CHINESE OLYMPIC TRIALS #1
- Friday, April 30th – Saturday, May 8th
- Qingdao, China
- Primary Olympic Qualifier
- LCM (50m)
- Results via Asian Media
While competing on day 3 prelims of the 2021 Chinese Olympic Trials meet #1, 15-year-old Yu Yiting reportedly fired off a monster 200m IM time of 2:09.88. That not only claimed the top seed out of the heats, beating the next-closest swimmer Olympian Ye Shiwen by nearly 3 seconds (2:12.69) but it was enough to register a new World Junior Record.
The previous WJR was set by Japan’s Rikako Ikee at 2:09.98 back in 2017, so Yu managed to slice .10 off of that longstanding mark en route to writing her name into the history books.
Yu raced this same 200m IM even at the 2019 FINA World Championships when she was just 13 years of age. There in Gwangju, the youngster made it to the semifinals, ultimately placing 11th.
Flash forward to earlier this season and Yu put up a strong 2:11.64 in October, ranking her 13th in the world entering these Trials.
However, with her 2:09.88 outing here, the teen enters entirely new territory, now rocketing up the world rankings to capture slot #7 with the postponed Olympic Games fewer than 90 days away.
At just 15, Yu’s new World Junior Record renders the rising Chinese star as the 30th fastest performer to date worldwide, and the 9th fastest Asian woman ever.