Japan Breaks Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay Games Record As China Disqualifies; Ikee Splits 55.8 Fly

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Japanese women swept the relays with a 3:54.73 in the 4×100 medley relay to close out night five of the 2018 Asian Games from Jakarta, Indonesia. Japan’s relay of Natsumi Sakai (59.42), Satomi Suzuki (1:05.43), Rikako Ikee (55.80) and Tomomi Aoki (54.08) set a new Games Record of 3:54.73 to demolish the old Games Record of 3:57.80 from 2010 by China.

Japan already won the 4×100 free relay and was silver in the 4×200 free to China.

China was disqualified in the final, which is the same thing that happened in 2014. The originally won the gold four years ago but were disqualified. The splits are unavailable at this time so it is unclear how China did in the final. South Korea also was disqualified in the final.

Hong Kong moved up to the silver (4:03.15) and Singapore moved up to third (4:09.65).

Results

  1. Japan, 3:54.73 (Sakai, Suzuki, Ikee, Aoki)
  2. Hong Kong, 4:03.15 (Au, Yeung, Chan, Cheng)
  3. Singapore, 4:09.65 (Hoong, Yeo, Quah, Quah)
  4. Indonesia, 4:11.63 (Fitriyati, Evato, Dewi, Hapsari)
  5. Thailand, 4:18.19 (Wongvat, Boonamphai, Sapianchai, Junkrajang)
  6. Macau, 4:25.14 (Vong, Cheang, Tan, Lei)
  7. China, DQ (Chen, Shi, Zhang, Zhu)
  8. South Korea, DQ (Im, Kim, An, Ko)

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Australia, 3:52.74, Pan Pacs
  2. United States, 3:53.21, Pan Pacs
  3. Russia, 3:54.22, Europeans
  4. Japan, 3:54.73, Asian Games
  5. Canada, 3:55.10, Commonwealth Games
  6. Denmark, 3:56.69, Europeans
  7. Great Britain, 3:56.91, Europeans
  8. Italy, 3:57.00, Europeans

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