SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES
- August 19th-24th, 2018
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Schedule & Results
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.
MEN’S 100 FLY
- Asian Record: 50.39, Joseph Schooling (SGP), 2016
- Asian Games Record:
51.76, Joseph Schooling (SGP), 2014
- GOLD: Joseph Schooling, SGP, 51.04
- SILVER: Li Zhuhao, CHN, 51.46
- 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.
WOMEN’S 200 FREE
- Asian Record: 1:54.85, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2018
- Asian Games Record: 1:56.65, Zhu Qianwei (CHN), 2010
- GOLD: Li Bingjie, CHN, 1:56.74
- SILVER: Yang Junxuan, CHN, 1:57.48
- 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.
MEN’S 100 BREAST
- GOLD: Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 58.86
- SILVER: Yan Zibei, CHN, 59.31
- 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).
WOMEN’S 200 FLY
- Asian Record: 2:01.81, Liu Zige (CHN), 2009 – WR
- Asian Games Record: 2:05.79, Jiao Liuyang (CHN), 2010
- GOLD: Zhang Yufei, CHN, 2:06.61
- SILVER: Sachi Mochida, JPN, 2:08.72
- 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
- Asian Record: 4:06.05, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2016
- Asian Games Record: 4:07.75, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2014
- GOLD: Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:08.79
- SILVER: Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:10.25
- 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.
WOMEN’S 100 BACK
- Asian Record: 58.70, Aya Terakawa (JPN), 2013
- Asian Games Record: 58.94, Zhao Jing (CHN), 2010
- GOLD: Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 59.27
- SILVER: Anna Konishi, JPN, 59.67
- 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.
MEN’S 400 FREE RELAY
- Asian Record: 3:12.54, Japan, 2018
- Asian Games Record:
3:13.47, China, 2014
- GOLD: JPN, 3:12.68
- SILVER: CHN, 3:13.29
- 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.
MIXED 400 MEDLEY RELAY
- Asian Record:
3:40.98, Japan, 2018
- Asian Games Record:
3:48.89, Japan, 2018
- GOLD: CHN, 3:40.45
- SILVER: JPN, 3:41.21
- 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.