Sun Yang told reporters yesterday that he wanted to use the Chinese National Championships in Huangshan as a testing ground to see where he was compared to his results at the Asian Games which were held almost a month ago. At the games Sun won gold in both the 1500 freestyle (14:49.75) and the 400 freestyle (4:43.23) as well as taking the silver in the 200 freestyle posting a time of 1:45.28.
Today Sun walked away with the win in the men’s 200 freestyle finishing in a time of 1:45.66 just off the time which he recorded at the Asian Games. He was followed by Qian Zhiyong who finished in a time of 1:48.96 and Xu Qiheng who touched in a time of 1:49.06.
Another Asian Games champion took home gold today in Huangshan as Lu Ying won the women’s 50 butterfly in a time of 26.09. She was followed by Qiu Yuhan who posted a 26.56 and Wu Yue who recorded a 26.70.
Asian Games silver medalist Xu Jiayu took the men’s 200 backstroke with ease winning the event in a time of 1:56.66. Li Guangyuan finished second in a time of 1:59.17 followed by Diao Jigong who touched in a time of 2:00.08.
With Olympic champion Ye Shiwen out of the mix in the women’s 200 IM several swimmers had a chance to claim the national crown. In a tight race Zhang Sishi took gold in a time of 2:14.33 followed by Fang Yi who touched in a time of 2:14.93 and Wang Xinya who finished in a time of 2:15.31.
Zhang Qibin took the men’s 50 butterfly beating Asian Games 50 and 100 freestyle champion Ning Zetao by four one-hundredths of a second. Zang posted a time of 23.61 while Zing recorded a 23.65.
Liu Xiang won the women’s 50 backstroke in a time of 28.09. She was followed by Cheng Haihua who finished in a time of 28.23 and Diao Jigong who hit the wall in a time of 28.50.