WATCH Wang Lizhuo Break World Junior, Chinese Records in 100 Breast


After CHINADA earlier this month announced just a warning for a Wang Lizhuo positive test for, the 18-year old made his competitive return at the Chinese National Championships with a new Chinese National Record and (unratified) Junior World Record of 59.64.

As reported by Hannah Hecht:

Last week, the China Anti-Doping Agency (CHINADA) announced that six Chinese swimmers had recently tested positive for banned substances. One of those swimmers was Chinese National Record holder and World Junior Record holder Wang Lizhuo, who tested positive for clenbuterol in the fall of 2015. He received only a warning, and his team had to pay a fine. FINA is still considering whether or not to appeal the Chinese agency’s decision.

Amid controversy over CHINADA’s handling of the situation, the Chinese Olympic Swimming Trials rage on. Earlier today Wang, who was born in 1999, broke his own Chinese National Record and World Junior Record in the 100 breaststroke, swimming 59.64 to defend his title from the Chinese Fall National Championships in September. That swim from last season made him both the first Chinese swimmer and the first junior swimmer ever under a minute.

His swim from today also moves him from fifth to fourth in the world rankings, with only Cameron van der Burgh, Adam Peaty, and Felipe Silva sitting ahead of him. Wang is well-within striking distance of Silva’s best time this season, a 59.56. Peaty is second with 59.28 and van der Burgh is the only swimmer under 59 this season with his 58.97 from the FINA World Cup meet in Paris-Chartreus.

See more day 1 race videos below, courtesy Ye Zhu. That includes a 400 IM video where defending Olympic Champion Ye Shiwen placed 7th.

Men’s 400 IM Final

Women’s 100 Fly Semi-Finals

Men’s 400 Free Final

Women’s 400 IM Finals




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Just FYI for anybody watching, Wang Lizhuo is the swimmer with no cap in the middle of the pool.


Also the swimmer that just tested positive for a banned substance!

Victor P

This is what gives a bad name to our sport:

“Wang Lizhuo, who tested positive for clenbuterol in the fall of 2015. He received only a warning,…”

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