Xinhua News Agency, Qingdao, September 29 (Reporters Zhang Xudong and Zhou Xin) The 2020 National Swimming Championships and Tokyo Olympics Qualification Tournament held five preliminaries on the 29th. Jiangsu star Zhang Yufei broke the Asian record for the women’s 100-meter butterfly with 55 seconds 62. Wang Jian Jiahe and Yu Hexin missed the final again due to their physical performance.
In the women’s 100-meter butterfly preliminaries, Zhang Yufei took the lead in the first 50 meters and kept the “flying on the water” speed during the sprint, breaking the Asian record that was dusted by Olympic champion Liu Zige for 11 years. The result was 55.62 seconds and was far from the world. The record difference is only 0.14 seconds.
"This result is beyond my imagination. This is the first national competition since the epidemic. In the past 11 months, I feel that I have improved significantly. I can't wait to see how much I can swim." Zhang Yufei said. She also unexpectedly broke the national record with 52.90 in the 100m freestyle preliminaries on the 27th.
In the other preliminaries, world champion Xu Jiayu topped the men's 100-meter backstroke with 52.37. His performance surpassed his victory at the Gwangju World Championship last year; Hubei team Zhang Ziyang led the men's 800-meter freestyle with 7:59.37; Shandong team youngster Yang Junxuan took the lead in reaching the finish line in the women's 200m freestyle. Wang Jian Jiahe ranked third but failed to enter the top eight due to physical test results and continued to miss the final.
Guangdong team Yu Hexin, who broke the men's 50m national record on the first day of the race, took the top spot in the men's 100m freestyle with 48.44 seconds and reached the Olympic A mark. In this event, 4 players entered the 49-second mark for the first time. Unfortunately, their physical fitness blocked several masters including Yu Hexin. The 15th player in the preliminary rounds became the eighth person to advance to the final.
The National Swimming Championships and Tokyo Olympics Qualification Tournament was held in Qingdao from September 26 to October 2. There were about 300 athletes from all over the country participating in the competition. The results of this competition will be an important basis for athletes to participate in the Tokyo Olympics next year. (Finish)