Zhang Yufei Puts Up 56.49 100 Fly At Spring Grand Prix In Shanghai

2022 SPRING GRAND PRIX (CHN)

  • Thursday, April 28th
  • Shanghai, China
  • LCM (50m)
  • Results – Asian Media

If you’ve been following our Asian swimming coverage, then you know that the Chinese National Swimming Championships originally set to be held in April were postponed due to coronavirus concerns.

As such, China’s elite swimmers are taking advantage of every racing opportunity in order to prove their worth and earn a spot on the 2022 World Championship roster. A spot on the Asian Games team was also in their sights before the competition was postponed last week.

With this in mind, the 24-year-old Olympic champion Zhang Yufei raced at her Shanghai Swimming team’s Spring Grand Prix late last month, putting up some solid performances.

Zhang’s top swim came in the women’s 100 fly, where she clocked in at 56.49 in the prelims to approach the 56.24 world-leading effort she logged at September’s National Games. She nearly matched her time from the heats in the final, touching in 56.56.

2021-2022 LCM Women 100 Fly

TorriUSA
Huske
06/19
55.64
2Marie
Wattel
FRA56.1406/19
3Zhang
Yufei
CHN56.2409/20
4Claire
Curzan
USA56.3503/04
5Maggie
MacNeil
CAN56.3607/30
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Zhang had the best year of her career by a mile in 2021, winning gold at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the women’s 200 fly and 800 free relay in addition to silver in the 100 fly and mixed 400 medley relay.

Also according to Asian media, Zhang posted a 200m free time of 1:59.18 to win the event, while Qin Haiyang clocked 1:59.14 to win the men’s 200m IM. For Qin, that swim is less than two-tenths shy of what he went to tie for 26th at the Olympics last summer (1:58.95).

Qin also snagged a solid 200m breast mark of 2:08.44, rendering the 22-year-old the seventh-fastest performer in the world this season.

2021-2022 LCM Men 200 Breast

ZacAUS
Stubblety-Cook
05/19
2:05.95 (WR)
2Anton
Chupkov
Rus2:07.1907/21
3Kirill
Prigoda
RUS2:07.2507/21
4Matt
Fallon
USA2:07.9107/27
5Yu
Hanaguruma
JPN2:07.9903/05
6Ryuya
Mura
JPN2:08.1103/05
7Arno
Kamminga
NED2:08.2204/03
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Qin been as quick as 2:07.35 in his career, a result he achieved in 2017 to remain as China’s national record holder for the past 5 years.

At last summer’s Olympics, Qin clocked 2:08.48 in the prelims before being disqualified, losing a spot in the semi-finals where he would’ve qualified in a tie for fourth overall.

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chris
6 months ago

our ladies are coming for her.

Suzy Q
6 months ago

sleighed

oxyswim
6 months ago

Still the favorite for Budapest.

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