Wang Jianjiahe Blitzes 400 Free Field With a 4:03

Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

China’s Wang Jianjiahe clinched the distance hat trick with a gold medal and new Asian Games Record of 4:03.18. Wang already claimed gold medals this week in the 800 and 1500 free finals and she won her fourth gold medal of the meet in the 400, adding to her gold in the 4×200 free relay.

Wang finished three full seconds ahead of teammate Li Bingjie (4:06.46) who won the silver medal. Li was well off her 4:01 she swam last summer that still stands as the Asian Record. Both Wang and Li are 16-years-old.

Wang moved up to third in this year’s Virtual World Championships after all the major international meets this summer. Wang has a ways to go to catch American Katie Ledecky and Australian Ariarne Titmus but she is still only 16 so she has room to grow.

Japan’s Chihiro Igarashi (4:08.48) won the bronze medal for her fourth total medal of the meet.

  1. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 4:03.18, Games Record
  2. Li Bingjie, CHN, 4:06.46
  3. Chihiro Igarashi, JPN, 4:08.48
  4. Waka Kobori, JPN, 4:11.69
  5. Kim Jinha, KOR, 4:16.84
  6. Ching Gan, SGP, 4:17.86
  7. Ho Nam Wai, HKG, 4:18.77
  8. Katii Tang, HKG, 4:19.91

Virtual World Championships

  1. Katie Ledecky, USA, 3:58.50, Pan Pacs
  2. Ariarne Titmus, AUS, 3:59.66, Pan Pacs
  3. Wang Jianjiahe, CHN, 4:03.18, Asian Games
  4. Simona Quadarella, ITA, 4:03.35, Europeans
  5. Ajna Kesely, HUN, 4:03.57, Europeans
  6. Leah Smith, USA, 4:04.23, Pan Pacs
  7. Holly Hibbott, GBR, 4:05.01, Europeans
  8. Anna Egorova, RUS, 4:06.03, Europeans