2018 Asian Games: Japan Pulling Away Heading Into Final Day


Is Japan pulling away from China enough to hold on through the final day of competition? Friday’s action will give us the answer, but in the meantime, the Japanese swimmers are doing what they can to try to top their top rival in the overall medal table at the 2018 Asian Games. The nation holds the overall lead with 46 total medals to China’s 42 and holds a one gold advantage over China as well.

Satomi Suzuki notched a new Games Record en route to claiming gold in the women’s 50m breast, while Shinri Shioura and Katsumi Nakamura went 1-2 in the men’s 100m free to collect 2 medals for Japan. The women’s 4x100m medley relay also notched a gold medal on the night, with both China and South Korea being disqualified in the chaotic race to the wall.

Japan suffered a DQ on the night as well, however, as potential medalist Miho Teramura was called in the women’s 50m breaststroke race. That opened the door for Singapore’s Roanne Ho to slide into the silver medal spot, while Chinese athlete Feng Junyang nabbed bronze.

Ho wasn’t the only Singaporean to add hardware to the currently 3rd placed nation in the medal table, as Joseph Schooling out-touched the field to take 50m fly gold. His time of 23.61 was well off his own 2017 Asian Record of 22.93, but was enough to hold off runners-up Wang Peng of China and Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Mussin. For Mussin, he represents the 2nd swimmer to put a medal on the board for Kazakhstan, following Dmitriy Balandin’s 100m breast bronze.

Xu Jiayu did his part for China by sweeping the men’s backstroke events, completing the trifecta with the 200m victory tonight. In doing so he shut out Japanese maestro Ryosuke Irie, who had to settle for silver in all 3 back races.

Swimming Medal Table Through Day 5:

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Japan 17 18 11 46
2  China 16 14 12 42
3  Singapore 2 1 3 6
4  South Korea 0 1 4 5
5  Hong Kong 0 1 2 3
6  Kazakhstan 0 0 2 2
7  Vietnam 0 0 1 1
Total 35 35 35 105

Day 5 Records:

  • Kazakhstani National Record, M. 50 fly, Adilbek Mussin – 23.73
  • Indian National Record, M. 50 fly, Virdhawal Vikram Khade – 24.09
  • Kuwaiti National Record, M. 50 fly, Abbas Qali – 24.87
  • Kyrgyzstani National Record, M. 50 fly, Vladislav Shuliko – 24.94
  • Singaporean National Record, W. 50 breast, Roanne Ho – 31.23
  • Malaysian National Record, W. 50 breast, Phee Jinq En – 31.46
  • Jordani National Record, M. 100 free, Khader Baqlah – 49.10
  • Kazakhstani National Record, M. 100 free, Adil Kaskabay – 49.37
  • Japanese National Record & Games Record, W. 4 x 100 medley relay, Japan – 3:54.73
  • Asian Games Record, W. 50 breast, Satomi Suzuki (JPN) – 30.83
  • Asian Games Record, W. 800 free, Wang Jianjie (CHN) – 8:18.55

Day 5 Medalists:



  • GOLD: Satomi Suzuki (JPN) – 30.83
  • SILVER: Ru En Roanne Ho (SGP) – 31.23
  • BRONZE: Feng Junyang (CHN) – 31.24





  • GOLD: Japan – 3:54.73
  • SILVER: China – 3:59.51
  • BRONZE: Korea – 4:02.33

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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