2018 CHINESE CHAMPIONSHIPS & ASIAN GAMES SELECTION
- Friday, April 13 – Wednesday, April 18, 2018
- Shanxi Sports Center Swimming Pool, Shanxi, China
- Full results
Sun Yang came up short of a 4th victory in his 4th individual swim on Wednesday at the 2018 Chinese Championships in Shanxi. While he’s all-but-given-up on the 1500 free internationally to focus on the 200 and 400 (where he won double gold at Worlds last year).
While the focus has been on shorter races, that didn’t necessarily show up on Wednesday in the shortest event on his schedule, the 100 free, where he tied for 3rd in 49.48 – about a tenth back of the winner Hou Yujie (49.37). Sun didn’t swim this relay at Worlds last year, and without him they finished just 13th and out of the final. Expect him to be pulled into duty on this and the 800 free relay (which also missed the final) at the Asian Games this year, where China has a better chance at gold.
Sun is scripted to swim the 1500 on Thursday, the last day of this meet – while he doesn’t seem to have the endurance any more to compete for gold internationally, he’s still probably the favorite in Asia and might swim it for all of the generous rewards that come to Chinese swimmers for Asian Games titles.
In other swims, Li Zhuhao finished off his butterfly triple by winning the 50 in 23.55. He previously won the 200 fly (1:55.66) and 100 fly (51.77).
Top 3 Finishers, Per Event
Men’s 50m butterfly:
- Li Zhuhao, Zhejiang, 23.55
- Zhao Xianjian, Guangxi, 23.93
- Wang Peng, Chinese Navy, 23.94
Women’s 50m breaststroke:
- (TIE) Suo Ran, Chinese Navy/Feng Junyang, Guangxi, 31.50
- Yu Jingyao, Beijing, 31.54
Men’s 100m freestyle:
- Hou Yujie, Henan, 49.37
- Yu Hexin, Guangdong, 49.39
- (TIE) Yang Jintong, Tianjin/Sun Yang, Zhejiang, 49.48
Women’s 800m freestyle:
- Wang Jianjiahe, Liaoning, 8:22.65
- Li Bingjie, Hebei, 8:28.72
- Hou Yawen, Liaoning, 8:33.95
Men’s 200m backstroke:
- 1. Xu Jiayu, Zhejiang, 1:55.43
- 2. Li Guangyuan, Zhejiang, 1:56.48
- 3. Wang Yutian, Hubei, 1:59.12
Women’s 4X100m medley relay:
- Henan, 4:04.42
- Beijing, 4:04.96
- Chinese Navy, 4:06.74