Emma McKeon Pops 53.3 100 Free Best At Open; Katsumi Nakamura Sets 48.4 Japan Mark

Emma McKeon, of Australia, soaks up her victory over 200m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games - with Bronte Barratt in the background [Photo: Ian MacNicol]

Emma McKeon popped a career best 53.32 world No 5 100m freestyle for a second win on the day at the Japan Open in Tokyo, her tally adding to the family gold rush, her brother David McKeon taking the 400m freestyle. The second day of action also witnessed a 4:10 from World champion Daiya Seto in the 400m medley, a 1:55 from Ryosuke Irie in the 200m backstroke and a 48.41 Japanese record for Katsumi Nakamura in the 100m freestyle

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Emma McKeon popped a career best 53.32 world No 5 100m freestyle for a second win on the day at the Japan Open in Tokyo, her tally adding to the family gold rush, her brother David McKeon taking the 400m freestyle. The second day of action also witnessed a 4:10 from World champion Daiya Seto in the 400m medley, a 1:55 from Ryosuke Irie in the 200m backstroke and a 48.41 Japanese record for Katsumi Nakamura in the 100m freestyle

Comments

aswimfan

53.3 and yet it does not get her to swim 100 free I’m Kazan. How many other countries have faster than 53.3 swimmer?

It’s ridiculous. World championships qualifications must be reformed.

for33

It has become quite unpredictable whether it is Mr. Seto or Mr. Hagino that prevails in an individual medley race. Mr. Hagino seems to have the upper hand in the 4×50 m race, but it is Mr. Seto that always surprises in the longer race.

I would say that the Japanese 4x100m free style relay is shaping more than decently. I have high hopes for Japan in all male relays, as I also have in the Australian teams, physical maladies notwithstanding. At least both nations, together with Great Britain, will be very competitive in the coming years.

Rafael

Japan now can have a team that can qualify easily using everyone. maybe even beat China and get 7th maybe a little more. But can’t see a 3:11 with the current team they have

Rafael

But now they might have the last key for their medley relay

Craig Lord

roy, which would make it a proper world championships, of course – as in many other pro sports with big money… the public want to see the best, all together – in swimming we rarely see that on peak biggest of occasions. That’s a pity.

commonwombat

Very much understand your point, Craig, but they’ve probably hit the fairest balance.

Taken to the nth degree under your proposition; if the criteria for World Championship qualification was the top 20 ranked swimmers per event you could have certain nations who may have specialist programs for specific strokes etc “flood” the field and arguably one nation dominate the top 10.

Not sure many, bar the blind “wrapped in the flag” nationalists would have much appetite for this after too long.

Craig Lord

commonwombat, I think they could go a touch further at worlds not to nth degree. I had in mind other realms: I think a professional circuit – not world cup, truly professional, could do something else.

NJ

If the world champs is to include the ‘ best in the world ‘ then it should include the best in the world! Right now a world or Olympic final simply does not include the world’s 8 best. ..most of the time. I like the idea I’ve heard of the previous world champ receiving an automatic invite to the next one, even if not in their prime it adds star power. And perhaps allow further entries per country if only they beat a fina “3+” standard that is obviously faster than the 2 per country (is that 16 th right now?), something like top 8 rank from last year. Only the absolute swiftest 3rd or 4th place swimmers in a particular country/event could qualify and they’d have to be legit medal threats, not just another semi final spot.

DDias

Maybe a format like World Cup(soccer one, not the swimming one) would be good like 32 best ranked until a given time in the year would be called to dispute.

robbos

Don’t mention soccer (the real football) DDias, some on here don’t understand the finer skills of the game on here.

robbos

Great swim by McKeon, who was apparently not feeling the best during the trials where I expected her to go close 53 flat.

Potoslater

James Magnussan Out of 2015 World Championships

DDias

robbos,
soccer fan down here o/

Mckeon did a 53.3 without a taper… save a disgrace,injury, apocalypse or all 3, AUS will win 4×100 and will not be close.

aswimfan

So Magnussen is officially out I don’t think I need to repeat that AUS should wave goodbye to medal chances in 4×100 free and Medley, and a previously surefire win in mixed 4×100 free.

It’s a pity. I think he had a good chance to become the first swimmer, male or female, to win 100 free 3 in a row. I haven’t seen outstanding sprinter that can dethrone him.
He could also lose his #1 streak from 2011, unless he makes good recovery and swim faster time than worlds winning time later in the year.

robbos

DDias, yes I love the soccer (real football) too, plus swimming.
Living in Australia, we don’t follow the American sports & not much love for them from me.
aswimfan, the Aussies still have McEvoy for the medley, not sure it’s affects that relay, but yes freestyle shot goose.
Would love to see to Chalmers a go at the individual event ahead of D’Osrango

commonwombat

Roy, beg differ with you on Elmslie dropping that far !. Gorblimey, she’s only managed to break 54 this season and she’s still the other side of 53.50. She may improve further but I’d still rather not see her in the final 4×100 squad either in Kazan or Rio. C1 &C2 select themselves but just think both McKeon & Wright are more reliable options.

McKeon below 53 – plausible but still suspect her path to an individual swim is blocked unless C1 retires. Am more interested in whether she can drop sub57 100fly and whether she can get closer to the likely medal pace in 200FS.

Chalmers swim individual 100 ? In two minds of that one. He’s a senior team rookie and therefore unknown as to how he’ll handle the big time. Conversely, D’Orsogna is a “known commodity” and does NOT have a history of satisfactory performance in either individual or relay. Frankly, I’d run with your suggestion !

Torchbearer

Since the World Champs are about gold, silver and bronze how about a country can send three swimmers for an event if it has the top three in the world rankings?
Otherwise the top three in the world are already competing in the event.
This would happen very rarely and would be fair to the Number 3 in the world.

Danjohnrob

@Torchbearer: That sounds VERY reasonable to me!

commonwombat

Roy, Wright MAY fall off the pace but at this point she has the intl record of performance in international waters. Elmslie was given a finals “run” at Pan Pacs and her split was a level below the rest of the team. They had sufficient a gap on US that it didn’t cost but I’d rather minimise my risks.

4×200; yes Elmslie has to be in the final four but at this point she’s not in my top 4 over the 100. Those times at Trials are nice but can she swim them in international competition. The others HAVE, with Elmslie that’s yet to be determined.

aswimfan

Elmslie has already proven in major international meet when she was part of gold 4×100 free in London.

Torchbearer

Yes, Elmslie was given the 4 X 100 AND 200 berths because she performed at her peak when it counted- knocking Trickett for one off the Gold Medal relay team.

robbos

@commonwombat, neither D’Osrango or Chalmers are going to trouble the podium & maybe not even final, so I just thought maybe giving Chalmers that valuable World Championship experience in the individual event as I think his progression maybe has more potential then D’osrango.

Torchbearer

How many events does a single country have the first three ranked swimmers at the moment (I know we are mid season etc…)?
Just went through all the rankings (incl 50m)….ZERO.
Closest is the 200m Breastroke M – GBR has 3 of top 4.

commonwombat

Yes, Elmslie swam the 4×100 final in London.

My contentions are:
(1) the standard of this AUS relay has taken a major step forward post London.
(2) as part of that step forward, the others have all produced sub53 relay splits; to date she has NOT.

Not dissing her in any way; she’s an integral part of the 4×200 but I just don’t think she’s the quality of the others in the 4×100 and including her in the finals line-up would be weakening it. If she can split sub53 in Kazan, then I’ll be happy to reconsider my position.

Aswim; Elmslie did NOT swim the final of 4×200.

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