Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Kosuke Kitajima Races To A 58.90 100m Breast (With Race Video)
Kosuke Kitajima is a rock star, breaking his own Asian record by 0.01, which just so happened to be set in the 2008 Olympic final. The time is the 5th fastest of all-time and he becomes just the second man under 59 seconds in a textile suit.
Ryo Tateishi, 2nd in 59.60, moved to 2nd in the 2012 world rankings.
Kitajima has now put himself within range of Norway's Alexander Dale Oen and his time of 58.71 set in Shanghai last year and keeps alive the chance to become the first male swimmer to win the same event in three consecutive Olympics.
Dale Oen set his time off a scorching first 50m split of 27.20, compared to Kitajima's still rapid 27.69, but it's worth noting that the Japanese star brought the race home significantly faster, 31.21 to 31.51. An Olympic final showdown between the two is set to be one of the highlights of the London Olympics.
(Thanks to Swimmer's Daily for the video find and 真之介 山田 for the video itself)