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)
- Swimming Event Schedule
- Live Results
The 10th version of the quadrennial Asian Swimming Championships is slated to kick-off this Thursday in Tokyo, Japan, site of the 2020 Olympic Games. The championships include all aquatic disciplines of swimming, synchronized swimming, water polo and diving, with the swimming events taking place at the famed Tatsumi International Swimming Center, a potential venue for the 2020 Games.
Japan hasn’t hosted the competition since Hiroshima in 1992, while Dubai, United Arab Emirates hosted the most recent edition back in 2012. At those championships, China absolutely dominated the swimming portion, taking gold in all but 5 of the swimming events in total across both men and women. Olympic champion Sun Yang swept the 200m/400m/1500m freestyle races back in 2012, while Zhao Jin scored 5 golds across the women’s individual events.
Although the Chinese roster for this year is not yet known, we do know of the key Japanese players ready to take to the Tatsumi stage. 2016 Olympic bronze medalist, Daiya Seto, has been on a successful World Cup Series tour post-Rio and is ready to take on Asia’s best butterfliers and IMers.
Teammate Masato Sakai, who finished with the 200m butterfly silver behind Michael Phelps in Rio, is also expected to race his signature event. On-fire freestyler Rikako Ikee, who recently lowered her own Japanese National Record and World Junior Record in the 50m freestyle, is also slated to appear.
Overall, swimmers, divers and water polo players from 45 federations are expected to descend in Tokyo this week as a final international competition before the 2016 Short Course World Championships in December.