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The Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Stadium became a record-breaking world swimmer. Liu Xiang, a Chinese swimming athlete broke the world record in the 50 number for women's backstroke. This record occurred at the 2018 Asian Games Women's Swimming Pool Final. The previous record occurred in 2009 in the Aquatic World Championship in Rome with a record time of 27,06 seconds. Liu defeated his own countryman record holder Zhao Jing by recording 26,98 seconds.
Responding to the world record-breaking at the 2018 Asian Games, Husain Al Musallam as the General Director of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said he was pleased that the record-breaking pool showed the quality of Asian sports was so good that it could surpass the world record ever. Husain also expressed his praise that the quality of the GBK Aquatic Stadium was very good and had qualified facilities as one of the supporting factors for the outstanding swimming athletes.