Japanese Men Break Asian Games Record In 800 Free Relay


The Japanese team of Naito EharaReo SakataKosuke Hagino and Katsuhiro Matsumoto broke the Asian Games Record to win gold in the men’s 800 free relay to finish off day 2 finals in Jakarta, as they held off the Chinese team (7:05.47) in 7:05.15.

The swim broke their 2014 record of 7:06.74, with Hagino the only returning member from that team. Japan has now won this relay 16 times at the Asian Games, with the only non-Japanese win coming in 2010 when China claimed gold.

The race was fairly close early, but Hagino gave Matsumoto a bit of a lead heading into his anchor leg against Sun Yang. Matsumoto was very aggressive on the front-end, splitting 23.44 and 50.14 at the 50 and 100 walls, and managed to hold off Sun on the last 50 by just three-tenths.

Record Splits

Sun anchored China in 1:44.19.

Japan’s swim was much quicker than they were recently at the Pan Pacific Championships, where they won bronze in 7:08.07. Their 7:05.15 moves them ahead of European Championship medalists Great Britain (7:05.32), Russia (7:06.66) and Italy (7:07.58), and puts them 3rd in the world behind Pan Pac gold and silver medalists U.S. and Australia. Japan has never won a World Championship medal in this event and hasn’t won an Olympic medal in it since 1960.

The Singaporean team won bronze in 7:14.15, breaking their National Record. They were led by Zheng Wen Quah, who led them off in 1:48.31, and Joseph Schooling, who had a very impressive split of 1:46.66 swimming second.

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Anyone know the relay splits?

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Naito Ehara 1.47.31
Reo Sakata 1.46.51
Kosuke Hagino 1.46.50
Katsuhiro Matsumoto 1.44.85

Ji Xinjie 1.47.58
Shan Keyuan 1.47.15
Wang Shun 1.46.53
Sun Yang 1.44.19


Wow – fantastic swim by Matsumoto !!


1:47.31 1:46.51 1:46.50 1:44.85

1:47.58 1:47.15 1:46.53 1:44.19

1:48.31 1:46.66 1:49.23 1:49.95

WV Swimmer

Is schooling on for this meet? Maybe👀

Love to Swim

He looked good actually. He must be, for Singapore and Asian countries in general, this is THE meet that matters after the Olympics.

WV Swimmer

I’m rooting for him really, he’s an incredible talent and if he could get back to 50.3 form it makes everything more interesting, if he’s 1:46.6 as well, could we see a 47.9 split? or quicker?

Love to Swim

Men’s 200 IM final:


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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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