2018 FINA World Cup Tokyo: Xu Jiayu’s World Record Closes Tokyo World Cup

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The 2018 FINA World Cup Tokyo stop has already seen several records go down in the past two days, and the final night of finals was no exception, with another world record coming down along with a few national records. Check out the below to get all the latest on the third night of finals of the 2018 World Cup in Tokyo.

Live Results

Men’s 400 IM

Hometown Olympian Kosuke Hagino walked away with the men’s 400 IM title tonight, even though he didn’t actually compete in the final. Hagino posted the fastest time of the day in earlier heats, putting up a 4:01.93 that was more than a second faster than anyone went at night. Hungary’s David Verraszto was second in 4:03.29, followed by Ippei Watanabe (4:03.52).

Women’s 800 Freestyle

The race for the women’s 800 free win was a close one, with less than two-tenths separating the top two finishers. Mayuko Gotou ended up pulling off the win in 8:19.74, just .13 ahead of Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas (8:19.87). In third was Miyu Nanba (8:22.44).

Women’s 100 Butterfly

Japan’s Rikako Ikee set a new Japanese national record in the women’s 100 fly, taking down world record holder Sarah Sjostrom head to head in tonight’s final. Ikee barely trailed Sjostrom at the 50 (26.01 to 25.95) and turned in on in the second 50 to pull away with a win in 55.31. That beat her previous record of 55.99 from 2017 that also still stands as the world junior record. Sjostrom faded back to second in 55.56, while China’s Zhang Yufei was third in 56.18.

Men’s 50 Butterfly

Russia’s Vlad Morozov grabbed his first win of the night in the 50 fly, moving up to fourth in the world with his winning time of 22.29.  That was just .02 off his own national record from last week in Beijing. American Michael Andrew was second here in 22.39, a best time for the 19-year old and just .01 off of Tom Shields 2016 American record in the event. In third was Takeshi Kawamoto with a 22.60.

Women’s 200 Backstroke

Emily Seebohm took back the 200 back title from teammates Minna Atherton, who pulled off a win over Seebohm last week. The Australian Olympian touched the wall in 2:01.13, using a strong second half to distance herself from the field. Atherton led through the 100, flipping in the lead with a 58.75, but faded to second in 2:02.88. That was just off her winning time of 2:02.03 from last week. Just as she did in Beijing, world record holder Katinka Hosszu was third here with a 2:02.89.

Men’s 100 Backstroke

China’s Xu Jiayu stunned the crowd with a new world record in the men’s 100 back. The 23-year old Olympic silver medalist blasted a 48.88 to sneak under Kliment Kolesnikov’s 2017 world record of 48.90. Xu was out well under world record pace at the 50, flipping more than three-tenths under pace with a 23.76. He held on down the stretch with a 25.12 to set a new world record of 48.88. Australian Mitch Larkin was also out under world record pace with Xu, flipping at 23.97. He ended up with the silver in 49.54.

Women’s 50 Breaststroke

Alia Atkinson grabbed another title in the women’s 50 breast, posting the only time under 29 seconds with her winning swim of 28.95. In second was Russian Yulia Efimova (29.56), followed by Emily Seebohm in 29.99. This is Seebohm’s second straight bronze medal in this event.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

Kirill Prigoda once again clocked the fastest 200 breaststroke time in the world in tonight’s finals, putting up a 2:01.30 to finish just ahead of teammate Anton Chupkov (2:01.57). Prigoda led the race the whole way, while Chupkov slowly moved his way from 5th to 2nd through the race, just running out of room at the end. That time is just off of Prigoda’s national record of 2:01.11 from 2017.

Women’s 100 Freestyle

Ranomi Kromowidjojo held onto her sprint title this week, again leading a tight 100 free finale. The Dutch Olympic gold medalist was first tonight in 51.26, a few tenths faster than her winning time in Beijing last week. In second was teammate Femke Heemskerk (51.38), while Sjostrom was third in 51.42 in her second race of the evening. Also in the final was Denmark’s Pernille Blume, who was fourth in 52.11.

Men’s 200 Freestyle

Kyle Chalmers raced to a win in the men’s 200 free, holding off Blake Pieroni for the win 1:41.83 to 1:42.16. Chalmers’ time ties Pieroni for the fastest in the world this year. The American won the event in 1:41.83 at the Eindhoven stop of the World Cup. China’s Wang Shun was third here in 1:43.43, just ahead of Great Britain’s James Guy (1:44.13) and Kosuke Hagino (1:45.10). Also in the final was Australian Mack Horton (1:47.43)

Women’s 200 IM

Katinka Hosszu was back in the pool in the 200 IM to post her first individual win of the night in the final event, leading the way with a 2:04.65. In second was Yui Ohhashi (2:05.29), who was trailed by China’s Ye Shiwen (2:07.09) and Emily Seebohm (2:07.22).

Mixed 4×50 Medley Relay

The Australian team of Atherton (26.50), Matt Wilson (26.08), Seebohm (25.75), and Chalmers (21.41) came away with the win in the mixed medley relay, touching the wall first in 1:39.74.