WUHAN, China, April 4. THE third day of the Chinese Long Course Nationals is in the books, and another Chinese record fell by the wayside in Wuhan.
Sun Xiaolei twice lowered the national record in the men's 50 back. Sun posted a 25.12 in prelims, while returning in the finale with a victorious time of 25.02. Both efforts cleared the previous Chinese record of 25.18 set by Ouyang Kunpeng back in 2005. Sun moved up to fourth in the world rankings with the swim. Cheng Feiyi took second in 25.37, while Shi Feng finished third in 25.94.
Li Xuanxu jumped to second in the world in the women's 400 IM with a winning time of 4:35.73. Only Mireia Belmonte has been faster this year with a 4:34.91 from Spanish Nationals this weekend. Ye Shiwen touched second in 4:38.38, while Zhu Xiaoya earned third in 4:41.83.
Sun Ye (2:24.24) and Ji Liping (2:24.29) put on a show in the women's 200 breast, moving to third and fourth in the world rankings. Rebecca Soni (2:23.27) and Annamay Pierse (2:24.10) have the top two times in the world this year. Shi Jinglin wound up third in 2:26.56 for eighth in the world rankings.
Xie Zhi won the men's 100 breast in 1:01.09, moving up to seventh in the world rankings in the process. Chen Cheng placed second in 1:01.35, while Qu Jingyu finished third in 1:01.59.
Chen Qian went from worst-to-first in the women's 200 free with a 13th-ranked 1:58.24 for the win. She had been the slowest qualifier making it into the finale. Liu Jeng finished second in 1:58.35, while Song Wenyan (1:58.47), Tang Yi (1:58.49) and Pang Jiaying (1:58.65) took third through fifth.
Lu Zhiwu topped the men's 100 free finale in 49.46, while Jiang Haiqi touched second in 49.52. He Jianbin rounded out the top three in 49.99.
Shanghai posted a 7:19.28 to win the men's 800 free relay, while Jiangsu (7:22.14) and Guangdong (7:30.75) placed second and third in the relay.
Special thanks to Christopher Chow for contributing to this report.