China Reveals 40-Strong Roster For Postponed 2022 Asian Games

2022 (2023) ASIAN GAMES

The Chinese swimming roster for the 2022 (2023) Asian Games has been announced, with a 40-strong lineup set to represent the nation on their home soil this fall.

Originally scheduled to take place in September 2022, the Asian Games were postponed to this year due to COVID-19 concerns within China.

As with the postponed 2020 Olympic Games, the 2022 Asian Games has retained the year 2022 within its official competition title.

The Chinese swimming roster is comprised of 21 females and 19 males set to improve upon its runner-up finish in the overall swimming medal table from the last edition of the quadrennial event in 2018. There in Jakarta, Indonesia, China’s medal haul of 50 fell 2 shy of leaders Japan, who topped the medal table with 52.

Both nations reaped 19 gold medals apiece, while Singapore rounded out the top 3 nations far behind with 6 overall medals including 2 gold.

Olympic multi-medalist Zhang Yufei leads the women’s roster, with Ye Shiwen and Yang Junxuan also in the lineup. Freestyle ace Li Bingjie will also represent the nation, as well as backstroker Wang Xueer.

After the two Asian Games qualifying competitions of the Chinese Spring Nationals in March and the Chinese National Championships in May, the following Chinese women rank within the top 5 in the world in their respective events.

  • Yu Yiting – 4th in the 200m IM (2:08.34)
  • Li Bingjie – 5th in the 400m free (4:01.08); 2nd in the 1500m free (15:51.21)
  • Zhang Yufei – 5th in the 50m fly (25.32); 4th in the 100m fly (56.48)

As for the men’s roster, 18-year-old freestyle phenom Pan Zhanle is among the contenders, building off his world-leading Asian Record of 47.22 100m free put up at the Chinese National Championships.

Rio Olympic medalist in the 100m backstroke, Xu Jiayu, is also ready to continue his career resurgence momentum, having put up some of his fastest times in several years this season.

Qin Haiyang will also look to make his mark in Hangzhou, coming off an impressive 100m breaststroke performance where the 24-year-old became just the 3rd man in history to post a time under the 58-second barrier (57.93).

Below are the Chinese men who rank among the top 5 in their respective events thus far this season:

  • Wang Shun – 1st in the 200m IM (1:55.55)
  • Pan Zhanle – 1st in the 100m free (47.22); 2nd in the 200m free (1:44.65)
  • Chen Juner – 3rd in the 200m fly (1:54.16)
  • Sun Jiajun – 2nd in the 50m breast (26.61)
  • Qin Haiyang – 3rd in the 50m breast (26.63); 1st in the 100m breast (57.93); 4th in the 200m breast (2:07.55)
  • Yan Zibei – 5th in the 100m breast (58.79)
  • Xu Jiayu – 1st in the 100m back (52.26)

Chinese Roster for the 2022 (2023) Asian Games

As a refresher, here is the 41-strong Chinese roster for this year’s World Championships:

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