Schooling Sets Games Record; Japan Wins Four Golds on Night Four At Asian Games

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Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The fourth night of finals from the 2018 Asian Games from Jakarta, Indonesia, saw three Games Records fall from Joseph SchoolingYasuhiro Koseki and Japan’s 4×100 free relay. China’s mixed medley relay also set a Games Record since it was the first time the event was contested at the meet.

Japan won four total gold medals with Koseki, Natsumi Sakai and Daiya Seto hearing their national anthem, while China had three golds from their mixed medley relay and Li Bingjie and Zhang Yufei.

Schooling became the first gold medalist in swimming in 2018 not from China or Japan as Singapore was able to hear its national anthem at the pool for the first time.


Men’s 100 Fly

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling successfully defended his Asian Games gold medal on Wednesday night in Jakarta with a new Games Record in the 100 fly. Schooling swam a 51.04 to become the fourth fastest man in the world for the 2018 Virtual World Championships. Schooling is not up to where he was two summers ago at the Olympics when he became the first man from Singapore to win an Olympic gold medal but he is consistently one of the best butterflyers in the world.

Schooling had pressure from China’s Li Zhuhao who won the silver medal at 51.46. Li just missed the virtual top eight with his time. Japan’s Yuki Kobori won the bronze medal with a 51.77.

Schooling won Singapore’s seventh gold medal in men’s swimming at the Asian Games with that swim. He is also just the second man to repeat in the 100 fly at this meet since Japan’s Takashi Yamamoto won three straight from 1998-2006.

Singapore’s Zheng Quah (52.54), Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Mussin (52.95), Japan’s Nao Horomura (53.00), Korea’s Chang Gyucheol (53.32) and Indonesia’s Glenn Sutanto (53.89) also placed in the top eight.

  1. Joseph Schooling, SGP, 51.04, Games Record
  2. Li Zhuhao, CHN, 51.46
  3. Yuki Kobori, JPN, 51.77
  4. Zheng Quah, SGP, 52.54
  5. Adilbek Mussin, KAZ, 52.95
  6. Nao Horomura, JPN, 53.00
  7. Chang Gyucheol, KOR, 53.32
  8. Glenn Sutanto, INA, 53.89

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Piero Codia, ITA, 50.64, Europeans
  2. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 50.65, Commonwealth Games
  3. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 50.75, Pan Pacs
  4. Joseph Schooling, SGP, 51.04, Asian Games
  5. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 51.24, Europeans
  6. James Guy, GBR, 51.31, Commonwealth Games
  7. Jack Conger, USA, 51.32, Pan Pacs
  8. Vini Lanza, BRA, 51.44, Pan Pacs

Women’s 200 Free

China’s Li Bingjie won her first title of the weekend in the 200 free with a 1:56.74 on Wednesday night in Jakarta. Li went 1-2 with teammate Yang Junxuan who got the silver with a 1:57.48, just ahead of Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (1:57.49).

Li and Yang are both 16-years-old and big stars in the making for China. Li is already a star as she is coming off a summer where she won three medals at the 2017 World Championships. Her 2018 campaign has not been as strong but she was able to win gold in the 200 free, an off event, and place just outside the top eight in the Virtual World Championships with her time.

Li also continued China’s streak in this event as the Chinese have now won seven of the last eight Asian Games gold medals in the 200 free. Li joins the likes of Zhuang Yong (1990), Le Ying (1994), Yang Yu (2002), Pang Jiaying (2006), Zhu Qianwei (2010) and Shen Duo (2014) as Chinese winners in this event.

Japan’s Yui Ohashi (2:00.29), Thailand’s Natthanan Junkrajang (2:01.67), Hong Kong’s Camille Cheng (2:01.95), Thailand’s Kornkarnjana Sapianchai (2:01.96) and the Philippine’s Jasmine Alkhaldi (2:03.24) also swam in the final.

  1. Li Bingjie, CHN, 1:56.74
  2. Yang Junxuan, CHN, 1:57.48
  3. Chihiro Igarashi, JPN, 1:57.49
  4. Yui Ohashi, JPN, 2:00.29
  5. Natthanan Junkrajang, THA, 2:01.67
  6. Camille Cheng, HKG, 2:01.95
  7. Kornkarnjana Sapianchai, THA, 2:01.96
  8. Jasmine Alkhaldi, PHI, 2:03.24

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 1:54.44, Pan Pacs
  2. Ariarne Titmus, AUS, 1:54.85, Commonwealth Games
  3. Rikako Ikee, JPN, 1:54.85, Pan Pacs
  4. Charlotte Bonnet, FRA, 1:54.95, Europeans
  5. Katie Ledecky, USA, 1:55.15, Pan Pacs
  6. Emma McKeon, AUS, 1:56.26, Commonwealth Games
  7. Allison Schmitt, USA, 1:56.71, Pan Pacs
  8. Femke Heemskerk, NED, 1:56.72, Europeans

Men’s 100 Breast

Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki won his second gold medal of the meet, this time taking out the 100 breaststroke games record after he earlier won the 200 breast final. Koseki swam a 58.86 to break the Games Record that was a 59.92 by Dmitriy Balandin coming into the meet. Balandin was the defending champion from 2014 and he ended up winning the bronze medal at 59.39, just behind China’s Yan Zibei (59.31).

Koseki was just the third man to break 58 seconds at a major meet this summer as he will settle for the virtual bronze medal behind the British duo of Adam Peaty and James Wilby.

Yan and Balandin also placed in the virtual world championship final with their times here. This comes after Balandin announced earlier in the week he was thinking about retiring after the Asian Games were done. Balandin cited injuries for keeping him out of the 200 breast final in which he was the defending Asian Games champion and reigning Olympic champion. Balandin is 23.

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe (1:00.15), China’s Qin Haiyang (1:00.24), Korea’s Moon Jaekwon (1:01.07), Uzbekistan’s Vladislav Mustafin (1:01.49) and Singapore’s Chien Khoo (1:01.74) also placed in the final.

Koseki also won Japan’s eleventh gold medal in the 100 breast at the Asian Games. He joins the likes of Masaru Ota (1958), Kenji Ishikawa (1962, 1966), Nobutaka Taguchi (1970, 1974), Shigehiro Takahashi (1978), Akira Hayashi (1994), Kosuke Kitajima (2002, 2006) and Ryo Tateishi (2010) as Japanese winners in this event.

  1. Yashurio Koseki, JPN, 58.86, Games Record
  2. Yan Zibei, CHN, 59.31
  3. Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ, 59.39
  4. Ippei Watanabe, JPN, 1:00.15
  5. Qin Haiyang, CHN, 1:00.24
  6. Moon Jaekwon, KOR, 1:01.07
  7. Vladislav Mustafin, UZB, 1:01.49
  8. Chien Khoo, SGP, 1:01.74

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Adam Peaty, GBR, 57.10, Europeans
  2. James Wilby, GBR, 58.64, Europeans
  3. Yashurio Koseki, JPN, 58.86, Asian Games
  4. Anton Chupkov, RUS, 59.06, Europeans
  5. Jake Packard, AUS, 59.20, Pan Pacs
  6. Kirill Prigoda, RUS, 59.20, Europeans
  7. Yan Zibei, CHN, 59.31, Asian Games
  8. Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ, 59.39, Asian Games

Women’s 200 Fly

China’s Zhang Yufei won China’s third straight gold medal in the 200 fly at the Asian Games with a 2:06.61. Zhang’s time would be the second fastest time of any of the major meets. A lot of big names like Mireia Belmonte and Katinka Hosszu have been off their game this summer so that has opened the door for more swimmers like Zhang and Great Britain’s Alys Thomas to shine.

Zhang’s time was not the second fastest of the year as American Hali Flickinger was a 2:05 at US Nationals but only managed a 2:07.35 at Pan Pacs.

Zhang was more than two full seconds ahead of the Japanese duo of Sachi Mochida (2:08.72) and Suzuka Hasegawa (2:08.80) as both swimmers swam slower than they did at Pan Pacs earlier this month. Korea’s An Sehyeon, who had a breakout 2017, finished off the podium in 2:08.83. She was fourth at Worlds last summer with a 2:06.

Singapore’s Jing Quah finished fifth at 2:12.01. She is the reigning SEC champion in this event as she is about to be a sophomore at Texas A&M.

China’s Yu Liuyan (2:12.61), Vietnam’s Le Thao (2:13.93) and Indonesia’s Adinda Dewi (2:14.54) also placed in the top eight.

This is also China’s fifth gold medal in the 200 fly at the Asian Games as Zhang joins the likes of Wang Xiaohong (1990), Liu Limin (1994) and Jiao Liuyang (2010, 2014) as winners in the event for China.

  1. Zhang Yufei, CHN, 2:06.61
  2. Sachi Mochida, JPN, 2:08.72
  3. Suzuka Hasegawa, JPN, 2:08.80
  4. An Sehyeon, KOR, 2:08.83
  5. Jing Quah, SGP, 2:12.01
  6. Yu Liuyan, CHN, 2:12.61
  7. Le Thao, VIE, 2:13.93
  8. Adinda Dewi, INA, 2:14.54

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Alys Thomas, GBR, 2:05.45, Commonwealth Games
  2. Zhang Yufei, CHN, 2:06.61, Asian Games
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 2:07.13, Europeans
  4. Svetlana Chimrova, RUS, 2:07.33, Europeans
  5. Hali Flickinger, USA, 2:07.35, Pan Pacs
  6. Laura Taylor, AUS, 2:07.39, Commonwealth Games
  7. Sachi Mochida, JPN, 2:07.66, Pan Pacs
  8. Franziska Hentke, GER, 2:07.75, Europeans

Men’s 400 IM

The Japanese superstar duo of Daiya Seto and Kosuke Hagino put on a show in the 400 IM final on Wednesday night in Jakarta. Both swimmers went faster than they did at Pan Pacs earlier in the month when they were racing their American rival Chase Kalisz. Kalisz’s gold medal time from Tokyo will hold up as the best time in the world, but Seto and Hagino sit right behind him in the virtual World Championship final.

Seto swam a 4:08.79 to Hagino’s 4:10.30 on Wednesday at the Asian Games. China’s Wang Shun finished in third place for the bronze at 4:12.31, also placing in the top eight for Virtual Worlds for this year. Hagino was the defending champion and will keep his Games Record of 4:07.75 from 2014.

Seto and Hagino are both favorites to take home medals in two years for the Tokyo Olympics as Hagino is the reigning Olympic Champion and Seto has been one of the most consistent performers on the world stage since winning the World title in 2013.

China’s Wang Yizhe (4:19.61), Korea’s Joo Jaegu (4:20.77), Vietnam’s Kim Nguyen (4:22.86), Taipei’s Choo Chengchi (4:23.18) and Korea’s Kim Minsuk (4:23.39) also swam in the final.

This is also Japan’s 12th gold medal in the 400 IM at the Asian Games as they have won every gold medal contested except for two when Thailand’s Ratapong Sirisanont won in 1994 and China’s Wu Peng won in 2002.

  1. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:08.79
  2. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:10.30
  3. Wang Shun, CHN, 4:12.31
  4. Wang Yizhe, CHN, 4:19.61
  5. Joo Jaegu, KOR, 4:20.77
  6. Nguyen Kim, VIE, 4:22.86
  7. Choo Chengchi, TPE, 4:23.18
  8. Kim Minsuk, KOR, 4:23.39

Virtual World Championships

  1. Chase Kalisz, USA, 4:07.95, Pan Pacs
  2. Daiya Seto, JPN, 4:08.79, Asian Games
  3. Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 4:10.30, Asian Games
  4. David Verraszto, HUN, 4:10.65, Europeans
  5. Max Litchfield, GBR, 4:11.00, Europeans
  6. Wang Shun, CHN, 4:12.31, Asian Games
  7. Jay Litherland, USA, 4:12.87, Pan Pacs
  8. Clyde Lewis, AUS, 4:13.12, Commonwealth Games

Women’s 100 Back

Japan got a 1-2 finish out of 17-year-old Natsumi Sakai (59.27) and 22-year-old Anna Konishi (59.67) in the 100 back final on Wednesday night at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Sakai swam faster than she did at Pan Pacs earlier in the month as she put herself in the top eight for the Virtual World Championships this year.

Sakai is one of Japan’s stars for the future as they have a young women’s team that could be dangerous come two years from now at the Olympics in their home country. Sakai was the World Junior Champion last summer in the 50 back and the 17-year-old is a part of a young core of teenage backstrokers with American Regan Smith and Australian Kaylee McKeown that could do damage in the next few years.

China’s Chen Jie (1:00.28) finished in third with the bronze medal, shutting out defending champion Fu Yuanhui of China. Fu was fourth at 1:00.35.

Korea’s Im Dasol (1:01.08), Hong Kong’s Kwan Wong (1:02.12), Korea’s Shin Youngyeon (1:02.84) and Uzbekistan’s Yulduz Kuchkarova (1:03.21) also placed in the final.

  1. Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 59.27
  2. Anna Konishi, JPN, 59.67
  3. Chen Jie, CHN, 1:00.28
  4. Fu Yuanhui, CHN, 1:00.35
  5. Im Dasol, KOR, 1:01.08
  6. Kwan Wong, HKG, 1:02.12
  7. Shin Youngyeon, KOR, 1:02.84
  8. Yulduz Kuchkarova, UZB, 1:03.21

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Kylie Masse, CAN, 58.61, Pan Pacs
  2. Emily Seebohm, AUS, 58.66, Commonwealth Games
  3. Kathleen Baker, USA, 58.83, Pan Pacs
  4. Regan Smith, USA, 58.95, Pan Pacs
  5. Taylor Ruck, CAN, 58.97, Commonwealth Games
  6. Anastasia Fesikova, RUS, 59.19, Europeans
  7. Kaylee McKeown, AUS, 59.25, Pan Pacs
  8. Natsumi Sakai, JPN, 59.27, Asian Games

Men’s 4×100 Free Relay

Japan won its third relay of the meet out of the four that have been contested to this point. Japan’s men’s 4×100 free relay team of Shinri Shioura (48.85), Katsuhiro Matsumoto (47.65), Katsumi Nakamura (48.08) and Juran Mizohata (48.10) broke the Games Record with a 3:12.68, lowering the old record of 3:13.47 by China from 2014.

China finished second here at 3:13.29, also under their old Games Record. The team of Yang Jintong (49.24), Cao Jiwen (48.29), Sun Yang (48.38) and Yu Hexin (47.38) came home with the silver medal thanks to a stellar split by their anchor Yu, but it was not enough as Japan has won three out of the four relays contested so far this week.

The Japanese swam a tick faster at Pan Pacs earlier this month. China’s time puts them in sixth place for the world rankings for 2018.

Singapore won the bronze medal at 3:17.22 to get by Korea who was fourth at 3:17.92. Zheng Quah (49.64), Joseph Schooling (48.27), Darren Chua (49.64) and Darren Lim (49.67) swam for the bronze medal winning Singaporeans.

  1. Japan, 3:12.68, Games Record (Shioura, Matsumoto, Nakamura, Mizohata)
  2. China, 3:13.29 (Yang, Cao, Sun, Yu)
  3. Singapore, 3:17.22 (Quah, Schooling, Chua, Lim)
  4. Korea, 3:17.92 (Yang, Jang, Lee, Park)
  5. Chinese Taipei, 3:19.02 (Lin, Huang, An, Wang)
  6. Malaysia, 3:21.06 (Keith Lim, Sim, Chan, Foong)
  7. Indonesia, 3:25.16 (Sidiq, Anggawijaya, Randa, Lukman)
  8. India, 3:25.34 (Dsouza, Kothari, Prakash, Khade)

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. (United States, 3:11.67, Pan Pacs)
  2. Brazil, 3:12.02, Pan Pacs
  3. Russia, 3:12.23, Europeans
  4. Australia, 3:12.53, Pan Pacs
  5. Japan, 3:12.54, Pan Pacs
  6. Italy, 3:12.90, Europeans
  7. China, 3:13.29, Asian Games
  8. Great Britain, 3:13.88, Commonwealth Games aggregate
  9. Poland, 3:14.20, Europeans

Mixed 4×100 Medley Relay

In the final relay of the night on night four of swimming from the 2018 Asian Games, it was China winning the 4×100 mixed medley relay with a 3:40.45. It is the first time the relay has been contested at the Asian Games so it will count as a new Games Record.

The team of Xu Jiayu (52.30), Yan Zibei (58.45), Zhang Yufei (56.61) and Zhu Menghui (53.09) won the gold medal ahead of Japan who swam a 3:41.21 for the silver medal. The Japanese had Ryosuke Irie (52.55), Yasuhiro Koseki (58.95), Rikako Ikee (55.68) and Tomomi Aoki (54.03) swimming for them.

South Korea finished with the bronze at 3:49.27 with Lee Juho (55.36), Moon JaekwonAn Sehyeon (57.93) and Ko Miso swimming for them.


  1. China, 3:40.45 (Xu, Yan, Zhang, Zhu)
  2. Japan, 3:41.21 (Irie, Koseki, Ikee, Aoki)
  3. Korea, 3:49.27 (Lee, Moon, An, Ko)
  4. Hong Kong, 3:50.22 (Au, To, Lim, Cheng)
  5. Indonesia, 3:55.37 (Sudartawa, Evato, Sutanto, Hapsari)
  6. Taipei, 3:58.30 (Chuang, Lee, Huang, Chen)
  7. Thailand, 4:01.75 (Chograthin, Ketin, Sapianchai, Sathianchokwisan)
  8. Singapore, DQ (Fong, Khoo, Quah, Quah)