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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! China Claims Another Women's Relay, Tops 400 Medley With World Record -- August 1, 2009

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ROME, Italy, August 1. CHINA has been producing some sterling swims in relay action at the FINA World Championships.


Tonight, the foursome of Zhao Jing (58.98), Chan Huijia (1:04.12), Jiao Liuyang (56.28) and Li Zhesi (52.81) claimed the world record in the women's 400 medley relay with a 3:52.19. The performance wiped out the 3:52.69 set by Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Australia gave China nearly all it could handle as Emily Seebohm (59.40), Sarah Katsoulis (1:04.65), Jessicah Schipper (56.19) and Libby Trickett (52.34) touched in 3:52.58 from lane one. The squad also cleared the former world record.

The splits of the previous record for comparison; Seebohm (59.33), Leisel Jones (1:04.58), Schipper (56.25), Trickett (52.53).

Germany's Daniela Samulski (59.85), Sarah Poewe (1:06.81), Annika Mehlhorn (57.14) and Britta Steffen (51.99) completed the podium with a third-place 3:55.79.

Great Britain (3:57.03), The Netherlands (3:57.31), Canada (3:57.87), Japan (3:57.93) and Brazil (3:58.83) also swam in the final.



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August 1, 2009 Is that 1:04.12 the fastest br relay split ever?
Submitted by: joebob
August 1, 2009 Is that 1:04.12 the fastest br relay split ever?
Submitted by: joebob
August 1, 2009 yeah I think it is. Also, the 51.99 by Steffen is the fastest ever too I think.
Submitted by: swimmer86
August 1, 2009 Li Zhesi is only 13 yo, will be 14 in 6 days.
Submitted by: zhaoleban
August 1, 2009 a 1:04.1 after a 1:07.27 best time in the semi's of the 100 breast... nothing fishy there...
Submitted by: jeffyfit
August 1, 2009 Chen Huijia's 100 breast PB was only a 1:07.27 (from the 100 breast sf here in Rome) and now she split a 1:04.12, amazing!
Submitted by: chris
August 1, 2009 somethings up when you drop over 3 secs of your pb in 5 days
Submitted by: aussie
August 1, 2009 We've seen others dropping lots of time here switching from LZR/TYR to the Jaked/Arena. Kukors swam a 2:11 at Indy 3 weeks ago and she smoked a 2:06 here. Descenza shaved 3 seconds off her 200 fly PB in the Jaked. But yeah, given their past the Chinese are easy targets for some folks.
Submitted by: joebob
August 2, 2009 If the USA and Australia pushed this before Beijing I would say that they are sincere.

But I can not say the same thing right now. It does look like, hey Fina, anything that is to our advantage, we support, but the minute we lose this advantage, we will start a media war.
Submitted by: Thunder
August 2, 2009 many chinese swimmers gave up individual events for this relay and also the 4x200 because that's their best bet to medal.

Chen swim 1.05 in prelim leg.


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