SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES
- August 19th-24th, 2018
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Schedule & Results
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
- Asian Record: 50.39, Joseph Schooling (SGP), 2016
- Asian Games Record: 51.76, Joseph Schooling (SGP), 2014
- Joseph Schooling, SGP, 52.31
- Yuki Kobori, JPN, 52.47
- Li Zhuhao, CHN, 52.50
- Zheng Wen Quah, SGP, 52.76
- Adilbek Mussin, KAZ, 52.99
- Gyucheol Chang, KOR, 53.20
- Glenn Sutanto, IDN, 53.29
- 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
- Chihiro Igarashi, JPN, 2:00.21
- Yang Junxuan, CHN, 2:01.30
- Li Bingjie, CHN, 2:01.43
- Camille Cheng, HKG, 2:01.68
- Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:02.41
- Natthanan Junkrajang, THA, 2:02.49
- Jasmine Alkhaldi, PHI, 2:02.53
- 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
- Asian Record: 58.78, Yasuhiro Koseki (JPN), 2018
Asian Games Record: 59.92, Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ), 2014
- Yan Zibei, CHN, 59.91
- Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ, 1:00.07
- Qin Haiyang, CHN, 1:00.78
- Ippei Watanabe, JPN, 1:00.93
- Vladislav Mustafin, UZB, 1:01.04
- Moon Jaekwon, KOR, 1:01.17
- Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 1:01.35
- 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.
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
- Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN, 2:09.95
- Zhang Yufei, CHN, 2:10.83
- Sachi Mochida, JPN, 2:11.87
- Le Thi My Thao, VIE, 2:12.14
- An Sehyeon, KOR, 2:12.22
- Jing Wen Quah, SGP, 2:13.35
- Adlinda Dewi, IDN, 2:14.10
- 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
- Asian Record: 4:06.05, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2016
- Asian Games Record: 4:07.75, Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 2014
- Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:16.16
- Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:16.17
- Wang Shun, CHN, 4:18.67
- Wang Yizhe, CHN, 4:21.55
- Kim Minsuk, KOR, 4:21.95
- Cho Chengchi, TPE, 4:23.01
- Joo Jaegu, KOR, 4:25.11
- 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
- Anna Konishi, JPN, 1:00.44
- Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 1:00.53
- Chen Jie, CHN, 1:00.84
- Stephanie Au, HKG, 1:01.31
- Toto Kwan To Wong, HKG, 1:01.92
- Fu Yuanhui, CHN, 1:02.41
- Shin Youngyeon, KOR, 1:02.57
- 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
- China, 3:17.30
- Japan, 3:18.25
- Singapore, 3:20.16
- Korea, 3:21.16
- Chinese Taipei, 3:21.93
- Malaysia, 3:22.89
- Indonesia, 3:25.14
- 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
- Japan, 3:48.89
- China, 3:53.29
- Korea, 3:55.46
- Indonesia, 3:55.56
- Hong Kong, 3:56.62
- Chinese Taipei, 3:58.31
- Singapore, 3:59.87
- 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.