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Japan National Long Course Championships - Day 4

Apr 22, 2000  - Sumire Watanabe

Today's highlight was women's 200 butterfly semi-final. 16 year old Maki Mita established a new national record with 2:08.48. She bettered the old mark of 2:08.69 by Hitomi Kashima from 1996. She said "I am very happy with the time. This is my fist national mark. I want to swim faster in the final."

Her spilts; 28.91 1:01.59 1:34.88 2:08.48

Susumu Tabuchi was another national record setter in the men's 200 IM semi-final with a time of 2:02.54.

A fast men' s 200 breaststroke semi-final had Akira Hayashi on record pace in the first heat, posting 2:13.63, 3 hundred second short of his personal best, followed by Kosuke Kitajima in the next heat. Kitajima clocked his personal best with 2:13.47. The final, to be held on Saturday, is going to be a great race.

In the men's 100 free final, Tomohiro Yamanoi won the title with his personal best 51.01, followed closely in second by Syunsuke Ito 51.06 and Norihide Ishida 51.16.

The winner of the women' s event was Sumika Minamoto with 55.59. In second was Naoko Imoto in 56.22 and Suzu Chiba was in third in 56.28.

It was a close race in the men's 200 butterfly with Takashi Yamaoto first with 1:57.77 and Hisayoshi Tanaka second 1:57.94. Yamamoto said " I was very tired because I had a bad cold last week. I am satisfied that I can swim under 1:58. in spite of these bad conditions." In third spot was Hirokazu Kawamata in 2:00.11.

Sachiko Yamada was the winner of women's 800 free with 8:34.44. In second was Masae Maehara 8:45.19 and in third was Ai Mizoguchi 8:46.43.

Masato Hirano was the winner of men's 1500 free with a time of 15:20.59. Close behind was Yota Arase 15:22.20, who finished less than 2 seconds behind Hirano and in third was Takeshi Matsuda in 15:29.52.