Sport: Flying Fish of Fujiyama

There was no faster man in a swimming pool, said the experts, than Japan's phenomenal 21-year-old Hironoshin Furuhashi—unless it was Yale's phenomenal 20-year-old John Marshall of Australia. Ox-chested Furuhashi broke two world records in his visit to the U.S. last year (TIME, Aug. 29). Lanky John Marshall had broken a couple of his own since then (TIME, July 31). In Tokyo last week, the two of them met for the first time.

Some 15,000 swim-happy fans fell tensely silent as the starter for the crucial 400-meter free-style event barked "Yoi [get set]!" Crouched...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!