2023 Asian Games: Day 2 Finals Live Recap


  • Sunday, September 24th – Friday, September 29th (swimming)
  • Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Aquatic Sports Arena, Hangzhou, China
  • LCM (50m)
  • Meet Central
  • Entries
  • Results


  • Men’s 50 Backstroke – Final
  • Women’s 50 Backstroke – Final
  • Men’s 50 Freestyle – Final
  • Women’s 200 Freestyle – Final
  • Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Final
  • Women’s 200 Individual Medley – Final
  • Men’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay – Final

The second day of the 2023 Asian Games is here. After an action-packed first day of the meet, it looks like the momentum should keep rolling in Hangzhou.

The men’s 100 breast is tonight, which means all eyes will be on Chinese superstar Qin Haiyang. Haiyang has dominated men’s breaststroke in 2023, and he isn’t stopping anytime soon. He cracked the Asian Games Record in the event this morning, swimming a 58.35. Not only was that good for a new Championship Record, Haiyang led the field by 1.65 seconds that morning. The only question coming into tonight is whether or not Haiyang will make a run at his Asian Record of 57.69.

The women’s 200 free ought to be a great race. China’s Li Bingjie led the field this morning with a 1:58.90, finishing as the only swimmer under 2:00. While Bingjie certainly has a chance tonight, she’ll have to contend with Asian Record holder Siobhan Haughey (Hong Kong). Haughey was a 2:00.75 this morning, however, she holds the AR at 1:53.92.

Following his historic sub-47 100 free yesterday, China’s Pan Zhanle is back in action in the men’s 50 free tonight. Zhanle clocked a 22.47 in prelims this morning, which should have been a pretty relaxed swim for him. It won’t be a walk in the park for Zhanle, though, as South Korea’s Yuchan Ji broke the Asian Games Record this morning with a 21.84.


  • World Record: 23.71 – Hunter Armstrong, United States (2022)
  • Asian Record: 24.24 – Junya Koga, Japan (2009)
  • Asian Games Record: 24.28 – Junya Koga, Japan (2014)


China is off to a great start yet again today. After sweeping the gold medals in yesterday’s action, China found themselves on top of the podium once again, seeing Xu Jiayu win the men’s 50 back handily with a 24.38. Jiayu won convincingly, touching exactly 0.5 seconds ahead of teammate Wang Gukailai, who won the silver medal.

Jiayu was just off the Asian Games Record of 24.28, which has stood since 2014. He was also only 0.14 seconds off the Asian Record in the event, which has stood since 2009.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie picked up a bronze medal, swimming a 25.15.


  • World Record: 26.98 – Liu Xiang, China (2018)
  • Asian Record: 26.98 – Liu Xiang, China (2018)
  • Asian Games Record: 26.98 – Liu Xiang, China (2018)


For the second event in a row this evening, China went 1-2. Not only did the Chinese duo grab gold and silver, they were clearly separated from the rest of the field.

Wang Xueer led the way, swimming a 27.35. She touched just ahead of teammate Wan Letian, who swam a 27.41 for silver. Xueer and Letian were the only swimmers in the field tonight to go under 28 seconds.

Once again, it was Japan grabbing the bronze medal, with Miki Takahashi touching 3rd in 28.21.


  • World Record: 20.91 – Cesar Cielo, Brazil (2009)
  • Asian Record: 21.67 – Shinri Shioura, Japan (2019)
  • Asian Games Record: 21.84 – Yuchan Ji, South Korea (2023)


  • GOLD: Yuchan Ji (South Korea) – 21.72 (ASIAN GAMES RECORD)
  • SILVER: Ian Ho (Hong Kong) – 21.87
  • BRONZE: Pan Zhanle (China) – 21.92

For the second time today, South Korea’s Yuchan Ji broke the Asian Games Record in the men’s 50 free. After clocking a 21.84 in prelims this morning, Ji roared to victory in 21.72 tonight, taking another 0.12 off the record mark. With that swim, Ji also lowered the South Korean Record in the event.

Coming in just off the Asian Record of 21.67, Ji led a tight pack into the finish. Hong Kong’s Ian Ho finished 2nd in 21.87, earning the silver medal. With that swim, Ho was just 0.01 seconds off his own Hong Kong Record of 21.86, which he swam earlier this year.

Despite his historic 46.97 in the 100 free last night, China’s Pan Zhanle came in 3rd tonight in the 50 free, swimming a 21.92. Though he finished with the bronze medal, that swim still represents a personal best for Zhanle in the event, as well as his first time under 22 seconds.

Of note, with Zhanle going under 22 seconds for the first time in the 50 free, he’s now the first swimmer in history to go sub-22 in the 50 free, sub-47 in the 100 free, and sub-1:45 in the 200 free.


  • World Record: 1:52.85 – Mollie O’Callaghan, Australia (2023)
  • Asian Record: 1:53.92 – Siobhan Haughey, Hong Kong (2021)
  • Asian Games Record: 1:56.65 – Zhu Qianwei, China (2010)


Siobhan Haughey looked exceptional in the women’s 200 free final tonight, speeding to a 1:54.12 to claim Hong Kong’s first gold medal of these championships. Not only did Haughey win by nearly 2 seconds, she shattered the Asian Games Record, which had stood at 1:56.65 since 2010.

It was a phenomenal swim by Haughey, coming in just off her personal best of 1:53.92, which is also the Asian Record in the event. She put together a great race tonight, going out in 55.68 on the first 100m, then coming home in 58.44 (29.58/28.86).

China’s Li Bingjie had a very good swim for 2nd tonight, swimming a 1:56.00 to earn silver. Of note, Bingjie was also under the Asian Games Record with her swim. Her teammate, Liu Yaxin, came in 3rd tonight with a 1:56.43, also coming in under the Asian Games Record.


  • World Record: 56.88 – Adam Peaty, Great Britain (2019)
  • Asian Record: 57.69 – Qin Haiyang, China (2023)
  • Asian Games Record: 58.35 – Qin Haiyang, China (2023)


For the 3rd event in a row the Asian Games Record went down, and for the 3rd event in a row, the record was truly shattered. China’s Qin Haiyang blew away his 58.35 from this morning, speeding to a 57.76 for gold tonight.

It looked like Haiyang was going to dip under his own Asian Record of 57.69, as he was out in 26.69 tonight, which was faster than his opening split on his AR swim. He just didn’t quite have it coming home tonight, slowing to 31.07 on the 2nd 50, which put him into the finish 0.07 seconds behind his AR mark.

Nonetheless, a 57-point-anything is an exceptional swim in the 100 breasts, and Haiyang has lowered the Championship Record by a massive amount over the course of today. Additionally, Haiyang’s swim tonight is the 17th-fastest performance all-time in the event.

Chinese teammate Yan Zibei put up a very solid swim for silver tonight, clocking a 59.09.

South Korea’s Dongyeol Choi grabbed the bronze medal with a 59.28. For Choi, the performance marks a new South Korean Record in the event.


  • World Record: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu, Hungary (2015)
  • Asian Record: 2:07.57 – Ye Shiwen, China (2012)
  • Asian Games Record: 2:08.34 – Seo-Yeong Kim, South Korea (2018)


Make it 4-for-4! China’s Yu Yiting was on fire tonight in the women’s 200 IM, roaring to victory in 2:07.75 and breaking the Asian Games Record in the process. It was an incredible swim for Yiting, marking not only a new personal best, but coming in just off the Asian Record of 2:07.57.

Funny thing about that Asian Record: it’s held by China’s Ye Shiwen from 2012. Shiwen just so happened to earn the silver medal tonight with a 2:10.34, beating out South Korea’s Seoyeong Kim in a photo-finish. Also of note, it was Kim who held the Asian Games Record (2:08.34) that Yiting broke tonight.

Shiwen hit the 150m turn behind Kim, however, as she’s done time and again in her career, she fired off a speedy 31.02 on the final 50, which out-split Kim’s 31.95 by nearly a second.

Notably, Yiting’s swim tonight would have been good for Silver at the World Championships this summer, where Yiting also happened to have earned the bronze medal (2:08.74).


  • World Record: 6:58.55 – United States (2009)
  • Asian Record: 7:02.26 – Japan (2009)
  • Asian Games Record: 7:05.17 – Japan (2018)


  • GOLD: South Korea – 7:01.73 (ASIAN RECORD)
  • SILVER: China – 7:03.40
  • BRONZE: Japan – 7:06.29

South Korea sent this session out with a bang, downing the Asian Record in the men’s 4×200 free relay. The South Korean squad of Jaehoon Yang, Hojoon Lee, Woomin Kim, and Sunwoo Hwang teamed up to clock a 7:01.73, shattering the Asian Games Record of 7:05.17, and dipping under the Asian Record of 7:02.26. Of note, the Asian Record was held by Japan from 2009, which means it was all but certainly a super-suited record.

Interestingly, this was the same quartet that set the South Korean Record in the event with a 7:04.07 at the World Championships a few months ago. The difference is, they flipped the order from what they used at Worlds, saving their two best swimmers in Hwang and Kim for the last two spots today.

That decision paid dividends in a big way, as Yang led the team off in a solid 1:46.83 tonight, then Lee clocked a speedy 1:45.36 on the 2nd leg. Lee’s leg moved South Korea into 1st over China, where they would stay for the remainder of the race. Kim was fantastic on the 3rd leg, splitting 1:44.50, which was the fastest split in the field tonight. Hwang then anchored in 1:45.04, sealing the deal for South Korea. Hwang was out like a bullet, splitting a stunning 48.93 on the first 100m of the race. He paid for that front half in a big way, however, coming home in a 56.13 on the final 100m. Nonetheless, it was enough for South Korea to win by a comfortable win over China.

Speaking of China, they earned the silver medal with a 7:03.40, marking a new Chinese Record in the event. They had a very consistent team, with Wang Shun leading off in 1:45.96, Niu Guangsheng splitting 1:46.68, Wang Haoyu splitting 1:45.99, and Pan Zhanle clocking a 1:44.77 on the anchor.

Japan grabbed the bronze medal tonight with a 7:06.29, touching nearly 12 seconds ahead of 4th-place Singapore. The Japanes team was fueled by 1:45.59 splits from both Tomoru Honda and Katsuhiro Matsumoto.

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2 months ago

I guess it depends when Letitia and Levenia Sim’s swims were considered for local record-keeping purposes.

Levenia did 2:18.22 as recent as July this year, and Letitia went 2:18.43 in August 2021.

Reply to  slsr
2 months ago

Levenia’s times are not in the record books. It seems that we are only recognizing her timings after she officially represented us. Letitia though; her times were recognized from as far back as 2021 when she only started swimming for us in 2022. Not sure why the difference.

Hoping for Levenia to finally swim the 200 Back, she’s not swum it at world juniors and now here

2 months ago

Ikee scratched! I hope she’s doing fine and there aren’t any issues

2 months ago

While Japan has obviously been disappointing, the man that they’ll be relying on to get 1 (or maybe 2) golds seems to be in pretty good form. Honda’s PB in the 200 Free according to World Aquatics is a 1:47.43 from last year and he split 1:45.59 on his leg

Reply to  Tencor
2 months ago

Ironically he didn’t get a medal in the 200 free but think he got a gold medal in the 50 butterfly lol 😂

2 months ago

I didn’t think it was possible but the pathway exists for South Korea to beat Japan on the medal table

South Korea (already at 2 Golds): Favored in the Men’s 400/800, can win the 200, outside shot at the 1500

For Japan, they really only have 4 events where they’re clearly the favorite (Women’s 100 Breast, Men’s 100/200 Fly, Men’s 400 IM). They also have a chance in the Men’s 50 Fly, Women’s 200 Breast or Women’s 400 IM, but 50s are super unpredictable and I wouldn’t bet on Zhejiang natives Ye Shiwen and Yu Yiting to lose their favored events.

2 months ago

Fukuoka WC
Hwang Sun-woo (1:46.35)
Kim Woo-min (1:44.84)
Yang Jae-hoon (1:48.35)
Lee Ho-joon (1:44.53)
7:04.07 National Record

Asian Games
Yang Jae-hoon (1:46.83)
Lee Ho-joon (1:45.36)
Kim Woo-min (1:44.50)
Hwang Sun-woo (1:45.04)
7:01.73 Asian Record – National Record

Yang Jae-hoon with a massive improvement

Reply to  Nono
2 months ago

Basically, if Hwang swims to his potential and any of the other 3 guys find more improvement in the next year, they have an outside shot at gold

2 months ago

This is clearly a much higher quality Asian Games than the previous edition, we’ve had the winning time be faster in every event so far except for the Women’s 50 Back (Liu Xiang’s time from 2018 is still the only time under 27 to this day)

Goated Mcintosh
2 months ago

By winning gold in the 4*200, the South Koreans will be exempted from their country’s military service.
That’s why they were screaming after the race 😂😂

Fukuoka Gold
Reply to  Goated Mcintosh
2 months ago

Wow. That’s nice.

Reply to  Goated Mcintosh
2 months ago

Huge South Korean W

Reply to  Goated Mcintosh
2 months ago

Who needs performance-enhancing drugs when you can motivate athletes like this

2 months ago

Day 3:

Women’s 100m free: Siobhan
Men’s 400m IM: Daiya
Women’s 200m back: Yaxin or Xuwei
Men’s 1500m free: Who is even doing this? Fei Liwei?
Women’s 400m free: Bingjie
Men’s medley relay: China

Reply to  Jasmine
2 months ago

I don’t think it’s a given that Seto will win, it seems like he’s still recovering from his sickness based on his 200 IM showing. He’s still favored, but Honda might have a chance

Reply to  Jasmine
2 months ago

Is Kim Woomin swimming the mile? If so, he could keep China from the sweep.

Reply to  Aquajosh
2 months ago

Yes. Although Fei Liwei is from Hangzhou and his PB is 15 seconds faster so I wouldn’t bet on it