Yasuhiro Koseki 2:07.77 World Ranks Topper Into All-Time Top 10; Hoshi & Irie On Song

Natsumi Hoshi - by Patrick. B. Kraemer

Before yesterday, no men had cracked 2:10 in the 200m breaststroke this year. Then, two managed it in semis at Japanese Swimming Championships in Tokyo. The list grew to four today but one leapt below 2:09 and 2:08 in one fell swoop: Yasuhiro Koseki took the crown in 2:07.77, season world No 1, all-time No 7

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Before yesterday, no men had cracked 2:10 in the 200m breaststroke this year. Then, two managed it in semis at Japanese Swimming Championships in Tokyo. The list grew to four today but one leapt below 2:09 and 2:08 in one fell swoop: Yasuhiro Koseki took the crown in 2:07.77, season world No 1, all-time No 7

Comments

for33

Very good for Mr. Koseki on 200m breast. As well as for Mr. Irie. It is intriguing that if there was a 4x200m medley relay race at this point in time, Japan with Irie, Koseki, Seto, and Hagino would most likely be unbeatable.

Ms. Hoshi has, for some time now, been quite competitive in 200m butterfly, and getting medals, but for whatever reason victory has eluded her in international waters. Same for other Japanese females, other than in breastroke. Hope that this changes soon, starting with Ms. Hoshi.

tbird

Historically there is a consistent asian presence in the breaststroke events. not quite so in others strokes, especially in freestyle. Is there an explanation to this?

Craig Lord

tbird, body build, angles of buoyancy and power to weight ration play a part.

tbird

Correct me if i am wrong, but power to weight ratio is not really race specific.. It is the outliers that are become great at sports, and that happens in every race.
totally agree with body build which therefore affects buoyancy. What about flexibility?

tbird

or cultural emphasis?

Craig Lord

Tbird, flexibility would not explain it… i know some hugely flexible folk who can’t swim breaststroke (relatively speaking 🙂 and some hugely flexible breaststroke swimmers who can’t swim free and back at any great level…

power to weight ratios can affect other things, such as angles of buoyancy… and cultural emphasis, I would say yes if you mean that what works and is proven to be successful tends to attract more attention and tends to thrive along the spectrum of time, generation to generation…

Danjohnrob

I’ve always thought Japan must have a lot of coaches who are stroke technicians because the stroke technique in athletes coming out of their country is excellent, and timing and technique seem to be most critical in breaststroke. I’ve also heard that children are taught breastroke first in Japan. In the US freestyle is generally taught first, and I assume the same is true in Australia.

Italian fan

@for33: If someone of Fina or Len has read your post, be sure that 4×200 medley (perhaps also mixed..) is looming..

aswimfan

Koseki seems to be the real deal who can avoid the Yamaguchi fate.

aswimfan

I am Asian, and I can swim crawl pretty fast, but my best stroke by far is breaststroke. And yes, we were taught breaststroke first.

Crannman

Very impressive time by Koseki. With the likes of Gyurta , Murdoch , Jaimeson , Koch , Cordes , Balandin and now Koseki , there is an actual possibility we could have over half the final in Kazan be in the 2:07 range . Hard to imagine the world record not going down this Summer.

Kim

Is Koseki a new Kitajima or Yamaguchi, will be interesting to watch? Still, I will put my money on Gyurta i Rio!

freestyle

Hi Craig.
Sorry for changing the subject and article completely, do you know why British Swimming have decided not to stream the Champs next week from London? ( I am sure they initially said they were going to) A great shame for all the parents and fans of swimming who can’t make the long journey to London.

TGregory

I’ve added breaststroke, a stroke I was never good at, to my workouts lately, to strengthen my core and satisfy my need for variety…. Does any man (or any other woman) swim breaststroke like Soni? By that, I mean abbreviated arm motion and fast kick, both getting the swimmer back to a streamlined position quickly, to begin again.

Bill Bell

Talk about a “one-hit wonder.” Will Yamaguchi getnitbtogether…maybe he’s just biding his timebforbRio ( Tokyo?)

Watch out for Cordes. Got had by Licon @ NCAAs but he’ll be motivated to proe that loss was a fluke come Kazan.

With Gyurta going for a Fourpeat and Koseki also in hunt for 200 gold and Marco Kochalso in the mix Brits could wel get blanked but Peaty should win 50-100. Oh you beg to differ Messrs.van Der Burg/Sprenger? We shall see and that goes for Mr. Cordes too.

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