Zhu Qianwei won the women’s 200-meter freestyle and Yuya Horihata won the men’s 400-meter individual medley as China and Japan split the first two swimming gold medals at the Asian Games in Guangzhou.
Zhu won in 1 minute and 56.65 seconds Saturday, holding off teammate Tang Yi. The two Chinese swimmers traded the lead over the four laps.
Horihata, who holds the Asian record, survived a scare from Chinese swimmers. He lagged in the butterfly and backstroke legs but took the lead in the breaststroke.
The 20-year-old then lost the lead again after the next split to China’s Huang Chaosheng before edging ahead again in the freestyle.
Huang was just 0.03 seconds behind for silver.