A team of young Australians showed their pace in top gear on the first day of the 3rd Japanese National Indoor Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Apr 1.
A team of young Australians showed their pace in top gear on the first day of the 3rd Japanese National Indoor Swimming Championships in Tokyo, Apr 1. Four of the team are between 16 and 17 years old apart for one veteran of twenty.
As expected Australian Helen Bartiers, 17, won the women's 400-meters freestyle without any trouble. Her time of 5 mins.10.7 secs.set a Japanese record. Powerful Emiko Shimabara of Japan finished in 5 mins. 31 secs. after a very strong start. It was Australia again in the women's 200-meters butterfly event with 17-year-old Janice Androw smashing another Japanese record 2 mins. 38.4 secs. Masako Kuroda won second place for Japan 17.5 secs slower.
In the men's 400-meters freestyle Tsuyoshi Yamanaka - holder of the 200-meters world record - won an exciting race in 4mins.20.6 secs. a record time for the Championships. Behind the Japanese star, 16-year-old Robert Windle pulled off the surprise of the day when he clocked his fastest time, 4 mins. 24.9 secs. to take second place. Another Australian Allan Wood, 17, finished third in 4 mins. 25.5 secs.