2023 Asian Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap



  • Women’s 100 Butterfly – Final
  • Men’s 100 Butterfly – Final
  • Women’s 100 Backstroke – Final
  • Men’s 200 Freestyle – Final
  • Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Final
  • Women’s 400 Individual Medley – Final
  • Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay – Final

Day 4 of the 2023 Asian Games has arrived. This evening’s finals session features 7 events, including the 100 fly for both men and women.

Chinese sprint star Zhang Yufei will be kicking off the session tonight in the women’s 100 fly. Yufei cracked the Asian Games Record in the event this morning with a 56.20, marking a very solid prelims swim. She holds the Asian Record in the event at 55.62 and, given her performance this morning, it seems like she may get close to that record tonight.

We’ll also see China’s Pan Zhanle in the men’s 200 free tonight. Zhanle made waves on the first day of the meet when he dipped under 47 seconds in the 100 free. Zhanle then went on to crack 22 seconds in the 50 free two days ago, which made him the first swimmer in history to go under 22 seconds in the 50 free, 47 seconds in the 100 free, and 1:45 in the 200 free. Zhanle will surely have his eyes on Sun Yang’s Asian Record of 1:44.39.


  • World Record: 55.48 – Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2016)
  • Asian Record: 55.62 – Zhang Yufei, China (2020)
  • Asian Games Record: 56.20 – Zhang Yufei, China (2023)


For the second time today, Chinese sprint star Zhang Yufei cracked the Asian Games Record in the women’s 100 fly. After clocking a 56.20 to clip the previous record of 56.30 in prelims, Yufei swam a 55.86 tonight, earning the gold medal by nearly two seconds. Yufei was just off her own Asian Record of 55.62, which she set almost 3 years ago to the day on September 29, 2020.

Tonight, Yufei showed off her speed, getting out to a very quick 25.81 on the first 50m. She came home in 30.05 to get her hands on the wall in 55.86.

Japan’s Ai Soma earned the silver medal with a 57.57, beating out China’s Wang Yichun on the back half of the race. Yichun was out in 26.53 on the first 50m, well ahead of Soma’s 27.08. Soma was able to come home much faster, however, splitting 30.49 on the 2nd 50 to Yichun’s 31.30.


  • World Record: 49.45 – Caeleb Dressel, United States (2021)
  • Asian Record: 50.39 – Joseph Schooling, Singapore (2016)
  • Asian Games Record: 51.04 – Joseph Schooling, Singapore (2018)


The men’s 100 fly final tonight featured a great race between Japan’s Katsuhiro Matsumoto and China’s Wang Changhao, which ultimately ended in Matsumoto touching first in 55.13, leading Changhao by 0.11 seconds.

Changhao was out fast tonight, splitting 23.67 on the opening 50m. That put him almost half a second ahead of Matsumoto, who split 24.03 on the first 50. Matsumoto was able to hold on better than Changhao, splitting 27.10 on the 2nd 50 to Changhao’s 27.57.

Matsumoto was notably just off the Asian Games Record of 51.04.

Kazakhstan picked up their first medal of the meet, seeing Abildek Mussin clock a 51.86 for the bronze medal.


  • World Record: 57.45 – Kaylee McKeown, Australia (2021)
  • Asian Record: 58.70 – Aya Terakawa, Japan (2013)
  • Asian Games Record: 58.94 – Zhao Jing, China (2010)


China posted a 1-2 finish in the women’s 100 back tonight, with Wan Letian and Wang Xueer touching as the only swimmers in the field under 1:00. Letian won the race with a 59.38, touching out Xueer, who was 59.52.

The duo swam very similar races tonight. Letian was out in 28.56, while Xueer was right behind in 28.62. It was nearly identical on the 2nd 50m, where Letian split 30.82 to Xueer’s 30.90.

South Korea earned their first medal of the night, as Eunji Lee clocked a 1:00.03 for bronze.


  • World Record: 1:42.00 – Paul Biedermann, Germany (2009)
  • Asian Record: 1:44.39 – Sun Yang, China (2017)
  • Asian Games Record: 1:44.80 – Tae-Hwan Park, South Korea (2010)


South Korea’s Sunwoo Hwang got it done tonight in the men’s 200 free, winning the race comfortably in 1:44.40. Not only does Hwang win a gold medal with the performance, but he also set a new Asian Games Record, as well as a new South Korean Record in the event. Moreover, Hwang was just 0.01 seconds off the Asian Record in the event, which Sun Yang set back in 2017.

Hwang put together a great race tonight. He was out in 24.33, then split 26.36, 26.92, and 26.79 on the remaining 50s. That made for a 50.69 on the first 100m, followed by a 53.71 on the 2nd 100.

Though he was the hot hand coming in, China’s Pan Zhanle came in 2nd tonight with a 1:45.28. The swim comes in off Zhanle’s personal best of 1:44.65, which he swam earlier this year, though it was still a solid swim for the teen. After going under 47 seconds in the 100 free earlier in the meet, Zhanle just wasn’t as fast as he could have been going out in the 200 tonight. He split 51.54 on the opening 100m, which was nearly a second slower than Hwang was out.

South Korea earned another medal with Hojoon Lee finishing 3rd in 1:45.56.


  • World Record: 1:04.13 – Lilly King, United States (2017)
  • Asian Record: 1:05.19 – Reona Aoki, Japan (2022)
  • Asian Games Record: 1:06.40 – Satomi Suzuki, Japan (2018)


  • GOLD: Reona Aoki (Japan) – 1:06.81
  • SILVER: Satomi Suzuki (Japan) – 1:06.95
  • BRONZE: Yang Chang (China) – 1:07.01

Japan pulled off a 1-2 punch of their own, seeing Reona Aoki and Satomi Suzuki take 1st and 2nd respectively in the women’s 100 breast tonight. It was Suzuki who was out a little faster than Aoki, splitting 31.12 on the first 50m to Aoki’s 31.21. Aoki then came home slightly faster, allowing her to get her hands on the wall just ahead of Suzuki.

Of note, Suzuki is the Asian Games Record holder in the event (1:06.40), while Aoki is the Asian Record holder in the event (1:05.19).

China’s Yang Chang picked up a bronze medal with a 1:07.01.


  • World Record: 4:25.87 – Summer McIntosh, Canada (2023)
  • Asian Record: 4:28.43 – Ye Shiwen, China (2012)
  • Asian Games Record: 4:32.97 – Ye Shiwen, China (2014)


China’s Yu Yiting won gold in the women’s 400 IM in a tight finish with Japan’s Ageha Tanigawa. Truthfully, the race wasn’t that close until the final 100m, as Yiting was firmly in control until then. She turned at the 300m mark 1.68 seconds ahead of Tanigawa, but that’s where Tanigawa went to work. Tanigawa closed the gap to 1.16 seconds at the 350m turn, then put on the jets, roaring home in 30.80 on the final 50m, which was much faster than Yiting’s 31.75. Unfortunately for Tanigawa, it was just shy of enough for her to get her hand on the wall first, and Yiting was able to out-touch her by 0.21 seconds at the finish.

Japan also picked up a bronze medal with Mio Narita taking 3rd in 4:38.77. Narita was very strong on the breaststroke leg tonight, splitting 1:19.30 on that 100. Both Japanese swimmers were excellent on the breaststroke leg, as Tanigawa split 1:19.73 tonight as well.


  • World Record: 3:37.58 – Great Britain (2021)
  • Asian Record: 3:38.41 – China (2020)
  • Asian Games Record: 3:40.45 – China (2018)


  • GOLD: China – 3:37.73 (ASIAN RECORD)
  • SILVER: Japan – 3:44.64
  • BRONZE: South Korea – 3:46.78

Well…that relay was a wild ride. In almost identical fashion to the men’s 4×100 medley relay last night, China’s mixed medley smashed the Asian Record tonight and narrowly missed the World Record. It was an incredible performance from start to finish. Xu Jiayu threw down a 51.91 on the lead-off, marking one of the fastest performances of his career. Jiayu holds the Asian Record in the 100 back at 51.86, a mark which he set back in 2017.

Following Jiayu, Qin Haiyang dove in for China, delivering a blistering 57.25 breaststroke split. By this point, the race was over, as China had already established a 4-second lead over 2nd place Japan. Haiyang’s split was fantastic, marking the fastest relay split of his career.

Zhang Yufei, the women’s 100 fly champion from the start of this session, handled fly duty for China. She split 56.05, which was just a little slower than the 55.86 she swam to win gold earlier tonight. Yang Junxuan then anchored the team in 52.52, marking an exceptional split for her.

That put China into the finish in 3:37.73, blowing away the Asian Record of 3:38.41, which China had set back in 2020. Moreover, they were just 0.15 seconds off the World Record, which Great Britain set at 3:37.58 at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Japan finished almost 7 seconds behind China, earning the silver medal with a 3:44.64. South Korea grabbed the bronze, swimming a 3:46.78.

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2 months ago

Sensational swim by Jerald! 2nd fastest SG 800m free swimmer all-time

Fukuoka Gold
Reply to  slsr
2 months ago

Singapore swimmers are doing really well

2 months ago

It’s such a shame the battle with Leukemia has taken so much out of Ikee. She isn’t competitive right now with the same girls she beat before. Does anyone know if it’s possible for her to gain back the muscle she lost? She is still so thin.

2 months ago

South Korea is absolutely on fire at this meet

2 months ago

WOW what a start! awesome swims by our vets

2 months ago

SG relay lineups:
Men’s 4x100m free: Ardi/Darren/Zheng/Johnny
If they make the final they can swap Darren with Mikkel who has 50m Fly

Women’s 4x200m free: Zi Yi/Ash/Marina/Faith
Probably saving Ching Hwee and Jing for the final if they make it

Reply to  slsr
2 months ago

Zheng split 48.17!!

Reply to  CY~
2 months ago

DAYUM! fastest split of the heats!

2 months ago

Predictions for Day 5 Finals

Women’s 50 Free

GOLD: Zhang Yufei 24.1
SILVER: Siobhan Haughey 24.2
BRONZE: Cheng Yujie 24.6

Men’s 50 Fly (I have no idea tbh)

GOLD: Wang Changhao 23.2
SILVER: Adilbek Mussin 23.5
BRONZE: Chen Juner 23.6

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

GOLD: Ye Shiwen 2:22.9
SILVER: Runa Imai 2:23.7
BRONZE: Reona Aoki 2:24.1

Men’s 200 Breaststroke

GOLD: Qin Haiyang 2:06.2
SILVER: Dong Zhihao 2:07.8 WJR
BRONZE: Ippei Watanabe 2:10.6

Men’s 800 Freestyle

GOLD: Kim Woomin 7:46 GR, NR
SILVER: Fei Liwei 7:50
BRONZE: Liu Peixin 7:54

Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay

GOLD: China 3:10.9 AR
SILVER: South Korea 3:14.4 NR
BRONZE Japan 3:14.8

Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay

GOLD: China 7:43.9
SILVER: Japan 7:54.0
BRONZE: Hong Kong 8:00.2

Last edited 2 months ago by Tencor
2 months ago

Lots of condemnation for the Russian swimmers in this thread for their country’s brutal war in Ukraine.

No condemnation for the Chinese swimmers in spite of their country’s brutal treatment of the Uyghurs and their sabre rattling against Taiwan.

Go figure.

Underachieving swimmer
Reply to  MSNBCwimSwam
2 months ago

+ Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.

The day the CCP finally and hopefully goes out will be a great day for the world, especially for the Chinese citizens themselves

If any of you have the opportunity to talk with Chinese ex-pats, what they say about their government and society is really eye-opening. Can speak from personal experience!

Reply to  Underachieving swimmer
2 months ago

Tbh in my experience, I feel like what they say is not all that different from what many Americans say about the US. Both agree that their governments do messed up things with their military and that there are problems with the police/government, but that that doesn’t really matter in a typical person’s day to day life. Most of the immigrants I know enjoy going back to visit China pretty often so its not like they have some deep-seated hatred for the country

Reply to  jeff
2 months ago

Most Chinese support their government, most Americans do not. This is a swimming forum, so I’ll not discuss the reasons, but doubters can look up polling data.

Reply to  MSNBCwimSwam
2 months ago

Let’s keep politics out of this…

Reply to  MSNBCwimSwam
2 months ago

You can see Uyghurs women dance in Xinjiang when most Muslim women are forbidden to do so in other countries. If the Uyghurs are as repressed as the western media depict, why haven’t we seen mass refugees along the long border? The Chinese government may be hard on separatists and extremists but not the general population. Today, Xingiang province is by far more developed and modern than most central Asia. Don’t take my words or the media on face value. Visit and see for yourself.

Reply to  TruthDefender
2 months ago

Or you can simply read the report of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights which says that “serious human rights violations” against the Uyghur and “other predominantly Muslim communities” have been committed.

Reply to  Mark69
2 months ago

The “report” was released just minutes before midnight when the term of former High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet ended, with Bachelet notably neither signing her name of the final report nor releasing it to a press conference which would have been the norm.  She was pressured to resign when she visited Xinjiang and had praised Chinese authorities’ highly successful poverty alleviation schemes and their full recognition of the linguistic and cultural identities of ethnic minority groups. She was accused of whitewashing when she used “vocational education and training centers” instead of “detention camps”. The “report” just regurgitated the predominant western narrative prior her visit. The report was probably very different from what Bachelet and members of delegations who had been to… Read more »

America 🇺🇸
Reply to  Mark69
2 months ago

Written by? the western fronts that are trying to slow down China’s economy like what they did to Japan in the 1980s.

Cmon we know ur tricks already creating bunch of propaganda to fool americans into falling for another war just like the invasion of IRAQ

2 months ago

Someone please explain to me why the men’s medley relay was held on day 3 instead of the final day of competition. That seems so odd to me.

Reply to  Jonathan
2 months ago

With no semifinals, there are so many possibilities with schedules…

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

Down with semis!!

Fukuoka Gold
Reply to  Steve Nolan
2 months ago