China wins Men's 4×100m Medley Relay at nearly world record pace, Hangzhou Asiad
Qin Haiyang of China competes during the Men's 4×100m Medley Relay final at the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, Sept. 26, 2023. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)
China again impressed in the swimming pool, taking four of the six golds on the night including with an Asian record in the Men's 4×100m Medley Relay.
HANGZHOU, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese swimmers continued their impressive performance at Hangzhou Asian Games by winning four of the six gold medals on offer on Tuesday.
Boasting world champions Qin Haiyang and Xu Jiayu, China won the Men's 4×100m Medley Relay with a new Asian record time of 3:27.01. The result also ranked second in the all-time world rankings, 0.23 seconds behind the world record set by the United States.
The Republic of Korea took second place in 3:32.05, while Japan came third after clocking 3:32.52.
"We had hoped to break the Asian record before the event, but suddenly we were close to the world record, so our goal now is to break the world record," said Xu.
"Today's performance was quite unexpected. We had thought we would have to wait until the next year to close in on the world record, so tonight we put on a really good performance," Qin told Xinhua.
"Our goal has always been to win the gold medal at the Paris Olympics next year. Now I think it's even more exciting and the four of us are more motivated to do that," the breaststroke specialist added.
Li Bingjie of China competes during the Women's 400m Freestyle heat. (Xinhua/Du Yu)
Asian record holder Li Bingjie was in a class of her own in the Women's 400m Freestyle. She led after 50 meters and never looked back, pocketing her third gold at the Hangzhou Asiad with 4:1.96, a new Games record. Her teammate Ma Yonghui came second in 4:05.68 and Waka Kobori of Japan finished third in 4:07.81.
"It was a little pity as I had thought I could have finished the event under 4minutes," Li admitted.
Talking about her goal for the Paris 2024, the 21-year-old said that she will try her best to narrow the gap with her idol Katie Ledecky.
Peng Xuwei, the bronze medalist of the 2023 World Aquatics Championships, built a huge advantage on her way to win the Women's 200m Backstroke in 2:07.28, while Liu Yaxin of China and Lee Eunji of the Republic of Korea settled for second and third respectively.
Fei Liwei, 20, claimed the Men's 1500m Freestyle title with a time of 14:55.47, which sits second in the Asian rankings of the year. Kim Woomin from the Republic of Korea took silver in 15:01.07, followed by Shogo Takeda of Japan in 15:03.29.
Siobhan Bernadette Haughey of Hong Kong, China reacts after the Women's 100m Freestyle final. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)
Elsewhere, Siobhan Bernadette Haughey of Hong Kong, China touched the wall first in the Women's 100m Freestyle in 52.17 seconds, a new Asian record. Chinese swimmers Yang Junxuan and Cheng Yujie finished second and third respectively.
In the Men's 400m Individual Medley, Tomoru Honda won the first gold medal for Japan in swimming. Honda led a 1-2 finish with compatriot Daiya Seto, clocking 4:11.40 -- 1.48 seconds ahead of the four-time world individual medley champion.
China's Wang Shun, the gold medalist of the 200m IM event on Sunday, finished third in 4:15.12.