97TH JAPAN STUDENT SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday, October 7th – Sunday, October 10th
Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
Honda already won the men’s 200m fly in a time of 1:54.45 but he concluded his meet with a silver in the men’s 400m IM. Clocking a mark of 4:12.05, Honda hit the runner-up spot behind winner Kaito Tabuchi.
Tabuchi scored a new lifetime best of 4:11.80 to edge out Honda by .25, with the latter finishing in a mark of 4:12.05. In fact, both men reached a new career-quickest mark in the race, with Tabuchi’s previous PB resting at 4:13.79 from earlier this year, while Honda’s been as quick as 4:13.31 from last year.
As such, both men but under the 4:13 threshold for the first time ever and moving up the list of the top Japanese men’s 400m IM performers all-time.
All-Time Japanese Men’s LCM 400 IM Performers
Kosuke Hagino, 4:06.05 2016
Daiya Seto, 4:06.09 2020
Yuya Horinata, 4:10.52 2012
Takeharu Fujimori, 4:10.90 2017
Yuki Ikari, 4:11.88 2021
Kaito Tabuchi, 4:11.80 2021
Tomoru Honda, 4:12.05 2021
For the men’s 200m breaststroke, 20-year-old Sato got it done for gold in a mark of 2:08.46. Opening in 1:01.51 and closing in 1:06.95, Seto doubled up on his 100m breast victory earlier in the meet.
The man owns a national and Asian continental record with the 2:06.40 produced last year.
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