Japan’s Kosuke Hagino gatecrashed the much-hyped showdown between Olympic champions Sun Yang and Park Tae-hwan to win the 200 metres freestyle gold at the Asian Games, while four more weightlifting world records fell on the second day of competition in Incheon.
A day after North Korean Om Yun Chol lifted more than three times his bodyweight to break the world clean and jerk record, compatriot and fellow Olympic champion Kim Un Guk set new marks in the snatch and total lift to win gold in the 62kg category.
Kazakh and Taiwanese lifters also set world records in the women’s 53kg event as Asian weightlifters proved they will be hard to beat at the Summer Olympics in two years’ time.
Japan’s Daiya Seto proved the class act of the men’s 200m butterfly, Ryosuke Irie roared to gold in the men’s 100m backstroke, while China’s women also won three golds at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center.
Zhang Yuhan touched first in the 400m freestyle, Shi Jinglin won the 100m breaststroke and Yi Shiwen led her team to gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay.
At the end of the second day of competition, China are tied with South Korea on 12 golds, with Japan in third place on seven.