Out-Of-Retirement Wu Peng Placed 5th In 50 Fly At Chinese Spring Championships


Earlier this year 35-year-old Chinese swimmer Wu Peng made his return to racing after nearly a decade after his 2013 retirement. The national record holder competed at the Pro Swim Series in Knoxville where he produced a time of 56.40 to place 43rd in the 100m fly.

Flash forward to this week and Wu dove in during the 2023 Chinese Spring Championships.

Wu’s highest finish came in the 50m butterfly where he placed 5th, producing a time of 23.98. The winner of the event was Wang Changhao who clocked a new national record of 23.25 en route to gold.

For Wu, his lifetime best in the 50m fly sits at the 23.43 he logged at the 2013 World Championships. He represents China’s 4th fastest man in history.

These Chinese Spring Championships represent one of two qualifying meets for this summer’s World Championships, with the Chinese Nationals on the books for May representing the other.

China’s sole entrant in the men’s 50m fly at the 2022 World Championships in Budapest was Sun Jiajun, who finished 32nd in 23.83 in his only race of the meet.

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2 months ago

“The world needs an old man butterflier, so I had to volunteer my services.” -Wu after Santos retired

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