Yasuhiro Koseki Completes Breaststroke Hat Trick With 50 Breast Gold Medal On Last Night of Asian Games

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki proved he is still one of the best breaststrokers in the world with his 50 breast gold medal on Friday night at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. Koseki swam a 27.07, slightly slower than Yan Zibei’s Games Record of 27.06 from the prelims.

Koseki already won gold medals this week in the 100 and 200 breast, and he just completed the hat trick with a gold here in the 50.

Koseki is also the first Japanese swimmer to win the 50 breast at the Asian Games. Kazakhstan has the most gold medals in the event with Vlad Polyakov (2006) and Balandin (2014) winning two of the three gold medals.

Koseki finished ahead of Yan (27.25) and Dmitriy Balandin (27.46) in the final as it was a much slower pace than it was in the heats.

China’s Sun Jiajun (27.65), Uzbekistan’s Vladislav Mustafin (27.72), Macau’s Chao Man Hou (27.91), India’s Sandeep Sejwal (27.98) and Japan’s Daiya Seto (28.00) also swam in the final.

  1. Yasuhiro Koseki, JPN, 27.07
  2. Yan Zibei, CHN, 27.25
  3. Dmitriy Balandin, KAZ, 27.46
  4. Sun Jiajun, CHN, 27.65
  5. Vladislav Mustafin, UZB, 27.72
  6. Chao Man Hou, MAC, 27.91
  7. Sandeep Sejwal, IND, 27.98
  8. Daiya Seto, JPN, 28.00