Kosuke Hagino With World Best in 200 Free, Hiroko Makino Sets World Junior Record

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Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr

Kosuke Hagino had an impressive double tonight with a 200-meter IM following by a huge 200-meter free at the Japan Swim 2015. Meanwhile, Hiroko Makino took down a FINA World Junior Record.

Daiya Seto kicked off the night with a 1:55.72 to lead the men’s 200-meter fly semi heats.  That swim just missed his second-ranked season best of 1:55.61 from the BHP Super Series. Takeshi Matsuda qualified second in 1:56.23, while Masato Sakai placed third in 1:56.31.

Miki Uchida downed her own Japanese record in the women’s 50-meter free semis with a 24.97.  She became the first Japanese woman under 25 seconds, breaking her previous mark of 25.02 from the 2014 Japanese Intercollegiate Championships.  Yayoi Matsumoto finished second in 25.21 in qualifying with Rikako Ikee taking down a Japanese junior record with a third-seeded 25.34.

Shinri Shioura move to eighth in the world rankings in the men’s 50-meter free with a 22.08 in semis.  Katsumi Nakamura posted a second-seeded 22.36 with Kenta Ito clocking a 22.53 for the third seed.

Sakiko Shimizu led the way in the women’s 200-meter IM semis with a time of 2:11.91.  That swim put her 11th in the world rankings.  Miho Takahashi clocked a second-seeded time of 2:12.28, while Hiroko Makino downed the FINA World Junior Record in the event with a third-seeded 2:12.29.  Makino’s time clipped the previous record of 2:12.32 owned by Ruta Meilutyte with her time from 2013.

Kosuke Hagino followed with a 1:58.07 to top the men’s 200-meter IM semis.  Hiromasa Fujimori (1:59.44) and Daiya Seto (1:59.48) also cleared 2:00 in semis.

Junya Koga won the first title on offer tonight with a 24.75 in the men’s 50-meter back. That put him third in the world behind only Camille Lacourt (24.56) and Jeremy Stravius (24.70).  Takeshi Kawamoto took second tonight in 25.21 for ninth in the world while Junya Hasegawa wound up third in 25.22 for 10th in the rankings.

Hiromasa Sakimoto followed with a 27.68 to win the men’s 50-meter breast.  Ryota Nomura posted a second-place time of 27.74 with Yasuhiro Koseki snagging third in 27.78.

Chihiro Igarashi won a closely contested women’s 200-meter free with a 1:58.12.  Sachi Mochida placed second in 1:58.69 with Rikako Ikee taking down another Japanese junior record with a third-place 1:58.77.

Kosuke Hagino doubled up with a world-best 1:45.82 in the men’s 200-meter free for the win. That swim cleared the previous top time in the world of 1:45.94 set by Cameron McEvoy at the Australian Championships.  Daiya Seto took second tonight in 1:47.71 with Yuki Kobori earning third in 1:47.73.

Sayaka Akase topped the women’s 100-meter back in 1:00.83 with 34-year-old Noriko Inada snagging second in the finale with a time of 1:01.27.  Miki Takahashi grabbed third in the finale in 1:01.57.

Kanako Watanabe bettered her third-ranked season best of 1:06.64 with a winning time of 1:06.45 in the women’s 100-meter breast.  Only Yuliya Efimova (1:05.89) and Ruta Meilutyte (1:05.99) have been faster this year. Runa Imai took second in 1:07.46 with Rie Kaneto placing third in 1:07.61.

2015 Japan Swim, Day Three – Results