Watch 17-Yr-Old Wang Haoyu Crush 47.89 LCM 100 Freestyle

2023 CHINESE SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS

  • Sunday, March 19th – Friday, March 24th
  • Qingdao, China
  • LCM (50m)
  • Day 1 Recap
  • Results via Asian Media

The 2023 Chinese Spring Championships kicked off yesterday and we already saw a big-time swim in the men’s 100m freestyle.

Yesterday 17-year-old Wang Haoyu busted out a monster effort of 47.89 to take the gold, crushing the fastest time of his career in the process.

Wang opened in 23.26 and closed in 24.63 en route to his first-ever sub-48-second outing.

According to the World Aquatics results database, Wang’s career-best entering this meet stood at the 48.94 put up at the 2021 National Games. However, his outing here renders him just the 3rd man out of China to ever get under the 48-second barrier, joining national record holder Pan Zhanle (47.65) and Ning Zetao (47.65). Of note, Pan dropped out of this event reportedly due to a fever.

For perspective, Wang’s 47.89 outing would set a new National Age Group Record in the United States for 17-18-year-old men.

Wang not only now ranks #3 in the world this season but he also qualified for this year’s World Championships in Fukuoka, Japan.

2022-2023 LCM Men 100 Free

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Stephen Strange
1 year ago

The way he swam 100 reminds me of Chalmers

NANAKO
1 year ago

Hwang looks so sick in 100 so we could guess that Pan or Wang who will break 100 AR this year.

Justhereforfun
1 year ago

Wow absolutely zero fatigue in the last 15m when everyone else is slowing down

Joel
1 year ago

He’s huge!

Bud
1 year ago

How surprising, an anonymous Chinese teen drops an elite time at a local unsanctioned unsupervised meet.
Never seen that before.

PNW
Reply to  Bud
1 year ago
carlo
Reply to  Bud
1 year ago

There are new swimming talents popping up all the time. KATIE LEDECKY WAS AT ONE TIME ANONYMOUS.

Also, the Chinese are far away, and there is a language barrier, so you won’t know of their young talents. It,s not rocket science.

Troyy
Reply to  Bud
1 year ago

It’s one of their two trials meets so hardly a “local unsanctioned unsupervised meet”. This kid was listed in the FINA rankings as going 48.9 at 16 back in 2021 but no one was paying attention.

https://www.fina.org/swimming/rankings?gender=M&distance=100&stroke=FREESTYLE&poolConfiguration=LCM&year=2021&startDate=&endDate=&timesMode=BEST_TIMES&regionId=all&countryId=

IM FAN
Reply to  Bud
1 year ago

What are the chances of a 1 in a billion talent emerging from a county of 1.4 billion people?

Virtus
Reply to  Bud
1 year ago

If young talent in the most populated country in the world causes immediate speculation wtf is anyone in China supposed to do. Theoretically they should have like 10 under 18 kids in the 48 range right now with their populations

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  Bud
1 year ago

He’ll prove you wrong at Worlds.

swimming spectator
Reply to  Bud
1 year ago

What a non-sense comment here!! China is one of the countries with most strict doping control. You have never seen how hard the Chinese athletes are training during the closed-door winter training in the past few months. They absolutely deserve the medals and their PB results at this national competition. Look forward to the Asian Game and this summer’s World Championships in Fukuoka.

HJones
1 year ago

Qin Haiyang also fast in the 100 BR, close to the Asian record. It seems like he’s regained his form after a few rougher years–excited to see what he can hit in the 200 BR if he’s swimming it.

Troyy
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

58.66 for anyone wondering. Li Bingjie also went an expected PB in the 200 1:55.87. Was thinking she’d be faster than that but maybe she’ll drop more time later in the year.

Virtus
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

That’s great it seemed like he struggled for a while

chip
Reply to  HJones
1 year ago

Qin Haiyang lost his form due to the PLA (army) team being disbanded. He has since joined the Shanghai team.

Swim Alchemist
1 year ago

Crazy fast.

Also, any idea how Zhang Xinchen is doing? According to a commentator, last year he went 49.76/1:50.77 at age 14 in the 100/200 free LCM.

chip
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
1 year ago

He will be competing in May.

chip
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
1 year ago

The following will also be competing:
Lu Juntao (4:02/8:18 @ 13)
Wu Mingshu (53.14/1:57.31/8:41/16:21 @ 12)

Swim Alchemist
Reply to  chip
1 year ago

Wow. All those times mentioned are faster, significantly, than the U.S.’s best ever at that age.

53.14 at age 12 seems especially mind-boggling.

chip
Reply to  Swim Alchemist
1 year ago

There is a video (not sure if it’s accessible in the states): https://v.qq.com/x/page/t0037q8dqzo.html. It’s lane 6 @ 1:11:31

Pacific Whirl
Reply to  chip
1 year ago

How do you know that they will complete in May? Was the psych sheets leaked?

Canadian Swimmer
Reply to  chip
1 year ago

Sorry this is a boy or a girl?

carlo
Reply to  Canadian Swimmer
1 year ago

boy

1650 Onetrick
1 year ago

The next decade of the 100 free is looking really really fun

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