Kim Seoyeong Blasts 2:08 In 200 IM Final at Asian Games

Photo Courtesy: Anja Johnson

In a battle of the two fastest swimmers in the world for 2018, it was Korea’s Kim Seoyeong who broke the Games Record with a 2:08.34 for the gold medal in the 200 IM on the last night of the 2018 Asian Games. Kim finished ahead of Yui Ohashi of Japan who was the silver medalist at 2:08.88. Ohashi swam faster at Pan Pacs with a 2:08.16, so she will hold on to the “virtual gold medal” from the Virtual World Championships.

Ohashi and Kim were the only swimmers to break 2:09 at a major meet this summer.

Japan’s Miho Teramura won the bronze medal with a 2:10.98 as she added a second from her Pan Pac time that was a 2:09.86 earlier this month.

China’s Zhou Min (2:11.42) finished off the podium in fourth place.

Kim is the first Korean gold medalist in this event since 1982 when Choi Yun-Hui won the gold medal. It is also Korea’s 22nd gold medal in swimming at the Asian Games.

  1. Kim Seoyeong, KOR, 2:08.34, Games Record
  2. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:08.88
  3. Miho Teramura, JPN, 2:10.98
  4. Zhou Min, CHN, 2:11.42
  5. Yang Chang, CHN, 2:13.68
  6. Jamie Yeung, HKG, 2:17.63
  7. Ressa Dewi, INA, 2:18.62
  8. Natalie Kan, HKG, 2:18.82

Virtual World Championships

  1. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:08.16, Pan Pacs
  2. Kim Seoyeong, KOR, 2:08.34, Asian Games
  3. Sydney Pickrem, CAN, 2:09.07, Pan Pacs
  4. Siobhan O’Connor, GBR, 2:09.80, Commonwealth Games
  5. Miho Teramura, JPN, 2:09.86, Pan Pacs
  6. Ella Eastin, USA, 2:09.90, Pan Pacs
  7. Katinka Hosszu, HUN, 2:10.17, Europeans
  8. Ilaria Cusinato, ITA, 2:10.25, Europeans

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