Sun Yang Wins Third Straight 1500 Free Asian Games Gold Medal

Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

It was not as fast as it has been in the past, but China’s Sun Yang won his third straight gold medal in the 1500 at the Asian Games, just dipping under 15 minutes with a 14:58.53. Sun is well off his Games Record of 14:35 from 2010, and even further from his world record of 14:31 from 2012. Sun is 26, and with the addition of the 800 to the Olympic schedule, Sun has hinted at dropping the 1500 for the 800 by 2020.

He was in a race with Vietnam’s Huy Nguyen, but Sun pulled away for the gold. Nguyen will get the silver at 15:01.63, winning Vietnam’s third medal in swimming at the Asian Games, and their first silver. It is also their first medal in men’s swimming at the Games.

China’s Ji Xinjie (15:06.18) finished with the bronze medal.

  1. Sun Yang, CHN, 14:58.53
  2. Huy Nguyen, VIE, 15:01.63
  3. Ji Xinjie, CHN, 15:06.18
  4. Shogo Takeda, JPN, 15:17.13
  5. Ayatsugu Hirai, JPN, 15:24.26
  6. Aflah Prawira, INA, 15:24.59
  7. Advait Page, IND, 15:29.96
  8. Huang Guoting, TPE, 15:36.52

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Florian Wellbrock, GER, 14:36.15, Europeans
  2. Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR, 14:36.88, Europeans
  3. Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 14:42.85, Europeans
  4. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA, 14:46.93, Pan Pacs
  5. Jack McLoughlin, AUS, 14:47.09, Commonwealth Games
  6. Zane Grothe, USA, 14:48.40, Pan Pacs
  7. Daniel Jervis, GBR, 14:48.67, Commonwealth Games
  8. Mack Horton, AUS, 14:51.05, Commonwealth Games


  1. Matthew Day

    Despite the “heart problem”…

  2. avatar

    Freestyle king! The only one in the world!