Chinese OLY Trials: Bingjie Rattles 400 Free Asian Record, Yuanhui Disqualified

CHINESE OLYMPIC TRIALS #1

  • Friday, April 30th – Saturday, May 8th
  • Qingdao, China
  • Primary Olympic Qualifier
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results via Asian Media
  • Day 1 Finals Recap

After prelims this morning, Li Bingjie and Wang Jianjiahe were set to have a tight battle in the 400 freestyle during the second finals session of the Chinese Olympic Trials on Sunday.

As a reminder, these Trials have their prelims at night with the finals the following morning, following the timing of the actual Olympic Games.

Chinese National Record-holder and Asian Record-holder Binjie went off in the finals heat, dominating the race with a time of 4:02.36, within .61 of her lifetime best. Both Binjie and 2nd place finisher Tang Muhan beat the Fina ‘A’ standard, as did Jianjiahe who finished in 3rd place.

This time ranks Bingjie as the 3rd fastest female 400 freestyler in the world this season. Jianjiahe’s 4:03.02 from December ranks her 4th:

2020-2021 LCM Women 400 Free

AriarneAUS
Titmus
07/26
3:56.69
2Katie
Ledecky
USA3:57.3607/26
3Li
Bingjie
CHN4:01.0807/26
4Erika
Fairweather
NZL4:02.2807/25
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Notably, it appears that Fu Yuanhui, the 2016 Rio bronze medalist in the 100 backstroke, was disqualified during the 100 back semifinal due to a false start. It is not clear from the results yet as to where she finished in the race. Yuanhui still holds the Chinese National Record in the event with her time of 58.72 from the 2017 Chinese Championships in Qindao.

Chinese National Record-holder  Zhang Yufei came within .11 of her lifetime best 100 fly time to beat the Fina ‘A’ cut and win the event during the 2nd finals session of the Chinese Olympic Trials. While Yufei set ambitious goals for herself at this meet, aiming to break Sarah Sjostrom‘s World Record of 55.48 during prelims, her 55.72 finals swim was a strong race for Yufei and the fastest time she posted all weekend.

Since her National Record-setting swim occurred in September 2020, it still counts as part of this season’s results and ranks her 1st in the world this season. Even without that swim, her performance on Sunday was the fastest women’s 100 meter fly in the world this year:

2020-2021 LCM Women 100 Fly

2Zhang
Yufei
CHN55.6209/29
3Torri
Huske
USA55.6606/14
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Yan Zibei won the men’s 100 breaststroke final by undercutting the Fina ‘A’ cut by .68. He finished with a time of 59.25 which was right on the time he swam yesterday during the semifinals. His season-best time of 58.73 from last September ranks him 4th in the world this season:

2020-2021 LCM Men 100 Breast

AdamGBR
Peaty
07/26
57.37
2Arno
Kamminga
NED57.8007/24
3Michael
Andrew
USA58.1406/13
4Nicolo
Martinenghi
ITA58.2807/25
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Top 3 Finishers in Each Event:

Women’s 100 Butterfly – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 57.92
  • Chinese National Record: 55.62 – Zhang Yufei (2020)
  1. Zhang Yufei – 55.73
  2. Yu Yiting – 58.13
  3. Wang Yichun –58.65

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:47.02
  • Chinese National Record: 1:44.39 – Sun Yang (2017)
  1. Zhang Ziyang – 1:47.92
  2. Wang Shun – 1:47.96
  3. Hong Jinquan – 1:48.09

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:07.07
  • Chinese National Record: 1:05.32 – Ji Liping (2009)
  1. Yu Jingyao – 1:06.77
  2. Tang Qianting – 1:07.02
  3. Yang Chang – 1:08.26

Men’s 100 Breaststroke – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 59.93
  • Chinese National Record: 58.63 – Yan Zibei (2019)
  1. Yan Zibei – 59.25
  2. Sun Jiajun – 1:00.24
  3. Yu Zongda – 1:00.71

Women’s 400 Freestyle – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 4:07.90
  • Chinese National Record: 4:01.75 – Li Binjie (2017)
  1. Li Bingjie – 4:02.36
  2. Tang Muhan – 4:05.15
  3. Wang Jianjiahe – 4:05.68

Men’s 100 Backstroke – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 53.85
  • Chinese National Record: 51.86 –Xu Jiayu (2018)
  1. Xu Jiayu – 53.15
  2. Li Guangyuan – 55.05
  3. Hu Yixuan – 55.49

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:00.25
  • Chinese National Record: 58.72 – Fu Yuanhui (2017)
  1. Peng Xuwei – 59.86
  2. Chen Jie – 1:00.51
  3. Wang Xueer – 1:01.28

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Gheko
1 year ago

Titmus went a 4.01 last month

Troyy
1 year ago

This time ranks Bingjie as the 2nd fastest 1500 freestyler in the world this season.

I don’t think so !

Last edited 1 year ago by Troyy
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

For calendar year 2021, the second fastest 1500 meter freestyler is Sarah Kohler at 15:52.20. I could care less what someone swam last September, October, November, December.

Pacific Whirl
1 year ago

How does Li Bingjie’s 400 time “ranks Bingjie as the 2nd fastest 1500 freestyler in the world”? It is supposed to be the 400 time ranks her as the 3rd fastest 400 freestyler worldwide behind Ledecky and Titmus.

Last edited 1 year ago by Pacific Whirl
Corn Pop
1 year ago

Yufei can get that WR .No one else can do 3 55sec fly in 2 days .

Someone else MAY but she can .

Last edited 1 year ago by Corn Pop
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

Maggie MacNeil posted a 55.83 at the age of 19 to win the women’s 100 meter butterfly at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships.

Pvdh
Reply to  Corn Pop
1 year ago

Never underestimate the improvement curve of a 16 year old. Curzan might improve to the point where she’s on a different planet than the rest of these swimmers.

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