Amid Positive Doping Test Situation, Yang Junxuan Hits 52.68 Chinese 100 Free Record


Another national record bit the dust at the 2024 Chinese National Swimming Championships, this time at the hands of Yang Junxuan.

Racing in the women’s 100m freestyle final tonight in Shenzhen, 22-year-old Yang hit a time of 52.68 to establish the fastest outing of her career.

She logged the sole time of the field under the 53-second threshold as Wu Qingfeng posted 53.25 as the silver medalist and Cheng Yujie collected bronze in 53.27. Additional finishers included Zhu Menghui clocking 54.12, Yu Yiting nailing 54.24 and Li Bingjie earning 6th place in 54.36.

As for Yang, her time overtook the previous national record of 53.90 Zhang Yufei put on the books in the prelims of the 100m free at the 2020 Chinese Nationals. She matched that time again one year later in Qingdao. Those performances rendered Zhang the only Chinese woman in history to break the 53-second barrier but now Yang joins her in that accomplishment.

Split comparisons between Zhang and Yang reveal a faster back half for the newly minted national record holder, beating the former’s 2nd 50m by .43

Zhang Yufei‘s Old CHN Record – 52.90 Yang Junxuan‘s New CHN Record – 52.68
25.22 25.43
27.68 27.25

Top 5 Chinese Women’s LCM 100 Freestyle Performers All-Time

  1. Yang Junxuan – 52.68, 2024
  2. Zhang Yufei – 52.90, 2020 & 2021
  3. Pang Jiaying – 53.13, 2009
  4. Cheng Yujie – 53.26, 2023
  5. Tang Yi – 53.28, 2012

The Asian Record remains at the 52.02 Hong Kong Olympian Siobhan Haughey established at last year’s Berlin World Cup stop. Japan’s Rikako Ikee is the 2nd-best Asian female ever in 52.79 but now Yang represents the 3rd-swiftest Asian in history.

Yang is a two-time Olympic medalist having earned women’s 4x200m free relay gold and 4x100m mixed medley silver at the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Yang’s name was revealed among the list of 23 Chinese swimmers who tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine (TMZ) at the start of the calendar year in 2021. The Chinese Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) did not sanction the athletes and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) did not dispute the findings that the swimmers were inadvertently contaminated.

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29 days ago

Is it just me or is there an influx of pro China comments?? Lol

1 month ago

I now find it ridiculous how much anti china propaganda these western funded news has been making nonstop…the New York times has not even enough valid proof to show that they did take tmz and as a healthcare professional. I have NEVER seen a factual research into how trimetazidine can enhance the performance of an athlete. Trimetazidine as per hospital use and by professional research is use to treat angina by helping maintain the blood pressure and helps oxygen to the heart so to stop the source of pain. It may probably help or not but there is no conclusive proof or research that it can…However Adderall..a drug for ADHD used to help those with the disease help them FOCUS… Read more »

John the swimmer
Reply to  Iremember
1 month ago

It’s clear that the anti china propaganda is doing their job to smear china. Unfortunately most ppl only believe what they see on western media. They don’t look beyond this surface.

1 month ago

Looks like the Canadian women might come 4th in all three women’s relays now… need something big from Masse and Penny.

1 month ago

She’s also the one who out touched Titmus, the individual 200 free Olympic champion off the lead off leg in the 4×200 free relay final..

1 month ago

China will get silver behind Australia in Paris relay

Sw E mmerX
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1 month ago


1 month ago

Could have omitted the first 5 words of that title.

Reply to  Chlorinetherapy
1 month ago

what’s the fun in that?

1 month ago


Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

It is most likely two of the four women participating in the final of the women’s 4 x 100 meter freestyle relay at 2024 Summer Olympics tested positive back in 2021:

Junxuan, Yang
Yufei, Zhang

1 month ago

I agree with the unnecessary headline..Oops, I guess we all forgot in a few days..better remind the readers!

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