2017 Nat’l Games Of China: Ning Zetao Goes Sub-48

13TH ANNUAL NATIONAL GAMES OF CHINA

On the men’s side of the competition in Tianjin tonight, big stars Sun Yang and Ning Zetao were both back in the pool in the hunt for National Games titles.

For Sun Yang, the 25-year-old easily clinched the men’s 800m freestyle gold in a time of 7:46.80, winning by almost 6 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Tonight’s top prize goes along with the Olympic champion’s 400m and 200m freestyle gold medals already earned in Tianjin individually. Yang will try to make it a complete freestyle sweep of the events in which he’s entered individually once he competes in the 1500m freestyle event on the final night of competition.

After establishing himself as the man to beat after both prelims and semi’s yesterday, Ning Zetao made good on his hints of speed, collecting gold in the men’s 100m free tonight in a wicked-fast time of 47.92. That time equals what Cameron McEvoy of Australia produced in Budapest for 4th place in the event and clobbers the 48.37 Zetao himself mustered in Rio that left him well out of the semi-finals.

Tonight’s outing marks just the 3rd time 24-year-old national record holder has dipped under the 48-second threshold including his 2015 World Championsips title time of 47.65. Zetao was unable to compete in Budapest after having been left off of the Chinese national roster due to sponsorship and team commitment violations. Zetao will also take on the men’s 50m freestyle event, which kicks off tomorrow in Tianjin.

The women’s 200m butterfly saw its final 8 women compete for the podium tonight, with Zhang Yufei getting the edge on the field in a final time of 2:06.17. That was enough of an effort to take gold ahead of Zhou Yilin, who touched just .12 behind for silver. It was a two-woman race, as the bronze went to Li Shuang who touched 3 seconds later in 2:09.31, just off her semi time last night of 2:09.08.

Yufei was China’s highest-finisher in this women’s 200m fly event in Budapest, touching in 2:07.06 for 5th, while Yilin finished in 8th with a time of 2:07.67. As such, both women dipped well beneath their 2017 World Championships time en route to a tough battle for gold and silver tonight.

As a refresher, the women’s 200 fly Chinese national and world record is the seemingly untouchable time of 2:01.81 set by Liu Zige in the supersuit era at this same meet back in 2009.

Qin Haiyang managed to crank out a new World Junior Record en route to gold in the men’s 200m breaststroke final tonight, producing a new mark of 2:07.35. That surpassed his own previous record of 2:08.71 established earlier this year at the Chinese National Championships, a time which also stood as the Chinese national record. His time would have earned him a bronze medal in Budapest, where he was only able to throw down a slower time of 2:10.14 in semi’s.

The Liberation Army swimmer won the race tonight by over a second ahead of Yan Zibei, the men’s 100m breaststroke gold medalist here, who finished in a still-speedy 2:08.75 for silver in a personal best by a over a second. Li Xiang touched in 2:10.67 to claim bronze out of lane 7 tonight.

On the semi-final spectrum tonight, women’s 200m breaststroke bronze medalist Shi Jinglin is in the mix with her semi outing of 2:27.02, while Wang Shun sits atop the men’s 200m IM field with a semi time of 2:01.04. No one in the men’s 200m backstroke was able to venture into sub-2-minute territory, as 100m backstroke victor Xu Jiayu holds the top seed in 2:00.00.

The women’s 100m freestyle semi-final, however, saw 4 women clock 54-second times, led by Zhu Menghui who earned a time tonight of 54.36. Right behind her is Wang Jing in 54.58, Li Zhesi in 54.83 and Wu Qingfeng in 54.85. Of these finalists for tomorrow, Menghui may have an edge after having semi-finaled in the event in Budapest. She clocked a mark of 53.85 to finish 11th at the World Championships, so she has proven speed to perhaps take things to another level during the final.

Of note, 12-year-old standout , Wang Yichun, who clocked an eye-popping 100m butterfly time of 58.44 earlier in this meet, was impressive again in the women’s 100m freestyle prelim this morning. The youngster notched a time of 56.24, a mark which would sit atop the list of fastest-ever American 11-12 year-olds.

Yichun then took that mark down even further during the semi-finals where she finished in a swift 55.60.

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GCoach
5 years ago

He also false started, but who want’s to be the official that calls that? This is China…

SWIMGUY12345
Reply to  GCoach
5 years ago

Call them out then Ron!

jelly
5 years ago

Ning Ze Tao is the fastest asian by miles with 47.65. The next fastest would be Joe Schooling with 48.27

Drama King
Reply to  jelly
5 years ago

No,
Katsumi Nakamura went 47.99 in Rio.
Relay lead off .
And i believe Shioura has PB around 48 low.

jelly
Reply to  Drama King
5 years ago

Sorry I read this somewhere, might’ve made a mistake

Aussie crawl
5 years ago

Would Matt Brown let him take certain “stuff” ?
I think not….
I think he would be on his last chance with him if things don’t change.
Swims to be swimming really well and loving the aussie lifestyle in Brisbane.

JESSIE
5 years ago

It’s the 5th time Zetao went under 48 seconds:
47.70, Asian Games, 2014
47.65, Chinese National Championships (autumn), 2014
47.84, World Championships, 2015
47.96, Chinese National Championships/Olympic Trail, 2016
and 47.92 this time

jelly
Reply to  JESSIE
5 years ago

Also the only asian under 48

Rafael
Reply to  jelly
5 years ago

Nakamura was 47,99

Steve Nolan
5 years ago

“Yang will try to make it a complete freestyle sweep once he competes in the 1500m freestyle event on the final night of competition.”

Very next sentence:

“…Ning Zetao (won) the men’s 100m free…”

crooked donald
Reply to  Retta Race
5 years ago

Tough crowd.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Retta Race
5 years ago

I gotchu.

Just taking out the word “freestyle” prolly would’ve sassified me. (I feel like taking it out would’ve gotten across that he won all the events he was in, while the addition of “freestyle” makes it seem like he won every freestyle event. Someone wedgie me.)

Brian
5 years ago

This is his 5th time under 48 actually. 47.70 at the Asian Games, 47.65 AR, 47.84 at Kazan Worlds, 47.96 at the national trial for Rio

Luke
5 years ago

Could only produce a 2.10 in the 200brst at worlds, but some how manages to go a 2.07 which would of won bronze. YE because that’s not suspicious at all.

Liujingjing
Reply to  Luke
5 years ago

Why he swim 2.10 in Budapest becouse 200brst semi only 1 hour after 200IM final. In 200IM final he swim 1.57; in 200brst hearts 2.09.39. In April he swim 200brst 2.08.7 .

Luke
Reply to  Liujingjing
5 years ago

1 hour is loads of time to recover between races. Especially with all the training swimmers do. He should be more than capable of swimming races 1 hour apart.

Thezwimmer
Reply to  Luke
5 years ago

Tell that to Michael Andrew

Rafael
Reply to  Thezwimmer
5 years ago

Not everybody can swim 2 mid-long races continusoly setting PB on boths.. Even ledecky is losing that ability.. Locthe suffered with that also.. Even swimming 2 sprints races on the same session is tough.. and for people say training, even with training if your body is not built to that forget it..

Drama King
Reply to  Luke
5 years ago

Dont think even his PB (old one) would get him to the finals in Budapest.
2 breast is freakingly fast now.

Wallaby
5 years ago

Also, Shen Duo was 31st this morning in the 100 free with a 57.10. Last year I believe she went 53s, and I know she went 1:55 in the 200 a few times last year. At nationals she was only 1:56.79 and here she was only 1:57.8. Really wonder what could’ve happened to her so quickly.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Wallaby
5 years ago

Ran out of drugs. They started giving hers to the 12 year old ??

Liujingjing
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

In fact that so called “12 year” girl at least 16 year old,this is her photo with Lu Ying:
http://wx1.sinaimg.cn/large/006mWrxhly1fesedl02faj30qo0zk7af.jpg

and Xinxin:
http://wx3.sinaimg.cn/large/741b30d3ly1fig2l8alzbj22c03404qq.jpg

so she is only changed age from 16 to 12

GCoach
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Having developed and coached her as a 12 year old, I can say this is absolutely not true. She went through the Chinese system of getting terrible Chinese coaches, one particularly ruined her psychologically…

Michael
Reply to  Wallaby
5 years ago

Because of the coach issue

GCoach
Reply to  Michael
5 years ago

Correct.

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