HIROSHIMA, Japan, September 11. WHILE the bulk of the focus on Japan this weekend proved to be Tokyo earning the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, swimmers were still toiling at the Japanese Intercollegiate meet in Hiroshima. A total of five meet records fell during the contest.
Kosuke Hagino, coming off a pair of silver medals at the World Championships in Barcelona in the 200 IM and 400 free, downed both of the meet records in the IM events this weekend. Hagino dropped a 1:56.64 in the 200-meter IM, just a second back of his second-ranked season-best of 1:55.74 from the Japanese Nationals in Niigata earlier this year. Only Ryan Lochte (1:54.98) has been faster than Hagino this year in this event.
Hagino also checked in with a 4:11.23 in the 400-meter IM to down that meet mark as well. That time is well off his world-leading 4:07.61 from Niigata as well, but he didn’t need as much to win this time around in Hiroshima.
Koseki Atsushi burst onto the scene in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke with a scorching 59.72. That swim vaulted him to sixth in the world, and ahead of Kosuke Kitajima (59.88) as the top man from Japan this year.
Miyu Otsuka clinched the women’s 400-meter IM title in 4:38.15 for a meet record of her own, while Shinri Shioura, the Japanese record holder in the 50 free with a 22.02, popped a 48.56 in the men’s 100-meter free to down the meet record. He also nearly eclipsed his 50 free national record with a 22.09 earlier in the meet.