2018 Asian Games: Day 4 Prelims Live Recap


Day 4 of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta will feature the 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke, 400 IM and 400 free relay for men, the 200 free, 200 fly and 100 back for women, and the mixed 400 medley relay.

Among the highlights will be defending champions Joseph Schooling (100 fly), Dmitriy Balandin (100 breast), Kosuke Hagino (400 IM) and Fu Yuanhui (100 back) in action, along with a relatively wide open field in the women’s 200 free as the two fastest swimmers on the 800 free relay, Rikako Ikee and Wang Jianjiahe, aren’t entered. The Japanese men come in favored in the sprint relay after setting the Asian Record at Pan Pacs, while the mixed medley relay will be contested at the Games for the first time ever.

Men’s 100 Fly Prelims

  1. Joseph Schooling, SGP, 52.31
  2. Yuki Kobori, JPN, 52.47
  3. Li Zhuhao, CHN, 52.50
  4. Zheng Wen Quah, SGP, 52.76
  5. Adilbek Mussin, KAZ, 52.99
  6. Gyucheol Chang, KOR, 53.20
  7. Glenn Sutanto, IDN, 53.29
  8. Nao Horomura, JPN, 53.30

Defending champ Joseph Schooling of Singapore won the final heat of the men’s 100 fly for the top seed in a time of 52.31, improving his season-best by just over a tenth. Japan’s Yuki Kobori and China’s Li Zhuhao, the only two Asian men sub-52 this year, won the other two circle-seeded heats to qualify 2nd and 3rd overall in 52-mid.

Schooling’s countryman Zheng Wen Quah sits 4th in 52.76, dropping his season-best by over a second, and Adilbek Mussin broke his Kazakhstani Record in 52.99 (improving his 53.33 from 2016). Nao Horomura, the 3rd-fastest Asian man this year at 52.04, barely snuck into the final in 8th (53.30).

Women’s 200 Free Prelims

  • Asian Record: 1:54.85, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2018
  • Asian Games Record: 1:56.65, Zhu Qianwei (CHN), 2010
  1. Chihiro Igarashi, JPN, 2:00.21
  2. Yang Junxuan, CHN, 2:01.30
  3. Li Bingjie, CHN, 2:01.43
  4. Camille Cheng, HKG, 2:01.68
  5. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:02.41
  6. Natthanan Junkrajang, THA, 2:02.49
  7. Jasmine Alkhaldi, PHI, 2:02.53
  8. Kornkarjana Sapianchai, THA, 2:02.55

The women’s 200 free prelims yielded some fairly pedestrian times in a field that’s not overly full of depth. Once the final heat saw the times from the others, a bunch of them stepped up and made the final, with five of the eight qualifying for tonight coming from that third heat.

Chihiro Igarashi of Japan leads the field after winning heat 1 in 2:00.21, with China’s Yang Junxuan and Li Bingjie winning the other two heats for 2nd and 3rd in 2:01-mid. Hong Kong’s Camille Cheng was the only other swimmer under 2:02 in 2:01.68.

The final will also feature two Thai swimmers, as Natthanan Junkrajang and Kornkarnjana Sapianchai advanced in 6th and 8th respectively.

Men’s 100 Breast Prelims

  1. Yan Zibei, CHN, 59.91
  2. Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ, 1:00.07
  3. Qin Haiyang, CHN, 1:00.78
  4. Ippei Watanabe, JPN, 1:00.93
  5. Vladislav Mustafin, UZB, 1:01.04
  6. Moon Jaekwon, KOR, 1:01.17
  7. Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 1:01.35
  8. Chien Khoo, SGP, 1:02.00

China’s Yan Zibei broke Dmitriy Balandin‘s Games Record in the 100 breast swimming head-to-head with the Kazakh in the fourth and fianl heat of the men’s 100 breast, clocking 59.91 to sneak under Balandin’s 59.92 from 2014. Balandin was just behind him in 1:00.07, qualifying 2nd and improving his season-best. That’s a strong swim for the 2016 Olympic champ in the 200 breast after he sat out of that event earlier due to injury.

Qin Haiyang and Ippei Watanabe won their heats for seeds 3 and 4 in 1:00-high, and 200 winner Yasuhiro Koseki was back in 7th in 1:01.35.

Women’s 200 Fly Prelims

  • Asian Record: 2:01.81, Liu Zige (CHN), 2009 – WR
  • Asian Games Record: 2:05.79, Jiao Liuyang (CHN), 2010
  1. Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN, 2:09.95
  2. Zhang Yufei, CHN, 2:10.83
  3. Sachi Mochida, JPN, 2:11.87
  4. Le Thi My Thao, VIE, 2:12.14
  5. An Sehyeon, KOR, 2:12.22
  6. Jing Wen Quah, SGP, 2:13.35
  7. Adlinda Dewi, IDN, 2:14.10
  8. Yu Liyan, CHN, 2:14.56

Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa and China’s Zhang Yufei won the two heats of the women’s 200 fly for the top two seeds in 2:09.95 and 2:10.83 respectively, with 3rd seed Sachi Mochida over a second back of Zhang in 2:11.87. Mochida is the fastest Asian woman this year at 2:07.66.

South Korean An Sehyeon qualified 5th in 2:12.22, but has been as fast as 2:08.42 this year, and 8th seed Yu Liyan has also been a quick 2:09.66 in 2018.

Men’s 400 IM Prelims

  1. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:16.16
  2. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:16.17
  3. Wang Shun, CHN, 4:18.67
  4. Wang Yizhe, CHN, 4:21.55
  5. Kim Minsuk, KOR, 4:21.95
  6. Cho Chengchi, TPE, 4:23.01
  7. Joo Jaegu, KOR, 4:25.11
  8. Huu Kim Son Nguyen, VIE, 4:27.18

Daiya Seto and Kosuke Hagino ended up finishing just one one-hundredth apart while swimming in separate heats of the men’s 400 IM, with Hagino clocking 4:16.17 in heat 2 and Seto 4:16.16 in heat 3. That sets them up for an exciting head-to-head battle in the final, and 200 winner Wang Shun will look for the upset as the only other swimmer sub-4:20 this morning in 4:18.67. Wang has historically been much better at the shorter distance, but has been 4:14.02 this year and is on good form this week.

Women’s 100 Back Prelims

  • Asian Record: 58.70, Aya Terakawa (JPN), 2013
  • Asian Games Record: 58.94, Zhao Jing (CHN), 2010
  1. Anna Konishi, JPN, 1:00.44
  2. Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 1:00.53
  3. Chen Jie, CHN, 1:00.84
  4. Stephanie Au, HKG, 1:01.31
  5. Toto Kwan To Wong, HKG, 1:01.92
  6. Fu Yuanhui, CHN, 1:02.41
  7. Shin Youngyeon, KOR, 1:02.57
  8. Im Dasol, KOR, 1:02.58

The top three qualifiers in the women’s 100 back were all about a second off their 2018 bests, as Anna Konishi (1:00.44) and Natsumi Sakai (1:00.53) gave Japan the top two spots in the standings. China’s Chen Jie sits 3rd in 1:00.84, while her teammate Fu Yuanhui is back in 6th in 1:02.41. Fu is the fastest Asian in the world this year in 59.27.

Men’s 400 Free Relay Prelims

  • Asian Record: 3:12.54, Japan, 2018
  • Asian Games Record: 3:13.47, China, 2014
  1. China, 3:17.30
  2. Japan, 3:18.25
  3. Singapore, 3:20.16
  4. Korea, 3:21.16
  5. Chinese Taipei, 3:21.93
  6. Malaysia, 3:22.89
  7. Indonesia, 3:25.14
  8. India, 3:25.17

China and Japan easily advanced through to the final of the men’s 400 free relay in 1st and 2nd, with China leading in 3:17.30 as all four of their swimmers split 49. Japan used their big name guys in Shinri Shioura (49.30), Katsuhiro Matsumoto (49.28) and Katsumi Nakamura (49.03) as they qualified 2nd in 3:18.25, but all three should have a bit more in the tank come the final.

The Sri Lankans had broken their National Record to initially qualify for the final, bt were later disqualified which bumped India up into the final with their National Record of 3:25.17.

Mixed 400 Medley Relay Prelims

  • Asian Record: 3:40.98, Japan, 2018
  • Asian Games Record: 3:48.89, Japan, 2018
  1. Japan, 3:48.89
  2. China, 3:53.29
  3. Korea, 3:55.46
  4. Indonesia, 3:55.56
  5. Hong Kong, 3:56.62
  6. Chinese Taipei, 3:58.31
  7. Singapore, 3:59.87
  8. Thailand, 4:05.88

In winning heat 1 Japan set the Games Record by default in the mixed medley relay as it was the first heat of the event ever swum at the competition. Their time of 3:48.89 held up as the top seed by over four seconds over China (3:53.29). Their team featured Ippei Watanabe on breast and Rikako Ikee (58.16) on fly.

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Love to Swim
4 years ago

Does anyone know why Ikee wasn’t entered in 200 free?

It’s very disappointing as it is a surefire gold.

Reply to  Love to Swim
4 years ago

I’m also curious.Does anyone know?

4 years ago

Singapore taking huge strides in swimming

j pine
4 years ago

Singapore looking strong again in the 4×100 Free relay. Put Schooling and Quah in, think they’ll surprise many people. Also don’t get why the two relays are back to back.

Reply to  j pine
4 years ago

Indonesian officials can’t get their act together. Can’t even get proper relay splits on the official results site. What a joke.

Reply to  j pine
4 years ago

Me says Singapore to take the Men’s bronze in 4X100m freestyle relay, and 4X100m medley relay, both events behind China and Japan.

Tommy Do
4 years ago

The Games’ Official website has Nguyen Huu Kim Son 4:27.18 as the last finalist in men’s 400m IM, but your report shows Wang Hsinghao, TPE, 4:27.99. Could you check on that again? Also, 200m fly finalist Le Thi My Thao is Vietnamese, not HKG. Thank you!

4 years ago

He doesn’t qualify first and then people crack all sorts of jokes about his downfall. He qualifies first and yet there are still comments about him as a person. Don’t think he’ll ever do enough for some people

Caeleb Dressel Will Win 9 Gold Medals in Tokyo
Reply to  ice
4 years ago

Even when he won a gold medal at Rio people dissed him


I don’t remember people dissing him in Rio, and if it was it’s because he was a little confident. If he want’s the peoples approval I guess it will take more than just proving himself as a top tier athlete-he needs to back up any talk he’s made, which for the people means beating Dressel at his best

4 years ago

I don’t want to get into any Dressel talk here, but Joseph’s proven and backed up his talk. He’s an Olympic champion, he won that fair and square. No matter what happens, no one can take that away from him. And last I checked, Dressel has yet to win an Olympic individual gold.

And Joseph’s not a flash in the pan – track his results from 2014. From 2014 Commonwealth Games all the way till now, he’s been an international mainstay in the major meets in the 100 Fly, regardless of any dip in form

j pine
Reply to  ice
4 years ago

Exactly. To be not fully focused or fit and still go 50 point, winning a bronze at the world championships as well as sweeping his events at the Sea Games shows that if he has to right mindset, he can win whatever he puts his mind to.

Reply to  ice
4 years ago

I understand he backed up his talk in Rio however if people want to criticize him now about his confidence and NCAA performance I’m not sure why they should get backlash. The point is that he won gold in Rio and he had a WR goal and was downplaying Dressel heading into WC. He’s still an incredible athlete and I hope he gets close to his best in 2019 and 2020

j pine
4 years ago

If you watch his past interviews, he was always confident. Just that more people started watching his interviews after Rio I guess

Reply to  ice
4 years ago

I think most importantly for him is to win this event.

Troy's Magic Stache
4 years ago

If he goes 51 low i’ll be happy enough

Reply to  Troy's Magic Stache
4 years ago

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Will 37
4 years ago

I think the Chinese kid Li ZhuHao will be a huge factor in the 100 fly. We are likely to see a sub-51.
I don’t understand Joe’s performance. Last year Eddie and himself claimed that he is training harder than they ever had (even before the olympics) but he ended up swimming a 44.5 at Ncaa.

j pine
Reply to  Will 37
4 years ago


Will 37
Reply to  j pine
4 years ago

It can be. He just went a 52.31 in prelims, which sits him first. I think it’s a lil bit slow but wait till we see the final

j pine
Reply to  Will 37
4 years ago

You don’t need necessarily need to go so fast to make it to the Asian Games final. Cruising in the heats to conserve energy for the final is what most of the top swimmers would do.

Reply to  j pine
4 years ago

He didn’t drink the tap water in Texas last year

Reply to  Will 37
4 years ago

The human body cannot hold top form from March (NCAA meet) till August (Asian Games). Schooling has stated that his main focus for 2018 is the Asian Games. Besides, Singapore has a pretty generous sports monetary incentive scheme. An Asian Games gold medal (individual event) is worth SGD$200,000 (US$147,000), a silver medal (US$73,500), a bronze medal (US$36,700). However there is a catch – gold, silver, and bronze medals monetary incentives are capped at a maximum of two medals each. Me says he will reveal his true colors in the 50m butterfly final and 100m butterfly final.

Reply to  Matthew
4 years ago

Um why not?

4 years ago

Schooling’s been talking a big game leading up to these Games. Judging by his 23 in the 50FR, his infamous practice-meet disparity might be back in full force. 49.9 100FL last Tuesday at the end of a race pace set, 52.3 in the final today?

Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 years ago

Lol he is too cocky for this sport. I’ll give him 51 mid though

Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 years ago

He was 1:46 on the relay, I think we can assume the 50 was him cruising a little too hard. I expect a great 100 fly today

Reply to  Swimnerd
4 years ago

It would be surprising if he doesn’t go fifty-point-something seconds in the 100 fly today.

Bear drinks beer
Reply to  SwimmerFan99
4 years ago

52.31 in prelim.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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