Three New Games Records Fall on Penultimate Night of 2018 Asian Games

Photo Courtesy: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY Sports

The penultimate night of finals from the 2018 Asian Games featured six events with half of the events featuring a new Games Record. Wang Jianjiahe and Satomi Suzuki lowered the meet records for China and Japan respectively while the Japanese women closed the night with a record in the 4×100 medley relay.


Men’s 50 Fly

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling doubled up in gold medals in the sprint butterfly events with a 23.61 for the 50 fly gold medal on Thursday night of the 2018 Asian Games. Schooling just beat out Wang Peng of China (23.65) and Kazakhstan’s Adilbek Mussin (23.73).

This is just Kazakhstan’s second medal of the meet thus far as Mussin joins Dmitriy Balandin as bronze medalists in the pool for the country.

This is also the first time Singapore has won a gold medal in the 50 fly at the Asian Games as China had won the previous three gold medals in this event.

Japan’s Shunichi Nakao (23.88), China’s Li Zhuhao (23.89), Vietnam’s Paul Le (24.35), Japan’s Yuki Kobori (24.40) and India’s Virdhawal Khade (24.48) also swam in the final.

  1. Joseph Schooling, SGP, 23.61
  2. Wang Peng, CHN, 23.65
  3. Adilbek Mussin, KAZ, 23.73
  4. Shunichi Nakaho, JPN, 23.88
  5. Li Zhuhao, CHN, 23.89
  6. Paul Le, VIE, 24.35
  7. Yuki Kobori, JPN, 24.40
  8. Virdhawal Khade, IND, 24.48

Women’s 50 Breast

Japan’s Satomi Suzuki lowered the Games Record again in the 50 breast to win the gold medal at 30.83, lowering it from a 31.02 she set in the heats. Suzuki won her second gold medal of the meet after earlier winning the 100 breast. Suzuki successfully defended her title she won in 2014 as the 27-year-old won Japan’s second gold medal in the event.

Singapore’s Roanne Ho finished with the silver medal at 31.23 from lane seven. The 50 breast has only been contested since 2006 at the Asian Games and only Japan and China have won medals. This is Singapore’s first medal ever for this event.

China’s Feng Junyang (31.24) finished with the bronze medal.

China’s Suo Ran (31.42), Malaysia’s Jinq En Phee (31.64), Taipei’s Lin Peiwun (31.72), Kazakhstan’s Adelaida Pchelintseva (31.94) and Japan’s Miho Teramura (DQ) also competed in the final.

  1. Satomi Suzuki, JPN, 30.83, Games Record
  2. Roanne Ho, SGP, 31.23
  3. Feng Junyang, CHN, 31.24
  4. Suo Ran, CHN, 31.42
  5. Jinq En Phee, MAS, 31.64
  6. Lin Peiwun, TPE, 31.72
  7. Adelaida Pchelintseva, KAZ, 31.94
  8. Miho Teramura, JPN, DQ

Men’s 100 Free

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

Women’s 800 Free

China’s Wang Jianjiahe won her second gold medal of the 2018 Asian Games with a new Games Record in the 800 free with an 8:18.55. Wang earlier won the 1500 free gold medal in a very tight battle with teammate Li Bingjie. It was expected to be another tight battle with those two but Li was well off pace and swam an 8:28.14 for the silver medal.

Li’s time would not put her in the Virtual Worlds top eight, just a year removed from getting the silver medal in the 800 at the 2017 World Championships. If Li can get back to her 2017 form, China has a solid 1-2 punch with Wang and Li as both are just 16-years-old.

Japan’s Waka Kobori (8:30.65) won the bronze medal, dropping a second from her time at Pan Pacs earlier this month.

Wang broke the Games Record that had stood since 2010 at 8:23.55 by China’s Li Xuanxu. China now has eight gold medals in the 800 as Wang joins the likes of Yan Ming (1986, 1990), Luo Ping (1994), Chen Hua (1998, 2002), Li Xuanxu (2010) and Rose Bi (2014) as winners of the event for the Chinese.

Japan’s Yukimi Moriyama (8:40.71), Singapore’s Ching Gan (8:47.07), Korea’s Han Dakyung (8:48.38), Hong Kong’s Ho Nam Wai (8:53.16) and Thailand’s Ammiga Himathongkom (8:53.47) also placed in the top eight.

  1. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 8:18.55, Games Record
  2. Li Bingjie, CHN, 8:28.14
  3. Waka Kobori, JPN, 8:30.65
  4. Yukimi Moriyama, JPN, 8:40.71
  5. Ching Gan, SGP, 8:47.07
  6. Han Dakyung, KOR, 8:48.38
  7. Ho Nam Wai, HKG, 8:53.16
  8. Ammiga Himathongkom, THA, 8:53.47

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 8:09.13, Pan Pacs
  2. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 8:16.45, Europeans
  3. Ariarne Titmus, AUS, 8:17.07, Pan Pacs
  4. Leah Smith, USA, 8:17.21, Pan Pacs
  5. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 8:18.55, Asian Games
  6. Ajna Kesely, HUN, 8:22.01, Europeans
  7. Anna Egorova, RUS, 8:24.71, Europeans
  8. Kiah Melverton, AUS, 8:25.64, Pan Pacs

Men’s 200 Back

China’s Xu Jiayu completed the backstroke hat trick with a gold medal in the 100 back on Thursday night from the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Xu swam a 1:53.99, bolting him up to third in the Virtual World Championships, sitting only behind Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and American Ryan Murphy. Despite this fast time, Irie’s Games Record of 1:53.26 still stands from 2014.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie finished with the silver at 1:55.11. He was going for his fourth straight gold medal in the 200 back, but the 28-year-old fell short and settled for fourth place in the Virtual World Championships. Irie did swim faster than he did at Pan Pacs earlier this month so he is still improving even at 28.

Japan’s Keita Sunama picked up the bronze medal at 1:55.54 as he moved up to fifth in the Virtual Worlds. Those three shut out China’s Li Guangyuan (1:57.13) who was the top seed out of prelims.

Xu is just the third Chinese man to win the 200 back at the Asian Games, joining Fu Yong (1998) and Wu Peng (2002) as gold medalists for China. Xu is also the first man to complete the backstroke hat trick since the 50 was first introduced to the Asian Games in 2006.

  1. Xu Jiayu, CHN, 1:53.99
  2. Ryosuke Irie, JPN, 1:55.11
  3. Keita Sunama, JPN, 1:55.54
  4. Li Guangyuan, CHN, 1:57.13
  5. Lee Juho, KOR, 1:59.88
  6. Srihari Nataraj, IND, 2:02.83
  7. Ricky Anggawijaya, INA, 2:04.60
  8. Francis Fong, SGP, 2:06.16

Virtual World Championships

  1. Evgeny Rylov, RUS, 1:53.36, Europeans
  2. Ryan Murphy, USA, 1:53.57, Pan Pacs
  3. Xu Jiayu, CHN, 1:53.99, Asian Games
  4. Ryosuke Irie, JPN, 1:55.11, Asian Games
  5. Keita Sunama, JPN, 1:55.54, Asian Games
  6. Kliment Kolesnikov, RUS, 1:55.83, Europeans
  7. Austin Katz, USA, 1:56.00, Pan Pacs
  8. Mitch Larkin, AUS, 1:56.02, Pan Pacs

Women’s 4×100 Medley Relay

The Japanese women swept the relays with a 3:54.73 in the 4×100 medley relay to close out night five of the 2018 Asian Games from Jakarta, Indonesia. Japan’s relay of Natsumi Sakai (59.42), Satomi Suzuki (1:05.43), Rikako Ikee (55.80) and Tomomi Aoki (54.08) set a new Games Record of 3:54.73 to demolish the old Games Record of 3:57.80 from 2010 by China.

Japan already won the 4×100 free relay and was silver in the 4×200 free to China.

China was disqualified in the final, which is the same thing that happened in 2014. The originally won the gold four years ago but were disqualified. The splits are unavailable at this time so it is unclear how China did in the final. South Korea also was disqualified in the final.

Hong Kong moved up to the silver (4:03.15) and Singapore moved up to third (4:09.65).


  1. Japan, 3:54.73 (Sakai, Suzuki, Ikee, Aoki), Games Record
  2. Hong Kong, 4:03.15 (Au, Yeung, Chan, Cheng)
  3. Singapore, 4:09.65 (Hoong, Yeo, Quah, Quah)
  4. Indonesia, 4:11.63 (Fitriyati, Evato, Dewi, Hapsari)
  5. Thailand, 4:18.19 (Wongvat, Boonamphai, Sapianchai, Junkrajang)
  6. Macau, 4:25.14 (Vong, Cheang, Tan, Lei)
  7. China, DQ (Chen, Shi, Zhang, Zhu)
  8. South Korea, DQ (Im, Kim, An, Ko)

2018 Virtual World Championships

  1. Australia, 3:52.74, Pan Pacs
  2. United States, 3:53.21, Pan Pacs
  3. Russia, 3:54.22, Europeans
  4. Japan, 3:54.73, Asian Games
  5. Canada, 3:55.10, Commonwealth Games
  6. Denmark, 3:56.69, Europeans
  7. Great Britain, 3:56.91, Europeans
  8. Italy, 3:57.00, Europeans