China’s Xu Jiayu Storms to 51.86 100 Back for New Asian Record


On day 3 of the 2017 Chinese Nationals, backstroker Xu Jiayu put on a historic show in the 100 back final. Jiayu threw down a 51.86, clearing the former Asian Record of 52.24 done by Japan’s Ryosuke Irie in 2009.

He’s now the 2nd fastest performer in history, missing Ryan Murphy‘s World Record of 51.85 by just a hundredth of a second. The shortlist of people who have broken 52 seconds in the event now includes 3 men: Murphy, Jiayu, and Aaron Peirsol.

Splits Comparison: Xu Jiayu vs. Ryan Murphy vs. Aaron Peirsol

Swimmer 1st 50 Split 2nd 50 Split Final Time
Ryan Murphy (USA) 2016 25.13 26.72 51.85
Xu Jiayu (CHN) 2017 24.99 26.87 51.86
Aaron Peirsol (USA) 2009 25.35 26.59 51.94

Jiayu was already the fastest man in the world this year with a 53.04 from the Arena Pro Swim at Indianapolis. He’s now the only man in the world this year to have broken 53 seconds, taking it up a notch to skip the 52-second range entirely. In today’s final, he was almost 2 seconds faster than anyone else, as Li Guangyuan finished in 2nd place with a 53.61.

You can check out the video of Jiayu’s race below. Shoutout to commenter wusalu32 for the link:

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I’ve never seen someone go out under 25 in a 100 back. I imagine he’ll have a really good 50 too.

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