Zhang Yufei Goes 25.17 To Break Her Own 50 Fly Chinese Record, Is #5 Performer All-Time



  • World Record: 24.43 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2014)
  • Championship Record: 24.60 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden (2017)
  • World Junior Record: 25.46 — Rikako Ikee, Japan (2017)
  • 2022 Winning Time: 24.95 — Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden
  • 2022 Time to Final: 25.75

In the semi-finals of the women’s 50-meter butterfly at the 2023 World Championships, Zhang Yufei swam a time of 25.17 to break her own Chinese record. Her previous record had been a 25.32, which she swam at both the 2023 Chinese National Championships and the 2022 World Championships.

Zhang is now tied with France’s Melanie Henique as the fifth-fastest performer of all-time in the women’s 50 fly.

All-Time Top Performers, Women’s 50-Meter Butterfly:

  1. Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden — 24.43 (2014)
  2. Therese Alshammar, Sweden — 25.07 (2009)
  3. Rikako Ikee, Japan (2018)/Gretchen Walsh, United States (2023) —25.11
  4. Melanie Henique, France (2021)/Zhang Yufei, China (2023) — 25.17

Headed into finals, Zhang will be in lane 5 right next to world record holder Sarah Sjostrom. Although Sjostrom is the heavy favorite to win, Zhang will be in a very strong position to take silver if she replicates her semi-finals time.

Earlier in the meet, Zhang took gold in the women’s 100 fly as well as the mixed medley relay.

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Although Yanyan wasn't the greatest competitive swimmer, she learned more about the sport of swimming by being her high school swim team's manager for four years. She eventually ventured into the realm of writing and joined SwimSwam in January 2022, where she hopes to contribute to and learn more about …

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