Li Bingjie Hits World-Leading 4:02.52 in 400 Free To Open Chinese Nats

2017 Chinese National Championships

  • Monday, April 10 – Wednesday, April 19, 2017
  • Qingdao, China

Li Bingjie went 4:02.52 in the 400 free to lead the world ranks by a good three and a half seconds, while Sun Yang also hit a world-leading time on day 1 of Chinese Nationals.

Li blew out the field with a massive early-season swim. Her 4:02.52 won by more than three seconds and displaces Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas as the top time in the world for the 2016-2017 season. The latest young Chinese swimmer to blow up in domestic competition, Li could now find herself in the hunt for a World Championships medal if she can stay at this level or improve by August. Li competed at Junior Pan Pacs last summer and won the 400 free there. But her time this week is exactly five seconds faster than her winning time from last August (4:07.52).

2016-2017 LCM WOMEN 400 FREE

KatieUSA
LEDECKY
07/23
3.58.34
2Leah
SMITH
USA4.01.5407/23
3Bingjie
LI
CHN4.02.5204/10
4Sarah
KOHLER
GER4.03.9608/26
5Ariarne
TITMUS
AUS4.04.2607/23
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Sun, meanwhile, also jumped into the world lead in the 400 with his winning time. The 2012 Olympic champ and 2016 Olympic silver medalist in the event went 3:42.16, blowing out the field by six seconds and taking the top world ranks spot from Italy’s Gabriele Detti. Sun’s time is just a half-second off what he went in taking silver last summer in Rio.

2016-2017 LCM MEN 400 Free

SunCHN
YANG
07/23
3.41.38
2Gabriele
DETTI
ITA3.43.3604/04
3Mack
HORTON
AUS3.43.8507/23
4Felix
AUBOCK
AUT3.44.1907/23
5Tae Hwan
PARK
KOR3.44.3805/05
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The other massive swim came in the men’s 100 breast semifinal, where Yan Ziben broke a national record with a 58.92. That displaces the national record of 59.55 set by Li Xiang last summer in Rio. And on a continental scale, the 21-year-old Yan’s time is just .02 off of a pretty hallowed Asian record: 58.90 set by the legendary Kosuke Kitajima of Japan back in 2012. Yan now sits #2 worldwide and only a tenth behind world record-holder Adam Peaty of Great Britain. Yan will have a chance to lower that record in tomorrow’s final, where he’s up against Li (1:00.19 in semis) and former junior world record-holder Wang Lizhuo (1:00.04 in semis).

2016-2017 LCM MEN 100 BREAST

AdamGBR
PEATY
07/24
57.47
2Kevin
CORDES
USA58.6407/23
3Zibei
YAN
CHN58.9204/10
4Nicolo
MARTINENGHI
ITA59.01*WJR08/23
5Kirill
PRIGODA
RUS59.0507/24
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Other notable semifinals:

  • Lu Ying qualified first out of semifinals of the women’s 100 fly at 58.16, but the field is very tight behind her with Zhang Yufei going 58.28 and Zhou Yilin 58.56.
  • Li Zhuhao is the top qualifier out of semis in the men’s 50 fly at 23.53.
  • Wang Xinya leads the women’s 200 IM in 2:13.05, with junior world record-holder Zhou Min second in 2:13.47.

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NEWTOSWIMSWAM

Wow – very fast meet. Is there a link to meet results? By the way, the name of the city is Qingdao or alternatively spelled Tsingtao, best known for its beer brewery with the same name.

wusalu32

Here is the live results link. All in Chinese. If you search by athlete name (Chinese only), you can even get their splits.

http://www.swimat.com/query_match_rank?menuId=query&queryId=rank

Prickle

Sarah Sjostrom has beaten Cate Campbell’s record at 50 free.

vladislav22

Sun yang number 1!

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