Wang Shun Scorches 1:55.00 200 IM For Olympic Gold, #3 Performer All-Time

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Wang Shun swam a new Asian record of 1:55.00 in the men’s 200 IM en route to Olympic gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games. Shun of China improved upon Japanese swimmer Kosuke Hagino‘s former Asian record of 1:55.07 which he swam at the 2016 Japanese Swimming Championships.

Split Comparison

Shun – Tokyo 2020 Hagino – Japanese Champs 2016
50 24.78 24.43
100 53.78 (29.00) 52.86 (28.43)
150 1:27.63 (33.85) 1:16.94 (34.08)
200 1:55.00 (27.37) 1:55.07 (28.13)

Shun was out slightly slower than Hagino was on the front half of the race, splitting a 53.78 across the butterfly and backstroke, compared to Hagino’s near-second faster split of 52.86. Shun brought it home on the back half though and produced quicker breaststroke and freestyle laps than Hagino did to undercut the former record by 0.07 seconds.

The swim by Shun is also an improvement upon his own Chinese record in the event which stood at a 1:56.16 from the 2017 Chinese Championships. Shun neared that mark during the semi-finals at the Tokyo Games with a 1:56.22 but had been a little further off during the heats with his 1:57.42.

This swim for Shun makes him the 3rd fastest man in the history of the event behind Ryan Lochte‘s 1:54.00 world record from 2011 and Michael Phelps‘ 1:54.16 from that same year. Lochte and Phelps together hold a total of 14 swims under Shun’s 1:55.00 which means he now holds the 15th fastest performance in history.

All-Time Performers In The Men’s 200 IM

  1. Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00 (2011)
  2. Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.16 (2011)
  3. Wang Shun (CHN) – 1:55.00 (2021)
  4. Kosuke Hagino (JPN) – 1:55.07 (2016)
  5. Laszlo Cseh (HUN) – 1:55.18 (2009)
  6. Michael Andrew (USA) – 1:55.26 (2021)
  7. Duncan Scott (GBR) – 1:55.28 (2021)
  8. Eric Shanteau (USA) – 1:55.36 (2009)

Shun was followed on the podium by Great Britain’s Duncan Scott who threw down a 1:55.28 national record for the silver medal and Swiss swimmer Jeremy Desplanches who swam a 1:56.17 for bronze, also marking a new national record.

This gold medal performance for Wang Shun is his second-straight podium finish in the event, having won a bronze medal back in 2016 with a 1:57.05. That’s a 2.05-second improvement for Wang as he moves up 2 spots on the podium to take gold at Tokyo 2020. Shun won bronze in 2016 to Michael Phelps who claimed gold in a 1:54.66 and Kosuke Hagino who was a 1:56.61 for silver, trailing his own 1:55.07 Asian record from earlier that year.

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Joe
1 month ago

Michael Andrew didn’t win?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Nowhere near his times at trials and died mightily on the last 50 in each race, even by his standards.

Say what you want about USRPT, but regardless Andrew needs to figure out how to swim a 200.

jonathankkh
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

I think he was just being sarcastic. Liked how seriously you answered though.

Last edited 1 month ago by jonathankkh
Blobby
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

Yeah, really… NBCOlympics had all bets on him 😐

Samesame
1 month ago

Just read that Murphy said he was racing people who weren’t clean. Thoughts?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

Not sure I believe it but will look for it. How would he know?

Elizabeth
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

American is a big and powerful nation, American believe in fair competition, however someone’s heart is as small as a needle hole…

Facts
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

Def was referring to the ROC athletes. Found it a bit surprising since he seems like a friendly guy to his competitors and never really had any issues or beef with them

Virtus
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

Source???

Facts
Reply to  Virtus
1 month ago

It’s on Washington Post

Last edited 1 month ago by Facts
HJones
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

Here are the comments and the context around it:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/2021/07/29/ryan-murphy-swimmer-doping-russia-tokyo-olympics/

I don’t know how I feel about statements like this. These vague suggestions of doping don’t tell us anything we don’t know. If knows something about someone in particular, why not have the guts to say it, as that would actually be taking a step for clean sport? Especially if you bring up the topic unprompted, you should have something useful to add about this.

Murphy has always seemed like a standup guy and a great competitor that leads by example. But this reads like he isn’t being gracious in defeat, dare I say even a sore loser. We can all read… Read more »

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

Sorta valid when you only got beat by swimmers from a country that isn’t allowed to use their anthem because of systemic doping.

LBSWIM
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

Can you share the article ? Would like to read please

Elizabeth
1 month ago

Great race, congratulations!

Sun Yangs Mom
1 month ago

#MichaelAndrewKissesHisDadontheLips

Svird
1 month ago

Why do I see 100x more discussion about Duncan Scott “deserving” the win as opposed to congratulations to the actual Olympic champion? The anglos are up to it again.

CY~
Reply to  Svird
1 month ago

who said Scott deserves the win? we just said we are gutted for his silvers

Yoo
Reply to  Svird
1 month ago

Because Duncan was within 3 tenths of getting 2 individual Gold medals and you could see he was so disappointed not to get the Gold in the 200 Free.

Dee
Reply to  Svird
1 month ago

I’ve just read the comment section on the live finals reaction, and while there is a lot of disappoint for him, I didn’t see anybody saying anything in the context you suggest, not anybody saying anything remotely disparaging of Wang. Scott is a favourite on this forum, so no surprise people are expressing disappointment for him. No need for that last politically charged quip either, the British fans on this forum, like myself, are among the most enthusiastic and supportive of other nations athletes in my experience.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dee
Wing
1 month ago

This win is Wang’s first and could be his last major win of his long swimming career after being overshadowed by great Sun Yang and 2-time world champion, Xu Jiayu in China and Japanese IM aces, Seto and Hagino in Asia for a decade. Not everyone has a day like this.

Hank
1 month ago

“Everybody have fun tonight… Everybody Wang Shun tonight!”
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXu6QmxpJE&pp=sAQA

Luigi
1 month ago

You just can’t win the 200 im without a decent last leg. “Fly and die” does not apply here.
On a side note, MA’s technique in freestyle is really poor when compared to his technique in the other strokes.

anonymous
Reply to  Luigi
1 month ago

He literally would have won the bronze atleast if he was anywhere near his best

Luigi
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

Agreed, but I said “winning”

Let’s go
Reply to  anonymous
1 month ago

TIL a bronze medal is considered winning. Pack it up MA Stan, he’s had a shit meet