Lu Ying of China, the Olympic silver medalist in the 100 butterfly, has not looked good in Barcelona, finishing 11th in the 100 butterfly. She just barely snuck into the finals by finished 8th in the semi-final by one one-hundredth of a second.
She changed that tonight finishing second in the final with a lifetime best and new Asian and Chinese National record time of 25.42.
He Yuzhe from China placed 15th in the women’s 50 breaststroke with a time of 31.67.
Israel has not had a swimmer qualify for the finals the entire championships. But they will have two in the men’s final of the 50 backstroke.
Guy Marcos Barnea, who trains at Cal, has qualified third in a time of 24.73. Barnea coming into the competition was ranked 24th in the world with a season’s best 25.16.
His teammate Jonatan Josef also snuck in to qualify for the final tomorrow night with a tie for seventh with Chinese swimmer Sun Xiaolei at 24.95.
In preliminaries, Sun Yang (CHN) has qualified first in the 1500m. He will be going for the distance sweep, just like American Katie Ledecky did tonight, with gold medals in the 400m, 800m, 1500m freestyles and the best split in the 4x200m relay last night.
Yang has been in the headlines all year for coaches and personal issues, but he seems to have laid it all to rest with his dominating performances here in Barcelona.
Asia: Women’s 50 Buttefly – Lu Ying (CHN), :25.42
China: Women’s 50 Buttefly – Lu Ying, :25.42
Israel: Women’s 50 Breaststroke – Amit Ivry, :31.67