Yang Junxuan Breaks 200 Free Asian Record With 1:54.57, #8 All-Time

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During the finals session of day 4 at the Chinese Olympic Trials, 19-year-old Yang Junxuan won the 200 free final with a blistering time of 1:54.57 to break her own Asian Record by .13. This time ranks Junxuan as the 8th all-time fastest woman in the event:

All-Time Women LCM 200 Freestyle Performers:

  1. Federica Pellegrini (ITA) – 1:52.98, 2009
  2. Allison Schmitt (USA) – 1:53.61, 2012
  3. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:53.73, 2016
  4. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 1:54.08, 2016
  5. Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 1:54.27, 2019
  6. Taylor Ruck (CAN) – 1:54.44, 2018
  7. Emma McKeon (AUS) – 1:54.55, 2019
  8. Yang Junxuan (CHN) – 1:54.57, 2021
  9. Camille Muffat (FRA) – 1:54.66, 2012
  10. Femke Heemskerk (NED) – 1:54.68, 2015

She first broke the Asian Record in March with a time of 1:54.70, ranking herself 10th out of the all-time fastest women in the event. She took the title away from Japan’s Rikako Ikee who had held the record at 1:54.85 since the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.

With the Tokyo Olympics less than three months away, Junxuan has maintained her spot at the top of the fastest 200 freestylers in the world this season:

2020-2021 LCM Women 200 Free

KatieUSA
Ledecky
04/09
1:54.40
2Yang
Junxuan
CHN1:54.5705/04
3Siobhan
Haughey
HKG1:54.8904/18
4Ariarne
Titmus
AUS1:55.4304/15
5Emma
McKeon
AUS1:55.5603/21
View Top 26»

Junxuan became the first Chinese woman to break 1:55.00 in the 200 meter freestyle in January 2020. She also won silver in this event at the 2018 Asian Games, alongside a silver medal in the 100 freestyle. One year later, she placed 5th in the 200 free at the 2019 World Championships (1:55.43).

The last time China took home an Olympic medal in the women’s 200 free was in 2008 at the Bejing Olympics where Pang Jiaying won bronze.

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swimfan210_
12 days ago

Women’s 200 free in Tokyo is going to be one to watch. No significant favorite at this point but the field is getting stacked. 1:53 high to win?

Konner Scott
Reply to  swimfan210_
12 days ago

Ledecky, Titmus, McKeon, Junxuan, Haughey, Pellegrini, etc etc… It’s gonna be a barn burner.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Konner Scott
12 days ago

Pellegrini in those odd years:

2011 – Gold
2013 – Silver
2015 – Silver
2017 – Gold
2019 – Gold

Now that’s consistency.

sadfasddsa
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
12 days ago

She is certainly great but i think that defines a *lack* of consistency right?

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  sadfasddsa
11 days ago

Top two every odd year? Calendar year 2021 is an odd year.

Last edited 11 days ago by Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Irish Ringer
12 days ago

Podium….
Ledecky
Junxuan
Titmus

hzmusicswim
Reply to  Irish Ringer
12 days ago

I wouldn’t count out Pellegrini, she’s medaled at every world championships since 2005( and won 4 of them) for a reason

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  hzmusicswim
12 days ago

Pelllegrini has saved her fastest swims of the year in the final of the last two FINA World Aquatics Championships:

2017 – 1.54.73
2019 – 1:54.22

Swimfan
Reply to  hzmusicswim
12 days ago

But yet she finished off the podium the last 2 olympics,

Rafael
Reply to  Irish Ringer
12 days ago

count Haughey in also.

Also we better wait for Mckeon and the canadians

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Rafael
12 days ago

Will Ruck return to her 2018 form as displayed at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships?

maverick1993
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
12 days ago

I dont know why you are downvoted for a vert legitimate question! Hope Ruck is able to be at her best. She had a very promising Pan Pacs in 2018 and Comm games.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  maverick1993
12 days ago

I must be the villian of the swimswam message board. Enbrace the downvote!

Yozhik
Reply to  Irish Ringer
12 days ago

😀 😀 I’m always wondering how people do such predictions of podium standings. What is the logic behind that, that I can use myself to foresee the future?
Is it based on most recent in-season times? Then how does Titmus come to the picture? Or they use personal bests? Then where is Allison Schmitt in such a case?
Yeah, very confusing. Probably inner voice tells them. Too bad for me. I cannot eavesdrop this conversation because it is done most likely in English. 😀 😀

Eouai
Reply to  Yozhik
12 days ago

I’m always wondering how Yozhik do such Swimswam comments. What is the logic behind that, that he use to write his comments?
Is it based on thinking the commenter focus too much on in-season times? Then how does historical times come to the picture? Do the commenter focus on personal bests? Then where is forgotten mention of aging swimmer?
Yeah, very confusing. Probably inner voice guide Yozhik. Too bad for me. I cannot eavesdrop this conversation in his head.

Yozhik
Reply to  Eouai
11 days ago

You kill the joke 😀

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Eouai
11 days ago

Don’t bother with mass of chaos.

Last edited 11 days ago by Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Yozhik
12 days ago

Are splits of Yang’s today race in 200 available? How are they different from her previous under 1:55 result? Is 53 57 her personal best in 100FR.
Looks like a very bright swimmer. We need more information about her than such brief reporting. At least some biometrics: how tall she is, her weight … Is she another one year comet in Chinese swimming stardom or we are dealing with the swimmer who is going to dominate for long time. How her style is different from another young stars in 200FR like Haughey or Ruck?
More quantitative info about this swimmer, please. Not her medals and places in junior competitions.

Yozhik
Reply to  Yozhik
12 days ago

Thank you very much. Quite a different approach in these two races. It looks like her style in this event is still pretty much under development.

Yozhik
Reply to  Yozhik
12 days ago

The swimmer who starts 200 race with 55.3 must have 100FR very close to 53.0
Ledecky’s first half in her gold medal race was 55.4 and she was 52.6 relay swimmer in this meet.
McKeon started even faster but still not 55.3 and she is 52 sec sprinter.
So far as I know Yang’s personal best at 100FR is 53.57. If it is still the same then 55.3 is pretty much risky way to start 200 distance.

Troyy
Reply to  Yozhik
12 days ago

That’s a slightly faster opening 100 than Schmitt in London. 55.30 vs 55.38

Last edited 12 days ago by Troyy
Yozhik
Reply to  Troyy
12 days ago

Allison Schmitt is unfairly forgotten by the media and swimming critics. Her world record race in London is an example of perfection. Her style and approach in racing this distance are what any elite swimmer must try to match.

MX4x50relay
Reply to  Yozhik
12 days ago

It was an Olympic and American record not world record but yes the race was executed very well

Yozhik
Reply to  MX4x50relay
12 days ago

That is a very sensitive topic of how to treat Pellegrini’s races in 2009. And I don’t want to hurt the feelings of the army of Federica’s fans.
If you think that supersuits do not improve the performance then there would be no discussion. Full stop. But if you agree they helped swimmers then the next question would be “how much?” It varies from strokes, distances, genders and individual style of racing. In average the effect of improvement was estimated between 1.9 – 3%. In women swimming the records in 200 distance are/were the last ones standing (200FR, 200BU, 4×200)
The only person who can answer the question what kind of swimmer Pellegrini was in 2009 is Federica… Read more »

Andy
Reply to  Yozhik
12 days ago

Yes, her WR 200 free = Biederman’s 200 free WR

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  MX4x50relay
12 days ago

All-Time Top Performances (textile)
Women’s 200 meter freestyle
Schmitt – 1:53.61
Ledecky – 1:53.73
Sjostrom – 1:54.08
Pellegrini – 1:54.22