Liu Xiang Hits New Asian Record As First Chinese Woman Under 24 Sec In 50 Free

2021 CHINA NATIONAL GAMES

Yesterday we saw Liu Xiang produce a top-seeded effort of 24.23 to lead the women’s 50m free semi-finals. But on the last night of competition at these 2021 China National Games, the 25-year-old busted out the swim of her life to clock a new continental record.

Getting to the wall in a mark of 23.97 tonight for the gold, Liu beat out speedster Zhang Yufei who settled for silver in 24.29 and Cheng Yuije who collected bronze in 24.41. In doing go, Liu became the first-ever Chinese woman to get under the 24-second threshold in the event, as well as the first woman ever from the Asian continent to do so.

Entering this meet, Liu held the Chinese national record at the 24.03 she posted at the 2020 FINA Champions Series. With her outing here tonight, she dropped .06 from that mark to make history with a new Asian record.

Liu was 24.61 in the 50m free event at her Chinese Olympic Trials for 3rd place, thus not racing the event individually at the Olympic Games this past summer. Instead, it was Zhang and Wu Qingfeng who tried to make it onto the podium. Zhang and Wu both tied each other with a time of 24.32 out of the semi-finals, but Zhang wound up dropping out of the swim-off.

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Troyy
1 year ago

Liu Xiang always seems to swim fast as some point of the year but never at a big international meet.

Drama King
1 year ago

She had a shot at a medal in Olympics if she had qualified for sure.
Off note , isn’t she 50 backstroke WR holder.

Honest Observer
1 year ago

It seems that every time something like this happens, there are Americans who automatically assume there must be doping afoot, and people from other countries who resent the Americans for casting aspersions on foreigners but never on themselves. There’s justification on both sides.

Given that China had a state-sponsored doping program in both swimming and track in the 1990’s, it’s not unreasonable to be a little suspicious of Chinese athletes. Since that decade, there doesn’t seem to have been any such program; but Sun Yang, both through his success, his visibility, his obstreperousness, and his eventual conviction, has managed to single-handedly cast a slight pall over Chinese swimming.

The counterargument to that is that nobody automatically suspects German… Read more »

HJones
Reply to  Honest Observer
1 year ago

There are other substances that would be extremely beneficial to a swimmer that you could dope with. EPO is an example, and if you are VERY precise in your administration under guise of a doctor and chemist, you can pass all your tests while taking it yet still reap the benefits (which are MASSIVE, and if you don’t believe me, watch admitted juicer Chael Sonnen’s video about it). It is also theoretically possible to use 100% bio-identical hormones and under monitoring keep things like your T/E ratio, LH, IGF, GH levels within the allowed reference range–this would be an extremely expensive process, as such bio-identical substances aren’t commercially produced and would have to be made by whoever you are working… Read more »

Bruh
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Both you guys seem to know your stuff, what do you think about Nicolas santos?

Troyy
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Bioidentical hormones are still detectable via carbon isotope ratio.

HJones
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

I’m taking really, really specific designer-type bio identical hormones that can pass currently employed MW, CIR, spectroscopy tests from WADA, not the stuff TRT clinics try to market as truly “bio identical”. Yes, these have been synthesized in research labs but have and likely will not ever be commercially available, as it is extremely expensive to make and the utility is quite low–most average people looking to get HRT couldn’t care less if their T is being produced from a yam, as they don’t need to pass a USADA test. Furthermore, I don’t think CIR testing is normally employed unless your T/E is outside of the reference range or your are part of their random audits. It is a very… Read more »

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
1 year ago

She would have gotten silver in Tokyo with that time

Bruh
1 year ago

This ties her with Manuel and Libby lenton for 10th fasted performer

Last edited 1 year ago by Bruh
Jess
1 year ago

Significantly faster times than ever before at a off-season Chinese exclusive event???????????? No questions about that here.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

As if Americans like Carson Foster didn’t go faster at speedo sectionals than Olympic trials 🥱

Sir I don’t know what you’re trying to imply

whever

And Claire Curzan swam her fastest time of the year at a local meet.

Tomek
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

Less pressure faster time?

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

Not sure if you read the article properly.

Entering this meet, Liu held the Chinese national record at the 24.03 she posted at the 2020 FINA Champions Series. With her outing here tonight, she dropped .06 from that mark to make history with a new Asian record.

Woe betide anyone dropping a 0.06 second best time!

Dee
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

The National Games are far from off-season, they are absolutely *huge*. Think superbowl in the USA or the FA cup final in England and you begin to get close to its equivalence. It’s the biggest domestic sporting event in the Chinese calendar and matters hugely to the athletes. Those who didn’t qualify for Tokyo will have geared their whole season towards this meet, and even those who did will have planned a double taper.

Last edited 1 year ago by Dee
Entgegen
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

As someone who has competed in this event in 2017, the rewards for winning are substantially greater than some international meets. Compensation for winning at this meet in 2017 was more than 2017 Worlds. I’m not sure about the Olympics, but there is much more incentive to compete well domestically than internationally.

FCoach
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

FAR from ‘off-season”. Try the biggest competition outside the Olympics (for many, bigger than the Olympics as its all about Provincial bragging rights here…

Stewart 100 back gold in Fukuoka
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

Her previous pb was 24.03.
23.97 is not ‘significantly faster’.

Virtus
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

Bring a Chinese athlete must suck

Rain
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

Bro, seems lots of questions for you…

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Jess
1 year ago

HATER!

Shanghai Coach
Reply to  Jess
11 months ago

It’s not off season if you are Chinese!
The biggest event for them in the 4 year cycle.
It was the Olympics that was “off season” if you know the Chinese sports calendar

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