Wang Shun Posts 1:56.78 to Win 200 IM Final at Chinese Olympic Trials


Two-time Olympian Wang Shun came within .62 of his own 200 IM Chinese National Record on day five of the Chinese Olympic Trials. He touched the wall first with a time of 1:56.78, more than 2.5 seconds faster than his semifinals time yesterday.

Shun’s season-best time of 1:56.27 from November places him at the top of the world’s rankings in the event this season:

2020-2021 LCM Men 200 IM

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For context, Shun won bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics in this event with a time of 1:57.05.

Both Shun and second place finisher Qin Haiyang beat the FINA ‘A’ cut today. While Shun has already qualified in the 400 IM and 200 free, this is 21-year-old Haiyang’s first event on China’s Olympic roster.

19-year-old Yang Junxuan added the 100 freestyle to her name on China’s Olympic roster today, winning the final with a time of 53.21, about one-third of a second off Zhang Yufei‘s Chinese National Record. Yufei scratched the 100 free semifinal yesterday, potentially to focus on the 200 fly final, after she tied her 100 free National Record during prelims.

Junxuan has been on fire this week as she broke her 200 free Asian Record earlier in the meet to win the final.

Second place finisher Wu Qingfeng had a tight race with Cheng Yujie as both swimmers beat the FINA ‘A’ cut and finished .07 apart with Qifeng touching the wall first at 53.84.

In the women’s 200 breast final, Yu Jingyao took 1st place with a time of 2:25.27, under the FINA ‘A’ cut. Ye Shiwen, a two-time gold medalist at the 2016 Olympics, placed 2nd about 2 seconds off the FINA ‘A’ cut.

Xu Jiayu officially swept the backstroke events, winning the 100 back final today with a time of 1:56.92. He finished with a lead of about 1.5 seconds over the field and he cracked the FINA ‘A’ cut by  .58. Jiayu won silver in this event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Chinese National Record-holder Li Zhuhao was set to be a major contender in the men’s 100 fly, however, he finished in 6th place (53.71) in prelims. He did snag a spot in the finals race today, though, by placing 8th in the semifinals (53.82). Zhuhao claimed 5th place in this event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

As a reminder, this is the first of two Olympic qualifying meets for China, with the second Trials meet scheduled for May 31st – June 1st. While some events have less than two swimmers qualified so far, those unclaimed Olympic roster spots can be earned later this month. You can read our most recent Chinese Olympic roster update here.

Top 3 Finishers in Each Event:

Men’s 100 Butterfly – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 51.96
  • Chinese National Record: 50.96 – Li Zhuhao (2017)
  1. Sun Jiajun – 52.45
  2. Chen Juner – 53.11
  3. Hong Jinquan – 53.35

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:25.52
  • Chinese National Record: 2:21.37 – Qi Hui (2009)
  1. Yu Jingyao – 2:25.27
  2. Ye Shiwen – 2:27.54
  3. He Yun – 2:27.84

Men’s 200 Backstroke – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:57.50
  • Chinese National Record: 1:53.99 – Xu Jiayu (2018)
  1. Xu Jiayu – 1:56.92
  2. Li Guangyuan – 1:58.66
  3. Jin Yan – 2:00.13

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 54.38
  • Chinese National Record: 52.90 – Zhang Yufei (2020)
  1. Yang Junxuan – 53.21
  2. Wu Qingfeng – 53.84
  3. Cheng Yujie – 53.91

Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:59.67
  • Chinese National Record: 1:56.16 – Wang Shun (2017)
  1. Wang Shun – 1:56.78
  2. Qin Haiyang – 1:59.43
  3. Liu Zongyu – 2:02.74

Women’s 200 Backstroke – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:10.39
  • Chinese National Record: 2:06.46 – Zhao Jing (2010)
  1. Peng Xuwei – 2:11.35
  2. Liu Yaxin – 2:11.38
  3. Wang Jiayin – 2:12.61

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1 year ago

Haiyang Qin has been fairly disappointing as well. Glad he made the 200IM but he’s lost the touch in breaststroke.

1 year ago

I won’t lie I do love wang shun

Last edited 1 year ago by Landen
1 year ago

The 53.21 of Yang Junxuan is a great result. At times of Missy Franklin (and many people here are still under impression that it was just yesterday) it would make her the fastest ever American sprinter. But after her 200FR race I expected her to be 52sec sprinter in 100m race. Otherwise what she did in that 200FR a few days ago was ridiculous thing to do that could be done by a very inexperienced young swimmer only. Yes, she is young but it is definitely not her first race at big meets.
Being impressed by her recent progress during last few months (two in a raw Asian records) some people at this board rushed to award her with… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Yozhik
Mr Piano
1 year ago

This dude is super consistent

1 year ago

Great insights old man

1 year ago

Interesting. So Zhang Yufei doesn’t have a shot at the individual 100 free because there are already two A cuts and hers didn’t come in finals. She’s putting all her eggs into the 100/200 fly and the relays then.

Reply to  Aquajosh
1 year ago

She has the 200 fly, so I think she will focus on that.

But she can will probably swim all 4 relays and maybe even the 4×100 free has an outside shot
She has the 200 fly, so I think she will focus on that.

But she will probably swim all 4 relays and maybe even the 4×100 free has an outside shot

Last edited 1 year ago by Rafael
Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

It took a 3:31:7 for Canada to got Bronze

Zhang 52 high, Yang 52 mid, if Qingfeng and Yujie or Menghui split 53 low it would add up to to 3:31 mid.. so they are on par with the Canadians.. They might turn a blind eye

Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

What kind of absurd rule is that to only be able to swim 2 relays? Sports socialism? What if during the next quad they have a 47.5/1:45.0 freestyle emerge who would be a vital contributor to the 400 free, 800 free, and 400 medley relays? Not to mention the mixed relays–which I still think have no place at the Olympics, but that is a rant for another day.

Reply to  Aquajosh
1 year ago

She still got the 50 free. Went 24:41 prelims

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