Suzuka Hasegawa Flies To 57.70 In 100m: Tanaka Goes 51.76 At Japan Student Championships

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Suzuka Hasegawa: Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Suzuka Hasegawa served up a scorching 57.70 in the 100 fly on the third day of the Japan Student Swimming Championships in Tokyo.

Yuya Tanaka unleashed a 51.76 in the men’s race ahead of a fast-finishing Kouta Akahane who stopped the clock at 51.83.

Hasegawa has been on sizzling form of late, consistently posting world-class times over recent weeks.

She set new PBs of 57.49 and 2:05.62 over 100 and 200 fly respectively at the Tokyo Special Swimming Tournament at the end of August.

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The 20-year-old became Japan’s second-fastest performer all-time in the former – eclipsed only by Rikako Ikee‘s 56.08 – and her time on Saturday consolidated that again ahead of Yuka Kato‘s 57.77 from 2012.

Out in 26.87 – the only sub-27 of the field – and back in 30.93, Hasegawa cut 0.19 from the previous meet record as she completed a dominant fly double following Friday’s 2:07.82 over 200.

Tanaka won 50m fly silver at the 2019 Universiade and came fifth over 100m.

On Saturday he went out in 23.79 to turn 0.46 ahead but Akahane ate into that lead with a second 50 blast of 27.58 but fell 0.07 short.

Rio Shirai dominated the women’s 200 free, splitting 27.44/29.61/30.56 and coming home in 30.55 to win in 1:58.16.

Tanaka won the men’s event in 1:48.20.

Runa Imai took the 200IM in 2:12.25 with Syuya Matsumoto winning the men’s in 1:58.94 thanks to a final 50 of 28.88 after turning 0.01 down at 150.

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