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
- Day 2 Finals Recap
- Day 3 Finals Recap
- Day 4 Finals Recap
Two swimmers were able to beat the FINA ‘ A’ cut and secure spots on China’s Olympic Roster on day five of the Chinese Olympic Trials.
After tying her own Chinese National Record in the 100 freestyle prelims heat earlier, Zhang Yufei scratched the 100 freestyle semifinal. This decision may have been to focus on her 200 fly final during the same session where she dominated the race and touched the wall first with a time of 2:05.44. Yufei was about 3 seconds under the FINA ‘A’ cut and 2nd-place-finisher Yu Liyan finished with a time of 2:07.03, also under the ‘A’ cut.
Yufei crushed her semifinals performance from yesterday by .93. Her finals time (splits unavailable at the time of publishing) places her at the top of the fastest women in the event this year:
Zhang broke 2:06.00 in this event for the first time in January, destroying her 2017 personal best of 2:06.17 with a time of 2:05.77 at the Chinese Long Course Invitational. At the same meet, Yufei posted a 2:05.49 which was her current lifetime best time going into this meet.
Yufei made it through semifinals at the 2016 Rio Olympics in this event. She finished in 6th place with a time of 2:07.40, and her progress this year projects she has a serious shot at making the podium in Tokyo. For context, it took a time of 2:05.20 to podium in 2016.
There were four finals races during day five’s finals session at the Chinese Olympic Trials and the only event where swimmers cracked the FINA ‘A’ cut was the women’s 200 butterfly.
There were a few close calls, though. Cheng Long came within .1.12 seconds of the cut in the men’s 800 free final as he touched the wall first at 7:55.43. In the men’s 200 breaststroke final, Yan Zibei got his hand to the wall first (2:10.80) but he was still .45 off the FINA ‘A’ cut.
In the semifinals, 19-year-old Yang Junxuan had a solid 100 freestyle win with a time of 53.56, undercutting the FINA ‘A’ cut by about .80.
As a reminder, this is the first of two Olympic qualifying meets for China, with the second Trials meet scheduled for May 31st – June 1st. The events that no swimmer or only one swimmer has cracked the FINA ‘A’ cut in are just more opportunities for competitors to earn a spot on China’s Olympic roster later this month.
Top 3 Finishers in Each Event:
Men’s 800 Freestyle – Final
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 7:54.31
- Chinese National Record: 7:32.12 –Zhang Lin (2009)
Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Final
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:10.35
- Chinese National Record: 2:07.35 – Qin Haiyang (2017)
Women’s 100 Freestyle – Semifinal
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 54.38
- Chinese National Record: 52.90 – Zhang Yufei (2021)
Men’s 200 Backstroke – Semifinal
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:57.50
- Chinese National Record: 1:53.99 – Xu Jiayu (2018)
Women’s 200 Butterfly – Final
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:08.43
- Chinese National Record: 2:01.81 – Liu Zige (2009)
Men’s 100 Freestyle – Final
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 48.57
- Chinese National Record: 47.65 – Ning Zetao (2014)
Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Semifinal
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:25.52
- Chinese National Record: 2:21.37 – Qi Hui (2009)
Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Semifinal
- Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:59.67
- Chinese National Record: 1:56.16 – Wang Shun (2017)