2018 in Review: Asia makes a splash

Records fall and Unified Korean team competes at Indonesia 2018 20 Dec 2018
three male Para swimmers celebrate at the edge of the pool

The Unified Korean Team celebrated more than just history as they took bronze in the men's 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points

By World Para Swimming

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.

The Philippines’ Ernie Gawilan collected two medals; he won gold in the men’s 200m individual medley SM7, then followed it up with silver in the men’s 50m freestyle S7.

In another surprising result, Iran’s Izadyar Sahin touched in first in the men’s 100m butterfly S10, while Singapore’s Toh Wei Soong took gold in the men’s 50m freestyle S7.

“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.

She first set a new world record in the women’s 200m individual medley SM13 by clocking 2:21.82, three seconds faster than the record she set at Rio 2016.

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.