2014 Asian Games – Day Three Prelims

Jeff Grace
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September 22nd, 2014 Asia, International, News



  • Women’s 50 backstroke
  • Men’s 50 freestyle
  • Women’s 400 IM
  • Men’s 200 breaststroke
  • Women’s 100 butterfly
  • Men’s 400 freestyle

Women’s 50 backstroke

  • World record – 27.06 – Zhao Jing – CHN (2009)
  • Asian record – 27.06 – Zhao Jing – CHN (2009)
  • Asian Games record – 27.45 – Gao Chang – CHN (2010)

Fu Yuanhi of China, who currently has the world’s top time having posted a 27.51 in May, was the fastest qualifier in the women’s 50 backstroke recording a time of 27.64. Fu was more than half a second. Yekaterina Rudenk of Kazakhstan was the next fastest qualifier putting up a 28.27 followed by Chen Haihua of China who finished in a time of 28.73.

Tonight’s final will also include; Miyuki Takemura of Japan (28.82), Stephanie Au Hoi Shun of Hong Kong (29.04), Park Hanbyeoi of South Korea (29.08), Sayaka Akase of Japan (29.39) and Yulduz Kuchkarova of Uzbekistan (29.79).

Men’s 50 freestyle

  • World record – 20.91 – Cesar Cielo – BRA (2009)
  • Asian record – 21.88 – Shinri Shioura – JPN (2014)
  • Asian Games record – 23.37 – Lu Zhiwu – CHN (2010)

In the fifth heat of the men’s 50 freestyle Junior World record holder Yu Hexin of China broke Lu Zhiwu’s 2010 Games record posting a 22.32. That record would only last until the end of the next heat as Yu’s teammate Ning Zetao touched in a time of 21.94 setting a new Games record and missing his national record by only three one-hundredths of a second. Asian record holder Shinri Shioura of Japan was the next fastest qualifier posting a time of 22.09.

It should be a great race tonight as both Yu and Shioura have gone lifetime bests this year with Ning just off his 2013 time.

Tonight’s final will also include; Kenta Ito of Japan (22.64), Yang Jungdoo of South Korea (22.65), Geoffrey Robin Cheah of Hong Kong (22.81), Chang Kuo Chi of Chinese Taipei (23.08) and Jeremy Chen Ho Wong of Hong Kong (23.28).

Women’s 400 IM

  • World record – 4:28.43 – Ye Shiwen – CHN (2012)
  • Asian record – 4:28.43 – Ye Shiwen – CHN (2012)
  • Asian Games record – 4:33.79 – Ye Shiwen – CHN (2010)

World record holder Ye Shiwen of China cruised her 400 IM in prelims posting the fastest time of the morning touching in a 4:38.21. Sakiko Shimizu of Japan was the second fastest qualifier recording a 4:40.49 followed by Kim Seonyeong of South Korea who finished in a time of 4:44.27.

Tonight’s final will also include; Nam Yoosun of South Korea (4:45.82), Zhou Min of China (4:46.12), Miho Takahashi of Japan (4:46.58) and Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam (4:46.77) and Ranokhov Amanova of Uzbekistan (4:50.74).

Men’s 200 breaststroke

  • World record – 2:07.01 – Akihiro Yamaguchi – JPN (2012)
  • Asian record – 2:07.01 – Akihiro Yamaguchi – JPN (2012)
  • Asian Games record – 2:09.97 – Kosuke Kitajima (2002)

Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was the top qualifier in the men’s 200 breaststroke posting a time of 2:11.11 touching just ahead of Kazuki Kohinata of Japan who hit the wall in a time of 2:11.28. Choi Kyuwoong of South Korea was the next fastest qualifier posting a time of 2:13.91.

Yasuhiro Koseki, who currently ranks fifth in the world having posted a 2:08.34, qualified in fourth going a very easy 2:14.03.

Tonight’s final will also include; Mao Feilian of China (2:14.50), Lia Xiang of China (2:14.76), Nuttapong Ketin of Thailand (2:15.18) and Vadislav Mustafin of Uzbekistan (2:15.19).

Women’s 100 butterfly

  • World record – 55.98 – Dana Vollmer – USA (2012)
  • Asian record – 56.07 – Liu Zige – CHN (2009)
  • Asian Games record – 57.76 – Jiao Liuyang – CHN (2010)

Three women broke the one minute mark in this morning’s 100 butterfly. Chen Xinyi of China was the fastest qualifier recording a time of 58.56, a full second ahead of the next competitor. Natsumi Hoshi of Japan posted a 59.60 while her teammate Miyu Nakano finished in a time of 59.73.

Tonight’s final will also include; An Sehyeon of South Korea (1:00.16), Lu Ying of China (1:00.45), Elmira Aigaliyeva of Kazakhstan (1:00.96), Tao Li of Singapore (1:01.71) and Chan Kin Lok of Hong Kong (1:01.88).

Men’s 400 freestyle

  • World record – 3:40.07 – Paul Biedermann – GER (2009)
  • Asian record – 3:40.14 – Sun Yang – CHN (2012)
  • Asian Games record – 3:41.53 – Park Tae-Hwan – KOR (2010)

Sun Yang of China was the top qualifier finishing in a time of 3:51.17 followed by Kosuke Hagino of Japan who posted a 3:52.24 and Park Tae Hwan of South Korea who recorded a 3:53.80.

Tonight’s final will also include; Hao Yun of China (3:54.36), Kohei Yamamoto of Japan (3:54.95), Kevin Soon Choy Yeap of Malaysia (3:56.85), Yeo Kai Quan of Singapore (3:57.42) and Vernon Jeau Zhi Lee of Malaysia (3:58.71).

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law Dawg

No one broke 3:50 in the 400 free prelims! These guys are really cruising prelims.


Seems like the meet is pretty much a Japan-China dual meet supplemented by about six swimmers in each gender from beyond those countries. Some good times in the middle lanes, but the depth really falls off from there.


Your right Beachmouse. I have followed these games for over a decade and its all the same nations lining up the podium. It may just flip who is on top that particular year and it seems Japan has that honor this year. The heats are not even filled with all nations represented and when they are, its way off the times of the top nations. Honestly, having a dual meet between China and Japan would be a lot more interesting like Duel in the Pool format and the two nation often at odds on social and political issues can battle it out in the pool instead.


Exactly! Looking at the comparisons on SwimVortex between Asian Games, Commonwealths, Pan Pacs and Europeans it is often that the top 1/2 times at Asian Games would have got a medal in the other meets but second/third place would have been well out of it. The Mens 50bk for instance, Koga would have won at Euros or Commies (i know he isnt eligible) but Irie would have been third at both and Jiayu wouldnt have got a medal. The 200IM is the same


What has happened to Akihiro Yamaguchi since he broke the WR in the 200BR, is he not swimming here?


Would also love to know about what he has been up to, haven’t heard any news about him!

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