Kosuke Hagino Speeds To Helm Of 200 Free World Ranks In 1:45.8; Daiya Seto In Form

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

Kosuke Hagino sped to the helm of the season world rankings with a dominant 1:45.82 victory in the 200m freestyle at Japanese nationals in Tokyo. The silver went to age peer Daiya Seto, his 1:47.71 – after he turned 6th with a lap to go – the first of three efforts within 0.3sec of each other

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Kosuke Hagino sped to the helm of the season world rankings with a dominant 1:45.82 victory in the 200m freestyle at Japanese nationals in Tokyo. The silver went to age peer Daiya Seto, his 1:47.71 – after he turned 6th with a lap to go – the first of three efforts within 0.3sec of each other

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for33

Last year at the Pan Pacs Japan closely challenged the US in the 4x200m freestyle relay. And later went to win the same race in the Asian Games. I hope this year at World’s they perform well; I really look forward to this race. Both Japan and Australia should be medal winners. Anyone knows what is Daiya Seto’s personal best in the 200m freestyle? Also, does anybody know if Mr. Matsuda has retired?

Craig Lord

for33 – Matsuda was in the 200 fly semis… 2nd to seto going through … mentioned in copy

HKSWIMMER

for33 – I think that this is Setos’ PB over LCM 200m fr. Which bodes well for the Japanese in general.

I remember from last year’s Pan Pacs Reo Sakata actually outsplit MP with a 1:45 high, which means he can definitely be faster. Of course, Hagino last year split the only 1:44 of the year at the Asian Games as well in the relay, so the US and Aus etc. will really need to up their game.

Looking forward to seeing how the rest of the trials goes, especially the IMs

HKSWIMMER

Also – does this mean that Hagino is dropping backstroke from his events in Kazan? He didn’t contest the 100 afterall. Craig do we know if he’s also in the 200?

Craig Lord

HKSw’r: he’s not entered any backstroke events… so looks like he’s narrowing it down…

Italian fan

Obviously, good choice for Hagino to drop backstroke from his schedule, even if he was perfectly fit with his training (and he isn’t – minor trobles, but not at all a perfect season so far).
200 and 400 free and, above all, the ims are more than enough for Worlds and Olympics (the best schedule for Hagino to maximize gold chances is: 200 and 400 im and 200 free).
For the very promising 4×200 free japanese, results a little bit disappointing (particularly youngster Sakata and Kobori) compairing with the rapidly increasing curve of last year.

Italian fan

Anyway, I read splits “a little too ambitious” for Sakata: 23.87 at 50m and 50.43 at 100 m..
50.43 the first 100 and 58.40 the second: rare example of erroneous distribution.

jd14

Perhaps Sakata should try his hand at the 100. That’s front end speed if I’ve ever saw it! Wow!

HKSWIMMER

I believe 23.87 at the first 50m is the fastest ever individual LCM 200fr split 😀

Hopefully a mistake now means a much better swim in Kazan!

jd14

I remember Yannick’s first 100 split when anchoring the 4×200 free relay in London was 49.5 or in that ballpark which was extremely impressive.

HKSWIMMER

jd14 – correct. Same as Dave Walters back in 2009. Hence I mentioned individual split.

frankyrinpoche

guys! Don’t forget the Aussie 4x200m free has 1×1.45 + 3×1.46 + I don’t know how many 1.47s to swim prelims. They’re going to be reaaaally dangerous come Kazan. If USA Swimming is not reinstating Phelps and Lochte is not in the best of places, my guess is that the american supremacy in the 4x200m is at a close or at least in quite some danger 🙂 ! 4×200 will really be an incredible race in Kazan! AUS, US, JPN, RUS, ITA….

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