Yui Ohashi, winner of two swimming gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, earned a chance to defend her Olympic 200-meter individual medley title in Paris on Sunday.

On the final day of Japan's qualifying trials at Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Ohashi won the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 9.17 seconds, well inside the qualifying time of 2:10.70.

Shiho Matsumoto also earned a berth by finishing second in 2:09.90.

The top two finishers meeting each race's qualifying time, set by the Japan Swimming Federation, clinched Olympic spots in the eight-day trials.

Japanese swimmers Yui Ohashi (R) and Shiho Matsumoto celebrate after qualifying for the Paris Olympics in the women's 200-meter individual medley at the selection trials at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on March 24, 2024. (Kyodo)

"I got so nervous, but I was determined to give 100 percent and see what happens," said Ohashi, who won both the 200 and 400 IM at the Olympics in 2021 but missed out on a Paris berth in the 400 meters five days earlier.

"I was confident of swimming well over the second half," the 28-year-old added. "There were times I thought about giving up in my bid to make the Paris Olympics, but I've come this far with the support of people around me."

In the men's 100-meter butterfly, Katsuhiro Matsumoto and national record holder Naoki Mizunuma qualified for the Paris Games, touching the wall in 50.96 and 51.23 seconds, respectively.

Katsuhiro Matsumoto competes in the men's 100-meter butterfly final at the Olympic qualifying trials at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on March 24, 2024. (Kyodo)

Rikako Ikee won the women's 50-meter freestyle in 24.88 seconds, but her time was 0.33 outside the qualifying time.

The 23-year-old, known for her competitive comeback from leukemia, swam in three finals at the trials and earned a berth in the 100 butterfly.

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