2023 CHINESE NATIONALS
- May 1st – May 8th
- LCM (50m)
- World Championships Qualifier
- Results via Asian Media
- Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Recap/Day 3 Recap/Day 4 Recap/Day 5 Recap
Day six of the 2023 Chinese Nationals was highlighted by Chen Juner‘s national record in the men’s 200m fly (1:54.16) and Sun Jiajun‘s Asian record in the men’s 50m breast (26.61) but there were other notable swims tonight as well.
Newly-minted 100m free Asian record holder Pan Zhanle topped the men’s 400m free event, clocking a time of 3:46.40. He comfortably got to the wall over 2 seconds ahead of the rest of the competition, with Zhang Ziyang and Fei Liwei also landing on the podium.
Zhang snagged silver in a time of 3:48.21 while Liwei, the men’s 800m and 1500m free victor here, earned bronze in 3:48.57.
As for Pan, the 18-year-old’s quickest time entering this competition was marked by the 3:47.22 he logged at the Chinese Spring Championships this past March. He was able to slice nearly one second off of that previous outing in just over a month’s time to remain China’s 6th swiftest performer in history.
Also hitting a season-best was Xu Jiayu en route to winning the men’s 200m backstroke. The Olympic medalist put up a podium-topping result of 1:56.33 to rank 6th in the world on the season.
Xu owns the Chinese national record with his PB of 1:53.99 he posted at the 2018 Asian Games. We’ll see him attempt to defend that gold medal this September on his home turf.
The women’s 800m free saw Li Bingjie continue her string of wins in the discipline, as the 21-year-old stopped the clock in 8:20.34 for the gold. That checks in as a season-best for the Olympian, ranking her just outside the top 5 performers on the season.
Earlier in the competition here, Li tied her own Chinese national record of 4:01.08 while winning the 400m free.
Zhang was slightly faster in March, possessing a season-best of 25.32 to rank 3rd in the world at the moment.