The Japan Swimming Federation has announced tough qualifying times for the host nation’s Olympic Games team at Tokyo Olympics 2020. According to Swim Swam in the majority of events, the times are what were required to reach finals at this year’s World Championships in Gwangju. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Swimming can get Olympic Swimming Tickets online.
Japan is aiming to select only those swimmers with a genuine chance of reaching finals in their various events, and not athletes to merely make up the numbers. Swim Swam reported that the qualifying time of 7min 48.12sec in the men’s 800 meters freestyle is quicker than the national record of 7:49.65 recorded by Takeshi Matsuda in 2009.
One qualifying event is planned for Japanese swimmers before Tokyo Olympic 2020 the Japan Swim competition in April. Daiya Seto has already qualified for the host nation, after winning world gold in the 200m and 400m medley events. Any Japanese swimmer who topped the podium in Gwangju was an automatic selection for Tokyo Olympics 2020.
But Japan is likely to be without star female swimmer Rikako Ikee in Tokyo after the 19-year-old six-time Asian Games champion was diagnosed with leukemia in February. He also won 200m medley silver at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon in South Korea as well as Universidad silver in the same event in Russian city Kazan in 2013.
News of his failure comes with Japan preparing to host next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Fujimori would have been in line to compete at his home Games. He will now Miss Japan’s National Championships next month and the World Championships in Gwangju in South Korea in July.
Ephedrine is normally used to treat low blood pressure. In May Japan’s two-time backstroke swimming world champion Junya Koga was removed from the country’s squad for the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang after failing a drug test. He tested positive for traces of banned androgen receptor modulators LGD-4033 and SARM S-22 in an out-of-competition test in the Tokyo Olympics Games. Both substances can help build muscle.
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