1:08.72 ( 0.74)
2 KITAGAWA ASAMI JPN 87 32.98 1:09.15 ( 0.77)
3 NAKAMURA SAYAKA JPN 87 33.23 1:09.26 ( 0.81)
4 TAMURA NANAKA JPN 87 32.97 1:09.41 ( 0.72)
5 KAWANABE FUMIKO JPN 84 32.91 1:09.53 ( 0.70)
6 SATOU KAORI JPN 81 33.49 1:10.41 ( 0.67)
7 MATSUSHIMA MINA JPN 91 33.47 1:10.62 ( 0.83)
8 MURAKAMI YUUMI JPN 90 33.89 1:10.79 ( 0.62)

Event No. 96 MEN 100m Breaststroke Final WR 59.30
NR 59.53
Rank Name Nat. YB Time ( R.T.)
50m
1 KITAJIMA KOUSUKE JPN 82 28.55 1:00.71 ( 0.68)
2 YAMASHITA MAKOTO JPN 83 29.03 1:01.06 ( 0.67)
3 OKAZAKI KOUICHIROU JPN 86 29.11 1:01.65 ( 0.67)
4 SUENAGA YUUTA JPN 85 29.46 1:01.85 ( 0.74)
5 SAKIMOTO HIROMASA JPN 84 29.03 1:02.01 ( 0.66)
6 TAKITA HARUMICHI JPN 85 29.38 1:02.07 ( 0.69)
7 IMAMURA GENKI JPN 82 29.57 1:02.38 ( 0.67)
8 NAKAGAWA YOUHEI JPN 84 29.50 1:02.78 ( 0.71)

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