On the 7th, the Japanese championship of swimming, which will be the representative selection of the Tokyo Olympics, was held on the 5th day of the competition, and 20-year-old Shouma Sato won the Japanese record in the men's 200-meter breaststroke and was appointed as the representative. did.

At the Japan Championships, which also serves as the representative selection for the Tokyo Olympics, the finals of the 4th men's and women's events were held on the afternoon of the 7th, the 5th day of the tournament.



▽ In the men's 200-meter breaststroke final, 20-year-old Sato won the new record in Japan at 2:06:40, and was nominated as the second representative following the medley relay representative.


In second place was Tatsuya Takera, who marked 2: 07.58, which also broke the standard record for dispatching individual events set by the Japan Swimming Federation and was appointed as the representative.


In this event, former world record holder Ippei Watanabe was aiming to participate in the Olympic Games for the second consecutive tournament, but ended up in 3rd place and missed the national team.



▽ In the men's 100-meter freestyle final, Katsumi Nakamura won the championship in 48.23 seconds, broke the standard record for dispatching individual events, and was appointed as the representative of the Tokyo Olympics.


This race also serves as a representative selection for the men's 400m relay, with Nakamura who won the race, Katsuhiro Matsumoto in 2nd place, Kaiya Seki in 3rd place, and Akira Namba in 4th place as the standard dispatch for the men's 400m relay. We broke the record and decided to be the representative.



▽ In the women's 200m butterfly final, Suzuka Hasegawa won the championship at 2:07:24, broke the standard dispatch record set by the Japan Swimming Federation, and was appointed as the representative of the Tokyo Olympics in this event.



▽ In the men's 800-meter freestyle final, Shiyu Kurokawa broke the Japanese record at 7: 49.55 and won the championship, but failed to break the standard dispatch record set by the Japan Swimming Federation.



In addition, the semi-finals of the 4th men's and women's events were held on the 7th, and Rikako Ikee marked 54.36 in the women's 100m freestyle, and advanced to the final on the 8th in 1st place overall.

Men's 200m breaststroke Sato "Win the gold medal in the actual performance"

Shouma Sato, who broke the Japanese record in the men's 200-meter breaststroke final and was nominated as the representative, is 20 years old from Tokyo.

Inspired by Kosuke Kitajima, who specializes in breaststroke and won the gold medal in two consecutive Olympic Games, he has a big swim that makes use of a form with little water resistance and a powerful kick.


Although it is said that there are problems with turning and lifting movements, last year it succeeded in speeding up due to the increased strength of the upper body, and in February this year, the men's 200-meter breaststroke reached the Japanese record of 0.07, the world's record. It marked 2 minutes 6 seconds 74, which is equivalent to the 4th place in history.



Regarding the fact that he set a new record in Japan and was appointed as the representative, Sato smiled, "I thought that the 2 minutes and 6 seconds range would come out at the time of yesterday, so I was able to swim well."


When asked who he wanted to tell the representative offer, he cried a little and said, "I am a family and a coach. The family always picks me up and cooks and supports me, and the coach has been doing it for the past year. As a first step, I was able to give back, and I want to win the championship and win a gold medal in the actual performance. "

Men's 200m breaststroke Takera "I want to leave results at the Olympics"

Tatsuya Takera, who finished second in the men's 200-meter breaststroke final and was nominated as a representative, is 24 years old from Tottori prefecture.

He specializes in breaststroke and is characterized by a good tempo of swimming with the strength of his upper body as a weapon.



Although he has never won the Japan Championships, he has improved his skills since becoming a member of society under the guidance of coach Yasuko Tajima, a silver medalist at the Sydney Olympics.

At the Japan Championships in December last year, he renewed his personal best at 100 meters and finished 2nd, and at 200 meters he was 3rd.



Due to the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics, the contract of my affiliation was terminated in March last year, and there was a time when the number of exercises was halved due to part-time work, but we have continued to strengthen it with the support of the local Tottori Prefecture Swimming Federation.



In the final, Takera entered the final 50 meters, feeling the response.

Although the ranking was 3rd, the difference with Ippei Watanabe, who was 2nd in front, was 0.28.

I was confident in the last spurt and brought it to the race as I had expected, "If you keep up to 150, you will get out."




Then, when Watanabe, who is also confident in the last spurt, was caught near the remaining 25 meters, he left it at once.



After the race, he calmly recalled, "I was confident in the last 50 meters, so I decided to do a calm race. I think I was able to do it well."



After that, he expressed his willingness to win a medal, saying, "I want to make a good result at the Olympics. I want to do my best to reach the podium."

Men's 200m breaststroke Watanabe misses the representative in 3rd place

Ippei Watanabe, the world record holder before the men's 200-meter breaststroke and aiming to win the tournament for the third consecutive time, finished in 3rd place and missed the offer.


In the final, Watanabe skipped from the beginning and was the top in the first 50 meters, but after that, when he was overtaken by Sato and retreated to 2nd place, he was caught by Takera near the last 25 meters and finished in 3rd place. ..


Watanabe, who was third in the 100-meter breaststroke final held on the 4th of this month, finished the second event he entered in this tournament and did not participate in the Olympics for the second consecutive tournament.



Watanabe said, "I was going to do my best to do what I could to the end of the semi-finals, and I thought I would do my best to develop my own race, but I have no time or ranking. I can't sort out why this was the result." I dropped my shoulder.



He said, "I've done my best in my life for the past few months, but I think Sato, who set a new record in Japan, and Takera, who set a new personal best, did their best purely. I want you to rampage at the Olympics. "

Special training with father Hasegawa who won the women's 200m butterfly

Suzuka Hasegawa, who won the women's 200m butterfly, is 21 years old from Tokyo.

He specializes in butterfly strokes, and is good at 200 meters in swimming that has both strength and endurance.



He made his first appearance in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in his second year of high school, and missed the final in the 200m butterfly by 0.11 seconds and finished 9th.



After that, he was expected to play an active role as a leader in Japanese butterflies, but he fell into a slump after a period of time when he couldn't set the time he wanted.



From the fall of 2018, I have been studying again under my father's coach Shigeru, who was instructed in my junior years, to strengthen my upper body.



I was able to endure the final on the 7th because I had days with my father who believed in it.

In the final race, Hasegawa actively skipped from the beginning.



From beginning to end, the last 50 meters, which was the most difficult part of the lead, was the section where Hasegawa had been facing for a long time, but he kept turning his arms hard until the end and got a ticket to the Olympics.



In the interview after the race, the trademark smile burst while saying, "The selection is really bad for my heart."



The strength at the end is the result of rigorous training with his father and coach Shigeru.

At the end of the practice, when I was tired, I first swam in the crawl, which I was not good at, and then finished the menu by just scratching the butterfly's arm and swimming eight 100 meters.



Shigeru, who made the menu, said, "I don't hate practicing, so I can't break my heart when I'm another player. I think I can do that." I did.



Hasegawa also said, "It's hard to drive in and mentally and physically," he said. "Because I believe in my father, I was able to accept the rigorous practice without any repulsion." I have cultivated the endurance of my shoulders that I can keep turning.

Men's 100m Freestyle Winner Nakamura

Katsumi Nakamura, who won the men's 100-meter freestyle in the Japan Championships in Swimming, is 27 years old from Tokyo.

Specializing in freestyle sprints, it features the latter half of the spurt created from a well-trained body.



At the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, which was his first appearance, he reviewed the practice method and swimming from the beginning based on his experience of failing in the qualifying in the freestyle of 50 meters and 100 meters of individual events, and incorporated boxing mitts into the practice.



In 2018, he set a new Japanese record of 47.87 in the 100m freestyle.

After that, although he has been away from updating his personal best due to a shoulder injury and the form collapsed, he has continued to strengthen his position toward his second Olympic appearance.



After the race in the final, Nakamura recalled that he was "not very good" and allowed Kosuke Matsui, who is good at starting, to lead the first 50 meters.



Nakamura kept his pace without being impatient here, and when he turned back in 4th place in the first half, he quickly escaped at around 75 meters in the second half, where he was good at.



Although he did not reach his own Japanese record of 0.36 seconds, he broke through the standard dispatch record for individual events and said, "I came here with the intention of making an offer, but I am relieved again."



For a long time, Nakamura has been focusing on this event, which young players such as Katsuhiro Matsumoto have been strengthening. I will do my best to fight against it, "he said, and this race also accepted the challenge of young people from the front and rejected it.



When asked about the Olympics, which left me with the regrettable feeling of failing to qualify last time, in a post-race interview, I vowed to revenge, saying, "I haven't reached the time I expected yet. I will do my best again from here."



Katsumi Nakamura said, "I think it's the first time that four people have set the standard record for relay dispatch, and since each of them was able to do it in the high-level final, I think I can do my best without losing the pressure even in the actual performance." He said about his time, "The last 10 meters was really good, and the first half wasn't very good. I'm sorry I was aiming for a faster record, but I'd like to do my best for the summer and fight for medals." Was there.

Unofficial decision with 400m relay Matsumoto "I've put out my strength"

Katsuhiro Matsumoto, who was appointed as the representative of the men's 400m relay, said, "I am fully satisfied because it is the result of having put out the ability that I can put out. I think that there are four high-level people, so I am very happy to be able to challenge the world." I was talking.

Informal decision with 400m relay "I'm glad that my dream comes true"

Kaiya Seki, who was appointed as the representative of the men's 400m relay, said, "I'm relieved because I was very nervous. I'm glad that my dream came true because I practiced for this."



Kaiya Seki is 21 years old from Tokyo.

Focusing on freestyle, he won the 100-meter freestyle in the adult Japanese student championship.

Having the 5th best time in Japan, I have been aiming to become a member of the relay for the Tokyo Olympics.

Unofficial decision at 400m relay Namba "I'm not satisfied with the time"

Akira Namba, who was appointed as the representative of the men's 400m relay, said, "I was aiming for the Olympics, so I'm glad I was able to be appointed as the representative at the relay. I want to go. "



Akira Namba is 24 years old from Mie prefecture.

I specialize in freestyle swimming.


He participated in the adult world championship for the first time and contributed to the acquisition of the right to participate in this event as an anchor for the men's 400m relay.


In March of this year, he marked his personal best, which was the 6th place in Japan, and he was in good shape for the representative selection.

Men's 800m freestyle Kurokawa is new to Japan

In the men's 800-meter freestyle final, Murasaki Kurokawa broke the Japanese record at 7: 49.55 and won the championship, but failed to break the standard dispatch record set by the Japan Swimming Federation.



Kurokawa said, "I did my best to think that I would have a good time if I followed Mr. Takeda in the side lane. It is difficult to break the standard dispatch record. I will do my best to practice again in anticipation of the next Olympics." Was there.

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