2021 CHINA NATIONAL GAMES
- Sunday, September 19th – Saturday, September 25th (swimming)
- Xi’an Olympic Sports Center Swimming and Diving Hall, Shaanxi, China
- LCM (50m)
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- Recap #1/Recap #2/Recap #3
China’s butterfly ace Zhang Yufei put on a show once again here at these 2021 National Games, this time tearing down the pool in the 200m distance.
Posting a super quick time of 2:05.84, Zhang beat the field by well over a second en route to capturing another gold. She opened this race in 59.32 and closed in 1:06.52 to seal the deal in a time that would have just missed the podium at this summer’s Olympic Games.
There in Tokyo, Zhang grabbed gold in a new Olympic Record-setting swim of 2:03.86. As fast as that swim was, she’s still a ways away from the elusive World Record, a mark of 2:01.81 Liu Zige put on the books in the supersuit era.
Also in the water tonight was Wu Qingfeng, trying the women’s 100m freestyle semi-final on for size. Touching the wall in a time of 53.99, Wu looks to climb atop the podium in tomorrow night’s final, with today’s performance nearly matching her time of 53.87 prdouced in the heats of this 100m free in Tokyo. After a swim-off with American Erika Brown, Wu missed out on moving on to the semi-final.
The men’s 100m free final was a race to the last fingernail, as the top 3 finishers were all separated by just .08. Taking the top spot was He Junyi in 48.51 followed by Yang Jintang‘s time of 48.55, while Pan Zhanle rounded out the top 3 in 48.59.