Sun Yang Reigns Supreme In 200, Zibei Takes Over World’s #1 50 Breast

Lilly King By Jack Spitser

2019 CHINESE NATIONALS

*Note: Results are only available through Chinese app

China’s biggest swimming star that is Sun Yang made his 2nd appearance at these Chinese Nationals, reaping his 2nd gold of the meet. After winning the men’s 400m free on night 1, Sun was back in the 200m free, clocking a winning effort of 1:45.73.

Sun’s personal best in the event rests at the 1:44.39 he produced for gold at the 2017 World Championships, a time that even beat what it took the Chinese swimmer to win gold in Rio. There at the 2016 Olympics, Sun clocked 1:44.65 to top a stacked field, so his mark tonight was just one second away from his range of PB’s.

The Olympic champion won the 2018 Asian Games gold easily in 1:45.43. His mark this evening now ranks the 27-year-old iconic Chinese athlete as #2 in the world this season.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 200 FREE

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1.44.38
2Clyde
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4Sun
YANG
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5Katsuhiro
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Behind Sun was Ji Xinjie who produced a very respectable 1:46.27, a mark that beat what Ji threw down for bronze at the Asian Games last year. In Jakarta, Ji punched a 3rd place result of 1:46.68, so he was able to slice almost half a second off of that time to keep pace with Sun, to a degree, and land on the podium tonight in the 4th fastest mark in world.

Also on the podium was Wang Shun, the IM maestro who logged a bronze medal-worthy effort of 1:47.35 tonight, just .24 off his personal best from way back in 2011. Of note, 16-year-old Hong Jinquan is one to watch, clocking 1:48.30 in the final.

Newly-minted Chinese National and Asian Continental Record holder Wang Jianjiahe cranked out another impressive performance in the women’s 1500m tonight. The teenager clocked a massive 15:49.55 to take the gold easily, winning by over 23 seconds. Runner-up was Zhang Ke in 16:13.39, while Hou Yawen rounded out the top 3 just tenths later in 16:13.60.

For 16-year-old Jianjiahe, she already nailed her new record at the Pro Swim Series in Des Moines, Iowa earlier this month. There, she produced a mind-numbing 15:46.69. The fact she was within 3 seconds of that result less than a month later means she’s most definitely found her rhythm in this event and the record was anything but a fluke.

Of note, domestic rival Li Bingjie withdrew from the 1500m event.

Yu Jingyao took the women’s breaststroke in 1:07.17 to win by almost a second ahead of He Yun‘s mark of 1:08.13. Zhang Xinyu wasn’t too far behind, registering a time of 1:08.64 for bronze.

For Yu, she was 1:07.44 for 4th at last year’s Asian Games, so she managed to muster a fastest performance here to hack .27 off of that result.

Yu’s outing tonight was good enough to insert the Chinese athlete into the top performers in the world this season at #5.

2018-2019 LCM WOMEN 100 BREAST

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1.04.93
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National Record holder Xu Jiayu got it done big-time in the men’s 100m backstroke tonight, registering a killer mark of 52.27. That represented the only sub-53 second time of the field, as well as the world this season, rocketing the 23-year-old World Champion to the #1 spot in the rankings by a large margin.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 100 BACK

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51.97
2Xu
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3Mitchell
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Splitting a masterful race at 25.33/26.94, Xu’s 52.27 ties for the 19th fastest performance in history and even surpasses the 52.34 it took for Xu to beat mainstay Ryosuke Irie of Japan at last year’s Asian Games.

Runner-up this evening was a mile behind, with Li Guangyuan stopping the clock in 53.99, while Wang Guanbin finished in 54.64 for bronze.

Olympian Fu Yuanhui was also on top tonight, winning the women’s edition of the 100m back in a solid 59.84. At the 2018 Asian Games, Fu wasn’t able to dip under the minute threshold, settling for 4th in 1:00.35. So tonight’s performance is a confidence-booster for the 23-year-old Olympic medalist.

Chen Jie was just .10 behind Fu in 59.94, while Peng Xuwei rounded out the top 3 in 1:00.48. Both Fu and Chen sit just outside the top 5 performers in the world so far this season.

To close out the finals, Yan Zibei cranked out a new National Record in the men’s 50m breaststroke in a time of 26.96.

Entering this meet, Yan’s personal best was represented by the 27.25 he notched in prelims at the 2017 World Championships. There in Budapest, the 23-year-old wound up not making the final. He was able to redeem himself with a silver medal performance in Jakarta at last year’s Asian Games, but he took things to a new level tonight with his first sub-27 second result ever.

In doing so, Yan ties America’s Ian Finnerty to become the 17th fastest performer ever in the event, as he also edges out Brazil’s Felipe Lima to sit atop the season’s world rankings throne.

2018-2019 LCM MEN 50 BREAST

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26.06
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Semi-Final Leaders:

  • Sun Yang took the top time of the morning in the men’s 800m free, logging 8:02.35 over Ji Xinjie‘s 8:06.14
  • Qiu Yuhan wowed the crowd with a mighty 1:56.79 in the women’s 200m freestyle. That’s Qiu’s fastest time since 2014 when she took silver at that year’s Youth Olympic Games. Her semi-final time slides her into slot #3 in the world rankings this season. Both Li Bingjie (1:57.58) and Wang Jianjiahe (1:57.99) are lurking in the race, however.
  • Zheng Xiaojing was the fastest 200m flyer in the men’s semi, securing lane 4 in 1:58.36.

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Pablo Malvacio
3 years ago

wich is the name of the app?

Lukes
3 years ago

Tw*t

Bkkang
3 years ago

To be fair Sun Yang was penalized for using TMZ as a heart conditioner/ medication (TUE) due to his unusual heart palpitations of which resulted from rigorous and prolong training after WADA banned It as a stimulant in 2014. Prior to 2014 TMZ was ok but probably due to geopolitics WADA decided to ban IT because numerous endurance athletes from mainly east european( winter sports) found using IT / melo(russian) to regulate heartbeats(palpitations). and protection from heart attack/seizure/collateral heart damage. There is a high probablity of certain top elite swimmers died from overtrained or depleted oxygen and heart seizure like Kenneth To ,recent casualty during his unfortunate short stint in Florida, US.
Steroid / EPO or masking agents and… Read more »

Derpyson
Reply to  Bkkang
3 years ago

Why is chinese state media using google translate to post on an american swimming forum?

SNY
Reply to  Derpyson
3 years ago

What do you mean by ‘Chinese state media’? I don’t think they have interest in posting here. Even if they do, they can definitely find someone who’s more fluent in English. Swimming is one of the most popular sports in China and there are millions of swimming fans in the country. Many of them (including me) read articles on famous swimming websites everyday just like you. I think you are also clear that a large percentage of people who post here are non-Americans. Will you call Bobo Gigi ‘French state media’, Brownish ‘Hungarian state media’ or Nuotofan ‘Italian state media’? (No offend to these three gentlemen or ladies, you just came to my mind first when I think of international… Read more »

Bkkang
Reply to  SNY
3 years ago

U got it right , I’m actually a swimmming fan from Malaysia was in United States during President Carter’ times, the most decent and benevolent president of the once great nation . Geopolitics and unilaterism (MAGA) sometimes stink! Media is a powerful weapon to distort truths ”a thousand repeated lies turned black to white’ anf fake media is abundant.

Brownish
Reply to  SNY
3 years ago

Yes, my most relevant connection to the Hungarian state is to pay tax:)

Yozhik
Reply to  Bkkang
3 years ago

Nobody argues that we have to protect the health of athletes. And if this health requires special medical support by medications (TUE) that may give an athlete an advantage with some other physical activities then separate them in different group where they will be equal in this regard.
The problem with Yang is that he and his coaches perfectly knew that they were breaking doping regulations. And that is what we call a cheating no matter how minor it could be. Is Sun Yang a gifted talented swimmer? Yes, he certainly is. Is he a cheater? Unfortunately I have to admit that he is. How much this preventive medications affected his results in competitive swimming nobody can say with… Read more »

Hmmm.....
3 years ago

I know how to convert LCM times to SCY times. But how do you convert PED times to clean times?

Peyton
3 years ago

12-year-old Ma Yonghui clocked a 2:02.80 in Women’s 200 free, appearing to be the second fastest time ever produced by a girl at the same age.

Yozhik
Reply to  Peyton
3 years ago

What is her date of birth?

Peyton
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

Aug 7 2006

Yozhik
Reply to  Peyton
3 years ago

Tnx

Anonymoose
3 years ago

But the belarus guy went out in 26,92 in his 100 breast

Yozhik
3 years ago

Unless this championships was a special target for Wang Jianjiahe then two in a row under 15:50 means that this swimmer is at least of Lotte Friis level (15:38, 8:15).
800 event is becoming very intriguing competition between Li and Wang. I hope they both swim it at this meet and Wang will challenge another national record of Li that is actually the second best ever in textile suit.

ReneDescartes
3 years ago

World’s #1 bottle smasher.

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