China’s Wang Jianjiahe Becomes First-Ever Asian Games Champion in W. 1500

SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES

China’s Wang Jianjiahe became the first-ever Asian Games gold medalist in the women’s 1500 free on Sunday evening in Jakarta after winning the event to start the evening session in 15:53.68. She beat out her more-heralded teammate Bingjie Li by just .22 seconds for that title.

After Li led most of the way, Wang made a big move mid-race to build a 3 second lead. Li wiped out most of that, however, in the second-to-last 50, where she split 30.4 as compared to just 32.0 for Wang. While Li was able to make up 3.1 seconds over the last 200 meters, it wasn’t enough as Wang held her off for gold.

The event i s a new one for the Asian Games, mirroring the schedule of the Olympics, which also added the event. That makes Wang the first-ever champion in the race at this meet.

Both swimmers were slower than Li’s Chinese Record in the event of 15:52.87. Both swimmers were also just short of their lifetime bests, which rank them 13th and 14th all-time, respectively.

Comparative Splits:

Intermediate WANG Time WANG Rank WANG Split LI Time LI Rank LI Split
50m 28.64 28.61
100m 59.69 2 31.05 59.66 1 31.05
150m 1:31.43 2 31.74 1:31.24 1 31.58
200m 2:03.40 2 31.97 2:03.13 1 31.89
250m 2:35.54 2 32.14 2:35.23 1 32.1
300m 3:07.65 2 32.11 3:07.39 1 32.16
350m 3:39.64 2 31.99 3:39.51 1 32.12
400m 4:11.79 2 32.15 4:11.56 1 32.05
450m 4:43.76 2 31.97 4:43.58 1 32.02
500m 5:15.85 2 32.09 5:15.61 1 32.03
550m 5:47.93 2 32.08 5:47.68 1 32.07
600m 6:19.80 2 31.87 6:19.63 1 31.95
650m 6:51.81 2 32.01 6:51.60 1 31.97
700m 7:23.75 2 31.94 7:23.67 1 32.07
750m 7:55.73 2 31.98 7:55.56 1 31.89
800m 8:27.57 1 31.84 8:27.68 2 32.12
850m 8:59.36 1 31.79 8:59.92 2 32.24
900m 9:31.02 1 31.66 9:32.02 2 32.1
950m 10:02.75 1 31.73 10:04.40 2 32.38
1000m 10:34.63 1 31.88 10:36.81 2 32.41
1050m 11:06.75 1 32.12 11:09.21 2 32.4
1100m 11:38.88 1 32.13 11:42.05 2 32.84
1150m 12:11.11 1 32.23 12:14.15 2 32.1
1200m 12:43.37 1 32.26 12:46.84 2 32.69
1250m 13:15.69 1 32.32 13:19.11 2 32.27
1300m 13:48.23 1 32.54 13:51.59 2 32.48
1350m 14:20.70 1 32.47 14:23.77 2 32.18
1400m 14:53.04 1 32.34 14:55.58 2 31.81
1450m 15:25.13 1 32.09 15:25.99 2 30.41
1500m 15:53.68 1 28.55 15:53.80 2 27.81

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Yozhik

WANG JIANJIAHE beat out Li Bngjie by just 0.12sec. This long distance race was probably very exciting to watch. These girls will kill each other during this meet. The major battle will be at 800 race where we will see something similar to today’s race. Wang Jianjiahe has more chances to win since she doesn’t have 200 event in her program. The winner will be most likely under 8:17. In 400 event Li Bingjie looks stronger in average but it will be the last event of the meet and Li may get tired by this loaded and intense competition. There are good chances that WANG JIANJIAHE will be #1 Chinese swimmer after this meet. Interesting fact: WANG JIANJIAHE is 4… Read more »

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AWSI DOOGER

Many thanks for the video. As always it told so much more than the text and splits alone. Note the water displacement. The winner did not begin to kick until the final 50 while Binjie began in earnest with 150 meters remaining.

I am impressed with both of them, given the age and potential to really elevate over two years from 16 to 18.

And I have noted the height difference despite the same weight. Ledecky at 6 feet is generally listed between 154 and 160 pounds while Wang is considerably lighter. Of course she is many years younger and figures to get bigger and stronger over time.

Atohitotsu

Wang swims like she’s warming down

AWSI DOOGER

Absolutely. Looks like major improvement should come quickly, if she really believes in herself

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