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Rikako Ikee won a record-equalling eight medals for Japan

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Japanese swimmer Ikee wins record-equalling eighth medal

Date : 24 Aug 2018

Jakarta, Indonesia, August 24, 2018: Japan's Rikako Ikee equalled the all-time record for the most medals won at a single Asian Games when she picked up her eighth on a stunning final night of swimming at the GBK Aquatic Center on Friday.

The 18-year-old won gold in the women's 50 metres freestyle final after a tight finish to match the overall record tally set by DPR Korea shooter So Gin Man at the 1982 Asian Games.

Ikee became the first woman to win six gold medals at a single Games. So Gin Man won seven golds but no other competitor had won more than five before Ikee joined him.

Ikee also broke the Asian Games record in each of her six victories, including the 50m sprint when she touched the wall in 24.53 seconds to just hold off China's Liu Xiang (24.60).

"I really hate losing," Ikee said. "I think it was just my willpower that helped me win.

"I was really hurting in the last few metres but I just concentrated on the touch and luckily I got there first but I used up all my energy I had."

Backstroker Xu Jiayu won his fifth gold medal, only the second male swimmer to achieve the feat at a single Asian Games, when he helped China snatch the men's 4x100m medley relay and finish the swimming competition tied with Japan on 19 golds each.

Sun Yang and Wang Jianjiahe both finished with four golds after winning their final freestyle events.

Sun won the men's 1500m in 14:58.53, slow by his standards, but it came after an exhausting week in which he also won the 200m, 400m and 800m as well as collecting two silvers in relays.

“It has finished. I’m very happy,” Sun said. “I performed well in the four singles and two relays. It improves my confidence for the next training period.”

Just 16, Wang added the 400m to her earlier victories in the 800m,1500m and 4x200m relay in a powerful display of distance swimming.

Yasuhiro Koseki completed the men's breaststroke treble when he won the 50m in 27.07 while Republic of Korea picked up its first gold at the GBK Aquatic Center when Kim See-young won the women's 200m individual medley.

Singapore, whose medal tally included two golds, Vietnam, Kazakhstan and Hong Kong, China also won medals over an unforgettable six-day competition.

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