Shinri Shioura Wins 100 Free Gold For Japan; Katsumi Nakamura Silver

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Japan’s Shinri Shioura won the 100 free gold medal on Thursday night at the Asian Games with a 48.71, just holding off teammate Katsumi Nakamura (48.72) at the finish as Japan won its first Asian Games gold medal in the event since 1998.

China’s Yu Hexin won the bronze medal at 48.88, just ahead of teammate Hou Yujie (48.95). The top three knocked off potential history makers Khader Baqlah (49.10) of Jordan and Matthew Abeysinghe (49.28) of Sri Lanka who were going for their country’s first ever medals in swimming at the Asian Games. They finished fifth and sixth.

Kazakhstan’s Adil Kaskabay (49.37) and Korea’s Yang Jaehoon (49.83) finished seventh and eighth.

Shioura won Japan its 10th gold medal in the 100 free and its first since 1998.

  1. Shinri Shioura, JPN, 48.71
  2. Katsumi Nakamura, JPN, 48.72
  3. Yu Hexin, CHN, 48.88
  4. Hou Yujie, CHN, 48.95
  5. Khader Baqlah, JOR, 49.10
  6. Matthew Abeysinghe, SRI, 49.28
  7. Adil Kaskabay, KAZ, 49.37
  8. Yang Jaehoon, KOR, 49.83

2018 Virtual World Championships:

  1. Kyle Chalmers, AUS, 48.00, Pan Pacs
  2. Alessandro Miressi, ITA, 48.01, Europeans
  3. Duncan Scott, GBR, 48.02, Commonwealth Games
  4. Chad Le Clos, RSA, 48.15, Commonwealth Games
  5. Blake Pieroni, USA, 48.21, Pan Pacs
  6. Jack Cartwright, AUS, 48.22, Pan Pacs
  7. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 48.22, Pan Pacs
  8. Mehdy Metella, FRA, 48.24, Europeans

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