2016 CHINESE OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- April 3rd-10th, 2016
- Foshan, Guangdong, China
- Foshan Century Lotus Swimming & Diving Hall
- Live video
- Full results
Shi Jinglin rose from the second seed to win the women’s 100 breaststroke at Chinese Olympic Trials, hitting the world’s #4 time in the process.
Shi, a finalist at last summer’s World Championships, went 1:06.29, blowing away her 1:07 semis swim and vaulting to fourth in the world. Shi could turn out to be effectively ranked higher than that, given that world leader Yulia Efimova recently tested positive for a banned substance and could be facing a suspension that would wipe her name off the world leaders list and off the list of Rio medal contenders.
In the men’s 100 back final, Xu Jiayu shaved a hundredth of a second off his season-best to win gold.
Xu was 53.38, bettering the 53.39 he put up at the Aquatic Super Series back in February. Xu didn’t have to do much to win the event in China, topping runner-up Li Guangyuan by almost a full second. Xu still sits at #8 in the world rankings:
With world champs runner-up Sun Yang absent from this meet, the men’s 200 free went to Wang Shun in 1:47.28. That’s Wang’s second win of the meet, after he took the 400 IM on day 1.
The only other final on the night was the women’s 100 back, where a pair of swimmers narrowly cracked a minute. Cher Wang picked up the win in 59.82, with Chen Jie in tow at 59.90. Last year’s world champs 4th-place finisher Fu Yuanhui fell all the way to 8th place in the final, going just 1:02.13. She was 59.02 last summer.
Qui Yuhan led the women’s 200 free semis, going 1:56.69, but she’ll have a tough test from youngster Ai Yanhan, who was 1:56.91.
Junior world record-holders Li Zhuhao and Zhou Min each paced semis of their own races. Li topped the men’s 200 fly in 1:56.61 (about a second off his junior mark, but a full second ahead of the field) and Zhou tied Olympic champ Ye Shiwen as the top qualifier in the women’s 200 IM in 2:13.14. That’s a much better swim for Ye than her 400 IM, where she finished 22 seconds off her world record, but is still about five and a half second off the time she went in winning Olympic gold in the 200 IM in 2012.