Zhang Yufei Throws Down 57.82 100 Fly On Day 2 Of Chinese Nationals

2019 CHINESE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

A superb performance in the women’s 100 fly from Zhang Yufei was among the highlights on the second of eight days at the 2019 Chinese National Swimming Championships in Anshan City.

After qualifying first out of the semi-finals on night one in 58.13, Zhang dipped below the 58-second barrier to win the event in 57.82 – just over four-tenths off her 2019 best set last month (57.41).

The three-time Long Course World Championship bronze medalist holds a personal best time of 57.29 from the 2017 Worlds in Budapest and placed 13th two months in Gwangju (57.93).

Wang Yichun (58.62) and Chen Xinyi (58.73) placed second and third.

In the women’s 400 free, 17-year-old Wang Jianjiahe won in a time of 4:08.35, leading runner-up Zhang Ke (4:09.79). A bronze medalist in the 1500 at the World Championships two months ago, Wang holds a best time in the event at 4:03.14, and clocked 4:03.67 in Gwangju to finish fifth overall.

Also claiming gold on the night was Wang Lizhuo, topping the men’s 100 breast lineup in a time of 1:00.03. Wang set a PB in the prelims at the recent Worlds in 59.44, and ended up finishing 15th overall.

Zhang Ruixan (1:01.14) placed second.

Li Bingjie and Yan Zibei, who were expected to contend in the women’s 400 free and men’s 100 breast respectively, have both reportedly withdrawn from the entire meet, along with female backstroker Fu Yuanhui.

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James Sutherland

James formerly competed for the Laurentian Voyageurs in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in February of 2018, placing 11th at the OUA Championships in the 200 IM, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in May. He …

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