Chinese Women Crack Asian Record Once Again In 4×50 Medley Relay


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • SCM (25m)
  • Prelims: 9:30 am local, 8:30 pm ET / Finals: 7:00 pm* local, 6:00* am ET
  • *The final night of finals will be one hour earlier, starting at 6:00 pm local and 5:00 am ET
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The Chinese women broke the Asian Record in the 4×50 medley relay once again in the final, winning silver behind the United States in a time of 1:44.31.

That time broke their record of 1:45.53 set in the prelims, and they’re now almost two seconds under what the record was coming into the meet. The time had stood at 1:46.15, set by the Chinese team at the 2014 World Championships in Doha.

They swam the same four swimmers as the prelims, with three of them going faster than they did in the morning. Fu Yuanhui was four-tenths faster on back, Suo Ran was was almost seven-tenths better on breast, and Wang Yichun was 0.26 faster on fly. Suo has now been on the last three Asian Games record setting relays. A look at the splits is below:

China, 2018 SC Worlds (Prelims) China, 2018 SC Worlds (Finals)
Fu Yuanhui – 26.66 Fu Yuanhui – 26.20
Suo Ran – 30.31 Suo Ran – 29.63
Wang Yichun – 25.10 Wang Yichun – 24.84
Wu Yue – 23.46 Wu Yue – 23.64
1:45.53 1:44.31

The U.S. ended up breaking the world record with their gold medal victory in a time of 1:42.38.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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