Shoma Sato Goes 59.55 In 100 Breast & Honda Unleashes 1:55.76 Over 200 Fly In Japan

Shoma Sato - Photo Courtesy: FINA / Budapest 2019 World Junior Championships

Shoma Sato and Waka Kobori set meet records in the 100 breaststroke and 400 free respectively and Tomoru Honda unleashed a 1:55.76 in the 200 fly on the second day of the Japan Student Swimming Championships.

Suzuka Hasegawa again impressed with a 2:07.82 in the 200 fly while there was also a new meet mark of 3:40.26 for Toyo University in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay down from 3:41.92.

Sato – who got silver in the 200 breaststroke at last year’s World Junior Championships – went 59.55 over two lengths at the Tokyo Tatsumi International Centre.

Out in 28.37, Sato was second at halfway behind Taishi Takada who had gone out in 28.20 before unleashing a second 50 of 31.18.

His time cut 0.13 off the previous meet mark with Takada also going sub-60 in 59.94.

Honda – who won silver behind Luca Urlando at last year’s world juniors – was third in the 200 fly at halfway, 0.83secs adrift.

The Nihon University student split 60secs for the second 100 to overhaul his rivals, stopping the clock 0.40secs ahead of  Nao Horomura (1:56.16).

Ayano Miyasaka took the women’s 100 breaststroke in 1:07.43, going out in 31.36 and back in 35.67.


Suzuka Hasegawa: Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Hasegawa dominated the women’s 200 fly, leading from the start to win in 2:07.82 with Lin Xi second in 2:08.56.

Hasegawa set a new personal best of 2:05.62 at the Tokyo Special Swimming Tournament at the end of August.

Three-time Asian Games medallist Kobori unleashed a final length of 29.30secs to overhaul Mochizuki Kinuko to set a new meet record of 4:08.59 in the women’s 400 free.

The pair had traded the lead with Kinuko holding a 0.38secs advantage at the 350 mark only for Kobori  to roar past her for victory, the former stopping the clock in 4:08.81.

Ryo Nakajima won the men’s race in 3:49.01.

Toshiya Yuhara won the women’s 200 back in 2:09.77 with Riku Matsuyama taking the men’s in 2:00.14.

Meiji University won the men’s 4×100 free in 3:17.72.


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