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Yiting Sets 200 IM World Junior Record Twice in Two Days at Chinese OLY Trials

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CHINESE OLYMPIC TRIALS #1

One highlight of day four’s finals session was 19-year-old Yang Junxuan breaking her own 200 free Asian Record by .13. Both she and second-place finisher Li Bingjie cracked the FINA ‘A’ cut of 1:57.28 handily.

15-year-old Yu Yiting dominated the women’s 200 IM final, coming into the wall at 2:09.64 and breaking the official World Junior Record twice in two days. During day 3 prelims she posted a 2:09.88 to overtake the previous official WJR set by Japan’s Rikako Ikee at 2:09.98 in 2017.

On day 4, she won the final with a time of 2:09.64. This swim puts Yiting at the top of the fastest women in the event in the world this season:

2 Abbie
Wood
GBR 2:09.23 04/17
3 Miho
Teramura
JPN 2:09.55 01/24
4 Yui
Ohashi
JPN 2:09.59 02/06
5 Alicia
Wilson
GBR 2:09.61 04/17
6 Yu
Yiting
CHN 2:09.64 05/04
7 Rika
Omoto
JPN 2:09.85 04/06
8 Bailey
Andison
CAN 2:09.99 03/28
9 Madisyn
Cox
USA 2:10.00 04/11
10 Kathleen
Baker
USA 2:10.30 01/17

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In the finals race, Yiting finished with nearly a 2 second lead over second-place finisher Chen Xinyi who also beat the FINA ‘A” cut. Yiting has already qualified for China’s Olympic roster the 400 IM. 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ye Shiwen finished in 3rd place.

In the women’s 1500 free final, Wang Jianjiahe came within 4 seconds of her own Chinese National Record from 2020. She finished with a time of 14:49.07.

Both Jianjiahe and Bingjie, who had a 200 free / 1500 double during the session and placed 2nd, beat the FINA ‘A’ cut. Bingjie touched the wall with a time of 15:58.35, earning a spot on China’s Olympic roster in her third event so far. She earned a spot on China’s Olympic roster already in the 400 free.

Bingjie came within about 6 seconds of her recent lifetime best 1500 free from January.

No one was able to crack the FINA ‘A’ cut in the men’s 200 fly final, although Chen Juner came the closest. Juner touched the wall in 1st place with a time of 1:56.77, within .30 of the qualifying FINA ‘A’ cut.

It’s important to note that this is the first of two Olympic qualifying meets for China, with the second Trials meet scheduled for May 31st – June 1st. So for events like the men’s 200 butterfly, swimmers will have another chance to get under that FINA ‘A’ cut and nab a spot on China’s Olympic roster.

Top 3 Finishers in Each Event

Men’s 100 Freestyle – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 48.57
  • Chinese National Record: 47.65 – Ning Zetao (2014)
  1. He Junyi – 49.12
  2. Pan Zhanle – 49.51
  3. Huang Junyi – 49.53

Women’s 200 Freestyle – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:57.28
  • Chinese National Record: 1:54.70* – Yang Junxuan (2021)
  1. Yang Junxuan – 1:54.57*
  2. Li Bingjie – 1:56.64
  3. Tang Muhan – 1:57.83

Men’s 200 Butterfly – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 1:56.48
  • Chinese National Record: 1:54.35 – Wu Peng (2008)
  1.  Chen Juner – 1:56.77
  2. Wang Yifei – 1:57.38
  3. Yu Yingbiao – 1:57.42

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:08.43
  • Chinese National Record: 2:01.81 – Liu Zige (2009)
  1. Zhang Yufei – 2:06.31
  2. Yu Liyan – 2:08.55
  3. Zhu Jiaming – 2:09.75

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Semifinal

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:10.35
  • Chinese National Record: 2:07.35 – Qin Haiyang (2017)
  1. Yan Zibei – 2:12.44
  2. Shen Hao – 2:13.96
  3. Yu Zongda – 2:13.99

Women’s 200 Individual Medley – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 2:12.56
  • Chinese National Record: 2:07.57 – Ye Shiwen (2012)
  1. Yu Yiting – 2:09.64
  2. Chen Xinyi – 2:11.58
  3. Ye Shiwen – 2:12.57

Women’s 1500 Freestyle – Final

  • Fina ‘A’ cut: 16:32.04
  • Chinese National Record: 15:45.59 – Wang Jianjiahe (2020)
  1. Wang Jianjiahe – 15:49.07
  2. Li Bingjie – 15:58.35
  3. Hou Yawen – 16:12.06