Chinese Women Win 800 Free Relay Gold In New Asian Record


  • 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
  • Live Results (Omega)

The Chinese women triumphed for gold in the 800 free relay to close out the penultimate finals session from Hangzhou, setting a new Asian Record by close to two seconds in 7:34.08. This was the host nation’s third gold medal of the competition.

Li BingjieYang JunxuanZhang Yuhan and Wang Jianjiahe teamed up to break the old Continental mark of 7:35.94, set by the Chinese team at the 2010 World Championships in Dubai. That team also won gold, and their swim at the time was also a world record. They remain the 3rd fastest country in history behind the Netherlands (7:32.85) and Canada (7:33.89).

Take a look at a split comparison below:

China, 2010 SC Worlds China, 2018 SC Worlds
Chen Qian – 1:54.73 Li Bingjie – 1:54.56
Tang Yi – 1:53.54 Yang Junxuan – 1:53.06
Liu Jing – 1:53.59 Zhang Yuhan – 1:53.94
Zhu Qianwei – 1:54.08 Wang Jianjiahe – 1:52.52
7:35.94 7:34.08

Wang, the 2nd fastest performer in history in both the 400 and 800 free, fended off a push from American Erika Brown on the anchor leg, and ended up with the fastest flying split in the field in 1:52.52. Brown was 3rd fastest in 1:52.86, as the U.S. broke the American Record and won silver in 7:35.30. Federica Pellegrini had the #2 flying split in 1:52.66 for 6th place Italy.

Ariarne Titmus was the fastest swimmer in the field on the lead-off leg in 1:52.22, as both her Australian team (7:36.40) and the Russias (7:36.64) set new National Records as well in 3rd and 4th.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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