Asian Recap – Day 6 – Chinese Wins Bronze in New Chinese National Record

The Chinese came into finals as the eight seed, just making it into finals over the Austrlians by .15. They traded in three 1:47s & one 1:50 split, for two 1:47s, one 1:46, and one heck of an anchor by Sun Yang at 1:43.16. Their time of 7:04.74 is a new Chinese record.

That was easily the fastest split on the field, the next fastest clocking in at 1:45.14 lead off by Danila Izotov. The Chinese will take home the bronze, just like they did last summer in London.

Ryosuke Irie and Kosuke Hagino both had a chance to medal in the 200 backstroke finals tonight. Both feel short of medal stand, finishing 4th and 5th, at 1:55.07 and 1:55.43. This was the first time Irie finished without a medal for the first time in a long time, he’s been second at the 2009 & 20011 world championships and 2012 Olympics.

Lu Ying solidified herself a lane in the women’s 50 butterfly final with a tie for seventh. She finished second in the 100 butterfly last year in London, but has struggled here in Barcelona. She failed to advance out of the semi-finals when she finished 11th.

World record holder Akihiro Yamaguchi of Japan finished seventh in a time of 2:09.57 with his teammate the Olympic bronze medalist Ryo Tateishi finished eighth with a time of 2:10.28, remaining in the same places they were after semi-finals. Japan is not the country it used to be in this event, and needs a serious overhaul if they would like to get back into the top ranks.

Other Notes from Day 6
– Yi Tang of China, the Olympic bronze medalist finished seventh in a time of 54.09
– Japan’s two swimmers Bai Anqi and Akase Sayaka failed to qualify out of semi-finals in the women’s 200 backstroke. Sayaka was ranked 11th in the world heading into Barcelona.
– 20th in the world Japanese swimmer, Shinri Shioura, swam right on his best this year by .01 to finish 15th in the semi-finals with a time of 22.04.
– Another Japanese swimmer Rio Kaneto, just missed the medal stand finished fourth in a time of 2:22.96.
– Fujii Takuro from Japan finished 13th in the men’s 100 butterfly

China’s Wang Shun, Hao Yun, Li Yunqi, Sun Yang
: Men’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay – 7:04.74
Japan’s Shinri Shioura: Men’s 50 Freestyle – :22.02
Korea’s Jungdoo Yang: Men’s 50 Freestyle – :22.48

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Philip Johnson

Hagino performances so far:

400 free: 3:44.82 (2nd)
200 free: 1:45.94 (5th)
100 back: 53.93 (6th)
200 IM: 1:55.74 (2nd)
200 back: 1:55.43 (5th)
4×200 lead-off: 1:45.93

If there’s an answer to Phelps or the aging (but still kicking) Lochte, it’s Hagino. He may not be getting a lot of attention, but he’s going to go no where but up. Watch out for him.


Hagino is just a medium sized guy at best. I did not know that guys that small can swim that fast…..

Lane Four

Do you know his stats? I would be curious to know.


He’s likely to a gold medal to that (400IM)


Kosuke Hagino is still 19 yo (born 15 August 1994)

Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 70 kg (155 lb)

Unfortunately for Hagino, his potential is limited by his size.


Sorry, I meant 18 yo.

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