CHINESE OLYMPIC TRIALS #1
- Friday, April 30th – Saturday, May 8th
- Qingdao, China
- Primary Olympic Qualifier
- LCM (50m)
- Results via Asian Media
Zhang Yufei has set the fastest 100 fly time in the world this year while racing at the Chinese Olympic Trials #1 in Qingdao, China. The swim is also the #6 performance in the history of the event.
The 23-year-old powered her way to a dominant win from lane four, clocking a time of 55.73 that now also ranks as the #6 fastest performance of all time.
She touched in 25.67 at the 50m mark, coming back in 30.06 to comfortably take the win over her competitors.
Yufei has been quicker than this as her personal best stands at 55.62 from last September. That time remains #1 in the world this season and doubles up as the Chinese and Asian continental record.
While speaking to Asian media earlier in the meet, Yufei stated that she was not happy with her prelim swim of 55.96 as she wanted to break the world record in the heats.
She said: “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.
“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.”
A slight glide into her turn and finish, which can be seen in the video below, may have cost Yufei the 0.25 she needs to find in order to match or beat Sarah Sjostrom’s world record time of 55.48 from the Olympic Games in 2016.
She is well under the FINA ‘A’ cut needed in order to qualify for the Games, which stands at 57.92. At present, she is positioning herself as ‘the one to beat’ ahead of this summer’s Olympics.
Sjostrom, who is the defending champion in this event from Rio, is still recovering from a recent elbow break that happened in February. Last week, during a Q&A on his Instagram page, Sjostrom confirmed that she is still unable to swim butterfly at present and has just begun swimming full freestyle stroke.
|Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||55.48||2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro|
|2||Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||55.53||Budapest, Hungary 2017|
|3||Zhang Yufei (CHN)||55.62||2020 Chines Champs, Qingdao|
|4||Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||55.64||2015 World Champs, Kazan, Russia|
|5||Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||55.68||Stockholm, Sweden, 2016|
|6||Zhang Yufei (CHN)||55.73||2021 Chinese Olympic Trials #1|
|7||Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||55.74||2015 World Champs, Kazan, Russia|
|8||Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||55.76||2017 International de Canet-en-Roussillon, Canet, France|
|9||Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||55.77||2017 World Champs, Budapest Hungary|
|10||Maggie MacNeil||55.83||2019 World Champs, Gwangju, South Korea|