Rikako Ikee, who won the women's 100-meter butterfly and broke the standard record for the 400-meter medley relay, was held on the 4th and 2nd of the Japan Championships in Athletics, which will be the representative selection for the Tokyo Olympics. A total of three players have been appointed as representatives.
Ikee won the championship for the first time in 3 years
At the Japan Championships, which also serves as the representative selection for the Tokyo Olympics, the third and fourth semi-finals for men and women were held on the afternoon of the 4th of the 2nd day of the tournament.
Of these, Ikee, who returned to the competition from leukemia, participated in the women's 100-meter butterfly final.
Ikee returned to 2nd place in the first half, and in the second half he showed tenacity and took the lead, marking 57.77 seconds and winning the championship for the first time in three years.
Ikee couldn't break the standard dispatch record as an individual event, but he won the championship after breaking the standard dispatch record of the medley relay, so he got the ticket for the Tokyo Olympics.
Women's 400m freestyle Kobori and Namba are also unofficially decided
In the women's 400-meter freestyle, Waka Kobori reversed in the final stages, winning the championship at 4:06:34, and Mimu Namba in second place at 4:06:36.
Both of them broke the standard dispatch record, so they were appointed as representatives of this event.
Men's 200m freestyle Matsumoto advances to the final in 1st place
In the men's 200-meter freestyle semi-final, Japanese record holder Katsuhiro Matsumoto, who is aiming to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, marked 1: 47.61, which was the first place overall, and advanced to the final on the 5th with the first place overall. did.
Kosuke Hagino was second overall with a time of 1'48.29.
Ryosuke Irie, who will participate in the Olympics for four consecutive tournaments in the men's 100-meter backstroke, marked 53.40 seconds and advanced to the final in 1st place overall.
Women's 100m breaststroke Aoki goes to the final in 1st place "Don't rush to swim yourself"
Reona Aoki, who advanced to the women's 100-meter breaststroke semi-final in 1st place overall, said, "It was a slower time than I expected. I want to swim myself and win the national team without rushing. "
Kanako Watanabe, who advanced to the final in 2nd place overall, said, "Swimming was shortened in the qualifying, but I was able to correct it and swim comfortably, so it was okay. I feel more confident when I decide on a job offer, so I want to decide on a representative job offer, whether it's 100 or 200. "
Women's 100m backstroke Sakai advances to the final in 1st place "I want to fix"
Natsumi Sakai, who advanced to the final in the women's 100-meter backstroke semi-final with the overall fastest time, said, "Since both the qualifying and the semi-final are about 0.7 seconds slower than my feelings, I want to correct it well in the final. I haven't, but I think I should be a little more nervous. I want to do my best tomorrow. "
Rio Shirai, who advanced to the final in 3rd place overall, said, "I've been working hard from the first half. I want to take this as a start and regain my mind. The final will be a tough battle, but I've come to do it, so I want to grab the representative." I tightened my mind.
Men's 100m Backstroke Irie "Tomorrow is my turn"
Ryosuke Irie, who advanced to the final in the men's 100-meter backstroke semi-final at the top of the overall race, finished in a time that was in line with the standard dispatch record while slowing down to preserve his physical strength at the end of the race, showing good performance.
After the race, Irie said, "I wanted to go a little longer, but at the end I felt comfortable. Today I saw a really wonderful race where Rikako Ikee encouraged all over Japan. Tomorrow is my turn." Was there.
Kobori, the representative's unofficial decision, "I was able to make my dream come true."
Waka Kobori, who won the women's 400-meter freestyle and was appointed as the representative of the Tokyo Olympics, is 20 years old from Nara prefecture.
Specializes in freestyle and medium to long distance.
I specialized in backstroke until junior high school, but I switched from high school to freestyle swimming.
He has a strong ability to swim at high speed, and he has also worked to strengthen his endurance, so he gained strength and won his first victory in the women's 1500m freestyle at the Japan Championships in Athletics.
In February, the Japanese record for the 1500m freestyle for women in the short waterway, which competes in the 25m pool, was set for the first time in 18 years.
He won the women's 400-meter freestyle and decided to be the representative, and said, "I thought the last 15 meters was the game, so I'm glad I passed it at the end."
He was enthusiastic, saying, "I was able to fulfill my dream of participating in the Olympics, so I want to swim at a better time at the Olympics."
In addition, Kobori said, "I thought that if the dispatch standard record was cut at 400 meters in the first event of this tournament, I would be able to feel good about the 800 meters, which is the main event. I'm happy to break the record, "he said with a smile.
Kobori said that he had given up on breaking the standard dispatch record at 400 meters, but the coach said, "It is natural that there is tension and anxiety, and the player who can break the record is the top player." He said that he was able to switch, "I'm glad that I was able to set a record here with the support of my coach until the end."
Regarding the Tokyo Olympics, he said, "I'm sure I'll be even more nervous than the selection," and vowed to play an active role on the actual stage.
Namba "I want to aim for a Japanese record"
Mimu Namba, who finished second in the women's 400-meter freestyle and was appointed as the representative of the Tokyo Olympics, is from Nara prefecture and is an 18-year-old first-year college student.
Specializes in freestyle and medium to long distance.
With a kick that makes use of the strength of the lower body, he won the tournament's first victory in the 400-meter freestyle of the 2019 Japan Championship, which he participated in in the second year of high school, and also won the 800-meter freestyle to achieve two crowns. ..
At the Japan Championships in December last year, he won the 1500m freestyle for the first time and is expected to play an active role as a multi-swimmer that can handle a wide range of distances.
He finished second in the women's 400-meter freestyle final and was nominated as a representative, saying, "I am relieved that the Olympics, which I have always dreamed of, have been nominated."
On top of that, I was enthusiastic about "I want to aim for a Japanese record" for the Olympics.