Kosuke Hagino 4:08, Daiya Seto 4:10 & Kanako Watanabe 2:20.90 Top Japan Titles Finale

Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto have known many battles. [Photo: Swimming Australia]

World ranks toppers from Kosuke Hagino in 4:08.54 over 400m medley ahead of World Champion Daiya Seto, on 4:10.97, and from Kanako Watanabe, on 2:20.90 in a 200m breaststroke final in which all came home within 2:26.9, seven making the season global top 20, provided the highlights of a stirring curtain-closing session at the Japanese Swimming Championships in Tokyo

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World ranks toppers from Kosuke Hagino in 4:08.54 over 400m medley ahead of World Champion Daiya Seto, on 4:10.97, and from Kanako Watanabe, on 2:20.90 in a 200m breaststroke final in which all came home within 2:26.9, seven making the season global top 20, provided the highlights of a stirring curtain-closing session at the Japanese Swimming Championships in Tokyo

Comments

aswimfan

Unfortunately for Hagino, worlds is unlike Japan trials, where he conserved energy during heats prelims.
And we know what happened in 2013 Barcelona where he had to swim fast all through the rounds.
At least now he doesn’t have to swim 100/200 back.

Chris

Its probably about time that somebody other then a USA swimmer won the 400m Medley at the Olympics and one of these two are probably the ones to do it.
How is the American team picked for Kazan I have noticed that the trials are after the World Champs?

Danjohnrob

The US Team for Kazan was picked last summer based upon performances at Nationals and the Pan Pacific Championships. There are both good and bad sides to that early team selection. We’ll have to see whether the good outways the bad this summer…

Chris

Thank You
Which events is Phelps racing (if any)? Sort of wished he stopped after London as his legacy has been tarnished a bit through his legal problems.

Danjohnrob

After his DUI conviction he was suspended by US Swimming for 6 months; the suspension ended last week and he’s scheduled to swim in an event in Arizona this week. In addition to the suspension he was removed from the roster for Kazan. Some media reports have stated there have been discussions about reinstating him to the World Championship Team (Swimvortex was one of them, of course), but he is not currently entered in the competition. Although the US freestyle relays will definitely suffer in his absence, I would rather see him training for Rio. I know what you mean about retiring after London, but Rio would be a chance to redeem himself and, most importantly, make history by winning a 4th consecutive 100 fly or 200 IM (if he can).

Chris

Thanks again which events is Franklin swimming and is she fit, also is Ledecky swimming the 200m free.

Danjohnrob

Ledecky IS swimming the 200, which she initially said she wasn’t (plus 400, 800, and 1500 and 4×200 relay). It sounds like too much to me, but I hope she knows what she’s doing!

Franklin is swimming 100/200 free and back plus all 3 relays (yikes). At our recent NCAA Champ’s she broke the US 200 (yard) free record by a huge margin. She also set SCY pb times in the 100 free and 200 back and all her relay splits. She hasn’t swum LCM since last summer, but she has always been better in LCM, so I think most US swim fans are crossing their fingers that this will be a gooid summer for her!

Bill Bell

That’s ok. Let Hagino and Seto bask in their glory while they can.

At Rio next summer Phelps 3:55-plus and Lochte 3;56!

The rest of the world…who?

Bill Bell

Oh and Clary for the bronze (4:00.0!) w/the IOC making a “special dispensation” for Uncle Sam in the Big Three’s final Big O’s ( although all three are dropping hints about Tokyo)

Danjohnrob

@Bill Bell: You’ve heard that Phelps and Lochte are already dropping hints about Tokyo?

aswimfan

DanJohnRob,

you’ve never met Bill Bell before?

LOL.

aswimfan

FYI, Bill Bell takes the art of exaggeration and fantasy to the next level.

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