RIZHAO, China, September 2. THE fifth night of swimming at the Chinese Long Course Nationals produced quite a few more world-ranked times from Rizhao, including a pair of sub-1:00 times in the 100 back.
Zhao Jing and Gao Chang put on a show in the women's 100 back, as both swimmers cleared the 1:00 mark. Zhao won the close battle with a 59.63 to leapfrog Gao in the world rankings for fifth. Gao took second in 59.80, but has a now-sixth-ranked 59.69 to her credit from April in China. Zhou Yanxin finished third overall in 1:01.01.
Just nine women have beaten 1:00 this year: Emily Seebohm, (59.21), Aya Terakawa (59.41), Elizabeth Simmonds (59.43), Gemma Spofforth (59.46), Zhou (59.63), Gao (59.69), Natalie Coughlin (59.70), Anastasia Zueva (59.99) and Elizabeth Pelton (59.99).
Li Xuanxu topped the women's 800 free with a time of 8:27.90, falling well short of her sixth-ranked season-best 8:24.10 from April. Shao Yiwen took second in 8:32.39 to move to 19th in the world, while Zhou Lili placed third in 8:34.12 to move up from 24th to 22nd in the rankings.
Tang Yi captured the women's 100 free crown in 54.13, move up from 13th in the world to 10th. She just edged Jessica Hardy out of the top 10, as Hardy went 54.14 at the U.S. Nationals last month. Li Zhesi placed second in 54.73 to move to 22nd in the world, while Zhu Qianwei completed the top three in 54.76 for 24th in the world.
In a big upset, Shi Jinglin won the women's 200 breast with a time of 2:25.38 to become Nanjing's first national champion ever. She moved up to 16th in the world rankings, beating Sun Ye (2:25.41) and Ji Liping (2:27.29), who are both among the top 15 in the world this year. Sun ranks 11th with a 2:24.57, while Ji ranks sixth with a 2:24.30 – both times from April's nationals in China.
Shi Tengfei claimed the men's 100 free title in 49.30, while Lu Zhiwu placed second in 49.58. Chen Zuo wound up third overall in 49.78.
Zhang Zishan won the men's 200 IM in 2:00.67, while Wang Shun took second in 2:01.00. Qu Jingyu finished third in 2:01.14.
Special thanks to Christopher Chow for providing results.