Team China Clocks New Asian Record En Route to 800 Free Relay Bronze


  • Tuesday, December 11th – Sunday, December 16th
  • Hangzhou, China
  • Tennis Centre, Hangzhou Olympic & International Expo Center
  • Live Results (Omega)

While swimming in tonight’s men’s 4x200m freestyle relay final in Hangzhou, China represented one of three nations who dipped under the previous World Record mark of 6:49.04. China scored bronze behind winners and newly-minted WR holders Brazil, who crushed a winning effort of 6:46.81, with Russia settling for silver just .03 behind them in 6:46.84. As consolation along with their bronze, however, Team China notched a new National Record of 6:47.53, as well as a new Asian Continental Record en route to the podium.

Olympic champion Sun Yang, who made a somewhat surprise cameo in the pool after appearing/then not appearing on entries individually, raced the 3rd leg among a squad including lead-off Ji Xinjie, 2nd leg Xu Jiayu and anchor Wang Shun.

Splits for the Chinese team includes 1:42.67 for Ji, 1:41.68 for Xu, 1:41.25 for Sun and 1:41.93 for Wang to collectively earn a time of 6:47.53, well ahead of the previous WR of 6:49.04 Russia set way back in 2010. Sun’s split was among the fastest of non-lead-off legs, with only Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer (1:40.99), Brazil’s Breno Correia (1:40.98) and Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh (1:41.08) registering quicker splits.

This men’s 4×200 freestyle relay represents Chinese men’s only SCM relay Asian Record, as Japan owns all others.

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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