2018 Asian Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap


We’re on to day 4 of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, where swimmers are getting ready for another finals session. Tonight, the women will race in the 200 free, 200 fly, and 100 back. The men will compete in the 100 fly, 100 breast, 400 IM, and 400 free relay. We’ll also see the mixed 400 medley relay contested for the first time at an Asian Games.

There are several stars to keep an eye on tonight, including Asian Record holders Joseph Schooling (100 fly), Yasuhiro Koseki (100 breast), and Kosuke Hagino (400 IM). In addition to Olympic champions Schooling and Hagino in their respective events, we have another Olympic gold medalist, Dmitriy Balandin, defending his 100 breast title against Yan Zibei, who leads the way into the final after setting a Games Record in prelims. We also have an Olympic medalist in the mix on the women’s side wiith Fu Yuanhui in the 100 back.


  1. GOLD: Joseph Schooling, SGP, 51.04
  2. SILVER: Li Zhuhao, CHN, 51.46
  3. BRONZE: Yuki Kobori, JPN, 51.77

The 100 fly saw the first gold of the meet go to a country other than China or Japan. Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, the reigning Olympic champion,smashed his Games Record to win it in 51.04 as he led from start to finish. Schooling is now ranked #5 in the world this year. China’s Li Zhuhao (51.46) and Japan’s Yuki Kobori (51.77) rounded out the medals, while Singapore’s Zheng Quah (52.54) was 4th. Li cracks the world top 10 as he’s now ranked 9th this year.


  • Asian Record: 1:54.85, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2018
  • Asian Games Record: 1:56.65, Zhu Qianwei (CHN), 2010
  1. GOLD: Li Bingjie, CHN, 1:56.74
  2. SILVER: Yang Junxuan, CHN, 1:57.48
  3. BRONZE: Chihiro Igarashi, JPN, 1:57.49

China’s Li Bingjie took off with the early lead and never let up to win the race in 1:56.74, missing the Games Record by less than a tenth. Teammate Yang Junxuan and Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi were stroke-for-stroke down the stretch, with Igarashi taking it out slightly faster but Yang leading narrowly by the half way mark. At the touch, Yang clipped Igarashi by a hundredth for silver, 1:57.48 to 1:57.49. Yang has been a bit faster this year with her season best 1:56.79 from Chinese Nationals. 400 IM champ Yui Ohashi of Japan was 4th in 2:00.29.


  1. GOLD: Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 58.86
  2. SILVER: Yan Zibei, CHN, 59.31
  3. BRONZE: Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ, 59.39

Yasuhiro Koseki‘s lead was never in question as he popped off the blocks to a 27.33 lead at the 50. He brought home the gold for Japan in 58.86, shattering the Games Record by a second and narrowly missing his own Asian Record, which he set at the Mare Nostrum in Monaco. China’s Yan Zibei, who set the Games Record in prelims, battled with another former Games Record holder, Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin (59.39), for silver. Yan topped Balandin on the back half, taking silver for China by hundredths in 59.31.

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe, the 200 breast World Record holder, was 4th in 1:00.15. Watanabe was 2nd at the 50, but faded through the back half as he narrowly held off China’s Qin Haiyang (1:00.24).


  • Asian Record: 2:01.81, Liu Zige (CHN), 2009 – WR
  • Asian Games Record: 2:05.79, Jiao Liuyang (CHN), 2010
  1. GOLD: Zhang Yufei, CHN, 2:06.61
  2. SILVER: Sachi Mochida, JPN, 2:08.72
  3. BRONZE: Suzaka Hasegawa, JPN, 2:08.80

China’s Zhang Yufei ran away with it, winning by 2 seconds and coming up just a tenth shy of her lifetime best in 2:06.61. That’s the fastest she’s been since 2015, when she swam a 2:06.51 at the World Championships. A 3-way battle for silver saw Japan’s Sachi Mochida (2:08.72), who led at the 100 mark, hold off teammate Suzaka Hasegawa (2:08.80) and Korea’s An Sehyeon (2:08.83) at the touch.

MEN’S 400 IM

  1. GOLD: Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:08.79
  2. SILVER: Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:10.25
  3. BRONZE: Wang Shun, CHN, 4:12.31

Japan’s Daiya Seto set the pace up front and continued to hold his lead throughout the race, winning in 4:08.79. Seto clipped his former season best from the Japan Open by a couple of tenths. With that, he beat teammate Kosuke Hagino, the reigning Olympic champion and 2014 champ in this event. Hagino gave the Japanese a 1-2 finish with his 4:10.25, while China’s Wang Shun, who topped Hagino in the 200 IM earlier in the meet, nabbed bronze in 4:12.31.


  • Asian Record: 58.70, Aya Terakawa (JPN), 2013
  • Asian Games Record: 58.94, Zhao Jing (CHN), 2010
  1. GOLD: Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 59.27
  2. SILVER: Anna Konishi, JPN, 59.67
  3. BRONZE: Chen Jie, CHN, 1:00.28

Japan’s Natsumi Sakai took a couple of tenths off her lifetime best, winning by nearly half a second in 59.27. That puts her just 2 hundredths shy of the world top 10, as she’s now tied for 11th. The Japanese went 1-2 here as Anna Konishi took silver in 59.67, just a few hundredths short of her lifetime best from the Japan Swim.

China’s Chen Jie took it out in 2nd, but couldn’t keep up the pace on the back half as she took bronze in 1:00.28. Chen was able to hold off teammate and Olympic bronze medalist Fu Yuanhui, who took 4th in 1:00.35. Fu has a season best of 59.27 from Chinese Nationals, which ties her for 11th in the world with Sakai.


  • Asian Record: 3:12.54, Japan, 2018
  • Asian Games Record: 3:13.47, China, 2014
  1. GOLD: JPN, 3:12.68
  2. SILVER: CHN, 3:13.29
  3. BRONZE: SGP, 3:17.22

Japan took the gold in a new Games Record, with Shinri Shioura turning in a 48.85 leadoff. Katsuhiro Matsumoto scorched a 47.65 on the 2nd leg, followed by Kastumi Nakamura (48.08) and Juran Mizohata (48.10) as they won in 3:12.54. China was also under the former Games Record, with Yu Hexin anchoring in a blistering 47.38 as the squad set a new Chinese Record. Singapore picked up another relay bronze, highlighted by Joseph Schooling‘s 48.27 on the 2nd leg.


  • Asian Record: 3:40.98, Japan, 2018
  • Asian Games Record: 3:48.89, Japan, 2018
  1. GOLD: CHN, 3:40.45
  2. SILVER: JPN, 3:41.21
  3. BRONZE: KOR, 3:49.27

It was close race for the win through the first 3 legs between Japan (3:41.27) and China (3:40.45), but the Chinese came out on top as they took down the Asian Record. Xu Jiayu hopped out to the early lead for China with his 52.30 back split ahead of Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (52.55), handing off to breaststroker Yan Zibei (58.45). Zhang Yufei rolled to a 56.61 fly split, but Japan took over the lead with Rikako Ikee‘s 55.68. Zhu Menghui was able to get the job done on the anchor, though, splitting a 53.09 to win it for China.

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I’m surprised Rikako Ikee not swimming the 200m tree but maybe to save energy for the mixed relay

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I find it hard to believe that is the reason.

Women’s 200 free is the second event and Mixed Medley relay is the last event. There is more than an hour between those two events.

She had no trouble in the last two days doubling with even less time between her events.


true, literally no competition in the 200m tree


Neither Japan nor China put their strongest swimmers into this race. Wang Jianjiahe had 155.3 split yesterday and could beat Li Binhjie in individual race. Li Bingjie’s time is exactly what she’s been showing during this season: not faster and not slower. Remarkable consistency. If not this 58.22 shown by Li Binhjie at last 100 in 1500 race and especially her 27.81 at last fifty in the same event that would make jealous many sprinters in 100 free race then I would say that she will struggle to get under 8:20 in 800 race tomorrow. Wang Jianjiahe has one day rest before of each her event by far. She will probably improve her personal best in 800 tomorrow going under… Read more »

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Joseph Isaac Schooling is leading! 51.04!

Li Zhuhao 51.46

Kobori 51.77

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Joseph Schooling 51.04. The first gold going to neither Japan nor China.


Good to see another national anthem gets played lol … they probably had the Chinese and Japanese anthems on auto play by now lol


22 races swum. First non-Chinese or Japanese winner

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