Qin Haiyang Breaks Andrew’s Junior World Record At Chinese Nationals

by Luke Ryan 35

April 14th, 2017 Asia, International, News, Video

Qin Haiyang, of China, took down Michael Andrew’s World Junior Record in the 200 meter individual medley at the 2017 Chinese National Championships. The young swimmer who was born in 1999 skipped the 1:58 mark and finished second in the event at Chinese Nationals, clocking a 1:57.54.

The previous record, set by Michael Andrew in Indianapolis earlier this year was 1:59.12. Andrew took the race out must faster, splitting over .6 faster on the butterfly leg than Haiyang. Haiyang had an incredible back half and out split Andrew’s freestyle split in his record swim by over two seconds. The full splits were:

Stroke Haiyang Andrew
Fly 25.44 24.83
Back 30.69 30.1
Breast 33.58 34.23
Free 27.83 29.96
Final 1.57.54  1.59.12

This is the first junior world record for Qin Haiyang. He joins fellow youth phenom Li Zhuhao, who set a new Chinese record in the 50 butterfly earlier this week. Zhuhao also holds the World Junior Record in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly events and was a finalist in the 100 meter distance in Rio. Although Andrew held the record up until this week, Michael Phelps went a 1:55.94 in 2003. At the time, Phelps would have been eligible, age-wise, to break World Junior Records. His swim would have been a World Junior Record and would still stand today, but FINA did not recognize World Junior Records at the time.

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Something in that Chinese water this week…

Better distribution than Andrew.
Andrew force too much the first two leg and he couldn’t perform well in his best style (breast) and basically died in free.

or maybe lack of PED’s….

Some evidence or you’re just wasting your life in envy?


he is wasting time …..


not PED’s…just not trying to race 200s with USRPT

China will have no positives this year .They are eeded for the Korean Peninsular ‘situation’.


I’m chalking this up to the fact that we hear very little about Chinese swimming outside of their trials and world competition. We see and hear about all of the young up-and-comers in the West, so we follow their progression and know when they reach milestones, but for other nations particularly in the east, it seems to us that they come out of nowhere, when in all likelihood they have the same progression as us. Yes they are swimming fast and yes we have our skepticism, but we should wait for any official news before making accusations, however grounded they may be.