Japan and China Dominate in 2018 Asian Games Swimming Competition

Japanese swimmer Rikako Ikee became the first Asian female athlete to be named most-valuable player at an Asian Games on Sunday (02/09) after she scooped an unprecedented six gold medals in the international multisport event this year. (Antara Photo/Inasgoc/Sigid Kurniawan)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 1:18 PM August 25, 2018
Category : Sports, Editor's Choice, Featured, Olympic, Swimming

Jakarta. Japanese and Chinese athletes broke several records while dominating in the Asian Games swimming competition at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Center in Jakarta on Friday (24/08).

All 41 events in the swimming competition, which started on Sunday, have now been completed, with Japan and China each having secured 19 gold medals. Singapore is in a distant third place with two gold medals, followed by South Korea with one.

China won the men's 4 x 100-meter medley relay, men's 1,500-meter freestyle and women's 400-meter freestyle events on the last day of the swimming competition on Friday, while Japan claimed gold in both the men's 50-meter breaststroke and women's 50-meter freestyle events.

The 24-year-old Kim Seo-yeong of South Korea surprised by pipping two Japanese rivals for gold in the women's 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2 minutes 8.34 seconds.

Kim also broke the record set by Ye Shiwen of China at the 2014 Asian Games.

At least 23 records were shattered at this year's Asian Games, with 18-year-old Rikako Ikee of Japan and 16-year-old Wang Jianjiahe of China leading the charge in the individual events.

Ikee set Asian Games records in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle, and 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly events, while Wang set Asian records in the 400-meter, 800 meter and 1,500-meter freestyle events.

State-run news agency Antara reported on Thursday that at least three Asian Games records had been broken in the pool.

Satomi Suzuki of Japan completed the 50-meter breaststroke final in 30.83 seconds, breaking the previous record of 31.02 seconds she set during qualification.

Wang won gold with her time of 8 minutes 18.55 seconds in the women's 800-meter freestyle event, breaking the previous record set by compatriot Li Xuanxu at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

The Japanese quartet of Suzuki, Ikee, Natsumi Sakai and Tomomi Aoki completed the women's 4 x 100-meter medley relay in 3 minutes 54.73 seconds, breaking the previous record of 3 minutes 57.80 seconds established by a Chinese team at the 2010 Asian Games.

The 21-year-old Liu Xiang of China even broke a world record in the women's 50-meter backstroke on Tuesday when she finished in 26.98 seconds, becoming the first woman to do so in less than 27 seconds.

Indonesia did not win any medals in the swimming competition at this year's Asian Games.

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