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

2017 CHINESE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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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slothy
4 years ago
leonardmatt
4 years ago

bruhhhhh

50free
4 years ago

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

tea rex
4 years ago

Great swim, but I have become too cynical about the Chinese program to believe he will repeat that performance at an internationally-regulated meet.

Tony Stark
Reply to  tea rex
4 years ago

Seriously?
China won more total combined golds and medals in the past three Olympics bar USA and Australia.

China has been rapidly developing economically, they have massive early swimming talent identification programs, they’ve developed sports centers furiously, they don’t think twice spending millions in hiring world’s best coaches like Denis Cotterell and sending their national team to spend months every year training in other countries like Australia.

Overall, their swimming power will only get stronger in the future. 2018 Asian Games will be a clash between Dragon and Godzilla.

Mark my God given words.

On Asian Games note, it is time Australia leave behind their romantic idea of being a British colony, dominating the Commonwealth Games,… Read more »

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tony Stark
4 years ago

Yes seriously . Those guys come nearly form nowhere …..most of the time .

Tony Stark
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

Most of the time? Care to give us a list of those swimmers?

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tony Stark
4 years ago

my teasing worked perfectly well with you . LOL

not important
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

They are not from nowhere, there’s just too little media cover about them in English. Language does prevent the communication of information.

Kelvin
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
4 years ago

Nowhere? He was the Olympic silver medalist and already 52.8 in the 2014 Asian Games.

Tony Stark
Reply to  Kelvin
4 years ago

Don’t mind the ignorants.

Many people outside USA would also asked questions: Kathleen Baker who? Lilly King?
Everyone outside Canada were like: Oleksiak? How did she come from nowhere and won Olympics gold?

Dee
Reply to  Tony Stark
4 years ago

Australia is not Asian. It’s Oceanic. This Australian idea that you can choose to be part of Asia (by playing in their WC qualifying, calling your Tennis tournament the Asia Grandslam etc) is nonsense.

As for the “more competition” – You lost to England in 2014, how much competition do you want man 😉

All your economic points are valid, but, I have one qualm. Did a booming economy help or hinder the USSR in creating an elaborate state sponsored medal-quest that stopped at nothing? If the Chinese federation is so thorough & transparent, why can’t they keep Ba Zhen away from their athletes, not least an athlete convicted of doping? There is a mountain of examples that suggest… Read more »

Tony Stark
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Oh maaann…. You are speaking to the wrong guy.
I don’t freakin care if Australia wants to be part of Asia, they didn’t want to be part of Asia for hundred years, that is, until Asia is rising again and Australia depend more and more on Asia for their economic well being and political/military strategy.

I’m just agreeing with commonwombat who proposed the other day to stick a fork in Commonwealth games as they fast becoming irrelevant in today’s reality.

Yeah England can bask in glory for beating Australia in their home games, what’s new. Next year it will be totally reversed. But other than England and Australia, no one else really care. Most top athletes (track… Read more »

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Tony Stark
4 years ago

I think GC will be the last CWG . We don’t even need to link it to geopolitics . Its just over

E Gamble
Reply to  Tony Stark
4 years ago

Is this the Chinese government on Swim Swam? China’s men and women swimmers have both made great improvements. Please leave my childhood hero ..Godzilla out of this.

Tony Stark
Reply to  E Gamble
4 years ago

Dragon is China and Godzilla is Japan.

Asian Games is next year and it’s a huge deal for Asian countries, and traditionally used as a platform to show who wields the greatest power in Asia, in a peaceful way.

Asian Games is more like the Olympics for Asian countries. Pan Americans, Commonwealth games pale into comparison with Asian Games.

So Yeah, it will be Dragon vs. Godzilla as Godzilla is charging energy from all those nuclear power station radioactive in preparation to lay waste in 2020 Tokyo. While Dragon is not too keen to slide down from the sky.

tea rex
Reply to  tea rex
4 years ago

I sincerely hope Xu’s times are legitimate, but I see no reason to assume he can go that fast internationally. It is a shame that clean athletes have to live under the Chinese team’s cloud of suspicion.

In the last two years, at least 7 Chinese National Teamers failed drug tests (https://swimswam.com/run-back-recapping-russian-chinese-doping-scandals-efimova/).
The federation never disclosed 3 names (that I can find), 3 received short suspensions (Zhao Ying, Wang Lizhou, An Jiabao), and 1 swimmer (Chen Xinyi) tested positive AT the Olympics. That does not include stars like Sun Yang or Ning Zetao who had prior positive tests, or the “coincidence” of how many swimmers go faster in China than they ever do abroad.… Read more »

Tony Stark
Reply to  tea rex
4 years ago

Did you not watch Rio where Xu won silver in 52.3?

Tony Stark
4 years ago

Just beautiful, breathtaking swim.
As someone mention the earlier thread, he has the technique of Irie with stronger power, and his turn and underwater is just excellent, not on the same class of Murphy but close enough so he won’t be too disadvantaged.

Who’s his coach?

wusalu32
Reply to  Tony Stark
4 years ago

He is in the same program as Fu Yuanhui, Ye Shiwen and Li Zhuhao

xenon
Reply to  wusalu32
4 years ago

Li Zhesi had the same coach too and she failed a test for epo.

Tony Stark
Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

Yuliya Efimova had a very famous US coach.

wusalu32
Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

That is just not true. All athletes in that program are from Zhejiang province. Li Zhesi is from Liaoning province.

not important
Reply to  xenon
4 years ago

Who tells you Li Zhesi had the same coach?

Uberfan
Reply to  wusalu32
4 years ago

One of those doped the other one most likely doped as well

2Fat4Speed
4 years ago

Now let’s see if he can do it outside of China….

Rafael
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 years ago

Like he did to a Silver medal on Rio? Not that I expect that program to be an example of Clean results.. but anyone who saw Rio olympics know him..

Tony Stark
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Factually, Xu Jiayu’s yearly’s best times since 2012 were always swum outside of China.

2Fat4speed, see my comment below

https://swimswam.com/chinas-xu-jiayu-storms-51-86-100-back-new-asian-record/#comment-510538

All the ignorant comments and fake news written with such conviction here are really amusing.

wusalu32
4 years ago

No one wants to post a youtube link here?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg4xrMWcOpI

MichaelTran
4 years ago

Fantastic swim!!
I don’t thinh it is a one-hit-wonder!! He can break the WR at WC. He has techniques, he has powers and he has the front speed, etc,…. The only performer and the performance can stop this are Murphy and his performance at 2016 Summer Olympics games in Rio

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