Satomi Suzuki Wins Japan’s First Swimming Gold Medal at 2018 Asian Games

Jul 30, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Satomi Suzuki (JPN) reacts after finishing in third in the women's 100m breaststroke finals during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
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Japan ended China’s hot streak at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta as Satomi Suzuki won Japan’s first swimming gold medal on the first night of action from Indonesia. Suzuki went 1-2 with Reona Aoki as Suzuki won the gold with a 1:06.40 for a new Games Record. She broke Shi Jinglin‘s Games Record of 1:06.67 from 2014. Shi finished with the bronze medal at 1:07.36, unable to defend her title. Aoki won the silver medal at 1:06.45, also under the old Games Record.

Suzuki also ended China’s hot streak in this event at the Asian Games as the Chinese have won seven of the last eight Asian Games titles in this event. The won they did not win in the last eight tries was Asami Kitagawa of Japan’s gold from 2006. Suzuki won Japan’s first 100 breast gold since those Games, and it is their ninth total Asian Games gold medal in the women’s 100 breast.

Suzuki joins the likes of Yoshiko Takamatsu (1958), Noriko Yamamoto (1962), Yoshiko Morizane (1966), Hitomi Tanigami (1970), Toshiko Haruoka (1974), Chieko Watanabe (1978), Hiroko Nagasaki (1982) and Kitagawa (2006) as Japanese gold medalists at the Asian Games.

China’s Yu Jingyao (1:07.44), Korea’s Kim Hyejin (1:08.34), Hong Kong’s Jamie Yeung (1:08.75), Korea’s Back Suyeon (1:08.83) and Malaysia’s Jinq En Phee (1:09.01) also competed in the final.

  1. Satomi Suzuki, JPN, 1:06.40, Games Record
  2. Reona Aoki, JPN, 1:06.45
  3. Shi Jinglin, CHN, 1:07.36
  4. Yu Jingyao, CHN, 1:07.44
  5. Kim Hyejin, KOR, 1:08.34
  6. Jamie Yeung, HKG, 1:08.75
  7. Back Suyeon, KOR, 1:08.83
  8. Jinq En Phee, MAS, 1:09.01

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Lilly King, USA, 1:05.44, Pan Pacs
  2. Yulia Efimova, RUS, 1:05.53, Europeans
  3. Jessica Hansen, AUS, 1:06.20, Pan Pacs
  4. Ruta Meilutyte, LTU, 1:06.26, Europeans
  5. Reona Aoki, JPN, 1:06.34, Pan Pacs
  6. Satomi Suzuki, JPN, 1:06.40, Asian Games
  7. Tatjana Schoenmaker, RSA, 1:06.41, Commonwealth Games
  8. Bethany Galat, USA, 1:06.41, Pan Pacs