Ippei Watanabe, the former world record holder, and Shouma Sato, the former world record holder, participated in the men's 200-meter breaststroke on the 7th of the 5th day of the Japanese Championship of Swimming, which will be the representative selection of the Tokyo Olympics. High-level conflicts that can be expected are expected.
The Japanese Swimming Championships held at the Tokyo Aquatics Center in Koto-ku, Tokyo will break the standard dispatch record in the final and will be nominated as a representative of the individual event of the Tokyo Olympics if it is within the second place.
On the 5th day, the finals of the 4th event will be held for both men and women.
Of these, the men's 200-meter breaststroke has been pulled by former world record holder Ippei Watanabe for the past few years, but 20-year-old Shouma Sato drastically shortened the time from last year at the February tournament. When he won the championship, Watanabe won the Japanese record at 2: 06.74, which is close to 0.07.
In the semi-finals on the 6th, both of them showed a race that preserved the last 50 meters spurt, which is the key to the game, with Watanabe in 2nd place overall and Sato in 3rd place overall, and advanced to the final.
It will be interesting to see how close the winning time of the final will be to the world record, centered on the gold medal of the Tokyo Olympics and the two who aim to break the world record.
In addition, Rikako Ikee, who won the women's 100-meter butterfly in the morning qualifying and was nominated as the representative at the medley relay, will participate in the women's 100-meter freestyle, which is the second event of this tournament.