Xu Jiayu Tops 100 Backstroke Final with 52.88 at Chinese Olympic Trials

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In the men’s 100 backstroke final, two-time Olympian Xu Jiayu touched the wall 1st with a time of 52.88 and more than a 1.5 second lead over the field. This time is slightly off his season-best of 52.35 from March. The Chinese National Record-holder was the only swimmer to crack the FINA ‘A’ cut. Jiayu won silver in this event at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

2016 Olympian Chen Jie won the women’s 100 backstroke final with a lifetime best time of 59.75,  out touching 2nd place finisher Peng Xuwei by .14. Both swimmers undercut the FINA ‘A’ cut and 18-year-old Xuwei was right on her season-best time of 59.82 from March.

Tang Qianting took the women’s 100 breaststroke final by storm, winning the event with a time of 1:06.82 and getting under the FINA ‘A’ cut by .25. This was a little ways off her semifinals swim where she became China’s 2nd fastest 100 breaststroke ever with a 1:06.04. That swim ranks her #7 in the world this year.

Both 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Wang Shun and Ji Xinjie beat the FINA ‘A’ cut in the 200 freestyle final, finishing in 1st and 2nd place, respectively, with times of 1:46.55 and 1:46.75. Shun beat his season-best time from January by about .40 while Xinjie undercut his season-best 200 IM from March by about .20. It’s important to note that Sun Yang is pre-qualified in the 200 freestyle, per China’s selection procedures, as he won gold in the event at the 2019 World Championships.

After posting the 6th all-time fastest 100 butterfly in yesterday’s finals session, Zhang Yufei scratched 200 free semifinal.

Top 3 Finishers in Each Event:

Women’s 200 Freestyle – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ Cut: 1:57.28
  • Chinese National Record: 1:54.70 – Yang Junxuan (2021)
  1. Li Bingjie – 1:57.54
  2. Yang Junxuan – 1:57.87
  3. Dong Jie – 1:58.53

Men’s 200 Freestyle – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ Cut: 1:47.02
  • Chinese National Record: 1:44.39 – Sun Yang (2017)
  1. Wang Shun – 1:46.55
  2. Ji Xinjie – 1:46.75
  3. Hong Jinquan – 1:47.30

Women’s 100 Backstroke – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ Cut: 1:00.25
  • Chinese National Record: 58.71 – Fu Yuanhui (2017)
  1. Chen Jie – 59.75
  2. Peng Xuwei – 59.89
  3. Wang Xueer – 1:00.64

Men’s 100 Backstroke – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ Cut: 53.85
  • Chinese National Record: 51.86 – Xu Jiayu (2017)
  1. Xu Jiayu – 52.88
  2. Li Guangyuan – 54.63
  3. Jin Yan – 55.17

Women’s 100 Breaststroke – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ Cut: 1:07.07
  • Chinese National Record: 1:05.32 – Ji Liping (2009)
  1. Tang Qianting – 1:06.82
  2. Yu Jingyao – 1:07.73
  3. Yang Chang – 1:08.26

Men’s 200 Butterfly – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ Cut: 1:56.48
  • Chinese National Record: 1:54.35 –Wu Peng (2008)
  1. Chen Juner – 1:58.47
  2. Yu Yingbiao – 1:59.18
  3. Wang Zhou – 1:59.41

Women’s 200 Individual Medley – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ Cut: 2:12.56
  • Chinese National Record: 2:07.57 – Ye Shiwen (2012)
  1. Yu Yiting – 2:11.18
  2. Chen Xinyi – 2:13.24
  3. Ye Shiwen – 2:14.04

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Pacific Whirl
13 days ago

Zhang’s lifetime best is not 1:58.45, is 1:57.22.

Fred
13 days ago

Chen Jie’s lifetime best is 59.43 in Qingdao (2017)

Troyy
13 days ago

Zhang Yufei went 1:57.22 in the prelims before scratching so her PB is obviously faster than 1:58.

Yozhik
Reply to  Troyy
13 days ago

It would be out of topic and a lot has been already said about Zhang Yufei but since you mentioned her name ….
Some curious fact – all her best races in 100 fly were made in China:
56.62 – Chinese Champs
55.73 – Chinese OT
56.06 – China invite
56.18 – China Invite
56.29 – Chinese Champs
ETC
Hope my source is accurate and none of top her results were missed.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  Yozhik
13 days ago

She had a breakout year in 2020, and there hasn’t been any international meets for her since then, for the reason that we all know.