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Waves of Games records set in Short Course Swimming

24 September, 2017 (16:41)
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Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games records continue to fall at the Ashgabat 2017 Aquatics Centre, as some of the best swimmers of Asia and Oceania face off in Short Course Swimming competition. 

Six Games records were set on the first day of Ashgabat 2017 Short Course Swimming medal competition on Friday, and those blistering paces continued through to Saturday’s action, where four more Games records were toppled by athletes from three different countries. 

First record to fall on Saturday was in the men’s 50m breaststroke, where 19-year-old phenom Wang Lizhuo of China set a new Games benchmark of 26.71 seconds. 

It was his second gold medal, and his second Games record in as many days after he shaved more than one second off the previous mark on his way to claiming victory in the 100m Breaststroke on Friday. Combined with his silver medal in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay, Wang has emerged in Ashgabat as a leader for the exceptionally strong Chinese team. 

Wang’s gold on Saturday was one of four for the Chinese swimmers on the evening, including another record-setting performance in the women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay, where the Chinese team’s time of 3:37.94 smashed the previous record by nearly four seconds. 

China’s other golds on Saturday went to Yang Yifan in the women’s 50m Backstroke, and to Wang Peng in the men's 100m Butterfly, bringing their nation’s totals up to 16 medals at the halfway point of swimming competition.

The other individual Short Course Swimming Games record broken on Saturday went to Korea’s Jeong Dongwon, whose time of 23.22 in the 50m Backstroke was but .02 seconds better then the previous mark. It was Jeong’s second Ashgabat 2017 gold, after he and his compatriots claimed top spot in the 50m Medley Relay on Friday. 

The last record to fall on Saturday came in the final event of the evening, where Chinese Taipei’s men’s 4x100 Freestyle Relay team swam a time of 3:14.60.

Short Course Swimming competition continues on Sunday evening with eight medal events lined up and more records almost certain to be broken.

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