19TH ASIAN GAMES
- Sunday, September 24th – Friday, September 29th (swimming)
- Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Aquatic Sports Arena, Hangzhou, China
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Central
Although we’re only through day one of six of the 2023 Asian Games, the nation of China has staked its claim on the swimming competition.
All told through just one finals session, China reaped all 7 available gold medals and secured 4 silvers to bring its total to 11 on the day. Japan sits as a far 2nd place with 3 silver and 3 bronze while Hong Kong grabbed 2 bronze medals on the night.
Topping a podium is an achievement in itself; however, China put an exclamation point on nearly all performances, with national and continental records going down as a result.
China’s 3 Big Performances
- Pan Zhanle, men’s 100m free – 19-year-old Pan pumped out a massive swim of 46.97 in the men’s 100m freestyle, becoming the 5th-best performer in history.
- Wang Shun, men’s 200m IM – 29-year-old Wang hit the quickest time of his career, 1:54.62, en route to handily taking the men’s 200mIM gold.
- Tang Qianting, women’s 50m breast – 19-year-old Tang clocked a time of 29.92 in the heats of the women’s 50m breast before ultimately winning gold in the final in 29.96
- Zhang Yufei – women’s 200m fly (2:05.57, Games Record)
- Li Bingjie – women’s 1500m free (15:51.18, Games Record)
- Xu Jiayu – men’s 100m back (52.23, Games Record)
- Women’s 4x100m free relay (3:33.96, Games Record)