2016 CHINESE OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- April 3rd-10th, 2016
- Foshan, Guangdong, China
- Foshan Century Lotus Swimming & Diving Hall
- Live video
- Full results
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.
- 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.