Xu Jiayu Cranks Out 52.37 100 Back For Top Seed At Chinese C’ships


  • September 26th – October 2nd
  • Qingdao, China
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results via Asian Media

The prelims session on day 4 of the 2020 Chinese Swimming Championships was highlighted by a history-making swim by 22-year-old Zhang Yufei.

As we reported, the woman cranked out a huge lifetime best of 55.62 in the 100m fly. En route to grabbing the top seed, Zhang crushed the previous Chinese national record and Asian continental record of 56.07 Liu Zige put on the books way back in 2009. You can read more about Zhang’s impressive outing here.

Another record-breaker here in Qingdao, Yu Hexin, was back in the water to do more damage. The man who crushed a new Chinese standard of 21.79 in prelims of the men’s 50m free earlier in this meet took on the 100m free this morning.

Hitting the wall in 48.44, Yu will have to settle for that as his final time, as he is unable to advance to the finals due to not finishing strongly enough in the pre-competition testing.

As a consolation, his 48.44 does check-in as a new personal best, overwriting his previous career-quickest of 48.47 from the 2016 Chinese Spring Nationals.

World champion and Olympic medalist Xu Jiayu made his presence known in the men’s 100m back, producing a super solid 52.37 to take the top seed by over 2 1/2 seconds. His outing here outperforms the 52.53 it took for the 25-year-old to grab gold in Gwangju last year, as well as checks-in among the top 30 fastest performances of all-time.

Finally, the women’s 200m free heats saw Yang Junxuan come out on top in a time of 1:56.38. She is China’s national record holder with her lifetime best of 1:54.98 from the FINA Champions Series this past January.

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1 year ago

Just for fun.. At these Chinese Champs, Xu Jiayu swam 52.37 in the 100 back, Yan Zibei 58.73 in the 100 breastroke, Zhang Yufei 55.62 in the 100 fly, Yang Yunxuan 53.57 in the 100 free.
If we add up these results, we have a 3.40.29 and considering a 6 tenths advantage by the rolling starts in the breast, fly and free, for a total 1.8 tenths gain, we have a 3.38.49 that would improve the 3.38.56 WR swum by the Usa at Worlds 2017 (while at last Worlds won Australia in 3.39.08 by an incredibly narrow margin: just two hundredths vs Usa).

1 year ago

I’d give it a 50/50 on a world record in the 100 back more likely to break 52 again though. Just my opinion

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