China bags Asiad’s first gold in mixed relay swimming
Antara/Jakarta – China won the first gold medal in the 2018 Asian Games’ mixed 4 x 100 meter medley relay at Gelora Bung Karno’s Aquatic Stadium in Jakarta on Wednesday evening.
China’s swimming quartet – comprising two male swimmers, Xu Jiayu and Yan Zibei, and two female swimmers, Zhang Yufei and Zhu Menghui – finished first with a time of 3 minutes 40.45 seconds.
The four set the first time record for the Games’ mixed relay, which made its debut this year.
Xu Jiayu started the backstroke section well and recorded a time of 52.30 seconds. Second swimmer Yan Zibei maintained China’s lead, finishing the breaststroke section in 58.45 seconds.
However, Zhang Yufei, who swam in butterfly style, lagged behind with a time of 56.61 seconds. Zhu Menghui rallied in freestyle and secured the top spot for her team.
Japan took home the silver medal with 3 minutes 41.21 seconds, 0.76 seconds.
South Korea (KOR) settled for the bronze medal after completing the relay in 3 minutes 49.27 seconds.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s swimmers, I Gede Siman Sidartawa, Anandia Evato, Glenn Victor Sutanto and Patricia Yosita Hapsari, finished in sixth position, recording a time of 3 minutes 55.37 seconds.
Reporter: Dyah Dwi Astuti
Editor: Ruslan Burhani
AG Media and PR in cooperation with The Jakarta Post.