The Asian Age Group Championships 2019, held in Bengaluru, India, showcased some of the brightest talents in swimming across Asia. The event, which took place from September 24th to September 27th, saw swimmers from 34 different countries competing in various events, from freestyle to medley.
One of the standout performers of the championships was Japan’s Rikako Ikee, who won five gold medals and set three new championship records. The 19-year-old was in impressive form as she dominated the women’s events, winning the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, and 4x100m freestyle relay. Her performances earned her the title of the Most Valuable Player of the event.
Another standout performer of the championships was China’s Mao Feilian, who won three gold medals and set two new championship records in the men’s events. The 18-year-old won the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, and 4x100m medley relay, showcasing his skill and speed in the pool.
Singapore’s Quah Jing Wen was another swimmer who shone in the women’s events, winning two gold medals and setting one new championship record. The 18-year-old won the 200m butterfly and 100m backstroke, setting a new championship record in the latter.
India’s Srihari Nataraj also impressed in the men’s events, winning two gold medals and setting one new championship record. The 18-year-old won the 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke, setting a new championship record in the latter.
The Asian Age Group Championships 2019 also saw impressive performances from swimmers from other countries, including Kazakhstan, Thailand, and South Korea.
Overall, the championships were a testament to the strength of swimming across Asia, with a number of talented athletes showcasing their skills and setting new records. The event serves as a platform for young swimmers to compete at an international level and gain valuable experience in the sport. With such bright talents emerging, the future of swimming across Asia looks bright.