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