World record holder Tomoru Honda quits SC Worlds

64TH JAPAN SC SWIM CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday October 22 & Sunday October 23 Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan SCM (25m) Results

When the Japanese roster for the 2022 FINA World Short Course Championships was announced, we knew that 15-year-old Mio Narita was absent, despite having won the 400m IM title in the national qualifier.

Now we know of another absence.

Newly minted world record holder Tomoru Honda confirmed to SwimSwam today that he has turned down his roster spot for Melbourne.

“I have to go back to school, that’s why I don’t have time to rest,” Honda told SwimSwam.

It’s only been a few days since Honda set a time of 1:46.85 in the men’s 200m to earn gold at the Japanese Short Course Championships, overtaking Daiya Seto’s previous WR mark of 1:48.24.

Honda would compete in both the 200m race and the 200m IM in Melbourne. Japan still has Seto as the frontrunner in the 200m IM, while Teppei Morimoto will join him in the 200m race based on results in Tokyo last weekend.

At last year’s World Short Course Championships, Italian Alberto Razzetti won gold in the men’s 200m with a time of 1:49.06. Honda’s world record is over 2 seconds faster than that result.

Men’s selection

Yuya HinomotoTakeshi KawamotoMasahiro KawaneKosuke MatsuiHidenari ManoKatsuhiro MatsumotoShuya MatsumotoTeppei MorimotoRyota NaitoKatsumi NakamuraMasaki NiyamaSo OgataKenta OzakiYuya SakamotoDaiya SetoYuya Set TanakaShoaminoI Takedaamino (Alleengo I Takedaamino)

Selection ladies

Sayaka AkaseReona AokiMai FukasawaChihiro IgarashiKatomi KatoWaka KoboriYumeno KusudaAiri MitsuiYukimi MoriyamaAoi NakashimaMiyu NambaYui OhashiRio ShiraiAi SomaAyami SuzukiMiki TakahashiKarin UchidaChiaki Yamamoto

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