China’s Yu Yiting Overtakes Rikako Ikee’s 200 IM World Junior Record

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.

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 IM

KayleeAUS
McKeown
06/14
2:08.19
2Madisyn
Cox
USA2:08.5105/22
3Yui
Ohashi
JPN2:08.5207/28
4Alex
Walsh
USA2:08.6507/28
5Kate
Douglass
USA2:09.0407/28
6Abbie
Wood
GBR2:09.1507/28
7Sydney
Pickrem
CAN2:09.2406/21
8Miho
Teramura
JPN2:09.5504/06
9Yu
Yiting
CHN2:09.5705/04
10Alicia
Wilson
GBR2:09.6104/17
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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.

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Anonymoose
4 months ago

so she has 3 more years to lower it more and more

CHNswim_fan
Reply to  Anonymoose
4 months ago

Actually ‘only’ one year and a half. She was born in 2005, so is eligible for wjr until the end of 2022.

Last edited 4 months ago by CHNswim_fan
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Anonymoose
4 months ago

So Ye Shiwen’s time at the 2012 Summer Olympics does not count as a world junior record? Come on, the super suit era ended 12/31/2009.

Admin
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
4 months ago

It doesn’t count by FINA’s definition. But, that’s why nobody really cares about FINA’s World Junior Records.

Records arent’ existential. They exist only on the basis of an organization that sets a list of standards and adheres to those standards in such a way that it gives the public some trust/care over the importance of the records. FINA’s World Junior Records exist because FINA is the IOC-appointed world governing body for sport. The more they erode that (via not recognizing some ISL meets, via these honky-tonk World Junior Records), the less import the records have. At some point, there will be room for *someone else* to track and record records that will become more recognized.

That being said, creating and… Read more »

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 months ago

FINA could retroactively go back to January 1, 2010 (associated with the return of the textile era) and rewrite the record books with regard to the world junior records.

How many countries since January 1, 2010 have been accused of manipulating times aside from Uzbekistan?

Admin
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
4 months ago

There were some accusations of manipulating results in India recently as well.

The problem isn’t saying “oh it’s just Uzbekistan,” it’s deciding where to draw the line. The easiest way to draw lines is with rules, rather than just sort of making up as you go “oh we trust this country, we don’t trust that country.” That leaves room for prejudice, lawsuits, protests, and all kind of other battles.

It’s similar to the idea you proposed as the end of the textile suit era. Why proclaim it January 1? Why is January 1, 2010 a better date than January 1, 2000? Those swims in 2008 and 2009 were legal. So you accept them as WRs but not WJRs? Well that… Read more »

Swimfan
4 months ago

How old was Alex walsh when she went 2:09.1 last year?

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
4 months ago

Ye Shiwen 2:07.57 from London 2012 is the unofficial WJR.

Corn Pop

There is only one young im swimmer like her. For that she was demonised.

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