Fifth 57 Of Year For Emma McKeon In 100 ‘Fly; Ippei Watanabe Lowers WJR In 200 Breast

Emma McKeon - courtesy of Swimming Australia

Australia’s Emma McKeon concluded a cheering campaign at the Japan Open with a 57.62 win in the 100m butterfly, that effort her fifth entry into the world’s top 10 performances so far this year; Kazuki Kohinata led the 200m breaststroke just ahead of a World Junior Record from Ippei Watanabe, both on 2:09s

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Australia’s Emma McKeon concluded a cheering campaign at the Japan Open with a 57.62 win in the 100m butterfly, that effort her fifth entry into the world’s top 10 performances so far this year; Kazuki Kohinata led the 200m breaststroke just ahead of a World Junior Record from Ippei Watanabe, both on 2:09s



14 yo and swimming 58.4???
We kept hearing about 15 yo Cassidy Bayer, who is amazing, but Rikako Ikee certainly continues Japan great tradition of 14 yo swimming extra fast.
I am reminded of Ayari Aoyama, her underwater was divine, enough to make Australian officials dropped their jaws in Atlanta.


Yolane Kukla was a 58.22 as a 14 yr old @ 2010 Pan Pacs


Yes she was & never went quicker


Does anybody know if Koga will be in Kazan? If so, will he only be swimming the 50? Apparently his 50 back time listed above is the #3 time so far this season!

Relative to Bayer, Ikee is a MUCH better sprinter, that’s for sure.

It’s interesting to see Seto swimming a time comparable to Lochte’s time in Charlotte and Hagino swimming one more comparable to Phelps. I’m not sure if you can draw any conclusions from that, but interesting nonetheless.

The depth in Japan’s 200 breaststroke athletes is just astounding!


What’s happened with Yolane Kukla.. She should have been right there contending for 4×100 free relay spots at the very least


Australia needs Ms. McKeon to be 56 low or, perhaps, even better for the 4x100m women’s medley relay. And Ms. Seebohm will need to be close or even better than the world record in the backstroke leg. Ditto Ms. Campbell in freestyle. Otherwise, Denmark and USA would seem to have the upper hand.

Mr. Seto continues to impress. And Ms. Ikee performances are very promising. I agree that it is too bad that Ms. Kukla, after such promising beginnings, seems to have stalled in her progress for the longest time. A similar comment goes for Mr. Yamaguchi.

Craig Lord

Thanks Majer99, noted

Craig Lord

quire right, felixDP, no guarantees in any youthful speed, history screams back at us time and again.


Kukla’s issue that has never been fixed was that of “spinning her wheels”; her stroke-rate was tremendous but didn’t equate to efficient forward propulsion. In distances over 50, she’d lead to maybe 70 then “taxi !!”. With the return to health of C1 & rise of C2, she was by-passed in the 50FS. She’s never broken 58 for 100FLY so never really been in the picture over past 5 years in that either. She’s moved coaches and relocated to WA but seemingly, it’s “incurable”.


Who was Kukla’s former coach in Queensland? Maybe she needs to train with Groves and McKeon… She was a talent in Delhi 2010 and still a teenager I believe?


Kukla was a former gymnast, so at the age of 14, her physique had been much more developed compared to other girls swimmers.
I heard her weight to power ratio was off the chart.


Danjohnrob – regarding the similar outcome on the 200 IM for Hagino and Phelps, and possible inferences from that: Hagino did 15.05 in the 1500 and 4.14 in the 400 IM the other day. What is absolutely certain is that Hagino is in exellent general shape, and that Phelps has a way to go before being that fit. I still recall Hagino blowing Lochte away on the last 50 in the 200 IM last summer. Maybe he is just giving himself new challenges to stay sharp and motivated?

On another issue: four Japanese men finishing in the 4.10-4.14 interval in the 400 IM in May. The no doubt put in some heavy work in Nippon land.


Sarah Sjöström went 58.38 @ 14 (21 March 2008) … But maybe she’s the exception that confirms the rule 🙂


@Haakon: I don’t know why you thought my comment was a negative one toward Hagino, for whom I have great respect and who there is no doubt is in great shape. If anything, I would infer that perhaps Hagino and Phelps are doing more yardage than Lochte (I have no knowledge about Seto’s training). However, I wouldn’t be too confident that Hagino will “blow anybody away” in Rio, given that he could only beat Phelps by 0.02 at Pan Pac’s when Phelps was admittedly in light training. As far as Lochte goes, I don’t know what you’re talking about, since they weren’t even in the same race at Pan Pac’s and Lochte’s time tied Hagino’s In the end.


Verram, she turns 20 in September. I doubt there’s a way back for her although I’d be very happy to be proven wrong. I think Aswim may’ve “hit the nail on the head” re Kukla’s physique and it was a double-edged sword. Gymnasts require explosive power esp with tumbling which aided her with her starts but it “bit her on the rear” with sustaining her very high stroke rate through a race especially beyond 50. Realistically she ended up suited primarily for 50m races ….. and with only 50FS an Olympic event she’s out of the picture with C1 &C2 way haead of her.


DJR – bear in mind that Hagino wasn’t fully tapered for Pan Pacs – he performed fully tapered at the Asian Games where he dropped significant time in the 2Fr, 4IM and the 2IM.

This year he’s been doing more heavy work, especially on freestyle, and hasn’t had the opportunity to have a proper rest, even for trials. Norimasa Hirai knows his stuff and I think we will see a much sharper Hagino in Kazan.

His goal times remember are to win the 200 and 400IMs with a margin, as well as to go 1:44 and 3:41 in the frees.


Danjohnrob – please accept my apologies regarding the Hagino / Lochte 200 IM race. I must admit I took that from my memory, which clearly is not as good as it was some decades ago! Sorry. Will seek to verify statements in future.


@HKSwimmer: Nobody is underestimating Hagino here, just pointing out that, other than that 0.02 margin on Phelps last summer, he hasn’t exactly annihilated his US competition YET.

@Haakon: No apology necessary, but IMO, at least until Hagino actually wins a major title in the 200 IM, it would be more respectful not to use descriptions like “blow away” when you’re talking about the World Record Holder who has won the 200 IM title at the last 3 World Championships or the man who has won the last 3 Olympic titles in the event.

Craig Lord

Good spot SwimFinn – thanks – Europeans … 2008, the LZR in the pool but I believe Sarah was wearing a textile bodysuit for the race.


Danjohnrob – at the risk of following up a completely irrelevant discussion: The memory of Hagino blowing away Lochte refers to the 2014 SC World Championship. Hagino 1.50.47 and Lochte 1.51.31. The last 50 was 26.64 and 27.50, respectively. I realize this is short course, the importance of the meet somewhat limited, and that Lochte probably did not prioritize the meet, but the Hagino performance was still impressive in my book.

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