Wang Jianjiahe Smashes 400 Free SCM World Record In Budapest


After narrowly missing the mark at the last World Cup stop in Eindhoven, China’s Wang Jianjiahe got the job done in Budapest as she smashed the women’s SCM 400 free world record in a time of 3:53.97. That swim knocks off Mireia Belmonte‘s mark of 3:54.52, set back in 2013 at a World Cup stop in Berlin. In Eindhoven, Wang fell just 0.11 off the record in 3:54.63, which was a new junior world record until her swim today.

Wang commanded the lead from the get-go, opening up a 1.5 second advantage on the field after just 100 metres, and then only increased her lead on every 50 as she held all her splits sub-30.

As evidenced by her splits, the difference between this and her previous swim really came on the back-half, as she closed things off on the final 200 in 1:58.39 compared to her 1:59.18 from Eindhoven. It was really the 5th, 6th and 7th 50s where the difference was made, as her final lengths were near identical at 28.8. Check out the splits of both of her races below:

Wang, Eindhoven Wang, Budapest
27.00 26.97
29.03 (56.03) 29.34 (56.31)
29.67 (1:25.70) 29.59 (1:25.90)
29.75 (1:55.45) 29.68 (1:55.58)
30.05 (2:25.50) 29.76 (2:25.34)
30.21 (2:55.71) 29.83 (2:55.17)
30.10 (3:25.81) 29.91 (3:25.08)
28.82 (3:54.63) 28.89 (3:53.97)

Leah Smith of the U.S. repeated as the runner-up in the event, though she made a significant improvement on her swim from last week with a time of 3:58.94 after going 4:01.31 in Eindhoven. Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands had an impressive swim herself to take 3rd in 4:00.03, while the previous world record holder Belmonte was back in 6th in 4:07.43.

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2 years ago

The fact this is a SCM 400 should probably be somewhere in the title, got me spooked there for a second

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2 years ago

lol – dont worry , Katie’s 400 free LC is safe for a while

Becky D
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2 years ago

Was the title of the story changed after the original posting? It says “SCM” now.

2 years ago

Have to admit I gasped for a second when reading that title

He said What?
2 years ago

Same here with having a heart attack for a second. Please make it clear that it is a 400sc and not 400lc in the title. For the sake of the readers, make it clearer in the title. Thank you.

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2 years ago

well , its true what u are saying but most know that those World cup stops are LC & SC now .

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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