CHINESE OLYMPIC TRIALS #1
During the finals session of day 4 at the Chinese Olympic Trials, 19-year-old Yang Junxuan won the 200 free final with a blistering time of 1:54.57 to break her own Asian Record by .13. This time ranks Junxuan as the 8th all-time fastest woman in the event:
All-Time Women LCM 200 Freestyle Performers:
- Federica Pellegrini (ITA) – 1:52.98, 2009
- Allison Schmitt (USA) – 1:53.61, 2012
- Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:53.73, 2016
- Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) – 1:54.08, 2016
- Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 1:54.27, 2019
- Taylor Ruck (CAN) – 1:54.44, 2018
- Emma McKeon (AUS) – 1:54.55, 2019
- Yang Junxuan (CHN) – 1:54.57, 2021
- Camille Muffat (FRA) – 1:54.66, 2012
- Femke Heemskerk (NED) – 1:54.68, 2015
She first broke the Asian Record in March with a time of 1:54.70, ranking herself 10th out of the all-time fastest women in the event. She took the title away from Japan’s Rikako Ikee who had held the record at 1:54.85 since the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships.
With the Tokyo Olympics less than three months away, Junxuan has maintained her spot at the top of the fastest 200 freestylers in the world this season:
Junxuan became the first Chinese woman to break 1:55.00 in the 200 meter freestyle in January 2020. She also won silver in this event at the 2018 Asian Games, alongside a silver medal in the 100 freestyle. One year later, she placed 5th in the 200 free at the 2019 World Championships (1:55.43).
The last time China took home an Olympic medal in the women’s 200 free was in 2008 at the Bejing Olympics where Pang Jiaying won bronze.