SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES
- August 19th-24th, 2018
- Jakarta, Indonesia
- Schedule & Results
China’s Liu Xiang took down one of the vaunted 2009 super-suit world records to open the third session of swimming at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, as she clocked a time of 26.98 in the women’s 50 backstroke. That swim breaks the previous record held by her countrymate Zhao Jing, who had held the record for nine years at 27.06.
Liu had been 27.40 earlier this year, which was her personal best time, so this record swim came a little bit out of nowhere. She did so beating fellow Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui, the 2015 World Championship gold medalist and 2017 silver medalist, head-to-head. Fu was previously the 2nd-fastest performer in history at 27.11, but is now bumped to 3rd. Liu’s only major international medal prior to this swim came at those Worlds in Kazan where she won bronze in this event.
Fu won silver in 27.68, and Japan’s Natsumi Sakai took bronze in 27.91.
This is historically a dominant race for China, as they now hold down the three-fastest performers in history in Liu, Zhao and Fu, and they also now occupy six of the top ten swims in history (with Fu having six of them):
Fastest Performances Ever
Liu is the sixth swimmer to break an individual world record this year, joining Kliment Kolesnikov, Adam Peaty, Andrii Govorov, Katie Ledecky and Kathleen Baker.
China remains undefeated in the event at the Asian Games, now winning four straight since it was first contested in 2006.