2018 in Review: Asia makes a splash20.12.2018
Records fall and Unified Korean team competes at Indonesia 2018
The swimming competition at the Asian Para Games was one of the most dramatic and memorable sports of the whole event. Here are four of the key moments.
Unified Korean Team wins bronze
The Asian Para Games were the first Para sport competition where South Korea and North Korea competed together.
They even claimed an historic medal as they reached the third place of the podium in the men’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay 34 points on the second night of swimming competition at the GBK Aquatic Centre.
Japan and China ended first and second respectively.
Small but mighty
The opening night saw a staggering 16 countries win medals in the pool, with some of the Games’ smallest nations making it to the podium.
“It’s fantastic. I think it’s a combination of several months of work, several training camps and coming and training every day, twice every day, and I’m really happy with the result,” he said.
Hong Kong’s Tang Wai Lok was another standout swimmer as he claimed the men’s 200m freestyle S14 title.
Two gold medals awarded
The Asian Para Games featured one of the most thrilling races of 2018 as a double gold medal was awarded in the men’s 100m backstroke S7.
Japan’s Daisuke Ejima and Ernie Gawilan of the Philippines both touched the wall in a time of 1:19.90. As a result, they both shared the top step of the podium.
Queen of the pool
Uzbekistan’s 19-year-old Amilova Fotimakhon delivered an outstanding performance in the pool. Fotimakhon claimed seven medals, including four golds, and broke two world records.
Fotimakhon followed that up with another world record of in the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13, taking a second off the record set by Italy’s Carlotta Gilli at the European Championships in August.
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