Koseki Completes Breaststroke Sweep on Day Five of Japanese Nationals

Photo Courtesy: Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports

Some of the biggest names in Japanese swimming are competing this week in the 2018 Japanese National Championships in Tokyo. This will serve as the selection meet for the Pan Pacs team as well as the Asian Games, Jr. Pan Pacs and the Youth Olympics.

Day five was highlighted by Yasuhiro Koseki winning the 200 breast in addition to his his 50 and 100 breast titles from earlier this meet.

Women’s 200 Fly

Sachi Mochida won a close women’s 200 fly race, stopping the clock in 2:08.61 for the win.

Suzuka Hasegawa finished a close second in 2:08.92 while Hiroko Makino took third in 2:09.02.

Nao Kobayashi (2:10.32), Karin Takemura (2:10.43), Yuyu Kikychi (2:11.24), Rika Nara (2:11.73) and Kie Kaneko (2:119.94) rounded out the top eight.

Men’s 200 Back

To match his 100 back win earlier in the meet, Irie Ryosuke swam to first in the men’s 200 back to complete the sweep. He finished with a final time of 1:55.92.

Second went to Keita Sunama (1:56.72) and third went to Keita Sunama (1:58.50).

Hayate Matsubara (1:58.63), Tadanobu Tokiwa (2:01.46), Syunya Nishimura (2:01.68), Ryota Naitou (2:02.14) and Takahiro Yamazaki (2:02.32) completed the final heat.

Men’s 200 Breast

Yasuhiro Koseki got to the wall first in the men’s 200 breast, doing so in 2:08.45. Koseki also broke the National record in 50 breast earlier this meet.

Ippei Watanabe (2:08.96) and Kazuki Kohinata (2:09.29) finished second and third, respectively.

Hayato Watanabe (2:09.57), Yukihiro Takahashi (2:09.78), Kasuki Hayashi (2:10.16), Kazuki Watanabe (2:10.81) and Yuu Hanaguruma (2:12.04) also competed in the top heat.


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