Three WJR Fall on Final Night of Tokyo World Cup

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Exciting action at the Tokyo stop of the 2017 FINA World Cup circuit continues tonight with our usual suspects behind the blocks. Australian Cameron McEvoy will try his hand at the 200m freestyle. Japan’s Daiya Seto will attempt to lower his own World Cup record from the Beijing stop of the circuit, in the 400m I.M., while national teammate Rikako Ikee will look to continue her record-breaking weekend.

Tonight’s event include:

  • Women’s 100m Medley
  • Men’s 200m Butterfly
  • Women’s 200m Backstroke
  • Men’s 50m Breaststroke
  • Women’s 50m Freestyle
  • Men’s 200m Freestyle
  • Women’s 100m Butterfly
  • Men’s 100m Backstroke
  • Women’s 400m Freestyle
  • Men’s 400m Medley
  • Women’s 100m Breaststroke
  • Mixed 4x50m Freestyle

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Women’s 100m Medley

Katinka Hosszu started tonight’s session off with a gold medal with her time of 57.38. Just behind her was Japan’s Rikako Ikee who lowered yet another WJR record on her way to a silver medal. Ikee’s time was 57.75, well under her old record of 58.24. Australia’s Emily Seebohm snuck in for the bronze with a 58.00. Following the 58-second trend was USA’s Alex Walsh, who came in with a 58.76, to be the last swimmer under the 1:00 mark. Rikke Pedersen, Rika Oomoto, Yulia Effimova and Anna Shinno topped off the finals heat.

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Men’s 200m Butterfly

RSA’s Chad le Clos swam passed a field of mostly swimmers representing their club with his time of 1:50.71. Nao Horomura was the silver medalist in 1:51.37 while Zhuhao Li came in third with 1:51.57. Rounding out the 1:51 club was Masato Sakai with a 1:51.82. Masayuki Umemoto was the fastest of the 1:52 crew when he placed fifth while Yuuya Yajima and Yuuya Sakamoto and Takumi Terada rounded out the top heat.

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Women’s 200m Backstroke

Seebohm, after just coming off the 100m I.M., was able to secure another medal for Australia with a time of 2:01.98. American youngster Smith who was also in the 100m I.M. heat, secured the silver with a 2:02.23. Hosszu faded to the bronze territory with a 2:03.56. Sayaka Akase out of Japan was fourth, Rio Shirai was fifth, Rumi Teramoto edged out Yaxin Liu while Miki Takahashi ended up eighth.

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Men’s 50m Breaststroke

Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki swam away with the win in this event with a 26.06. The Russian duo of Kirill Prigoda and Vladimir Morozov took the rest of the medals with their performances of 26.13 and 26.21, respectively. Masaki Niiyama came into the wall next while Ilya Shymanovich and Raphael Rodrigues came in fifth and sixth. Arno Kamminga and Kouichirou Okazaki finished off our finals heat.

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Women’s 50m Freestyle

Dutch sprinting superstar Ranomi Kromowidjojo was in her element tonight as she sprinted her way to a win in a time of 23.29, a mark just off her World Record of 22.93, but good enough for a gold. The silver medalist was Sarah Sjostrom with a 23.34. The bronze went to Aussie Cate Campbell with a 23.70. Denmark’s Pernille Blume‘s 23.73 earned her fourth while the other Campbell sister, Bronte Campbell placed fifth with a 24.22. Etiene Medeiros and Menghui Zhu were sixth and seventh while American veteran Lia Neal faded to eighth.

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Men’s 200m Freestyle

McEvoy from Australia narrowly won the gold here with a 1:43.37, just ahead of le Clos in 1:43.56. The bronze was awarded to Frenchman Clement Mignon with his time of 1:44.00. Matthew Stanley was fourth in 1:44.18. Matsumoto was fifth, with the last of the 1:44’s. Youta NakamuraKyle Stolk and Daniel Dudas rounded out the top heat.

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Women’s 100m Butterfly

Sjostrom continued her successful night with another medal, this time it was gold and was earned by World Cup record of 55.07, just off her own World Record of 54.61. The silver went to another record holder, Ikee, who lowered another one of her WJR. Ikee’s time was 55.99, which lowered her own WJR from the Tokyo stop of the World Cup series last year. The bronze went to Yufei Zhang in 56.89. Smith was back for more, this time placing fourth in 57.14. Runa Imai out of Japan came in fifth while Maho Hirata was sixth in with fastest of the 58’s. Kin Lok Chan was seventh while Hosszu sharply faded to eighth.

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Men’s 100m Backstroke

Jiayu Xu of China was able out touch backstroke legend Ryosuke Irie by turning in the only sub-50 second time in the field, a 49.82, to Irie’s 50.04. Irie’s teammate Masaki Kaneko earned the bronze in 50.34. Christian Diener ended up fourth with a 50.58 while Kawamoto topped off the 50 second swims with a 50.79. Starting the 51’s was Junya Hasegawa, followed by Yakov Yan Toumarkin out of Israel. Yuuma Edo was eighth in 51.91.

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Women’s 400m Freestyle

Bingjie Li took down her teammate’s WJR from the Beijing World Cup meet on her way to a gold medal performance. Li swam a 3:59.14, making her the only sub-4:00 swimmer. Boglarka Kapas was the silver medalist with a time of 4:00.09, closely behind was Jie Dong in 4:00.80. A trio of 4:04’s popped up with placed fourth, fifth and sixth. Fourth place went to Chihiro Igarashi, followed by Mayuko Gotou and Waka KoboriMiyu Nanba and Mahiro Ishii rounded out the final.

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Men’s 400m Medley

Japan’s Daiya Seto swam away with the win here with a World Cup record of 3:57.66. Seto inched closer to Ryan Lochte‘s World Record of 3:55.50. Peter Bernek out of Hungary was the closest competitor with a 4:03.38. Hungarian teammate David Verraszto was third in 4:03.72. Ippei Watanabe was fourth while a pair of 4:07’s from Tomoya Takeuchi and Kouhei Itou took fifth and sixth. Keita Sunama and Gergely Gyurta took seventh and eighth.

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Women’s 100m Breaststroke

The final individual gold medal of the night went to Russia’s Efimova with her 1:03.90 while Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson earned the silver with a 1:04.15. Kanako Watanabe earned third with her 1:04.99. The fastest of the 1:05’s was Jessica Vall, followed by Pedersen and Jingyao YuReona Aoki started the 1:06’s and earned seventh while Imai was eighth.

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Mixed 4x50m Freestyle

The Aussies loaded a stacked relay to swim their way to victory in the final event of the evening with both the Campbell sisters and McEvoy on the relay. Their time was 1:29.97, ahead of the Netherlands who touched in 1:30.70 while the USA was third in 1:31.92. Singapore was behind in 1:34.28 for fourth. University Of Tsukuba and Tokyo University took fifth and sixth while Canada took seventh. Russia was the eighth team in the heat, but ended up with a disqualification.

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5 years ago

How does one “sharply fade”?