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