Ikee’s Dashing 24.21 NR; Hagino & Seto Spar; Ohashi Under 2:09 – & Horomura Flies To 1:53

Rikako Ikee, Nao Horomura, bottom left, and the big two multi-talents of Japanese swimming, Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto, top left - collage images by Patrick B. Kraemer, Deep Blue Media and a video still

Tokyo 2018, two years to go. As ever with Japanese nationals, hard to know where to start: there was the 24.21 national 50m free record of Rikako Ikee, the latest clash of medley giants Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto, both on 1:56s;  then there was teenager Nao Horomura – on 1:53 over 200m butterfly in a final in which a 1:57 – swifter than the national record of the bulk of world swim nations – was good for last home; or, turn around and we find Yui Ohashi cracking 2:09 in the 200 medley.

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Tokyo 2018, two years to go. As ever with Japanese nationals, hard to know where to start: there was the 24.21 national 50m free record of Rikako Ikee, the latest clash of medley giants Kosuke Hagino and Daiya Seto, both on 1:56s;  then there was teenager Nao Horomura – on 1:53 over 200m butterfly in a final in which a 1:57 – swifter than the national record of the bulk of world swim nations – was good for last home; or, turn around and we find Yui Ohashi cracking 2:09 in the 200 medley.

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