China swept all seven gold medals on the first day of swimming at the Hangzhou Asian Games.
They set two Asian records and set new Asian Games records in all seven events.
Already ranked among the world’s best, Chinese swimming was unbeatable on the Asian stage.
The Chinese national anthem rang out seven times in the pool of the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on the 24th day of swimming competition at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games.
On the day, China won seven gold and four silver medals in seven events.
New records were also set one after another.
In the women’s 200-meter butterfly, the first final of the Games’ swimming history, Zhang Yufei set a new meet record of 2:05.57.
She beat the previous record of 2:05.79 set by Zhao Liuyang (CHN) in Guangzhou in 2010 by 0.22 seconds.
Yu Liyan, 23, China, was second in 2:08.31.
The men’s 200-meter individual medley also saw Chinese swimmers compete for gold.
Wang Sun came out on top with a time of 1:54.62, breaking the Asian record of 1:55.00 that he set when he won the title at the Tokyo Olympics.
Qin Haiyang, who swept the 50 (26.29), 100 (57.69) and 200 (2:05.48) breaststroke events at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in July and also won the 400-meter medley relay final, was second to Wang Shun in 1:57.41.
Li Bingze (CHN) won her second consecutive title in the women’s 1,500-meter freestyle in 15:51.18 and broke the meet record (previously 15:53.68).
In the men’s 100 meters, where Hwang Sun-woo (Gangwon-do Province) finished third in 48.04, Pan Zhan-er took the top spot with an Asian record of 46.97. He became the first Asian swimmer to break the 47-second barrier in the 100-meter freestyle.
China’s Wang Haoyu (48.02) finished second in the men’s 100-meter freestyle.
Tang Qianting (CHN), who set an Asian record of 29.92 in the women’s 50-meter breaststroke preliminaries, won the final in 29.96.
The Chinese women’s 400-meter freestyle relay team of Cheng Yuze, Li Bingze, Wu Qingfeng and Yang Junxuan also won in 3:33.96, a meet record that beat Japan’s 3:36.52 set at the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Games by 2.56 seconds.
South Korea won two bronze medals on the first day of swimming, from Hwang Sun-woo in the men’s 100-meter freestyle and Lee Ju-ho in the 100-meter backstroke (Seogwipo City Hall).
Park Soo-jin (Gyeongbuk Provincial Office) finished fourth in the women’s 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.37 and Kim Min-seok (22-Busan City Swimming Federation) was fifth in the men’s 200-meter individual medley in 1:59.80. 스포츠토토