China Breaks Games Record In 4×200 Free Relay To Close Night Three

Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

China closed night three of the competition with a Games Record in the women’s 4×200 free relay with a 7:48.61 to lower the old record of 7:51.81 from 2010. Li Bingjie (1:56.94), Wang Jianjiahe (1:55.35), Zhang Yuhan (1:58.37) and Yang Junxuan (1:57.95) broke that record and put up the fourth fastest time of 2018, sitting behind Australia, the United States and Canada from the Pan Pacs.

China’s team was rather impressive because three of the swimmers are 16-years-old. Li, Wang and Yang are 16 while Zhang is 23. The Chinese quartet stayed undefeated at the Asian Games in this event as they have won every 4×200 free relay since it was first contested in 1998, winning six straight.

Japan finished in second place with the silver at 7:53.83. They were much faster at Pan Pacs with a 7:48.96, but Yui Ohashi swimming the third leg fell badly off pace with a 2:01.33 after she had the 400 IM earlier in the session. Chihiro Igarashi (1:57.69), Rikako Ikee (1:55.27), Ohashi and Rio Shirai (1:59.54) swam for the Japanese as they claimed their first relay silver of the meet. They had already won gold in the women’s 4×100 free and men’s 4×200 so far at this meet in Jakarta.

Hong Kong finished a distant third at 8:07.17 with Ho Nam Wai (2:02.12), Camille Cheng (2:00.85), Katii Tang (2:01.68) and Sze Hang Yu (2:02.52) swimming for them.

  1. China, 7:48.61, Games Record (Li, Wang, Zhang, Yang)
  2. Japan, 7:53.83 (Igarashi, Ikee, Ohashi, Shirai)
  3. Hong Kong, 8:07.17 (Ho, Cheng, Tang, Sze)
  4. South Korea, 8:14.36 (Choi, Kim, Ko, Han)
  5. Singapore, 8:15.12 (Quah, Chue, Yeoh, Gan)
  6. Indonesia, 8:21.51 (Krisdewanti, Dewi, Hapsari, Dewi)
  7. Macau, 8:57.83 (Tan, Choi, Long, Vong)
  8. Mongolia, 9:24.96 (Batbayar, Khuyagbaatar, Altanshagai, Erdene)

Virtual World Championships:

  1. Australia, 7:44.12, Pan Pacs
  2. United States, 7:44.37, Pan Pacs
  3. Canada, 7:47.28, Pan Pacs
  4. China, 7:48.61, Asian Games
  5. Japan, 7:48.96, Pan Pacs
  6. Great Britain, 7:51.65, Europeans
  7. Russia, 7:52.87, Europeans
  8. Germany, 7:53.76, Europeans

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