Qin Haiyang Lowers His 200 Breast WJR, Chinese NR in Tianjin


Today in Tianjin at the National Games of China, junior wunderkind Qin Haiyang lowered his own world junior record and Chinese national record to win the 200 breast by well over a second. Qin finished the race in 2:07.35.

Qin undercut the previous world junior and Chinese records by a second and a half. His old mark was a 2:08.71 from the 2017 Chinese National Championships.

You can see a split comparison between Qin’s April swim and today’s record below.

2017 Chinese Champs 2017 Ntl. Games of China
1st leg 29.30 29.35
2nd leg 33.42 32.22
3rd leg 32.86 32.76
4th leg 33.13 33.02
Time: 2:08.71 2:07.35

Qin still has the 200 breast to go this week in Tianjin.

Editor’s Note: all records await ratification before they’re official, but especially World Junior Records, which go unrecognized at a notoriously-high rate as compared to other records.



  1. pinodee says:

    Crazy how quickly a 2:07 low/mid went from being super legit and almost unheard of to being somewhat common…

  2. Drama King says:

    Such a dramatic post..
    I couldnt understand anything …

  3. korn says:

    It seems to me that Breastroke has really improved in the last 4-6 years!

  4. jay ryan says:

    Who controls the doping labs and out of competition testing for Chinese Nationals? With a few exceptions, these swimmers seem to do a lot better in the Chinese Nationals than in overseas meets, where they are subjected to more transparent drug testing and thorough airport searches.

    • jay ryan says:

      Hey, why all the down votes? Between 1992 and 1998, At least 28 Chinese swimmers tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. In 1998 Yuan Yuan was busted at the airport on the way to the FINA Worlds in Perth with enough HGH to dope the entire Chinese team. 6 more swimmers failed tests in 2015 and Sun Yang failed in 2014. There are likely many more, including masking violations with Triamterene and Lasix. Whether you like it or not, there is an endemic doping problem with the Chinese, whether state sponsored or individually initiated.

      I watched the DDR systematically dope from 1973 to 1989 and everyone kept quiet in the name of “sportsmanship”. The DDR did so with chilling, Fascist efficiency. See WW Franke and B Berendonk, Clinical Chemistry 43:7. 1262-1279. 1997.


      If you down voters support doping in swimming, so be it. Doping is not good sportsmanship. Downvote me all you want if you disagree.

      • Carlo says:

        The downvotes are because the swimmers swimming well at this meet are also doing well internationally. No new names making huge drops.

        Li bingjie performed well in budapest

        Qin haiyang swam a 1:57 in the 200IM in Budapest. And did a tough double by swimming the 200 breast.

        Xu jiayu is their top backstroker. We know him internationally.

        Wang shun has been competing for years. No positive test.

        Doping in China is individually based and there has been improvement.

        As for sun yang. The drug he took was actually legal when he was taking it. But chinada messed up and didn’t update their data base.

        So you,’ll get downvoted for lumping clean athletes with dirty one,s by suspecting every swim. There are many clean athletes in China.

        Wu peng compared for many years. Never won any gold at the Olympics. But competed internationally for many years and was china,s best butterflyier for years. He broke national records but was never accused of doping because he never beat phelps at the olympics. He beat phelps once actually but that was at a low level meet, not the olympics and he competed internationally a lot and was tested a lot. You,re accisations are a slap to the face for someone like him.

  5. Emanuele says:

    Really controlled swim. 32 low, 32 high and 33 in the last 50.
    Pretty much the same splits that the japanese guy did in budapest.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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