3 national records on first day of Japanese trials

After having to cancel the Japanese Long Course Championships due to the earthquake and tsunami catastrophe, the Japanese swimming federation still managed to put together a high qualify Shanghai 2011 trials meet in Hamamatsu.

Yosuke Miyamoto became the first Japanese to swim under 15:00 in the men’s 1500 freestyle, with a 14:57.56, compared to Ryoji Sononaka’s 15:04.91 back in 2009.

Natsumi Hoshi dropped the national record in the women’s 200 butterfly with a 2:06.05, where Yuko Nakanishi’s record from 2008 was 2:06.38.

Haruka Ueda managed a 1:57.37 in the women’s 200 free, where her national record from 2009 was one hundredth of a second slower, 1:57.38.

There were also three world’s best this year, with Takeshi Matsuda beating out Michael Phelps himself with a 1:54.12 in the 200 butterfly, compared to Phelps’ 1:55.34 from the Indy Grand Prix. Aya Terakawa set a world’s best this year in the 100 back with a 59.17, compared to Belinda Hockings’ 59.55 from earlier this week. And Kosuke Kitajima set a world’s best in the 100 breaststroke with a 59.44, beating out Yuta Suenaga’s 59.93 from Tokyo in February.

And this was only the first day of the meet.

Read more here on SwimmingWorld Magazine.


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