Qin Haiyang Splits 57.65 to Lead China to WUGS Championship Record in Men’s 4×100 Medley

2023 WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

MEN’S 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – FINAL

  • World Record: United States – 3:26.78 (2021)
  • Championship Record: Japan – 3:32.80 (2009)

PODIUM:

  • GOLD: China – 3:32.58 (Championship Record)
  • SILVER: Italy – 3:33.14
  • BRONZE: Japan – 3:35.04

China sent the 2023 World University Games in Chengdu out with a bang tonight. Swimming on home soil, Wang Gukailai (54.76), Qin Haiyang (57.65), Chen Juner (51.37), and Lin Tao (48.80) teamed up to win gold in 3:32.58. Not only did the quartet earn another gold medal for China, they cracked the Championship Record as well. The Championship Record was held by Japan at 3:32.80 and had stood for 14 years. That Japanese team also featured backstroke superstar Ryosuke Irie.

Here is a split comparison between China’s Championship Record performance tonight and the previous CR from Japan in 2009:

SPLIT China – 2023 WUGS Japan – 2009 WUGS
Backstroke Wang Gukailai (54.76) Ryosuke Irie (52.75)
Breaststroke Qin Haiyang (57.65) Hiromasa Sakimoto (59.63)
Butterfly Chen Juner (51.37) Shimpei Irie (52.05)
Freestyle Lin Tao (48.80) Rammaru Harada (48.37)
FINAL TIME 3:32.58 3:32.80

As the splits show, the two relays were quite different. Irie was significantly faster than Gukailai on backstroke, swimming 2 seconds faster. The first 200m would end up being a wash, however, as Haiyang’s 57.65 breast split was 2 seconds faster than Hiromasa Sakimoto’s 59.63 for Japan.

With it coming down to the back half of the race, China’s Chen Juner made a critical difference for his team. Juner split 51.37 on fly, well over half a second faster than Shimpei Irie was for Japan back in 2009. Though Tao was slower than Japan’s Rammaru Harada on the anchor, Junder’s fly split more than made up for that difference.

We should also note that Haiyang’s breast split of 57.65 was incredibly fast. The time comes in under his Asian Record mark of 57.69 in the men’s 100 breast, which he swam for gold at the World Championships in Fukuoka about two weeks ago. It was also one of Haiyang’s fastest splits of his career. He split 57.43 on the Chinese 4×100 medley relay at the World Championships a little over a week ago.

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Beginner Swimmer at 25
4 months ago

all of his pics go so hard 🫡🇨🇳🇨🇳🇨🇳

Chlorinetherapy
4 months ago

Wildly off topic but haven’t seen this posted anywhere else yet…..

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David S
4 months ago

Peaty’s records won’t survive this guy

‘Murica
Reply to  David S
4 months ago

Dude is 24, why are you acting like he’s 18?

Carlo
4 months ago

He,s amazingly consistent which is unusual for a Chinese swimmer. Same with zhang yufei.

Khachaturian
4 months ago

Chinese mens medley gonna be dangerous next year to that wr. No way with the billion people they have that not a single person will come out of that country swimming a 50 point fly

chazoozle
Reply to  Khachaturian
4 months ago

you think someone is randomly going to appear in 1 year?

Tencor
Reply to  Khachaturian
4 months ago

By this logic India should be running away with half the medals in relays

Michael
Reply to  Tencor
4 months ago

Not necessarily, whilst I don’t have the exact figures, I would safely assume China invests allot more money into swimming than India does. Therefore when you combine a huge population size with significant investment and promotion in a giving area you will have more chance at finding a 50 point fly than just by having a big population.

Carlo
Reply to  Michael
4 months ago

China invests more money into swimming than india, but not enough that they will be winning 12 gold medals at Olympics swimming tomorrow.

chazoozle
4 months ago

How this dude racing for like 3 straight weeks

IM FAN
Reply to  chazoozle
4 months ago

This split is impressive, but he was way off his recent PBs in the 100 and 200, it is showing a bit

Dante
Reply to  chazoozle
4 months ago

I’m sure WADA will be able to explain how very soon

‘Murica
Reply to  chazoozle
4 months ago

How do you think?

Sun Yangs Hammer
4 months ago

Cate Campbell could never

Justhereforfun
Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
4 months ago

MA could never too

Scotty P
Reply to  Justhereforfun
4 months ago

Both of the above are pretty fair.