RIZHAO, China, September 3. THE last night of action at the Chinese Long Course Nationals featured the fastest men's 1500 free in the world this year.
Sun Yang demolished the fastest time in the world this year in the men's 1500 free with a scorching-fast time of 14:47.46. That time surpassed Ryan Cochrane's 14:49.47 at Pan Pacs. Those two are the only swimmers to have cleared 14:50 this year, while only five other swimmers have beaten 15:00 in 2010. Sun had yet to crack the top 25 this year in the event. Dai Jun took second in 15:09.21, off his 11th-ranked 15:06.17 from April. Zu Lijun earned third in 15:11.02.
Jiao Liaoyang jumped into 11th in the world rankings in the women's 50 fly with a winning time of 26.32. Lu Ying finished second in 26.45 to move to 18th, while Ling Shuyuan placed third overall in 26.70.
Ye Siwen posted a swift time to win the women's 200 IM in 2:10.87. She fell just short of her sixth-ranked season-best 2:10.32 set back in April. Wang Qun touched second in 2:12.03, off her 11th-ranked season best of 2:11.26 also from April. Zheng Rongrong finished third in 2:12.25 to move to 17th in the world rankings.
Huang Chaosheng won the men's 200 breast in 2:13.06, while Xue Ruipeng touched second in 2:13.43. Xie Zhi wound up third in 2:13.64 in an exciting finish.
Cheng Feiyi topped the men's 50 back in 25.47, while Sun Xiaolei took second in 25.50. Zhang Yu placed third in 25.91.
Beijing won the men's 400 medley relay in 3:40.54, while Shanghai and Navy took second and third with unreported times.
Special thanks to Christopher Chow for providing results.