2023 CHINESE NATIONALS
- May 1st – May 8th
- LCM (50m)
- World Championships Qualifier
- Results via Asian Media
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap/Day 5 Recap
Two national records bit the dust on day six of the 2023 Chinese Nationals, both on the men’s side of the competition.
First, Sun Jiajun fired off a new national standard in the 50m breast, registering a time of 26.61 as the gold medalist.
Sun beat out on-fire Qin Haiyang, the man who already clocked a blistering 57.93 in the 100m breast and 2:07.55 in the 200m breast at this meet. Qin settled for silver in this sprint in a time of 26.72 while Yan Zibei rounded out the podium in 27.09.
As for Sun’s swim, his effort shaved .02 off of the previous Chinese record of 26.63 Qin put on the books just this past March at the Chinese Spring Nationals.
Sun now checks in as the 9th swiftest swimmer in history and the #2 performer in the world this season.
The second national record that went down was in the men’s 200m fly, courtesy of Chen Juner.
Chen ripped a lifetime best of 1:54.16 for the gold, beating out Niu Guangsheng and Wang Xizhe in the process. Niu snagged silver in 1:55.52 while Wang bagged bronze in 1:57.68.
As for Chen, his performance overtook the longstanding national record of 1:54.35, a time Wu Peng logged well over a decade ago at the 2008 Olympic Games. 35-year-old Wu has been engaged in a comeback this season and was actually racing here, placing 5th in the 50m fly earlier in the meet.
This isn’t the first time Chen has approached Wu’s national record. The 19-year-old already scored a time of 1:54.58 at the Chinese Spring Championships this past March.
Chen’s outing tonight now ranks him #3 in the world on the season, frog-hopping Canada’s Ilya Kharun and his time of 1:54.49 from the Canadian Trials.