2023 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES
- August 1-7, 2023
- Dong’an Lake Sports Park Swimming and Diving Hall, Chengdu, China
- LCM (50m)
- Meet Page
- Live Results + Schedule
- Live Stream Schedule (All Sports)
- Day 1 Prelims Live Recap | Day 1 Finals Live Recap
- Day 2 Prelims Live Recap | Day 2 Finals Live Recap
- Day 3 Prelims Live Recap | Day 3 Finals Live Recap
- Day 4 Prelims Live Recap | Day 4 Finals Live Recap
- Day 5 Prelims Live Recap | Day 5 Finals Live Recap
- Day 6 Prelims Live Recap | Day 6 Finals Live Recap
- Day 7 Prelims Live Recap | Day 7 Finals Live Recap
After a remarkable meet which saw the nation bring home 18 gold medals, China finished out day 7 of the 2023 World University Games atop the medal table, winning the overall swimming medal table.
The Chinese swimmers posted an almost-flawless performance in their home country, winning 20 medals with 18 golds and 2 bronze. The depth of the Chinese roster was largely in-part due to the participation of swimmers like Li Bingjie, Qin Haiyang, and Zhang Yufei, who all competed here shortly after their strong performances at the 2023 World Championships.
On the final night of competition, Chinese swimmers contributed an additional 4 gold medals to the team’s total to solidify their dominance at this meet. Yufei kicked-off the night by winning the women’s 50 freestyle in Championship Record fashion. She clocked a 24.29, to touch the wall first and demolish the previous Championship Record of 24.48 from 2013. Bingjie then followed-up with a win in the women’s 400 freestyle, completing the sweep of the distance freestyle events. Her time of 4:08.38 was good enough for a narrow victory over Hungary’s Ajna Kesely, who finished 2nd in a time of 4:09.50.
Both Chinese medley relays then won gold medals to close out the night. In the women’s 4×100 medley relay, the team of Liu Yaxin, Zhu Leiju, Yufei, and Bingjie combined for a time of 3:59.67 for a 1 second victory over Poland. In similar fashion, the Chinese men held off a strong field in their 4×100 medley relay with the team of Wang Gukailai, Qin Haiyang, Chen Juner, and Lin Tao combining for a time of 3:32.58 to smash the Championship Record of 3:32.80 from 2009.
Italy finished 2nd in the medal table with 31 total medals (8G, 10S, 13B), the most total medals out of any nation competing by a landslide. The Italians also posted multiple wins on Day 7 as Antonella Crispino claimed 1st in the women’s 200 butterfly and Giovanni Izzo won the men’s 50 freestyle.
Poland wrapped-up a remarkable meet with a 3rd place finish in the medal table with 15 total medals (6G, 7S, 2B). After finishing with only 1 medal in swimming at the 2019 edition of this meet, the nation has come a long way in the pool. In fact, Poland’s swimming medal total from this year is equal to the nation’s total medal haul across all sports from the 2019 World University Games.
2023 World University Games, Final Swimming Medal Table