Tang Qianting Becomes China’s #2 Breaststroker All-Time


  • Friday, April 30th – Saturday, May 8th
  • Qingdao, China
  • Primary Olympic Qualifier
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results via Asian Media

Day 2 prelims of the Chinese Olympic Trials #1 brought the heat, with the likes of Li Bingjie, Xu Jiayu and Ji Xinje among the racers taking to the Qingdao pool. Although roster spots for Tokyo are decided in the finals, these heats serve as important markers for the big guns to claim lane 4 and give themselves the best shot of making it happen when it counts.

As a reminder, these Trials have their prelims at night with the finals the following morning, mimicking the timing of the actual Olympic Games.

Making a big statement in the men’s 100m back was reigning world champion Xu, who posted a time of 52.94 out of the heats. That not only represented the only performance to dip under 54 seconds but it sits just over half a second off of his season-best, a mark of 52.35 from just last month.

Tang Qianting made her mark on the women’s 100m breaststroke, beating the heats field by over 1 1/2 seconds. Stopping the clock in 1:06.04, Tang breaks into the season’s world rankings beating out Russia’s Evgenia Chikunova as the 6th fastest woman in the world with two more rounds of racing to go.

In fact, Tang’s time here renders her as China’s 2nd fastest performer all-time, sitting only behind national record holder Liping Ji.

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Additional Notes:

  • Ji Xingjie topped the men’s 200m free heats in an easy-looking 1:47.24.
  • The women’s 100m back saw Peng Xuwei get the top spot in 1:00.21.
  • A battle will ensue in the women’s 400m free final, with Li Bingjie and Wang Jianjiahe separated by less than half a second. The former clinched lane 4 in 4:08.19 to the latter’s 4:08.42.

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4 months ago

Is there any another Chinese girl who is in competition for the Olimpic spot in 400FR event? Is the star of Li Bingjie still bright enough to win home competition? Her 2017 sudden appearance was spectacular… and nothing followed then next years.
I find the swimswam’s reporting about national pre-olimpic competition of such significant swimming association insufficient.

Last edited 4 months ago by Yozhik
Reply to  Yozhik
4 months ago

Tang Muhan is a potential to challenge who has a PB of 4:05. She made to the final with a 4:10 sitting at 5th place

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  JK2006
4 months ago

Good prediction man.

4 months ago

Qi Hui & Chen Huijia both swam faster than 1:06 in the super suit era, so Tang’s time here sits at 4th at best. Looking forward to seeing her 1:04 in Tokyo 🙂

4 months ago

Where you seeing these results?

4 months ago

Only the winner in this trial with a time faster than A cut guarantees a spot in the Olympics. The second spot will be determined at the second trial held in June, same standard. So if Wangjian wins the second trial she will still be selected

Reply to  JK2006
4 months ago

I reread the selection standard and you are right, thanks for correcting! Although with China’s inconsistent selection history, it won’t surprise me if they will give Wang a chance to swim 400 free.

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