Kanako Watanabe Goes 2:09 Record 200IM As Kosuke Hagino Vs Daiya Seto Show Rolls On

Kanako Watanabe swims into the history books in Japan - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The stars of the Japanese Swimming Championships in Tokyo shot to the helm of the season World rankings in the home title and world-championship-ticket hunt today: Daiya Seto got the ball rolling with a 1:54.63 in the 200m butterfly, caught his breath while Kanako Watanabe became the first woman in the world this year to break 2:10 with a 2:09.81 national record in the 200m medley, and then returned to the fray in the men’s 200m medley for silver in 1:56.82 for world No 2 behind Kosuke Hagino, on 1:56.30

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The stars of the Japanese Swimming Championships in Tokyo shot to the helm of the season World rankings in the home title and world-championship-ticket hunt today: Daiya Seto got the ball rolling with a 1:54.63 in the 200m butterfly, caught his breath while Kanako Watanabe became the first woman in the world this year to break 2:10 with a 2:09.81 national record in the 200m medley, and then returned to the fray in the men’s 200m medley for silver in 1:56.82 for world No 2 behind Kosuke Hagino, on 1:56.30

Comments

Verram

It’s funny how Japan’s strengths (events-wise) are pretty much Australia’s weaknesses heading into Kazan and beyond…

HKSWIMMER

Very strong outing by the Japanese. I’m especially impressed with Seto – the 200 fly 200IM double in the same day is not easy!

HKSWIMMER

Also – not sure if I’m accurate here but I’m pretty sure that’s a PB by Seto in the 200IM? I don’t think he has managed to dip under 1:57 before. If so, I am even more impressed by his performances today.

Hagino probably a bit more tired than he was compared to this point last year. However, with him binning the backstroke events at worlds I’m very excited to see what he can do. I feel we have something special in store from the young Japanese star. I’m always impressed by how humble and gracious Hagino comes across, all the more reason to like the athlete.

Also, incredibly impressive by both Watanabes!

Craig Lord

HKswimmer – the copy notes that it is Seto’s best in the medley…

aswimfan

I feel Seto is also very humble and gracious.

Then again, everytime I was in Japan, I kept being surprised by how corteous the Japanese were, even their youngsters and teenagers. Very very pleasant to be in Japan.

Personal Best

Seriously need to reintroduce the 3 per nation rule.

It’s silly to think the third best in the world is not in the hunt for medals.

It should be the best swimmers in the world competing against each other.

aswimfan

Personal Best,

I agree with the reintroduction of 3 per nation rule.

But the standards should be different, so there would be FINA A, B, and C.

FINA A is for 3 per nation, with the standards of the previous worlds’ times to finals (like the current Australian standard)
FINA B for 2 per nation, is like the current FINA A
FINA C for 1 per nation, is like the current FINA B

Bad Anon

While that will ensure the best swimmers end up on the podium and sometimes one nation may sweep all the medals like USA, Jamaica, Kenya etc do in track and field. Having two per nation ensures podium nation diversity

Personal Best

Is elite sport about podium diversity though?
I can’t imagine in tennis restricting 1 athlete per nation to the final, or semis.

If you aren’t good enough to win a medal competing against the best, would you be happy to win one if three of the best stayed home because of this arbitrary rule?

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