2018 Asian Games: Day 3 Finals Live Recap

SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES

The 2018 Asian Games continue tonight with finals of the women’s 50 back, 400 IM, 100 fly, and 800 free relay. The men will be competing in the 50 free, 200 breast, and 400 free. Among the swimmers to watch is Japanese IM star Yui Ohashi, who leads the way in the 400 IM. World Record holder Ippei Watanabe represents Japan in the 200 breast, while Olympic champion Sun Yang of China headlines the 400 free.

WOMEN’S 50 BACK

  • Asian Record: 27.06, Zhao Jing (CHN), 2009 – WR
  • Asian Games Record: 27.45, Gao Chang (CHN), 2010
  1. GOLD: Liu Xiang, CHN, 26.98
  2. SILVER: Fu Yuanhui, CHN, 27.68
  3. BRONZE: Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 27.91

China’s Liu Xiang is the new World Record holder. Xiang became the first women ever to break 27 seconds to take the gold in 26.98, erasing the former World Record and Asian Record of 27.06 formerly set by Zhao Jing. The record was nearly 10 years old as it was set in the 2009 supersuit era. China went 1-2 as Olympic 100 back medalist Fu Yuanhui touched in 27.68 ahead of Japan’s Natsumi Sakai (27.91).

MEN’S 50 FREE

  • Asian Record: 21.87, Katsumi Nakamura (JPN), 2018
  • Asian Games Record: 21.94, Ning Zetao (CHN), 2014
  1. GOLD: Yu Hexin, CHN, 22.11
  2. SILVER: Katsumi Nakamura, JPN, 22.20
  3. BRONZE: Shunichi Nakao, JPN, 22.46

China’s Yu Hexin won a tight race to the wall in 22.11, out-touching Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura (22.20) by less than a tenth. Hexin was just over a tenth shy of the Asian Games Record as he topped Asian Record holder Nakamura, who set the Asian Record with his 21.87 back in February. Nakamura’s teammate Shunichi Nakao rounded out the podium in 22.46.

WOMEN’S 400 IM

  • Asian Record: 4:28.43, Ye Shiwen (CHN), 2012
  • Asian Games Record: 4:32.97, Ye Shiwen (CHN), 2014
  1. GOLD: Yui Ohashi, JPN, 4:34.58
  2. SILVER: Kim Seoyeong, KOR, 4:37.43
  3. BRONZE: Sakiko Shimizu, JPN, 4:39.10

Japan’s Yui Ohashi ran away with this one as expected, coming withing a second of her season best from Pan Pacs to win it in 4:34.58. With her time from Tokyo, Ohashi is the top ranked 400 IMer in the world this year.

Korea’s Kim Seoyeong moved up in the rankings and now sits just a couple of placed shy of the top 10 as she took silver in 4:37.43 ahead of Japan’s Pan Pacs bronze medalist Sakiko Shimizu (4:39.10). That’s about a second and a half shy of Seoyeong’s best from 2017 when she set the Korean Record .Shimizu is #10 in the world with her time from Pan Pacs.

China’s Zhou Min and Vietnam’s Vien Nguyen battled closely for 3th, with Zhou narrowly taking it at the touch, 4:42.75 to 4:42.81.

MEN’S 200 BREAST

  • Asian Record: 2:06.67, Ippei Watanabe (JPN), 2017 – WR
  • Asian Games Record: 2:07.67, Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ), 2014
  1. GOLD: Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 2:07.81
  2. SILVER: Ippei Watanabe, JPN, 2:07.82
  3. BRONZE: Qin Haiyang, CHN, 2:08.07

It was a 3-man race into the finish as Japanese teammates Yasuhiro Koseki and Ippei Watanabe battled for the gold with China’s Qin Haiyang. Koeski held a slight lead the whole way through, holding off Watanabe by the slimmest possible margin at the finish as he won 2:07.81 to 2:07.82. Watanabe, the Pan Pacs champion and World Record holder, wound up with the silver and was just a few tenths shy of his season best from the Monaco stop of the Mare Nostrum. Watanabe is ranked 3rd in the world this year, while this swim moves Koseki up to #4.

Qin, who set the Chinese Record at the 2017 Chinese Nationals, took 3rd in 2:08.07 ahead of teamate Yan Zibei (2:11.07). That was a season best by over a second and moves him up to #7 in the world. Denis Petrashov, who took 5th in 2:12.19, set a new Kyrgyzstani Record.

WOMEN’S 100 FLY

  • Asian Record: 56.07, Liu Zige (CHN), 2009
  • Asian Games Record: 56.61, Chen Xinyi (CHN), 2014
  1. GOLD: Rikako Ikee, JPN, 56.30
  2. SILVER: Zhang Yufei, CHN, 57.40
  3. BRONZE: An Sehyeon, KOR, 58.00

Japan’s Rikako Ikee was just a couple of tenths off her best, dominating by a second in 56.30. That was a new Asian Games Record for Ikee, who won Pan Pacs this year as she came within a hundredth of the Asian Record. She’s the fastest 100 butterflier in the world for 2018 ahead of Olympic champion and World Record holder Sarah Sjostrom.

China’s Zhang Yufei put up a season best 57.40 to take the silver, while Korea’s An Sehyeon was just a few hundredths short of her season best for bronze in 58.00. Zhang is now ranked #9 in the world this year. Japan’s Ai Soma was just off the podium at 4th in 58.68.

MEN’S 400 FREE

  1. GOLD: Sun Yang, CHN, 3:42.93
  2. SILVER: Naito Ehara, JPN, 3:47.14
  3. BRONZE: Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 3:47.20

China’s Sun Yang takes over as the fastest man in the world this year. Sun, who was formerly ranked 3rd as Olympic champion Mack Horton topped the rankings, dropped over a second off his season best in 3:42.93 and is now nearly a second ahead of Horton.

Japan’s Naito Ehara, who is ranked #12 this year with his performance from the Japan Swim, was a bout half a second shy of his season best in 3:47.14. Teammate Kosuke Hagino rounded out the medals in 3:47.30 for bronze. Hagino was the 2014 MVP of the Asian Games, where he took silver in the 400 free to contribute to his 7-for-7 medal performance. Also udner 3:50 tonight was Korea’s Hojoon Lee, who touched 4th in 3:48.28.

WOMEN’S 4×200 FREE RELAY PRELIMS

  • Asian Record: 7:42.08, China, 2009 – WR
  • Asian Games Record: 7:51.81, China, 2014
  1. GOLD: CHN, 7:48.61
  2. SILVER: JPN, 7:53.83
  3. BRONZE: HKG, 8:07.17

China blew away the field, winning by over 5 seconds and shattering the Asian Games Record by 3 seconds in 7:48.61. Li Bingjie got the ball rolling with her 1:56.94 leadoff split, followed by Wang Jianjiahe (1:55.35), Zhang Yuhan (1:58.37), and Yang Junxuan (1:57.95). Japan (7:53.83) was the only other team under 8:00. Straight after the 100 fly ceremony, Rikako Ikee stepped up with a 1:55.27 split on the 2nd leg. 400 IM champ Yui Ohashi (2:01.33) also joined her on that relay.

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Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

World record for Liu Xiang. Both men’s and women’s 50 back WR were broken this year.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

Liu Xiang’s biography on the meet website.
https://en.asiangames2018.id/athletes/athlete/LIU-Xiang-3013351/
Ambition: “To win a gold medal and break a world record at the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.”
It’s done.
Hero: Michael Phelps.
She has good taste.

bobo gigi
Reply to  bobo gigi
2 years ago

Second Liu Xiang to break a WR after the hurdler.

IM FAN
Reply to  bobo gigi
2 years ago

If I remeber correctly, I think in Chinese their names are different but for whatever reason it’s romanized the same way.

remel can do anything
Reply to  IM FAN
2 years ago

yeah, liu2 xiang1 刘湘,liu2 xiang2 刘翔 (#^.^#)

25 free champ
Reply to  remel can do anything
2 years ago

It would be similar to Peterson and Petersen.

remel can do anything
Reply to  25 free champ
2 years ago

yeah~~ sth like that

John26
Reply to  25 free champ
2 years ago

More like Aaron and Erin, it’s their first names not family name

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  25 free champ
2 years ago

lol

HonestObserver
Reply to  bobo gigi
2 years ago

Curious to see what Xiang can do for a 100 back, her bio lists only 50 times. You’d think she’d be able to produce a pretty decent one.

Love to Swim
2 years ago

Sports Singapore channel ini YouTube Livestream the whole sports in Asian Games

https://www.youtube.com/user/SingaporeSports

Love to Swim
2 years ago

Yu Hexin won men’s 50 free in 22.11 with a very long glide at the finish

Sly
2 years ago

WR ? What time please ?????

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  Sly
2 years ago

26.98

Sly
Reply to  Bear drinks beer
2 years ago

Great! Another suited record goes down !

Love to Swim
2 years ago

You’d think the charmingly funny Fu Yuanhui would break the WR but it was Lu Xiang.
That was a great swim though.

Dover
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

Considering she just recovered from shoulder injury. it’s a very great performance.

Love to Swim
2 years ago

Kenneth To changed his nationality from Australia to Hong Kong and so far cannot even medal in his core events (200IM, 50free)

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

yep i noticed that as well …he was more active few years back in SC and LC big meets

Love to Swim
2 years ago

So, another rubbersuit WR bite the dust on the women’s side.

What remains on the women’s side:
4×200 soon
200 free maybe in 4 or 5 years
200 fly forget it

bobo gigi
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

I don’t put all the magical suits records in the same category. When it’s held by Federica Pellegrini, Aaron Peirsol or Michael Phelps you talk about legends. They were the best in their events. It bothers me when suddenly a good swimmer, even a very good swimmer, has transformed into a superhero, destroys his PB and puts the world record at a stupid level like Biedermann (200 and 400 free), Lin (800 free) or Zige (200 fly).
The 200 fly WR will still be the same in 2246.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORkOliy9mlE

Holy water
Reply to  bobo gigi
2 years ago

Biedermann didn’t push the 400 free WR down into that territory, Thorpe did. Thorpe swam 3:40 for 3 years, while biedermann only did it once and only managed to take 0.01 of the WR. That 200 free WR though is disgusting and like the track and field WRs, will stand for decades.

Old 80s Swimmer
Reply to  Holy water
2 years ago

No way the 200 FR WR will stand for “decades.” Agnel went 1:43.1 in textile 6 years ago, and Thorpe and Phelps were 1:44 and 1:43 in textile as well, the former 18 years ago. As soon as 4 or 5 swimmers go 1:43 or better, that record will fall shortly thereafter. It’s not that far out there.

Love to Swim
Reply to  Old 80s Swimmer
2 years ago

I disagree.

The WR is 1:42.00

Michael Phelps in rubbersuit in what he called his perfect race only swam 1:42.96

Who do you think of current active or upcoming swimmers who can go 1:41.99 when even Yang and Haas cannot even swim 1:44.0

We have to wait for a Thorpe-level talent to emerge before we talk about breaking 200 free WR.

nuotofan
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

Phelps in 50% rubbersuit and during his energy-draining 8 Olympic-golds rush.
Anyway, it’s true that 1.42.00 is an incredible time and there aren’t at the horizon swimmers capable to approach it.
1.52.98 by Federica Pellegrini on the women’s side is another huge time but there are youngsters (Ruck, Titmus, Ikee) who could approach it in the next 3-4 years, beyond Ledecky (even if I think that Ledecky will never have the easy speed in the first 100 to turn at least in 55″ low, necessary to swim under 1.52.9).
Chances to break men’s 200 free WR in the next 5 years 0,1%, chances to break women’s 200 free WR in the next 5 years 30% (chances to… Read more »

rsgnsf
Reply to  Old 80s Swimmer
2 years ago

Dean Farris will make short work of this record VERY SOON.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  rsgnsf
2 years ago

lol

Stefan
Reply to  Old 80s Swimmer
2 years ago

Swimmers like Duncan Scott -97, Townley Haas -96, Alexander Krasnykh -95, and James Guy -95, are still relatively young and have all been sniffing at 1:44-times – granted, another three seconds isn’t gonna be easy for them to drop as seniors. Maybe it’ll be one of the juniors born this millennium (Jack Levant, Ivan Girev, or Elijah Winnington) who takes the 200 free to the next level? I’m optimistic and believe that Biedermann’s 1.42 will be broken within 5-6 years. Some unique talent will emerge and impress us all.

Men’s 200m free (texile) world record progression in 12-year intervals (excluding 2008-2009)
1976: 1:50.29 Bruce Furniss
1988: 1:47.25 Duncan Armstrong (-2.83%)
2000: 1:45.35 Pieter vd Hoogenband (-1.8%)
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Love to Swim
Reply to  Stefan
2 years ago

If Scott, Haas, Krasnykh, and Guy swim 1:41.99, I’ll want to drink their tap water. Ditto with Levant, Girev, and Winnington.

Emanuele
Reply to  Stefan
2 years ago

Is there a realistic split to beat biedermann WR?
He swam 24.3-50.1-1.16.3-1.42.0… a 24 then 3 26 seconds…

Old 80s Swimmer
Reply to  Emanuele
2 years ago

Nothing is “realistic” until it’s been done. And then it becomes commonplace. How about 24.2, 50.0, 1:15.8, 1:41.6?

Love to Swim
Reply to  Old 80s Swimmer
2 years ago

To be able to swim those splits, you’ll need someone who can swim 47low in 100 and 3:40 in 400.

As I said above, basically a Thorpe-level talent, which I don’t see in the horizon.

Emanuele
Reply to  Old 80s Swimmer
2 years ago

Too constant, it is hard to believe.
IMHO the only chance is a 23.8-49.0-1.15.2-1.41.9

swim4fun
Reply to  bobo gigi
2 years ago

Should be Zhang (800 free) and Liu (200 fly). In Chinese, the family name goes first.

Holy water
Reply to  Love to Swim
2 years ago

The 4×200 WR survives because USA has a team deep enough to break the WR, but never has all 4 fire on the same day. It could have been broken at pan pacs if there were heats, as they could have replaced schmitt with someone else.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Holy water
2 years ago

There were heats at Pan Pacs. It was called “200 Meter Freestyle (Female)” and Schmitt got 2nd, twice.

Maelstrom
Reply to  PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
2 years ago

holy water was referring to the relay. schmitt’s performance was excellent on day 1, but that changed on day 2. If there were heats for the relay, her times there may have been similar to what she would do in the final that night, so USA Swimming would catch on and replace her in the final.

PK Doesn't Like His Long Name
Reply to  Maelstrom
2 years ago

When was the last time the US used an athlete who finished top 2 in an individual 100 or 200 free in a prelims free relay at Worlds or the Olympics or Pan Pacs?

Noflykick
Reply to  Holy water
2 years ago

Why the heck would they have replaced Schmitt with someone else? Is the coach clairvoyant? She had popped off something like 4 swims @1:55 in the past couple of weeks. Did anyone else have that level of consistency combined with her international experience? Any sane coach would have had Schmitt in the lineup. She had a poor swim. It happens to the best.

Iain
2 years ago

If anyone is watching could they please take down the 4×2 splits for China & Japan, so we don’t end up like yesterday.

Thanks!

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