SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES
- August 19th-24th, 2018
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Schedule & Results
The second day of the 2018 Asian Games will see Xu Jiayu seek a second backstroke win and Sun Yang a second freestyle win, while Rikako Ikee chases two wins of her own.
Xu, the 100 back champ last night, sits second after heats of the 50 back. The Chinese star will look for double gold after tonight’s session. His countryman Sun will battle for the 800 free title in the final timed finals heat tonight. Sun won the 200 free on day 1 and has proven to be a dominant freestyler at the world level across a dizzying array of distances. He’s hinted at a renewed focus on the 1500 and over-distance events this season, and the 800 will be a good early test of that focus.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Ikee has a shot at two wins tonight: she’s the top qualifier by a longshot in the 50 fly, and will swim the 100 free shortly after. In the latter race, Ikee comes in with the top qualifying time from prelims and already sits 9th in the world this season, first among Asian swimmers.
In other events tonight, Kosuke Hagino looks to defend his 2014 Asian Games title in the 200 IM. He’s the Asian record-holder but has struggled with injury since setting that record in 2016. Another Japanese swimmer leads the 200 breast: Kanako Watanabe is in line to defend her 2014 Asian title.
China led the men’s 4×200 free relay this morning without using their star in Sun. Adding him to tonight’s relay should provide for a huge drop, though defending champs Japan can also cut some serious time with some lineup adjustments tonight.
Keep refreshing this page for live, event-by-event updates of all the action from Jakarta.
MEN’S 800 FREE TIMED FINALS
- Asian Record: 7:32.12, Zhang Lin (CHN), 2009
Asian Games Record: 8:03.87, Aflah Fadlan Prawira (IND), 2018
- GOLD: Sun Yang (CHN) – 7:48.36
- SILVER: Shogo Takeda (JPN) – 7:53.01
- BRONZE: Nguyen Huy Hoang (VIE) – 7:54.32
Sun Yang booked his second gold medal in as many days, going 7:48.36 to shatter an hours-old meet record. The men’s 800 free is getting renewed focus internationally, based mostly on its recent inclusion into the 2020 Olympic program. This is just the second time the event has taken place at the Asian Games, with the last men’s 800 coming in the 1951 edition.
Sun, then, blew out the former meet record with his 7:48, even though it is more than ten seconds off his lifetime-best. He finished almost five seconds ahead of Japan’s Shogo Takeda (7:53.01),with Vietnam’s Nguyen Huy Hoang taking bronze in 7:54.32. Swimmers from the final heat made up the top five, with Kohei Yamamoto (7:59.60) and Ji Xinjie (7:59.99) getting under eight minutes. Top early heats swimmer Aflah Fadlan Prawira, who set a meet record at 8:03.87, fell to 6th overall.
WOMEN’S 50 FLY FINALS
- Asian Record: 25.11, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2018
Asian Games Record: 25.83, Lu Ying (CHN), 2014
Rikako Ikee hit gold in her first event of the night, going 25.55. It’s been two events and two Asian Games records so far, though Ikee – like Sun – was well off her own personal-best. In fact, Ikee was 25.11 back in June, setting an Asian record. In fact, just over a week ago, Ikee was 25.8 leading off her career-best 100 fly at Pan Pacs – not far off what she went in a pure 50 here.
China swept the minor medals, but finished a good half-second back of the dominant Ikee. Wang Yichun was 26.03 with Lin Xintong‘s 26.39 taking bronze. Wang is just 13 years old and already starting to pop on the international stage. Along with Ikee (18) and Lin (18), she helps form an all-junior medals podium in this event.
Korea’s Park Yerin (26.53) and An Sehyeon (26.67) came in next as a national pair.
MEN’S 50 BACK FINALS
- Asian Record: 24.24, Junya Koga (JPN), 2009
- Asian Games Record: 24.28, Junya Koga (JPN), 2014
- GOLD: Xu Jiayu (CHN) – 24.75
- SILVER: Ryosuke Irie (JPN) – 24.88
- BRONZE: Kang Jiseok (KOR) – 25.17
In a battle of icons in this event, China’s Xu Jiayu outsprinted Japan’s Ryosuke Irie for 50 back gold. Xu was 24.75, matching exactly his time from Chinese Nationals in April. Irie finished just a tenth back in 24.88. Both rank inside the top 25 in the world this year, and were the only men at the Asian Games under 25 seconds.
Korea picked up their first medal of the night with Kang Jiseok‘s 25.17 for bronze. He beat out China’s Wang Peng (25.28) along with Indonesian star I Gede Siman Sudartawa (25.29).
WOMEN’S 100 FREE FINALS
- GOLD: Rikako Ikee (JPN) – 53.27
- SILVER: Zhu Menghui (CHN) – 53.56
- BRONZE: Yang Junxuan (CHN) – 54.17
In the latter half of a very-impressive double, Japan’s Rikako Ikee went directly from the medal ceremony of the 50 fly to the 100 free final, winning in 53.27. That’s only about two tenths off her season and lifetime-best, and also smashes her Asian Games record from prelims.
And for the second-straight women’s event, Japan won gold with China sweeping bronze and silver. 19-year-old Zhu Menghui was second in 53.56. She’s closing in on the Chinese record of 53.13 from the 2009 super-suit era, though she’s already been 53.4 earlier this year. 16-year-old Yang Junxuan went 54.17 for bronze.
Japan’s Tomomi Aoki was fourth in 54.58, well behind the medalists, but well ahead of the rest of the field. Hong Kong’s Camille Cheng went 55.39 for fifth place overall.
MEN’S 200 IM FINALS
- Asian Record: 1:55.07, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2016
- Asian Games Record: 1:55.34, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2014
- GOLD: Wang Shun (CHN) – 1:56.52
- SILVER: Kosuke Hagino (JPN) – 1:56.75
- BRONZE: Qin Haiyang (CHN) – 1:57.09
Chinese national record-holder Wang Shun took home the men’s 200 IM title, using a massive free split to beat Asian Games and Asian record-holder Kosuke Hagino of Japan. Wang was 1:56.52, about four tenths off his own national record. That time tops his season-best by .05 seconds but he remains #4 in the world this season.
Hagino continued to struggle, a slide that has lasted since his big Olympic 400 IM win in 2016. Hagino took over the lead on backstroke but was ultimately passed up for gold, and went 1:56.75, four tenths off a season-best that would have won him the Asian Games title.
China’s Qin Haiyang, 19 years old, was third in 1:57.09 after leading on the butterfly leg. The only other contending swimmer was Japan’s Daiya Seto, who went 1:57.13 for fourth, though he was pretty much running fourth the entire race.
WOMEN’S 200 BREAST FINALS
- Asian Record: 2:19.65, Rie Kaneto (JPN), 2016
- Asian Games Record: 2:21.82, Kanako Watanabe (JPN), 2014
- GOLD: Kanako Watanbe (JPN) – 2:23.05
- SILVER: Yu Jingyao (CHN) – 2:23.31
- BRONZE: Reona Aoki (JPN) – 2:23.33
It was Kanako Watanabe who rose to the head of Japan’s formidable breaststroking attack in the 200, going 2:23.05 to win a tight race among the top 3. In fact, Watanabe was third the entire way until she passed up the leaders over the final 50 meters.
23-year-old Reona Aoki jumped out to the early lead, only to be passed through the middle 100 by China’s Yu Jingyao. Yu would hold on for silver in 2:23.31, with Aoki making a late charge to 2:23.33, but still finishing third. Aoki is now the only female breaststroker to medal in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes at these Games.
That trio was well ahead of the field. Fourth went to China’s Zhang Xinyu in 2:26.24.
MEN’S 4×200 FREE RELAY FINALS
- Asian Record: 7:02.26, Japan, 2009
Asian Games Record: 7:06.74, Japan, 2014
- GOLD: Japan – 7:05.17
- SILVER: China – 7:05.45
- BRONZE: Singapore – 7:14.15
With a far more competitive field that this morning’s heats, Japan topped China for a hard-fought 4×200 free relay win. The time for Japan’s quartet of Naito Ehara, Reo Sakata, Kosuke Hagino and Katsuhiro Matsumoto was 7:05.17, good enough to chop 1.6 seconds off the Asian Games record Japan set in 2014.
China (Ji Xinjie, Shang Keyuan, Wang Shun and Sun Yang) went 7:05.45, with their entire back half coming off of wins earlier in the night. Wang raced Hagino in a rematch of their 200 IM battle, as both held down the third split of their respective relays. 200 free champ Sun wasn’t able to chase down Matsumoto for the relay win on the anchor leg.
Singapore was third with the team of Quah Zheng Wen, Joseph Schooling, Yeo Kai Quan and Jonathan Tan.