2016 ASIAN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Thursday, November 17th – Sunday, November 20th
- Tatsumi International Swimming Center, Tokyo, Japan
- Prelims 9am local (7pm EST previous night)/Finals 7pm local (5am EST)
- LCM Events
- Swimming Event Schedule
- Meet Preview
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap
- Live Results
The 4-day affair that was the 2016 Asian Swimming Championships came to its conclusion tonight in Tokyo, but not before several additional meet records were shattered. Japan kicked off the competition with Satomi Suzuki‘s win in the women’s 50m breaststroke, where she stopped the clock at a time of 31.28. That outing surpassed the previous record by .09 of a second.
A thrilling tie in the men’s 50m freestyle then ensued, with Japan’s Katsumi Nakamura and China’s Yu Hexin matching times for the gold in 22.03, each surpassing the old championship record of 22.37. Nakamura finished 2nd in yesterday’s 100m freestyle race, which was won by South Korea’s Park Tae Hwan.
Park, who won a total of 4 events with the 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m freestyle races over the course of this meet, tried his hand at the men’s splash n’ dash as well, but wound up 5th in a time of 22.57.
Yui Ohashi of Japan kept the Japanese winning streak going by taking the women’s 200m IM event. She touched in 2:11.46 to clobber the previous meet record of 2:12.55 and hold off teammate Runa Imai, who settled for silver in 2:12.58. Coming in bronze was Vietnam’s Thi Anh Vien, who scored a time of 2:12.95, a mark which sits just .6 of a second off of her own personal best and national record of 2:12.35.
China’s Wang Shun held the upper hand over Japan’s Daiya Seto in the men’s 200m IM event, charging to the wall in a super swift 1:56.66. That time was even faster than the 1:56.81 Wang threw down to claim bronze at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan last summer and also surpassed the 1:57.05 he scored in Rio to garner bronze in the event at the 2016 Olympic Games. With his 1:56.66 mark tonight, Wan Shun leapfrogged Australian Leith Brodie to check-in as the 7th fastest performer of all time.
Set0 also had a very respectable race, touching in 1:57.32. That time is just .48 of a second off of his own personal best of 1:57.80 he registered in 2014.
Tonight’s relays were split between China and Japan, with the former reaping gold in the women’s 4x100m medley relay in a new championship record mark of 3:57.97 and the latter earning the top prize in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay. The Chinese squad stopped the clock at a time of 3:16.37 to demolish the previous meet record of 3:20.28.