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The second day of the 2021 Japan Open concluded Friday with many of Japan’s Olympians getting some fine-tuning racing in before the Olympic Games swimming start in 50 days. 400 IM gold medal favorite Yui Ohashi swam a solid 4:35.92 in winning that event on Friday at the Chiba International General Swimming Center at the Japan Open. Ohashi is ranked second globally among swimmers that have qualified for the Olympic Games as she was a 4:35.14 already this year and will be the gold medal favorite come the Games in seven weeks. Ohashi had the fastest time in the world last year in short course meters in both the 200 and 400 IM and will enter the home Olympics as a gold medal favorite. She won ahead of 15-year-old Mio Narita (4:40.88) who broke the national junior record. She won ahead of Ageha Tanigawa (4:41.21) who will be Japan’s second swimmer in this event at the Games.