Tan Haiyang, of China, took down Michael Andrew’s World Junior Record in the 200 meter individual medley at the 2017 Chinese National Championships. The young swimmer who was born in 1999 skipped the 1:58 mark and finished second in the event at Chinese Nationals, clocking a 1:57.54.
The previous record, set by Michael Andrew in Indianapolis earlier this year was 1:59.12. Andrew took the race out must faster, splitting over .6 faster on the butterfly leg than Haiyang. Haiyang had an incredible back half and out split Andrew’s freestyle split in his record swim by over two seconds. The full splits were:
This is the first junior world record for Tan Haiyang. He joins fellow youth phenom Li Zhuhao, who set a new Chinese record in the 50 butterfly earlier this week. Zhuhao also holds the World Junior Record in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly events and was a finalist in the 100 meter distance in Rio. Although Andrew held the record up until this week, Michael Phelps went a 1:55.94 in 2003. At the time, Phelps would have been eligible, age-wise, to break World Junior Records. His swim would have been a World Junior Record and would still stand today, but FINA did not recognize World Junior Records at the time.