Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: Two dozen records were broken or equalled during the four-day short-course swimming programme at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games competing here on Monday.
In total, 23 AIMAG records were broken and one more was equalled during the competition.
Of the 30 different swimming events, new records were set in 19 of them, with some having events seeing their records multiple times.
China, which finished as the most successful nation with a total of 29 medals, collected 11 gold, 13 silver and five bronze medals.
Seven teams won at least one gold medal in the pool with South Korea finishing second on the final medals table with five golds and 13 medals in total, followed by Hong Kong (4 gold, 14 total), Chinese Taipei (3 gold, 6 total), Kazakhstan (3 gold, 6 total), Thailand (2 gold, 9 total) and Vietnam (2 gold, 6 total). Uzbekistan (6 total) and India (1 total) also won medals, making nine teams in total reaching the podium.
The most successful individual swimmer was China’s Sun Meichen, who won four gold and three silver medals.
The 18-year-old capped her busy schedule by breaking the AIMAG record to win the women’s 100M freestyle in 53.31 seconds, then returned to the water less than an hour later to help China win a silver in the 4x100m medley relay.