TIANJIN, China, October 11. THE second evening of the East Asian Games featured a handful of strong swims in Tianjin with the Chinese women getting the bulk of the best swims this evening.
China’s Fu Yuanhui blazed to one of the top times of the meet so far. Fu, who stands at the top of the world with a blazing 27.22 in the women’s 50-meter back at the Chinese Nationals earlier this year, blitzed the field in the sprint backstroke with a 27.77 this evening. By itself, that time would have ranked her seventh in the world this year. Hong Kong’s Stephanie Au was a distant second in 28.59, while Japan’s Emi Moronuki checked in third in 28.87.
China’s Lu Ying, who is the second-ranked swimmer in the world this year with a 25.42 from Worlds, edged Japan’s Yuka Kato, 26.19 to 26.22, for the women’s 50-meter fly title this evening. China’s Jiao Liuyang wound up taking bronze with a 26.85, while Japan’s Misaki Ago took fourth in 27.07.
China’s Ye Shiwen, one of the top stars here at the meet, put up an easy speed 2:11.49 to win the women’s 200-meter IM. She won by nearly two seconds, obviously not needing her best effort in the event. Hong Kong’s Siobhan Bernadette Haughey raced to second in 2:13.35, while Japan’s Sakiko Shimizu clocked a 2:14.11 for third.
Japan opened up the evening strong with a 1-2 in the men’s 50-meter fly. Kohei Kawamoto dominated the sprint with a 24.07, while teammate Ryo Takayasu checked in with a 24.41. Takayasu just clipped China’s Shi Feng (24.44) for silver. China’s Shi Tengfei wound up fourth in 24.64.
In the least-contested finale of the night, China’s Shao Yiwen beat three other swimmers to win the women’s 400-meter free in 4:10.83. Japan’s Asami Chida took second in 4:12.82, while China’s Shen Junjie (4:17.81) and Hong Kong’s Natasha Tang (4:38.62) rounded out the field.
Ehara Naito touched out Japanese teammate Chiaki Ishibashi, 1:48.85 to 1:48.91, for the men’s 200-meter freestyle title. Korea’s Kiwoong Nam collected third-place honors in 1:50.47. Meanwhile, China’s Xu Jiayu won the men’s 200-meter back in 1:57.45 with teammate Zhang Fenglin taking second in 1:57.87. Japan’s Keita Sunama closed out a close finale with a third-place time of 1:57.88.
China’s Qiu Yuhan (1:58.09), Guo Junjun (2:00.43), Wang Fei (2:06.14) and Shao Yiwen (2:01.04) completed the women’s 800-meter free relay in 8:06.06 for the win. Japan’s Misato Yamazaki (2:02.46), Nao Kobayashi (2:01.95), Mio Motegi (2:01.83) and Asami Chida (2:02.67) snared second in 8:08.91. Hong Kong’s Hang Yu Sze (2:01.98), Kin Lok Chan (2:06.32), Haughey (2:01.26) and Au (2:06.58) put up an 8:16.14 for third.