SWIMMING AT THE 2018 ASIAN GAMES
The second day of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta will feature seven different events, with the 800 free, 50 back, 200 IM and 4×200 free relay for men, and the 50 fly, 100 free and 200 breast for women.
18-year-old Japanese star Rikako Ikee will be the highlight of the day as she competes in both the 50 fly and 100 free. She holds the Asian Record in both events and set the Games Record on day 1 in the 100 leading off Japan’s relay in 53.60. Her Asian Records, both set in 2018, stand at 25.11 and 53.03 in those events.
The day will also feature a stacked men’s 200 IM field that includes 2016 Olympic and 2017 World Championship silver and bronze medalists Kosuke Hagino and Wang Shun, Junior World Record holder Qin Haiyang, and two-time 400 IM World Champion Daiya Seto.
For the men’s 800 freestyle, only the slower seeded heat will swim with prelims and then the top-seeded heat will go with finals. That one will include China’s Sun Yang, the three-time World Champion in the event who won the 200 free on day 1. For a full preview of day 2, click here.
Men’s 800 Free Timed Final (Early Heats)
- Asian Record: 7:32.12, Zhang Lin (CHN), 2009
- Asian Games Record: 8:03.87, Aflah Fadlan Prawira (IND), 2018
- Aflah Fadlan Prawira, IDN, 8:03.87
- Ming Ho Cheuk, HGK, 8:07.76
- Advait Page, IND, 8:09.13
- Jun Wei Glen Lim, SGP, 8:11.59
- Cho Chengchi, TPE, 8:16.63
- Chak Hang Lam, SGP, 8:26.07
Aflan Fadlan Prawira put up the top time in the lone early heat of the men’s 800 free, clocking a new Games and Indonesian Record in 8:03.87. Ming Ho Cheuk set a new Hong Kong record in 8:07.76 for 2nd, and Advait Page of India sits 3rd in 8:09.13. Page broke his Indian Record by one second.
Women’s 50 Fly Prelims
- Asian Record: 25.11, Rikako Ikee (JPN), 2018
- Asian Games Record: 25.83, Lu Ying (CHN), 2014
- Rikako Ikee, JPN, 25.91
- Lin Xintong, CHN, 26.56
- Wang Yichun, CHN, 26.68
- Park Yerin, KOR, 26.72
- Meichien Huang, TPE, 26.98
- An Sehyeon, KOR, 27.01
- Chan Kin Lok, HKG, 27.24
- Ting Wen Quah, SGP, 27.28
Rikako Ikee cruised to the top seed in the women’s 50 fly, clocking 25.91 to narrowly miss Lu Ying‘s Games Record of 25.83 from 2014.
Lin Xintong and Wang Yichun of China occupy the 2nd and 3rd seeds, while Park Yerin of Korea and Meichien Huang of Chinese Taipei were also sub-27. Ikee’s teammate Ai Soma missed out on the final with a swim of 27.40.
Men’s 50 Back Prelims
- Asian Record: 24.24, Junya Koga (JPN), 2009
- Asian Games Record: 24.28, Junya Koga (JPN), 2014
- I Gede Sudartawa, IDN, 25.01
- Xu Jiayu, CHN, 25.12
- Ryosuke Irie, JPN, 25.25
- Kang Jiseok, KOR, 25.29
- Wang Peng, CHN, 25.33
- Zheng Wen Quah, SGP, 25.54
- Lee Juho, KOR, 25.67
- Merdan Atayev, TM, 26.08
Indonesia’s I Gede Sudartawa reset his own National Record to take the top seed into the men’s 50 back final, putting up a time of 25.01 to take down his 25.04 from the 2017 World Championships.
Sudartawa was the winner in heat 3, and his time held up over heat 5 heavy hitters Xu Jiayu (25.12) of China and Ryosuke Irie (25.25) of Japan. Korean Kang Jiseok won heat 4 for the 4th seed overall in 25.29. Zheng Wen Quah, who swims for Cal in the NCAA, qualified 6th.
Women’s 100 Free Prelims
- Zhu Menghui, CHN, 54.32
- Rikako Ikee, JPN, 54.33
- Tomomi Aoki, JPN, 55.57
- Ko Mi-so, KOR, 55.72
- Yang Junxuan, CHN, 55.78
- Jasmine Alkhaldi, PHI, 56.38
- Christie May Mun Ee Chue, SGP / Camille Cheng, HGK, 56.47
China’s Zhu Menghui and Ikee were the only two swimmers sub-55 in the women’s 100 free prelims, coming just .01 apart in showings of 54.32 and 54.33 respectively. That swim actually matches Zhu’s season-best, done at the Chinese National Championships, while Ikee has been a full 1.3 seconds faster in 53.03 back in April.
Tomomi Aoki of Japan, Ko Mi-so of Korea and Yang Junxuan of China were separated by two-tenths in 3rd, 4th and 5th, and will have a very close battle for bronze in the final.
Men’s 200 IM Prelims
- Kosuke Hagino, JPN, 1:59.76
- Qin Haiyang, CHN, 2:00.40
- Wang Shun, CHN, 2:01.34
- Daiya Seto, JPN, 2:01.57
- Wang Hsinghao, TPE, 2:02.18
- Kenneth To, HKG, 2:02.50
- Sheng Jun Pang, SGP, 2:02.64
- Triady Fauzi Sidiq, IDN, 2:03.32
Kosuke Hagino cruised down the final 50 of the men’s 200 IM with a leisurely 30.68 free split as he claimed the top seed of the morning in a time of 1:59.76. In the 3rd and final heat, he topped teammate Daiya Seto (2:01.57), who ended up with the 4th-fastest time.
China’s Qin Haiyang (2:00.40) and Wang Shun (2:01.34) won heats 1 and 2 for seeds 2 and 3.
Women’s 200 Breast Prelims
- Asian Record: 2:19.65, Rie Kaneto (JPN), 2016
- Asian Games Record: 2:21.82, Kanako Watanabe (JPN), 2014
- Kanako Watanabe, JPN, 2:27.05
- Zhang Xinyu, CHN, 2:28.48
- Reona Aoki, JPN, 2:29.16
- Yu Jingyao, CHN, 2:29.76
- Back Su Yeon, KOR, 2:30.63
- Jamie Zhen Yeung, HKG, 2:32.05
- Samantha Yeo, SGP, 2:33.74
- Lin Peiwun, TPE, 2:35.16
Japan’s Kanako Watanabe and China’s Zhang Xinyu went 1-2 in the second of three heats in the women’s 200 breast to establish the top two times of the prelims in 2:27.05 and 2:28.48 respectively. Their teammates Reona Aoki (JPN) and Yu Jingyao (CHN) were the only two others sub-2:30.
Aoki is the 2nd-fastest swimmer in the world this year with a time of 2:21.85, and Watanabe sits 7th with a 2:22.88.
Men’s 4×200 Free Relay Prelims
- Asian Record: 7:02.26, Japan, 2009
- Asian Games Record: 7:06.74, Japan, 2014
- China, 7:20.80
- Korea, 7:24.32
- Singapore, 7:25.62
- Japan, 7:25.73
- Vietnam, 7:30.37
- Chinese Taipei, 7:31.61
- India, 7:34.69
- Hong Kong, 7:43.57
With only ten countries showing for the men’s 4×200 prelims (eleven were entered, but Indonesia was a DNS), most of the teams cruised through the heats knowing they could keep their star power in the holster for finals.
China took the top seed in 7:20.80, not using Sun Yang, and Japan, who are the gold medal favorites, sit back in 4th in 7:25.73.
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