2024 Chinese Nationals (Olympic Trials) Begin on Friday, April 19th


  • Friday, April 19th – Sunday, April 27th
  • Shenzhen, China
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results

China joins the Olympic Trials party with the 2024 National Swimming Championships kicking off tomorrow, April 19th from Shenzhen.

Following the Paris 2024 Olympic schedule, prelims begin at 11:00am local with finals taking place at 8:30pm local.

We look to the entries that feature key athletes to the tune of 100m free world record holder Pan Zhanle.

Just 19 years of age, Pan overtook Romanian David Popovici‘s world record of 46.86 at this year’s World Championships. In Doha, Pan brought it down to 46.80 as the lead-off on the Chinese men’s 4x100m free relay.

He’s set to race the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle distances, with the latter sitting a little outside the teen’s wheelhouse.

Pan put up a lifetime best of 3:46.40 at last year’s Chinese Spring Championships, proving he can dip under the World Aquatics Olympic Qualification Time of 3:46.78.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic heroine Zhang Yufei highlights the women’s entries, taking on the 50m/100m/200m free along with the 100m/200m fly.

Although the 25-year-old bypassed this year’s World Championships, Zhang’s effects from her impressive performances in Fukuoka can still be felt. She earned a multitude of medals last year including 100m fly gold and gold in the mixed medley relay and 50m fly silver.

Zhang also captured 50m free bronze and women’s 400m free relay bronze

Key Male Entries

  • Pan Zhanle – 50m/100m/200m/400m free
  • Qin Haiyang – 100m/200m breast
  • Wang Shun – 200m free, 100m back, 200m IM
  • Xu Jiayu – 100m/200m back
  • Ji Xinjie – 100m/200m/400m free
  • Yan Zibei – 100m breast
  • Dong Zhihao – 100m/200m breast
  • Sun Jiajun – 100m breast, 100m fly
  • Chen Juner – 100m/200m free, 100m/200m fly
  • Fei Liwei – 200m/400m/800m/1500m free, 200m IM
  • Wang Gukailai – 100m/200m back

Key Female Entries

  • Zhang Yufei – 50m/100m/200m free, 100m/200m fly
  • Li Bingjie – 100m/200m/400m/800m/1500m free
  • Ye Shiwen – 200m breast, 200m/400m IM
  • Tang Qianting – 100m/200m breast
  • Yu Yiting – 100m free, 100m fly, 200m/400m IM
  • Yang Juxuan – 50m/100m/200m free
  • Tang Muhan – 200m/800m free
  • Wang Xueer – 100m/200m back, 100m fly
  • Peng Xuwei – 100m/200m back
  • Liu Yaxin – 100m/200m/400m free, 200m back, 200m IM
  • Wang Yichun – 100m/200m fly


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1 month ago

Semis at Trial meets<<<<<

1 month ago

Some big swims in the Men’s 4×100 Free Relay


Chen Juner 48.13 PB
Liu Wudi 48.53 PB

Pan split 47.57 after his 400 PB

Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

Chen taking over from Zhang’s split in the Doha race would drop their cumulative time about about a second, bring their aggregate time to 3:10.0. Wouldn’t be surprised to see other legs drop time this week

1 month ago

58.62 for Qin in semis

1 month ago

Nice PB for Pan

He will definitely drop this event so I’m not too worried

This bodes well for his closing speed in the 100

Zhang definitely shut it down a bit on the second 50, should see a 55 tomorrow

Reply to  RealCrocker5040
1 month ago

Bodes well for a monster 200. Maybe he’s the only one with the tools to give peak Popovici a race.

1 month ago

Men’s 100 Breast Semifinal

Qin Haiyang 58.62
Sun Jiajun 59.14
Dong Zhihao 59.61 PB
Yan Zibei 1:00.26

1 month ago

Women’s 400 Free Final

Li Bingjie 4:04.03
Liu Yaxin 4:04.88 PB
Yang Peiqi 4:05.25 PB

Li with a very mediocre time here

Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

She can be selected off her times from Doha and Fukuoka so no need to be fast here.

1 month ago

Men’s 400 Free Final

Pan Zhanle 3:45.58 PB
Zhang Zhanshuo 3:45.82
Fei Liwei 3:45.96 PB

All three under the A Cut

Pan very unlikely to sign up for the 400 so Zhang and Fei will probably be chosen for this event.

Last edited 1 month ago by Tencor
Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

After the 200free in Doha, I thought Pan was moving away from the longer distances. As a fan, always to see great times, but seeing this drop is surprising

Zhang 3:45 at 16 :O With Galossi, this was banner news

Last edited 1 month ago by john26
Reply to  john26
1 month ago

You thought he’s moving away from the 2 free after he split 1:43 in the 4×2?

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

Well clearly he isn’t at least for Paris lol

Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

He didn’t really try the 200free prelims. Seemed like he was trying to stay fresh for the 100free final (reasonable). If he did this at WC, its reasonable to assume he’d do the same in Paris

Sacre Bleu!
Reply to  Tencor
1 month ago

It’s crazy that 46 sprinter can swim 3:45 400 free

My money is on Pan in Paris for 100 free gold.

1 month ago

Women’s 100 Fly Semifinals

Zhang Yufei 56.47
Wang Yichun 57.55
Yu Yiting 57.61

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