Ye Shiwen Rebounds to Win 200 IM at Chinese Nationals

2016 CHINESE OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

  • April 3rd-10th, 2016
  • Foshan, Guangdong, China
  • Foshan Century Lotus Swimming & Diving Hall
  • Live video
  • Full results

Finals

After falling flat in the 400 IM on day 1 of the 2016 Chinese Olympic Trials, to the tune of a 7th-place finish, Olympic Champion Ye Shiwen rebounded in the 200 IM final on Wednesday to take the win in 2:12.02 – two-tenths of a second faster than Zhou Min in 2:12.21.

An apparent stomach ailment left Ye doubled-over on deck after the 400 IM falter, but this time in the 200 is two seconds better than she swam in the finals at last year’s World Championships, though not as fast as she was in the prelims and semi-finals of that meet.

While the time won’t turn many heads globally (it’s tied for 12th in the world this season), it should be enough to secure Ye’s spot on the Chinese Olympic Team and give her 4 months to turn her season around for another Olympic run.

The 200 IM was one of three individual finals held on Thursday. In the women’s 200 free, Shen Duo outbattled Qiu Yuhan by a margin of 1:55.82-1:55.84 to win, and the two now rank 5th and 6th in the world, respectively, in the event. Duo finished 6th in this event at last year’s World Championships, and while Qiu didn’t swim the event individually at Worlds last year, but led off China’s bronze-medal winning 800 free relay in 1:56.8.

China’s top 4 in that event went 1:55.82-1:55.84-1:56.46-1:57.70. That aggregates to a 5:45.82, which, without even accounting for relay starts, is only half-a-second from the time that won Team USA gold at last year’s World Championships.

The only men’s individual final of the day was the 200 fly, where Li Zhuhao from Zhejiang won in 1:55.54 to just miss his own Junior World Record time set at China’s Fall Nationals in late 2015.

He beat out his teammate Wu Yuhang (1:56.92) and Yu Ying Bao (1:56.97) for that victory, with the two Zhejiang swimmers now both in the world’s top 5 this season in an event where China has never won a men’s Olympic medal.

Semi-Finals

  • In the men’s 100 free semi-finals, Ning Zetao swam 47.96 to qualify 1st to the final. Ning, the only Chinese swimmer ever under 48 seconds in this event, leads an improving Chinese sprint group that should crush the National Record in the 100 free this summer if they enter the race at the Olympics. The next three qualifiers on Wednesday were Yu He Xin (48.81), Lin Yongqing (48.96), and He Jianbin (49.39).
  • In the women’s 200 fly semifinals, Zhou Yilin qualified 1st in 2:08.93, despite swimming what was overall by-far the slower of the two heats. Worlds bronze medalist Zhang Yufei was also safely through to the final in 2:09.58, but with four swimmers going under 2:10, she won’t have an easy path to Rio in Thursday’s final.
  • The men’s 200 breaststroke semi-final was generally lackluster, with nobody swimming better than 2:11.6. 2015 Worlds finalist Mao Feilian swam 2:12.58 to qualify 5th for the final.

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BDL SWIM
5 years ago

Ye Shiwen is over. Nobody swims 2:12/4:50 at Trials and then wins a medal at the Olympics. She has zero momentum and apparently zero motivation. If she goes to Rio, I doubt she even finals.

Victor P
Reply to  BDL SWIM
5 years ago

I would laugh my head off if she swam a 2:07 and medaled in Rio. Then to hear the feckless commentary from NBC to the tune of “Oh, well she swam 2:07 in London, so we knew she had it in her…”. That’ll take the cake! Yep, keep acting like there’s nothing to see here!

wetbook
Reply to  Victor P
5 years ago

Speaking of NBC, could they ever please get someone other than Rowdy? Sure he’s a hall of famer, and a fine ambassador for the sport, but a terrible announcer. He talks CONSTANTLY, never just letting the action unfold. And my head will explode if I hear him for the umpteenth time tell us what side someone is breathing to on free.

wetbook
Reply to  BDL SWIM
5 years ago

Her drug regimen will kick in just in time for Rio.

Na
Reply to  wetbook
5 years ago

True

MichaelTran
5 years ago

The Chinese women in 200free are making me scared!!! They could upset the Americans (just like the 2009 world championships). So we hope Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt can get back to their form (just need 1:55 low in flat start) to beat the Chinese!!!!

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

No way they will upset ledecky and her teammates . No way

Victor P
Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

Yeah, that’s not going to happen. I see the USA going 7:39 in that relay. I don’t believe China has a single girl who could swim sub 1:55 on their team. China is a medal contender, behind Australia.

wetbook
Reply to  MichaelTran
5 years ago

I’m scared, too. They’ll upset us sorta the way the ’76 East German women did.

LP MAN
5 years ago

U.S. ladies will dominate that relay

Franklin 1:55.00
Schmitt 1:56.00
Smith 1:56.5
Ledecky 1:54.00

7:41.50 new WR

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  LP MAN
5 years ago

Thats talking

MichaelTran
5 years ago

Some early predictions for women’s event in Rio.
50 free: very hard to predict.
100 free: Cate Campbell for the gold. Bronte Campbell or Sarah Sjostrom for the silver
200 free: Katie Ledecky vs Sarah Sjostrom for the gold (my heart chooses Katie but my mind is going with Sarah :(( )
400/800 free. Katie’s show !!! The next 2 spots are open for everyone.
100 back: Emily Seebohm is the favourite. If Missy drops her 200free to focus on this event, she can get a medal but beating Seebohm now is very hard!
200 back: My heart chooses Missy but i feel Emily Seebohm will take it. 200 back is Missy’s best event.… Read more »

Hank
5 years ago

If i had to eat Chinese food every day I would have a stomach ache too.

OntarioSwimming
Reply to  Hank
5 years ago

So, is it now no moderation free for all speak your mind anything goes at swimswam?

Victor P
Reply to  OntarioSwimming
5 years ago

We don’t consider every uncomfortable/unlikable expression to be hate speech, and therefore something to be banned. It’s an American concept – freedom of speech. No wanton libel, but if you get your feathers ruffled, deal with it. And, really, a commentary on Chinese food (which I LOVE) does that for you?!

OntarioSwimming
Reply to  Victor P
5 years ago

Why did you say that the comment affected me in any way?
FYI, it did nothing to me. I’m just asking if it’s ok to say whatever we have in mind, and if this policy is applied fairly.

But it appears that my question ruffled a few of your feathers.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Hank
5 years ago

You obviously have not had good Chinese food. Further your comment is racist, Hank!

John
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

Racist? Not liking a type of food is not the same as not liking a person. I don’t like Indian music they play in Indian restaurants. Is that racist? People need to distinguish between the words “discriminate” and “differentiate” before they start accusing others of being offensive. All the people on this board wanting the US to win the 4 x 200 etc. That’s racist? Sheer nonsense!

Na
Reply to  John
5 years ago

I agree with John. How is not liking Chinese food racist?

Rafael
5 years ago

I agree with your predictions, except 50 which is more open that you side for me and that US can battle for silver on 4×100 I would say bronze at most, but if Oleksiak and Ruck evolution on 100 fly/400 free translates into 100 free too I would say the race will be Australia, Netherland and then Canada. And that not counting Sweden who just needs another leg to battle for medal.
Also I would add Sweden and Denmark on teams who could medal on 4×100 medley.

I don´t see Missy and Schmitt under 1:55, but both can be 1:55, the real question for the Chinese team is the third leg is onlt 14! Ai Yanhan 1:56:46, while she… Read more »

hkswimmer
5 years ago

Surely Ning’s semifinal time deserves a bit more press? 47.96 is a legit time.

thomaslurzfan
Reply to  hkswimmer
5 years ago

I think thats the best he can get. Lets not forget that he was already caught, so he should be happy if no one talks about him, there is nothing good to say about him. The sad thing is that he wont disappear just because people stop talking about him …

Ridiculousness
5 years ago

Coach Mike….get over yourself! Because someone comment on Chinese food that you don’t like its all the sudden racism? Maybe Hank had a bad experience with some MSG. Political correctness doesn’t apply when a comment is pure sarcasm.

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