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OSAKA, Japan, May 20. THE initial day of long course meter competition kicked off at the Japan Open being held in Osaka.
Aya Terakawa, who holds the world best this year with a sterling 59.17 from April, cruised to victory in 59.35. Shiho Sakai took second in 1:00.76, while Eri Tabei placed third in 1:00.93. Sakai stands eighth in the rankings with a 1:00.03 from April, while Tabei moved to 25th in the rankings.
Ryosuke Irie just missed his second-ranked season best time of 53.10 from April with a triumphant time of 53.11 in the men's 100 back tonight. Camille Lacourt holds the top time with a 52.44 from March. Kosuke Hagino finished second in 54.83, while Yuki Shirai earned third in 55.15.
Kanako Watanabe improved to sixth in the world rankings with a 1:07.10 to win the women's 100 breast. Only Rebecca Soni (1:05.57), Jessica Hardy (1:05.90), Leisel Jones (1:06.18), Ji Liping (1:06.81) and Leiston Pickett (1:06.92) have been faster. Mina Matsushima (1:08.11) and Naoko Fukudome (1:08.80) took second and third.
Takeshi Matsuda, the world leader with a 1:54.12 from April, won the men's 200 fly in 1:55.76. Kazuya Kaneda finished second in 1:56.89 to take 14th in the rankings, while Takuya Nozawa placed third in 1:57.32. Ryusuke Sakata, who owns second in the rankings with a 1:55.11, fell to the B final in qualifying before posting a swift 1:56.13 to win the consolation heat.
Yosuke Miyamoto clinched the men's 1500 free title in 15:06.98. He's cleared 15:00 this year with a third-ranked 14:57.56. Youhei Takiguchi finished second in 15:07.04, while Yuto Satou snared third in 15:20.69.
Ryo Tateishi upset Kosuke Kitajima, 1:00.55 to 1:01.27, in the men's 100 breast. Both Tateishi and Kitajima have been faster this year. Kitajima owns the top-ranked time with a 59.44, while Tateishi is ranked sixth with a 1:00.31 – both times from April. Hiromasa Sakimoto took third in 1:01.32.
Yoshihiro Okumura (1:48.43) and Syogo Hihara (1:48.44) moved to 23rd and 24th in the world in the men's 200 free, while Fumiya Hidaka took third this evening in 1:48.74.
Maiko Fujino topped the women's 800 free in 8:35.88, while Asami Chida took second in 8:40.19. Miho Takahashi rounded out the top three in 8:40.46. Haruka Ueda won the women's 200 free in 1:59.55. Risa Sekine (2:00.85) and Aya Takanao (2:00.90) placed second and third.
Masami Uchikoshi touched out Miyu Ohtsuka, 2:10.85 to 2:10.96, in the women's 200 fly. Hiroko Sugino finished third in 2:11.13.