Fu Yuanhui Downs National Record with 58.7 100 Back at Chinese Nationals

2017 CHINESE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Olympic medalists Fu Yuanhui and Xu Jiayu gave China a great showing in the 100 back on day 4 of the 2017 Chinese Nationals. Fu tore through the water en route to a new Chinese National Record, winning the 100 back in 58.72 ahead of Chen Jie (59.43). That cleared her own former record of 58.76 from the 2016 Rio Olympics and makes her the 3rd fastest performer in the world this year behind Canada’s Kylie Masse (58.21) and Australia’s Emily Seebohm (58.62).

Jiayu shredded the field in the men’s race, missing the World Record by the slimmest possible margin. His 51.86 took down the former Asian Record held by Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (52.24), and just missed Ryan Murphy‘s (USA) World Record of 51.85 by a hundredth of a second. This was Jiayu’s first time clearing 52 seconds, as his former Chinese Record stood at a 52.31 from the Rio Olympics. He’s now just the 3rd man to ever break the barrier and the 2nd fastest performer in history, surpassing USA backstroke legend Aaron Peirsol (51.94).

Another Chinese National Record went down in the prelim heats courtesy of Yan Zibei. After winning the 100 breast on day 2, Zibei returned for the 50 breast today. He popped a 27.36 in prelims, slipping under the former National Record of 27.38 done by Gu Biaorong in 2013. Zibei was just off the mark in semifinals, touching in 27.38.

Olympic champion Sun Yang once again established his place at the top of the world rankings, this time in the 200 free. He came within a half second of his own Asian Record, touching in 1:44.91 to dominate the field as he was followed by Wang Shun (1:46.57) and Ji Xinjie (1:47.98). Sun remains #1 in the world, beating his 1:46.11 from yesterday’s semifinals, while Wang moved up to #3 in the world behind Italy’s Gabriele Detti (1:46.38).

DAY 3 MEDALISTS

  • Men 200 Free- Sun Yang 1:44.91, Wang Shun 1:46.57, Ji Xinjie 1:47.98
  • Women 1500 Free- Hou Yawen 16:13.37, Chen Yejie 16:19.80, Xin Xin 16:27.54
  • Women 100 Back- Fu Yuanhui 58.72, Chen Jie 59.43, Wang Xeer 1:00.13
  • Men 100 Back- Xu Jiayu 51.86, Li Guangyuan 53.61, Hu Yixuan 54.51
  • Women 100 Breast- Shi Jinglin 1:06.94, Zhang Xinyu 1:08.05, Liu Xiaoyu 1:08.49

DAY 3 SEMIFINALS TOP 3

  • Men 200 Fly- Li Zhuhao 1:56.37, Yu Yingbiao 1:58.14, Wang Zhou 1:58.37
  • Women 200 Free- Ai Yanhan 1:56.88, Li Bingjie 1:56.93, Liu Zixuan 1:57.30
  • Men 50 Breast- Yan Zibei 27.38, Wang Lizhuo 27.52, Li Xiang 27.55

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IMs for days
5 years ago

Sun seems to be more focused on speed, he was put in 50.9 in the 200, and 53.4 in the 400, with 1:49 at the half way

NOTHTOLOSE
Reply to  IMs for days
5 years ago

Yes, he has to for that he is getting a little old for long distance.
He has always had a fascination with 1500fr that he won’t drop out unless he is out of options.

IMs for days
5 years ago

It seems that Chinese swimming has made some leaps since 2008, the results are starting to show.

MoreDrama
5 years ago

Chinese power in backstroke 😛

Uberfan
5 years ago

These times are dope

Dee
5 years ago

51.86? Christ.

Chinese MDR looks dangerous!

Tony Stark
5 years ago

Early Bold Budapest predictions:
Yang to win 200-400 free
Xu Jiayu to upset Murphy and win 100-200 backstroke, while breaking Murphy’s WR.

Women’s 100 back is awfully similar to men’s 200 breast: anyone in the final can win it.

Sarah won’t win 50 and 100 free if she still swim all relays.
Oleksiak won’t medal in 100 free.

France won’t medal in men’s 4×100 free.

Efimova will win two individual golds.

GBR won’t medal in men’s 4×200 free.

AUS won’t medal in women’s 4×200 free while Hungary will.

Le Clos to win 100-200 fly.

China to win men’s 4×100 Medley for the first time in history, dethroning USA. … Read more »

mannnnnnnnn
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

GBR will medal in men’s 4×200 free. LeClos wins none of those events.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  mannnnnnnnn
5 years ago

Of course GBR will medal in the relay – so obvious . They are one of the 2 clear favorites .

Tony Stark
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

GBR is definitely not a clear favorite in men’s 4×200 free.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

I repeat Buddy – because u didnt read me correctly – take your glasses off at times LOL – ” They are one of the 2 favorites , not the favorites .

Tony Stark
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

We’ll see.

I think it will be USA – Australia – China

Brownish
Reply to  mannnnnnnnn
5 years ago

Of course LeClos won’t win.

100flyer
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

How men’s 200 breast new different champion this year’s wc will continue the trend from 2009? Daniel Gyurta had won 2009,2011,2013 world champs, 2012 olympics and 2010,2012 LC european champs. He was on top of the game for so long. Only in 2014 when he decided to less focus on 200 breast he lost his place on top of the field. I think that if the ncaa doesnt replicate Ryan’s shape he will win both events at wc

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

Wait a minute here Buddy ! The Medley is not going down to the Chinese – Mark my words on this one . They dont have the free leg to beat either Adrian or Held or Dressel . Shields wont let those guys run away on the fly either . Murphy or Grevers wont be letting them going away so easily ……

Tony Stark
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

USA had Phelps to save them last year, even after Murphy broke WR.
Shield won’t qualify for individual event.

Mark my God given words.

This year, after fly, China will be in front, and it depends if Adrian can close the gap
If you noticed, Adrian never had to come from behind in any relays at worlds or Olympics. It will be interesting how he will respond when he has no clear water.

Carlo
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

If ning zetao becomes ning zetao again then it could be over.

If li zhuhao improves then it could certainly mean gold for china in the medley relay. Let,s see what li zhuhao can produce at these trials. A sub 51 100 fly could happen.

Great Britain will medal in the 4×200 free relay. They are the only other nation that are competing with the US in that relay.

China is deep in the 4×200 free but we have not get seen the final. Ai yanhan and li bingjie should be in the 1:55 range but what happened to shen duo?

wusalu32
Reply to  Carlo
5 years ago

Shen is in the final and is still the favorite.

SwimAsia
Reply to  wusalu32
5 years ago

But she looks like she is struggling here a bit, we’ll see tonight!

tea rex
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

If you write “Mark my God given words”, at least put your real name behind it.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

Adrian is was stronger and massive to get after anyone ….and closing the gap – i love your constant denial . Its your obvious God given word . LOL

Tony Stark
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

Do you want to check Adrian’s historical splits when he’s not an anchor, especially when he’s the second or third leg?

Brownish
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

I don’t think that Le Clos will be faster than both Cseh and Kenderesi in 200 fly or Cseh in 100. In Hungary?

Tony Stark
Reply to  Brownish
5 years ago

Why not? Anything is possible.
Brits and Brazilians were mostly terrible in their home Olympics.
Russians were crushed, destroyed, annihilated in Kazan.
Only Americans, Australians and Chinese swimmers performed really great in their home Olympics or World Championships since like 1980.

Tony Stark
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

Japan will have less successful results than Rio.

Ledecky will be a tiny less invincible than in Kazan in Rio, Mckeon will give Ledecky run for her money in 200, even if Ledecky prevail in the end. Pellegrini won’t medal.

Germany will medal. Shock! Horror!

France men and women will win zero medal in Olympics events.

Canada won’t medal in women’s 4×100 free. USA will dethrone Australia.

USA will have to fight tooth and nail to stave off China in winning women’s 4×200, while Hungary will settle for a distant third.

Riez
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

Japan may only win M400IM, yet surely can put together 7 medals with Seto, Hagino, Sakai, Ikee on board, not to mention Watanabe with that brutal new WR.
McKeon will hardly make KL sweat.
Hungary on the W4*200F podium with only one swimmer who can deliver a 1:56?
I don’t think so that Le Clos would double. Imho the real favourites are Schooling and Kenderesi.
Sarah likely changes her focus a bit with a good chance to grab 3 individual golds.
About Australia don’t forget that Seebohm is back to the top, I would love to see her crushing the WR in 100 back.
Generally speaking, I highly doubt that Hosszu, Kapas and Kenderesi… Read more »

Bakstroke
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

Are you on something?

Tony Stark
Reply to  Bakstroke
5 years ago

Do you want some?

MichaelTran
5 years ago

Looking at Women’s 200m free: So deep!!!
The Chinese is very dangerous in 4x200m replay this year

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

So is their Men’s 400MR with top swimmers already in BK, BR and FL. All they need is the defending 100FR champion Ning Zetao to return in top form.

Tony Stark
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
5 years ago

If Ning Zetao is back to his Kazan’s form, they can dethrone USA.

wusalu32
Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

It took sub 1:58 to make final. They are way ahead of Aussie this year.

Tony Stark
Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

The Chinese have almost always been dangerous in women’s 4×200 since 2008. In fact, until they sent home that crazy fast 14 to girl from Rio, their aggregated time leading to Rio was actually faster than USA.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

They were never near Usa in the last 4 by 200 relay that i witnessed . Paper times dont equal stellar performances on the
‘ J ‘ day . Sorry . Usa for the win this year in both relays .

Prickle
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

China is world record holder at w4x200 relay.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  Prickle
5 years ago

thats was many relays ago ………and many years ago as well .

Tony Stark
Reply to  ERVINFORTHEWIN
5 years ago

It’s true paper time don’t equal stellar performance on the day that matter, but it’s a guidance. There’s always exception and winning margins have been increasingly getting smaller. So anything can happen.

E Gamble
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

Ledecky will be anchoring. Game over. Sorry

Tony Stark
Reply to  E Gamble
5 years ago

Ledecky was anchoring in the first day finals in Rio.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  E Gamble
5 years ago

OF course its Game Over well before this discussing took place .

tea rex
Reply to  Tony Stark
5 years ago

Why did they send home that girl?

wusalu32
5 years ago

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