TOKYO, Japan, April 11. ALTHOUGH Kosuke Hagino and Ryosuke Irie definitely earned some of the spotlight tonight at the Japanese National Championships, Satomi Suzuki picked up the lone national record of the evening.
Kohei Yamamoto tracked down the men’s 1500-meter freestyle title with only the second sub-15:00 time of the year as he posted a 14:59.67 for the metric mile win. Only Mack Horton has been faster this year with a 14:51.55 at the Australian Nationals in Brisbane. Syogo Takeda finished second tonight in 15:05.16 to take seventh in the SwimVortex world rankings, while Yohei Takiguchi placed third in 15:07.48.
Satomi Suzuki then topped the women’s 50-meter breast Japanese record with a 31.30. That effort cleared her previous mark of 31.40 set at the 2011 Trials for Japan, and moved her to ninth in the world rankings this year. Mina Matsushima finished second in 31.58 with Maya Hamano taking third in 31.60.
In a close contest, Koichiro Okazaki clipped Yasuhiro Koseki, 27.63 to 27.69, in the men’s 50-meter breaststroke finale. The two moved into the top 10 in the world with their swims. Masaki Niiyama placed third in 27.77, while Hiromasa Sakimoto also had a shot at the title with a 27.83 for fourth.
Sakiko Shimizu smashed the field in the women’s 400-meter IM with a 4:36.86 for the victory. That performance moved her to fourth in the world rankings this year behind only Aimee Willmott (4:33.64), Hannah Miley (4:35.48) and Stefania Pirozzi (4:36.75). Miho Takahashi finished second in 4:40.22 with Yura Taniguchi taking third in 4:42.34.
Yasuko Miyamoto cracked 2:00 to win the women’s 200-meter freestyle this evening. She clocked a 1:59.94 for the win, while Yayoi Matsumoto snared second in 2:00.24. Aya Takano rounded out the top three in the event with a 2:00.82.
Kosuke Hagino, clearly the top headliner of the meet so far after taking a run at the Asian record in the 400 IM last night, snatched the men’s 200-meter freestyle title this evening in 1:45.89. That pushed him to fourth in the world rankings this year behind only Cameron McEvoy (1:45.46), Thomas Fraser-Holmes (1:45.58) and Yannick Agnel (1:45.63). Takeshi Matsuda placed second tonight in 1:46.98 to take seventh in the world rankings, while Yuki Kobori finished third in 1:47.27.
Miyuki Takemura nipped Sayaka Akase, 1:00.77 to 1:00.81, for the women’s 100-meter backstroke crown, while Maho Tsujimoto finished third in 1:01.47 to beat Emi Moronuki (1:01.57) to the wall. Ryosuke Irie then closed out the show on night two with the first sub-53 swim in the men’s 100-meter back this year. Irie, who had posted a 53.00 earlier in the meet to move to the top of the world rankings, won the finale in 52.57. Kosuke Hagino, fresh off his win in the 200 free, took second with a time of 53.08 as the second-fastest swimmer in the world this year. Yuki Shirai clinched third in 54.11.