Japan’s Kojima & Sasaki Deliver 1-2 Punch in Women’s 400 IM

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Women’s 400 IM FINAL

Japan delivered a strong 1-2 finish in finals of the women’s 400 IM as teammates Miku Kojima and Anna Sasaki secured gold and silver. Kojima turned up the heat in the back half of the race, shifting her from second to first ahead of the USA’s Madison Homovich. Kojima continued to build on that speed, powering to a first place finish of 4:39.14.

Meanwhile, Sasaki, who led throughout the first 100 meters, battled a strong Anja Crevar of Serbia to finish second with a 4:40.99. Sasaki’s final 50-meter split was a 31.17, faster than the rest of the field.

Crevar claimed third overall with a time of 4:42.24, while France’s Cyrielle Duhamel took fourth overall with a time of 4:43.56.

The American duo of Homovich and Christin Rockway claimed fifth and sixth with times of 4:45.68 and 4:47.09 respectively.

South Africa’s Rebecca Meder (4:48.40) and Spain’s Laia Marti Fernandez (4:50.54) were seventh and eighth.

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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