China Announces Rio Olympic Roster: Ye in 400 IM, Wang and Qiu Out

China has announced its Olympic roster for the 2016 Rio Olympics, with two notable absences: junior world record-holding breaststroker Wang Lizhuo and top-10 world ranked 200 freestyler Qiu Yuhan.

The roster includes most of the other really notable Chinese swimmers. Sun Yang will swim the 200, 400 and 1500 frees. Ning Zetao is entered in the 50 and 100 frees. And in what is only somewhat a surprise, 2012 Olympic champ and world record-holder Ye Shiwen will contest both the 200 IM and 400 IM – she appeared to be on the outs in the 400 after a rough swim at Chinese Nationals, owing to what was rumored to be a stomach illness.

The most glaring absences are Wang and Qiu, both 18-and-unders:

Wang’s absence is a bit more explainable. The 17-year-old set the junior world record in the boys 100 breaststroke earlier this year, but also tested positive for clenbuterol, a banned substance. Originally, it appeared Wang would only face a monetary fine as punishment, but there was always a chance he would be left off of China’s Olympic roster as well.

He ranked 9th in the world with a 59.60 in the 100 breast this year, and had an outside chance to medal. He’s also considerably faster than the next-best candidate for the breaststroke leg on China’s medley relay.

Qiu is more of a mystery. The youngest swimmer on the Chinese Olympic roster in 2012, a 14-year-old Qiu swam on the women’s 4×100 free relay that took 4th. Last summer, she led off the Chinese 4×200 free relay in 1:56.88 – the second-best split on the relay and the 15th-fastest swim in the world for the season.

She had been even better this year, going 1:55.84 at Chinese Nationals in April and holding the 8th-best time in the world.

Qiu’s absence is a considerable blow to the Chinese 4×200 free relay, which will now need some huge swims to challenge the American relay for gold, and may have to scrape just to get back onto the medal podium.

Here’s the full roster:

Men

50/100 free: Ning Zetao, Yu Hexin
200 free: Sun Yang, Shang Keyuan
400/1500 free: Sun Yang, Qiu Ziao
100/200 back: Xu Jiayu, Li Guangyuan
100 breast: Li Xiang, Yan Zibei
200 breast: Li Xiang, Mao Feilian
100 fly: Li Zhuhao, Zhang Qibin
200 fly: Li Zhuhao, Wu Yuhang
200 IM: Wang Shun, Hu Yixuan
400 IM: Wang Shun
4×100 free: Li Yongqin/He Jianbin/Liu ZhaoChen/Ning Zetao/Yu Hexin
4×100 Med: Xu Jiayu/Li Xiang/Li Zhuhao/Ning Zetao

Women

50 free: Liu Xiang, Chen Xinyi
100 free: Shen Duo, Zhu Menghui
200 free: Shen Duo, Ai Yanhan
400 free: Zhang Yuhan, Cao yew
800 free: Zhang Yuhan, Hou Yawen
100 back: Fu Yuanhui, Wang Xueer
200 back: Chen Jie, Liu Yaxin
100 breast: Shi Jinglin, Yu Jingyao
200 breast: Shi Jinglin, Zhang Xinyu
100 fly: Lu Ying, Chen Xinyi
200 fly: Zhang Yufei, Zhou Yilin
200/400 IM: Ye Shiwen, Zhou Min
4×100 free: Tang Yi/Sun Meichen/Tang Yuting/Shen Duo/Zhu Menghui
4×200 free: Shen Duo/Ai Yanhan/Wang Shijia/Dong Jie
4×100 Med: Fu Yuanhui/Shi Jinglin/Chen Xinyi/Shen Duo

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Rafael
5 years ago

With Wang out now the medley relay shape is much different..

China was pretty ahead of the rest of contenders for Third Place.. now that difference has dropped a lot.. if not nulified..

He Gets It Done Again
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Not really, Wang’s best time was a 59.60, but they have Yan Zibei who went 59.91 earlier this year. And they might even put in Li Xiang for prelims; he’s been 1:00.13.

Hswimmer
5 years ago

Ye will somehow get into the final like always.. She could challenge for a medal again if she’s “back to normal.”

Hswimmer
5 years ago

Shen and fu should be switched for the Medley relay.

Swimmer1
5 years ago

Any idea when FINA will announce the entire list of participants?

Chinafan
5 years ago

Just a hunch: Ai Yanhan will be the dark horse of women’s 200 free.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Chinafan
5 years ago

She swam 1.57.21 and 4.07.77 at 13 last year!
1.56.46 at 14 last April.
It’s common to see young Chinese girls swim crazy fast times very young and not improve then so I keep quiet about her future. But it’s clear she’s promising.

Hswimmer
Reply to  bobo gigi
5 years ago

She could be the youngest to final! Wouldn’t that be the youngest ever to final in that event?

Clutch
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Franziska van Almsick was 14 when she won Silver in the 200 free at Olympics 1992.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Whats her DOB? Kesely is also 14 and could final in womens 400 free.
In 1972 Ender won 3 silver medals (200 IM, medley relay and 400 free relay) at the age of 13.

Chinafan
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

According to Chinese media, Ai Yanhan’s DOB is February 7th, 2002.

Coach Huggies
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 years ago

Krisztina Egerszegi and Kyoko Iwasaki both won golds at 14.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Coach Huggies
5 years ago

200 free.

Dan
Reply to  Chinafan
5 years ago

How much of the Chinese selection process is political and coaches (recognition) driven?

Zhen
Reply to  Dan
5 years ago

Seems a lot. Rumors say Qiu is likely a sacrifice. But we are still waiting for some more news.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Zhen
5 years ago

A sacrifice for what? please tell us more..

thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

Not surprised at all to see Shiwen in womens 400 IM and Yang in mens 1500 free, although many people didnt want to believe it. The question is: Do they swim those events, because they really think that they can win them or did the chinese officials pressure them to swim those events?
Huge blow for the chinese mens medley relay and the chinese womens 800 free relay. I think their womens relay will still take the silver medal ahead of Australia, but the fight for the bronze in mens medley relay might now be open, USA and Australia should win gold and silver.
I think the bronze in mens medley relay will be between Russia, Japan and maybe GB.

Rafael
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

Thomas.. fastest add up times coming to Rio (Except US)
AUS: 3:30:7
China: 3:32:2
Russia: 3:32:3
Brazil: 3:35:5
GBR: 3:32:9
JPN 3:33:3

I would put JPN out and Brazil in.. But China is still in as their 2nd breaststroker is 59,9

Rafael
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Also Italy add up time is 3:33:3 too now!

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Brazil wont win anything with 3:35.5 …
I think Germany is at 3:33.51 (Glania 53.61, Vom Lehn 59.87, Deibler 51.49, Wierling 48.54). Glania and Wierling should drop time by Rio, but Vom Lehn and Deibler might be slower in Rio. I think if everything works perfectly for us in the next couple of weeks, then we could be at 3:32.6 – 3:32.8 by Rio and i dont think that GB, Brazil, Japan or Italy will be much faster, but Russia should be out of reach and they clearly have a more “balanced” relay than Italy, GB or Brazil. I think bronze will be between China and Russia.

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Rafael
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

My error Brazil add up is 3:32:5 53,1 back 59 breast 52,1 fly and 48,2 free

Rafael
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

For Italy I used toniato time

Track
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

For reference USA is 3:29.78
Plummer 52.12
Cordes 58.94
Phelps 51.00
Adrian 47.72

USA could set a WR this year
Murphy/Plummer 52.01
Cordes 58.33
Phelps 50.02
Adrian 46.62
Pretty realistic splits with a 3:26.98

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

Losing Qiu Yuhan is a bigger blow for China than losing Wang.
With Yuhan, they may challenge USA in 4×200, but now they will have to worry about securing silver.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Their mens medley relay might end up without a medal now, especially Wang very well couldve dropped time until Rio considering his age. Their womens 800 free relay is still safe to win a medal and they never had a chance to challenge the US (at least in my opinion).

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  thomaslurzfan
5 years ago

What is a bigger “downgrade”, bronze -> no medal (mens medley relay) or silver -> bronze (womens 800 free relay)? Of course their mens medley relay could still win bronze and their womens 800 free relay could still win silver, but in my opinion their womens 800 free relay has a bigger advantage over the australian relay than their medley relay over the russian medley relay.

commonwombat
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

Who do they have to worry about, they’re still a very secure bet for silver. Every other team outside USA & CHN fall away to 1.57high/1.58 for their 3rd/4th legs. They may as well send out a search party to find a bronze medallist !!

Peter
Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

Australia, Hungary, GB, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy in the mixq

Patrick S
Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

They actually have a lot to worry about. With Qui Yuhan on the team they were 1.5s ahead of Australia on season bests. Without her they are behind Australia. If Louise Hansson can get down to the times she did last year then China wouldn´t be far ahead of Sweden either (that is a big if, considering how Louise´s swimming have looked this season, but there´s been some promising signs lately so it´s certainly not impossible).

Attila the Hunt
5 years ago

FINA has not made their decision regarding Wang and his two comrades who were only given warning by the Chinese Federation. In April FINA said that it was “reviewing the cases”.
Now that mcLaren report is out, FINA will definitely try to look tough against doping and may impose tougher punishment by taking the case to CAS.
So I think Wang Lizhuo is left out because China doesn’t want to risk losing Wang at the last minute.

tea rex
5 years ago

To the best of my knowledge, China never released the names of 3 out of the 6 swimmers who failed drug tests (after being exposed by the New York Times).

Call me cynical, but I believe the ultimate team selection had a lot to do with who could credibly pass a drug screen by August.

InsideInfo
Reply to  tea rex
5 years ago

The identities of those three athletes are widely known in the Chinese swimming community. They were banned from the spring selection meet and they are not on the current team although at least two of them have A qualifying time.

NotSoFastSwimmer
Reply to  InsideInfo
5 years ago

If only the chinese administration were more transparent, then may be the world can trust them more, but alas…

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