Zhang Yufei Fires Off 55.96 100 Fly Prelim At Chinese Olympic Trials

CHINESE OLYMPIC TRIALS #1

  • Friday, April 30th – Saturday, May 8th
  • Qingdao, China
  • Primary Olympic Qualifier
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results via Asian Media

Despite earlier reports that Olympic champion Sun Yang would indeed be racing at this Chinese Olympic Trials Meet #1 in Qingdao, it turns out the controversial 29-year-old will not be competing after all. The once-8-year-banned freestyle ace is set to have his second hearing with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from May 24th-28th via virtual conference.

Depending on the outcome of that conference, Sun may yet be able to compete, with a secondary Chinese Olympic Trials on the books from May 31st – June 1st.

Of those athletes who are in Qingdao this weekend, national record holder Zhang Yufei already made her mark in a big way. With the meet’s timing mimicking that of Tokyo, with prelims in the evening and finals in the morning, Zhang took on the women’s 100m fly prelim top spot with ease.

The 23-year-old wasted no time busting out a statement-making swim, stopping the clock in 55.96. That time is just off the 55.62 she produced last September, a mark which remains the #1 time in the world this season, as well as the Chinese and Asian continental records.

Tonight, Zhang opened in 25.82 and closed in 30.14 to claim lane 4 for tomorrow morning’s finals, easily clearing the FINA ‘A’ cut of 57.92 needed to qualify for the Olympic Games.

However, despite her time here already coming within .34 of her aforementioned lifetime best, the athlete is far from satisfied.

“I am not happy with the time as I planned to break the world record of 55.48 in the heats. I hope to add my name with the new world record before the Olympic Games, then I won’t be too nervous,” said Zhang.

“With the Olympic Games coming soon, I feel more and more nervous. I try to relax myself by watching TV series and play musical instruments, like the piano.”

Additional notable prelim swims came from Yan Zibei, who touched first in the men’s 100m breast in 1:00.58 while Yu Yiting and Ye Shiwen are separated by just over a second in the women’s 400m IM. The former captured the top spot in 4:41.32 while Ye will try to win gold after her heats swim of 4:42.55

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Lil Swimmy
4 months ago

DAMN

Breezeway
4 months ago

Damn!!!! 😲

flex tape cant fix that
4 months ago

Did the same piano that she plays hit her at the end of that race?

Lil Swimmy
Reply to  flex tape cant fix that
4 months ago

NOT THIS 😭

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  flex tape cant fix that
4 months ago

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

dddddddd
4 months ago

doesn’t break world record in heats

day ruined

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  dddddddd
4 months ago

Also, somehow she would feel less nervous entering the Olympics as the WR holder?

Usually it’s the other way round (c.f. Cate Campbell).

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel

2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships
Women’s 50 meter freestyle

Toss another Campbell on the barbie and watch ’em get cooked in the final.

Last edited 4 months ago by Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  dddddddd
4 months ago

Not many women have broken world records in the heats of a major international tournament.

swimfan210_
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
4 months ago

It seems that in many Chinese swim meets, prelims times are faster than finals times.

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
Reply to  swimfan210_
4 months ago

They swim finals in the morning in domestic meets ever since it’s announced that the Olympics schedule is like so.

Yozhik
4 months ago

Just wanted to break the world record in prelim race! That simple 😀 Is it because she still used to perform better in the evening sessions rather than in the morning?

Dee
4 months ago

Favourite for gold in Tokyo? Swimming 55s so consistently.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Dee
4 months ago

With Sjostrom sadly out of the picture for the 100 fly (most probably), her main rival is MacNeil, who has been 55 point flat and flying start on the biggest stage.

maybe?
Reply to  Dee
4 months ago

I just realised how good China’s mixed medley relay team is , they have the current world champion in the men’s 100 back, A World medalist in 2019 in the men’s 100 breast, A female butterflyer who is challenging the WR in the 100 fly, and a swimmer who went 53.4 at their trials last year in the 100 free, if they can get a sub 53 female 100 freestyler surely they will be favourites for Gold at Tokyo?

Rafael
Reply to  maybe?
4 months ago

They are the current WR holders, you know that?

Robbos
Reply to  maybe?
4 months ago

They don’t have female freestyle swimmer coming home in a 51.10, no-one has only Australia.

Gheko
Reply to  Robbos
4 months ago

50.9 I think

sly
4 months ago

Some fast swimming everywhere today!

Togger
4 months ago

“With the Olympic Games coming soon, I feel more and more nervous. I try to relax myself by watching TV series and play musical instruments, like the piano.”

Please contact Tate Jackson for confidential advice on dealing with this issue.

sly
Reply to  Togger
4 months ago

No piano in the pool hopefully..

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